Skilled Talent And Unique Production Venues Make Louisiana A Top Destination For The Film Industry

Louisiana has become one of the top destinations in the world for motion picture production as filmmakers discover the benefits of well-trained and experienced Louisiana-based crews, world-class production facilities and the highly appealing Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit. 

Demand from film and television producers has caused a boom in the state’s infrastructure. It features diverse shooting locations from marshlands to big cities as well as multi-million dollar soundstages and post-production houses. In the past decade alone, Louisiana has hosted the production of more than 400 motion pictures as well as numerous television series and documentaries, including American Horror Story, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Jurassic Park 4, Pitch Perfect and Fantastic Four. The state’s skilled crew base has grown by more than 400 percent since 2002 and includes a talented base of actors, extras and day players. From key department positions to a large selection of diverse extras, Louisiana has the local workforce to maximize the benefits of any production filming in the state.

“Active Entertainment has been successful in Louisiana in part due to the wonderful economic climate that the state has created for creative, hard-working entrepreneurial companies. We have hired and trained many terrific Louisiana workers and brought new kinds of jobs, technologies and income opportunities for them. The state's incentive programs have been a vital part in helping us achieve our goals and participate in Louisiana's economic growth. They have the right programs and the right personnel to manage and implement these programs.”– Ken Badish, President & CEO and Daniel Lewis, CFO of Active Entertainment

Film Industry Incentive Cuts Production Costs

The Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit provides state-certified motion picture productions with up to a 30 percent transferable tax credit on eligible in-state expenditures. These include resident and non-resident labor with a spending requirement of at least $300,000 and $50,000 for local Louisiana productions. Louisiana offers an additional 10 percent payroll tax credit for productions using resident labor.

Film Projects

American Horror Story ‘Freak Show’

American Horror Story 'Freak Show' is an anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven and a freak show. The fourth season will be centered around one of the few remaining freak shows of the 1950s.

Astronaut Wives Club

Based on Lily Koppel's best-selling novel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.

I Saw the Light

I Saw the Light is an upcoming biography film directed, written and produced by Marc Abraham, starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Williams. It is based off the book "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott and set to release in 2015

NCIS: New Orleans

Led by Agent Dwayne Pride played by Scott Bakula, the New Orleans office of NCIS handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. Special Agent Chris Lasalle and his partner Great Lakes Special Agent Merri Brody work with Pride to ensure the safety of the Crescent City.

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