La. tops California as the place to film
BATON ROUGE- A national media report has labeled Louisiana as the number one place to produce movies.
The report, featured on morning television Friday, pointed out Louisiana leads Canada and California as locations of productions. Eighteen movies released last year were shot here.
Producers interviewed said the state's lucrative tax credit program keeps the film crews in places like Baton Rouge, Shreveport and New Orleans.
"Recognition like that for Louisiana is hard-earned and well-deserved, but we can't rest on our laurels because competing states and nations are always waiting for us to stumble," said the executive director of Celtic Studios, Patrick Mulhearn.
"Today's New York Times story about the impending oil bust further highlights our need to continue diversifying Louisiana's economy. Film and the other creative industries are doing just that."
Friday, the newspaper reported on issues associated with lower gas prices to states budgets.
Right now, there are ten productions shooting and seven are set to start soon.
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