The Louisiana film industry has blossomed into a full-fledged world leader since the state initiated its lucrative tax incentive program in 2002. The ambitious tax credits for film and television production have made the bayou state a financially attractive destination for some of the biggest movie productions in the world, and the state’s film making infrastructure has grown to match the demands of the worldwide entertainment industry. The pieces have fallen into place for 2014 to not just be the biggest year for movie production in Louisiana, but also the most memorable, a year that will be remembered as the one when Louisiana truly became a leading hub of global film and television production.
Award Winning Films
The 86th Academy Awards marked a defining moment for Louisiana’s film industry. Sure, the show was actually broadcast from L.A., but it had a distinctly LA feel to it. New Orleans-native Ellen Degeneres was the host of the show and Shreveport, Louisiana’s native son Jared Leto took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the New Orleans-shot “Dallas Buyers Club.” “12 Years a Slave,” which was also filmed in New Orleans, took home the Academy Award for Best Film.
Critically Acclaimed Television Programming
“American Horror Story,” one of television’s top franchises, scored big with its trip to New Orleans for the “Coven” season that aired from 2013 to 2014 and the show’s producers were so happy with the results that they announced that the fourth season will also shoot in New Orleans. HBO’s gritty Louisiana-shot “True Detective” debuted in 2014 and became the biggest debut television series of the year, winning over critics, drawing in millions of viewers, and becoming a viral sensation. Television viewers took a shine to New Orleans in 2014, so much so that CBS even decided to bring one of its top intellectual properties to the Big Easy with “NCIS: New Orleans.”
Summer Blockbusters Filmed in Louisiana
Louisiana has hosted its fair share of summer blockbusters in the past few years with films like “Oblivion,” “GI Joe: Retaliation,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” “Now You See Me,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” all coming to the state for filming. What makes 2014 a truly special year for Louisiana-shot blockbuster films is the increasing frequency of these major-budget film shoots in the state of Louisiana. The summer of 2014 release schedule includes two big name Louisiana-shot films, “22 Jump Street” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” both of which were filmed in New Orleans in 2013. So, is Louisiana’s film industry resting on its laurels? Nope, “Terminator: Genesis” and “Jurassic World” made New Orleans home for their summer 2014 filming, and “Pitch Perfect 2” and “The Fantastic Four” set up shop just down the road in Baton Rouge during the same time frame.
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