I saw the best minds of my generation… take their shows to Louisiana.

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but more and more, it seems like every show is filming in The Pelican State. As we speak, roughly thirty shows are in Louisiana. THIRTY! That includes Cataclysm, Ender’s Game, Django Unchained, and the Untitled Diablo Cody Project.

It’s one thing for True Blood or Treme to film in the Big Easy, because those shows take place there. But Ender’s Game takes place in space. Django takes place in 19th century America. And Cataclysm takes place IN A HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS! How does that make any sense?

Tax breaks, that’s how. Louisiana offers a 30% tax credit. Boom. Sony’s $50 million movie just got an extra $15 million tacked onto its budget.

So what are the rest of us supposed to do – those of us who work on movies but don’t live in the Cajun Heartland? Well, I wouldn’t recommend moving, unless a movie is gonna fork over the money to travel you.

But if you’re reading this in some other part of the country, especially if you live south of 36’30°, then you might want to consider buying an Amtrak ticket to “the other LA.”

(Because we sure as hell don’t need more of you in Hollywood.)

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7 Responses

  1. Similar situation in here Atlanta, but Louisiana consistently makes our production schedule look empty by comparison. If you’re thinking about moving somewhere, go there, not here. We’re getting crowded.

  2. NOLA, if you’re thinking of getting a job there, don’t bother. There’s really nothing available

  3. Same in Michigan,

    We had the best incentive around but it was unsustainable. All of my friends and contacts packed up and headed to NOLA. I get the monthly production calendar and it’s ridiculous how many shows are going on down there.

  4. Same thing is happening with Atlanta.

    Also, I think parts of True Blood are still shot in Los Angeles. Sort of like how Dexter shoots some exteriors in Miami but does their interiors in LA.

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