John Schneider revs up Livingston movie studio
HOLDEN - A television and movie star plans to produce more than a dozen movies in the heart of Livingston Parish.
John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," started a movie studio in Holden named John Schneider Studios.
"I never thought I'd be a studio owner, but now I'm a studio owner trying to attract independent film makers to this really magical place," he said.
The studio offers a variety of landscapes including a swamp, lake, river, swimming pool and bamboo forest. Schneider hopes to reel in filmmakers to Livingston Parish.
"It's got so many different looks," he said. "The different people that have shot here after about an hour go my God we don't have to leave. We can just shoot everything right here."
The actor/director already has one movie production finished. "Smothered" was completely done at John Schneider Studios and is now being shopped around for distribution.
Schneider says he has 14 more scripts ready to go and plans to shoot two movies a year. He also wants other movie crews to use the one-stop shop property.
"I think the studio here in Holden will be the place that all independent film makers who want to take advantage of the tax credits, who want to take advantage of the wonderful ability to come here, stay here, start and finish here and finish your film," he said.
More productions at the Holden studio means more business for Livingston Parish.
"It's going to bring in commerce, because when we have 60-70 people here working they're eating somewhere at night. They're staying somewhere. They can't all stay here. They're going to the movies. They're buying things at the store," said Schneider.
Schneider says he decided to settle in Holden because the property offers more than he could imagine to make movies.