Skip to comments.Louisiana Is The Shocking New Movie-Making Capital Of The World
Posted on 03/06/2014 7:01:51 PM PST by blam
Louisiana Is The Shocking New Movie-Making Capital Of The World
Todd Cunningham, The Wrap
Mar. 6, 2014, 6:56 PM
When it comes to major movies, California is no longer the world's production capital that would be Louisiana, according to a new study released Thursday.
Eighteen of the 108 films released last year that were produced by the major studios and the five biggest independents were shot in the Bayou State, according to the 2013 Feature Film Production Study from FilmL.A., the region's non-profit permitting agency.
Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Focus Features Dallas Buyers Club and Warner Bros. Grudge Match were among the movies shot in Louisiana.
California and Canada were next with 15, followed by the U.K. with 12 and the state of Georgia with nine. Surprisingly, New York was the primary filming location for just four films in the study, but was used as a secondary location for seven. California served as a secondary site for 10 films.
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Super cheap labor is my guess.
The blood suckers go where ever the local government pays them the most.
Pays the most or steals the least?
Taxes and regs in California are atrocious.
Talk about Hollywood hypocrits. They vote in all this nonsence and then go to the Conservative states to film.
Louisiana does have something of a historical relationship with film...a lot of the original, early B&W Tarzan pics were filmed here:
I don’t see many movies but I’m glad to see movies set somewhere else then the usual CA or NY. I however cannot recall any movie set even partly in LA since ‘Easy Rider’ or perhaps some strange Mickey Rourke movie.
Different LA, same crap.
It depends on what you are doing and how much you make. The regs are atrocious if you have so few yourself and taxes are atrocious because so many people MAKE enough to pay atrocious taxes.
Besides....why there are almost 40 million people here if the taxes and regs are "atrocious?".
My ex-friend from North Dakota has been telling me for 40+ years how WONDERFUL North Dakota is. However, SHE is here. Harhar. When I used to say that, she would then begin her litany of WHY she couldn't move back there. Squirm-o-rama.
The ENTIRE state of North Dakota has fewer people than the CITY of San Francisco. If North Dakota is so WUNNERFUL and the California taxes and regs are "atrocious," WHY isn't everyone moving OUT of California and TO North Dakota????
Met a guy from California about a month ago and told me exactly this. It was hard to believe.
If Alabama gave them more they’d dump Louisiana in a heart beat.
Make it cheap and they will come.
And like locusts vote for the same shit and turn red states purple. They should be banned from moving.
“,” WHY isn’t everyone moving OUT of California and TO North Dakota???? “
LOL, go spend a winter there and get back to us on that. As much as we pride ourselves on being “progressive” you were in the highest tax bracket at anything above $50,000. I know that,s changed now that they keep tacking on to the evil millionaires but before they started that nonsense they considered 50 grand the elite.
“Olympus Has Fallen” (Gerard Butler) was shot in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Yes, I've been told about the winters. That's what brought her out here to California. But, ALL those states up there have the same winters. There are BIG cities up there. Is the winter somehow WORSE in North Dakota? I don't think so.
I GUESS North Dakota ISN'T so WONDERFUL after all, is it? She is still here and still complaining about the taxes and high rents. She WAS too spendthrift and lazy to save up and buy a house as well. She REALLY prefers to whine. She is SURE that rent control will disappear...and THEN she will move to where her husband is from. [He is from warm North Africa. O joy.]
Make JOBS and they will come.
Well, GOOD for Louisiana!! "Me Tarzan. You Jane." Love the dialogue!
I do work in the film industry. In Illinois they are giving tax credits never have been busier. Thank god the area we work in the crew leans conservative. The flakes from CA that come here is another story
Alabama doesn’t have the major urban centers that can resemble other cities.
Well, to be HONEST most of those "flakes" are NOT native born Californians. They come HERE because of two things:
2. Better weather
Flakes fly from place to place...that's one of the reasons that they are FLAKES. Most people with a brain, a set of morals based on a faith and SOME education, training or skill can always find a job. They work and stay put.
I just retired after working for 50 years.
-- I was with a few places for four years (I was very young.),
-- another place which I HATED for 14 years,
-- overseas for five years working (Thank you, my dear, sweet husband, for getting me OUT of that job I HATED!)
-- and then finally 27 years right here in my home town in a job I loved. Whew! I finally got TIRED so I REtired.
