All productions using animals should contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries to discuss particular policies regarding the species being used. In addition, such productions are encouraged to work closely with the film and television unit of the American Humane Association.
All persons under 18 years of age must have authorization from the Louisiana Workforce Commission to work in the state of Louisiana. Authorization information may be obtained by emailing request to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 225.342.7690 or visiting the department's website www.laworks.net. Additional information can be found in the Employment of Minors Informational Booklet and Employment of Minors - Theatrical Permit Packet.
With over 1,100 I.A.T.S.E. members, Louisiana is between 11 and 13 union crews deep with another one or two experienced non-union crews working throughout the state. Including the Local 600 Camera Guild as well DGA, SAG, AFTRA, Hair and Make Up, Teamsters and SWA members calling the state home, Louisiana is well-over 1,250 union members strong.
FEES & PERMITS
There are NO state fees or permits required for filming in Louisiana. Location fees for use of state property are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are often waived. Additional information on fees and permits may be found by contacting local film offices.
The Green Production Guide, an initiative of the Producers Guild of America, provides a wealth of resources aimed at helping film and television professionals find the information and partners they need to make use of sustainable practices in their productions.
With the exception of worker's compensation, Louisiana has no insurance requirements for motion pictures, but any producers filming in the state are strongly encouraged to acquire a comprehensive liability policy prior to the onset of principal photography. Louisiana property owners are encouraged to make proof of adequate insurance a requirement to use their location.