Monday, February 15, 2010

Filming Louisiana, February 15, 2010 Update

These are the listings as we get them for the second part of February 2010, and more films are coming. Louisiana shows no sign of slowing down in productions coming to the area.

Green Lantern, New Orleans,
Shotgun Wedding, New Orleans,
The Americans, Shreveport, Attention James Gerrick
Frightland, Baton Rouge
Substance, New Orleans
The Gates, TV Series, Shreveport
Pray for Light,
The Coffin,
Scratching the Surface, New Orleans
Earthbound, New Orleans, Fax 504.734.3793
Drive Angry, Shreveport, Fax (318) 841-3591,
Death House, Baton Rouge
Love Wedding Marriage, New Orleans, (504) 525-2946
Unraveled, Baton Rouge
Red, New Orleans,
Silver Cord, Baton Rouge and New Orleans,
Seconds Apart, Hammond
The Sean Peyton Show, New Orleans
Treme, New Orleans,
The Six Month Rule, Shreveport
Swamp Shark, Lafayette,
Jaws of the Mississippi, Lafayette,
Change of Heart, Shreveport more to come
Victim 34, Baton Rouge
Blood Out, Baton Rouge, Talent Crew
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, New Orleans
I wanna dance, New Orleans
Two Wolves, Baton Rouge
The Gatekeeper, New Orleans,
Hatchet 2, either New Orleans or Shreveport,
Kane and Lynch, New Orleans
The Night Can be Measured
Flypaper, Baton Rouge
Remnants New Orleans
10,000 doors, October in New Orleans
Troll, Baton Rouge
A War Within
Hallow Point, Baton Rouge
Playing with the Enemy, Shreveport
The Work, in Meterie
LaLeslie, New Orleans
Samuel Bleak, Houma
Without Fear, New Orleans
Difficult Death New Orleans
Peril, Shreveport
The Ledge, Baton Rouge

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Filming Louisiana: North and South go head to head.

Shreveport, La., turns into 'Hollywood South'
Shreveport, La., turns into 'Hollywood South'

Click the Link above to see MSNBC Story on "Hollywood South" from November 28, 2006.

Shreveport has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina. It is sad that it took a Natural disaster to make North Louisiana a destination for the film industry. Now in 2010, the film industry is not exactly knocking on Shreveport's door. With Super finishing up what they started in Late 2009, and Six Month Rule filming, there is only one other film Drive Angry that has a production office in Shreveport to date. There a few productions slated but no one in Louisiana can compete with the over 30 films going South. Big productions like Green Lantern, Blood Out and Red all in pre-production in South Louisiana are leaving smaller budget films to set up productions in the North.

What is it that South Louisiana has that North Louisiana does not? Well for starters, direct flights to Los Angeles and New York, a variety of choices of Studios and who does not want to work in New Orleans? What North Louisiana does have is "no red tape" for filming. Shreveport bends over backwards for productions like free city water, free permits, lower cost of living, they will close a street with short notice and they also have added incentives for filming above the States 30%. The crew base is pretty good in Shreveport also but without multiple productions going at the same time many crew and services have headed south for non-stop work. Bottom line is that it is easy to film in Shreveport and cost less, but filming in the South lends to the better quality of life while you are there.

One thing is for sure, if North Louisiana can pick up the pace at which it brings productions into Louisiana it could be a force to reckon with. This year will be the tale of the tape. 30% incentives are in place with additional incentives for filming in Shreveport, Caddo Parish and Jefferson Parish, which now means it is time for the Film offices to bring as many films to the region as they can. New Orleans will have no problem filling their schedule and Baton Rouge is not doing to bad. Smaller markets like Lake Charles, Lafayette, Alexandria, and Shreveport need to make a move to become a big player in the crazy game of Movie Making.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Movie and TV industry is getting more local

By Alexandyr Kent • • February 1, 2010


Picture of Director Jeffrey Goodman watches a monitor during the filming of "The Last Lullaby" in Shreveport. (Greg Pearson/The Times)

Hollywood has been coming to Louisiana for years. Now Louisiana is poised to bring its products to Hollywood.
Of the 11 movie and TV productions that have been shot in northwest Louisiana this year, four have deep local roots.
The emergence of an indigenous film industry is a notable development for an industry that, until now, has been driven largely by Hollywood-based decision-makers.
"The Last Lullaby" was shot in January and February by director Jeffrey Goodman, a Shreveport native who worked in Hollywood but returned home to raise money for and make the low-budget independent feature.
"Secrets from the Heart," a TV pilot and concert series about songwriters, was shot here in April. The series was produced and directed by Nashville music insider Will Mitchell, who was born in Sabine Parish and graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
"I grew up coming to The Louisiana Hayride as a local boy. That had a major influence on me."
Though Mitchell is based in Franklin, Tenn., he plans to come back to Shreveport again to shoot more episodes in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
"As long as that is the best performance hall I can put my finger on, that's where we will be shooting a lot of these shows," Mitchell said. Louisiana's existing tax incentives for the entertainment industry also remain important to decisions about location, he said.
"For Sale by Owner" was shot near Natchitoches and financed by a local start-up company, Port Pictures.
A recently wrapped production, "The Pardon," was made by RiverDream Productions. To make "At Last" in New Orleans in 2005, the company was created by director Tom Anton and local attorney and producer Jim Davis.
Both Port Pictures and RiverDream Productions plan on making more movies here.
"We're going to build our production company here," Davis said. "We're going to improve our pre- and post-production infrastructure. Our long-range plan is to continue to build infrastructure here."
Some former Shreveporters with industry experience are even moving back home.
Seasoned producer and director Jude Gerard Prest plans to set up the main production office of Caddo Street Productions in the Shreveport-Bossier City area soon.
Prest was born in Shreveport but moved away to work in the entertainment industry. For the past 16 years, he has been producing film and TV projects.
"Our plan is to basically relocate the production company out to Shreveport-Bossier and to produce, direct and oversee an ongoing slate of film and TV projects," Prest said. "The concept for us was to keep as much of the production and development as local as possible to the Shreveport-Bossier area."