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.)