Louisianas Film Industry Builds Momentum in 2014

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by Lenny Alsfeld

With each passing year, Louisiana is solidifying its spot as one of the top places in the country to make a film or a television show thanks to the quickly developing film industry infrastructure, growing talent pool, and of course, financial incentives the state offers to filmmakers.

Over the last decade or so, more than 300 film and television projects from both independents and majors have been shot in LA! Only California and New York boast more total films, and this past fiscal year was no different.

Even though other states might have more films and television shows produced there, things are changing rapidly, and the incentives the state offers are encouraging more people to work there. LA was the first state to adopt tax incentives for filmmakers. When it comes to incentives, this state tops the list with even California trailing.

Just look at the great projects filming now or later in 2014. The influx of these movies and shows is bringing more jobs to the area, and it is showing filmmakers that Louisiana really is the best place in the country to film.

Movies and Shows Filming Currently or Recently Wrapped during 2014 in Louisiana:

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  • Jurassic World – Part of this production starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation) will be filming in New Orleans.
  • Terminator 5 – Continuation of the series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Fantastic Four – Fox reboot of the movie franchise.
  • 99 Homes – Independent film starring Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
  • Wraith – Independent feature film.
  • Ravenswood­ – A pilot from CBS Studios starring Victoria Justice.
  • Focus – A feature from Warner Bros. starring Will Smith.
  • Salem – Television series for Fox.
  • Dead Still – Independent feature film.

These are just some of the many projects that have filmed or that are filming throughout the state. As you can see, many of these are very high profile films with big name stars attached. From the need for additional actors and extras, to help around the set, projects such as these are helping to employ many and helping them get their foot in the door when it comes to the entertainment business.

Incentives Continue to Make Louisiana the Place to Film

A large number of advantages and incentives are available to those who choose to shoot their films in LA.

These incentives include:

  • Fuel purchases that the film company makes in Louisiana can be eligible to receive tax credits;
  • Great locations and abundant local talent;
  • The Louisiana Motion Picture Tax Incentive Act of 2002 made it much easier and more advantageous to film in the state;
  • The ACT includes an Investor Tax Credit Program for up to 30% of all LA-based production costs that go over $300,000;
  • The ACT also includes a Labor Tax Credit that offers a 5% tax credit on the total payroll earned by LA employees who are a part of the production. This gives filmmakers more of an incentive to hire locally.

Click here to find out more about Louisiana’s Film Incentive Programs.

With all of the benefits that film companies are continuing to receive, it is no wonder that more and more productions, from large feature films and television shows to independent movies, are making their way south. They serve to help the residents of the state as well as the filmmakers, so it is a win-win situation!

Have a wonderful summer, but keep an eye out right here, because we have plenty of other exciting and interesting news coming your way regarding the film industry in LA in FY15! We’re proud to be your go-to source for film information in Louisiana!

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