Though known best for crawfish, hurricanes and Mardi Gras, Louisiana is Californias newest film industry rival. In fact, according to Film LA, 15 years ago, California produced 64% of the top 25 live-action films (by ticket sales). Hollywood still exists, but movies aren’t being made there.
Since time immemorial, there’s been talk of the “new Hollywood.” But 2013 is the first year another city fully surpassed it in sheer number of productions, leaving the film industry fractured. Movies are being made in Louisiana, mainly New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, thanks to a mixture of tax credits, attractive filming locations and a growing pool of local on-set talent.
Twenty-four-year-old aspiring actress Jennie Kamin is pretty, witty and a master of accents. In other words, she’s ideal for an acting job. Toss in the fact that she debuted on stage at the tender age of five, following in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother and stepfather, and it seems like a sure bet.
After graduating from Tulane University in 2012 and joining the Screen Actors Guild, she was faced with a choice: Remain in New Orleans, her adoptive home (and one close to her actual home in Texas), or move to Los Angeles and follow the Sunset Boulevard dream.
According to Ira Deutchman, managing partner of Emerging Pictures and head of the producing program in the graduate film division at Columbia University, Toronto was once a burgeoning film center. So was Michigan, says Trey Ellis, the Emmy-nominated screenwriter responsible for HBO’s The Tuskegee Airman and associate professor in Columbia University’s film department.
There’s always the chance that politicians will revoke Louisana’s tax credits, because it’s impossible to measure the trickle-down impact of filming. The opportunity cost, meanwhile, is far easier to track. Louisiana will be out about $6.2 million for Duck Dynasty alone, and a reported released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office shows the state will be out $170 million due to the credits. Read more…