Most of my friends are from out of state, cold places mostly. Now they complain about the high rents. Heck, if it was MISERABLE here the rents would be low. Ya get what ya pay for...usually.
I’d indeed read a while back about the Elmo Lincoln “Tarzan” film (from back around 1918) being shot somewhere outside the Houma area. Surprised me. But apparently they found some appropriately ‘jungle-like’ terrain in the vicinity.
There was also a short-lived, and apparently none-to-successful attempt to start up a company to shoot some early filmed tv-series in the New Orleans area, in the early-to-mid-50s. Two series resulted, “N.O.P.D.” and “The Tracer.” Made for the syndication market, but I don’t think they circulated much or lasted long.
Alabama has the GDP of Iran w/o all the people..
I am a former resident of New Orleans. Born and raised there. I now live in the suburbs. When movies are made in New Orleans, it’s always Mardi Gras and everyone lives in these beautiful apartments in the French Quarter. Sometimes they will venture out to the bayous. It’s like the rest of the city doesn’t exist. The residents are also portrayed with thick Southern accents. People in New Orleans don’t have Southern accents. Our accents have been compared to New Yorkers.
Sure enough, there's a wikipedia page on this. It lists 79 films set in Louisiana, plus another 101 specifically set in New Orleans. IIRC, the Rourke film was Angel Heart. You're right, it was pretty weird.
Years ago, John Sayles (THE HOWLING) said he preferred to make movies in Canada because of NO UNIONS!
I find it interesting he also wrote MATEWAN which was a pro union film.
I bet Louisiana has very few union problems.
Is that Elmo Lincoln, the first Tarzan?
CGI. Answer to everything. Have computer. Will travel.
I suspect the older films shot in New Orleans were probably a bit more reflective. Things like “Panic in the Steets” (1950), or “New Orleans Uncensored” (1956). Have ‘em both on dvd. The first film is great, the second is so-so. Not to mention another little low-budget independent film, “Invisible Avenger” (1958), which was semi-related to the old Shadow radio character.
There was also a great, early episode of “Route 66,” entitled “The Swan Bed,” that really captures some vivid imagery of New Orleans.
The Johnny Weismuller "Tarzans" were shot on the Myakka River in Florida, near the Gulf Coast between Venice and Port Charlotte.
So we can expect a lot of snakes and reptiles in upcoming movies???
You mean you never saw the grungey little potboiler “Louisiana Hussy” (1959), about two Cajun brothers fighting over some hot blonde that shows up on the bayou? Shot on location in Louisiana bayou country.
Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou from the Andy Griffith Show) had a supporting role in it.
***There was also a great, early episode of Route 66,****
Ever notice how many ROUTE 66 shows did not take place on Route 66?
There was one episode of “Route 66” that was even shot and took place in Canada!
As a kid I thought Thelma Lou was hot. Hated Helen. She looked like a bi*(h. Thought Andy could have done better. Barney should have latched onto Thelma Lou though. In the reunions she always looked the best.
And don’t forget those delicious “ersters”(oysters).
Have you seen her lately? She’s hardly recognizable. One of the few cast members still living. I think just she and Opie. I didn’t think Helen was a beauty, but I think she and Andy had a certain chemistry between them.
Did you know Opie’s first girlfriend sometimes has articles posted here at FreeRepublic?
Sound weird? Well, there’s a color episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” in which Opie has a crush on a girl, and gets a date for a party with her. She then dumps him for a preferred schoolmate. The young girl was played by the child actress Suzanne Caputo. When Caputo grew up and got back into acting in the 1980s, she’d changed her name to Morgan Brittany. And Brittany, a conservative, writes for Townhall.com, on economic issues. And sometimes her articles get posted here.
How’s that for a quirky little factoid?
If it weren’t for the mexican invaders, California would be losing population. People (non-mexicans) are fleeing the state.
When she was old enough to make her own decisions, she decided she was more a Morgan Brittany than a Suzanne Caputo. Dear Dick: I remember some ...
I seriously doubt that. Yes, there has been incentives started under Mike Foster's administration. However, the synergy is reaching the tipping point where it may be embedded in Louisiana long term.
I have a friend who deals in real estate. Many Hollywood workers are moving into the city. Many writers and producers are settling in the Garden District.
He says the demand for housing is so great in that area, that any house that goes on the market is usually sold the first day. He says many Hollywood types are paying cash, sight unseen for the houses.
There are also a number of large production facilities under development or being planned. The film industry is definitely becoming embedded in Louisiana.