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 Production Program. 

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 Production Program provides state-certified motion picture productions with up to a 40 percent tax credit on eligible in-state expenditures. These include resident and non-resident labor. Program is subject to an issuance cap of $150 million per fiscal year and a claims cap of $180 million per fiscal year.

Film Projects


A navy officer commands the Greyhound during World War II.

Claws Season 2

A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon.

Cut Throat City

A heist movie starring Eiza González, Wesley Snipes, and Terrence Howard set in the lower ninth ward in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

The First

Set in the near future, "The First" will be centered on the first human mission to Mars. According to a Hulu synopsis released in May, when the streaming service announced the show's straight-to-series order, it will "explore the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization." 

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