The Film Industry and Louisiana
The Shreveport Times had a couple of good articles today. The one I am posting now is pretty neat. It is about the Film Industry in Louisiana. Shreveport has hit a real bonaza on this and is in fact captializing on this trend.
During the past few months, I have an opportunity to talk to several of the people in the industry that came to film in the area and they love it. By the way if it doesn't hit the cutting room floor I am an extra in a scene in the soon to be released Demi Moore and Kevin Costner movie. In fact Costner was so smitten with the area that he has bought a house on one of the local lakes. Anyway there have been an expolsion of film production in the area and there are now ongoing attempts to make sure this continues. Good news for once. If Dallas the movie is filmed here , I intend to try out for that. Stay tuned. Oh and Demi Moore is really hot in person,as well as nice, as she is on the screen.
Film production trade magazine ranks Louisiana No. 1
The state attracted $550 million worth of film and TV production in 2005.
The film industry trade magazine P3/Production Update recently ranked Louisiana as the best state to make movies and TV shows outside of California.In a July article titled "Top 10 Places to Shoot," film producer Michel Shane ("Catch Me If You Can," "I, Robot") said, "Louisiana has gone from nothing to being on everyone's lips."
Alex Schott, executive director of the Governor's Office of Film and TV Development in Louisiana, told The Times that P3's ranking is significant."It's extremely important on the national level. Considering what the state has been through, it shows the commitment is still there," he said.Rankings were based on statistics in 2005, when Louisiana attracted $550 million worth of total production value, according to Schott. In 2004 he said the state attracted $375 million. It is commonly estimated that film production companies spend about one-third of these dollars on costs within the state.According to P3, California pulled in $34 billion from the film and television industry in 2005.Schott said Louisiana is continuing to attract the film and TV industry. Numbers for 2006 should remain consistent. "We are actually on pace to meet or exceed the previous levels we were at. It is because of the ability to sustain this industry in other parts of the state."After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, many film and TV productions relocated to other parts of the state and the Shreveport-Bossier City area.The NBC television movie, "The Year Without a Santa Claus," will finish filming in Shreveport this month. "Homeland Security," a movie starring Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening, will begin shooting here in the fall."Dallas," an adaptation of the popular TV series, set to star John Travolta, has been rumored but not locally confirmed to be planning shoots in both Shreveport and Dallas later this year."Benjamin Buttons," a film starring Brad Pitt, will begin shooting in New Orleans later this year.