The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

In more ways than one New Orleans continues to be a city on the mend. Thirteen years after floodwall failures led to devastating flooding during Hurricane Katrina, two gigantic new pump stations and barrier gates were completed in 2018, representing the culmination of over $14 billion worth of post-Katrina repairs. Further down the priority ladder, but still important, 2018 saw the city rebounding from its dip in film production that followed the 2015 decision to plug a budget cap with a cap on tax credits at $180 million per year. Adjustments made in 2017 include new incentives for the creation of good, lasting employment for state residents and a five percent credit for filming throughout the state, outside of the New Orleans area.

“The legislative changes to the state’s tax credit program re-established industry confidence in Louisiana,” says Film New Orleans Interim Director Carroll Morton. “The result has been a boom for filming in New Orleans with the city’s 15-plus years of building infrastructure, studios and a deeply experienced crew base attracting productions.” He goes on to say that the city is a natural t with the film industry because the latter “blends with our rich traditions in music, food, and festivals. The end of 2018 is experiencing close to a record level of film activity, and I’m happy to report there’s more on the way for 2019.”

Brie Larson as the titular superhero/Nine Inch Nails-fan in the New Orleans-shot Captain Marvel. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios.

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  1. T. Bender

    August 27, 2019 at 6:46 am

    After working on such films as MI 3, Transformers 1 & 2, WindTalkers, Operation Dumbo Drop, Speed 2 and other films along with such TV series The Unit, Threshold, and Space Above and Beyond. My wife and I now call the Knoxville area home. I also had a great time doing commercials.
    Now retired for many years.
    The Knoxville area is a great place to shoot lending itself to all film genres be it action adventure, sci-fi, comedy or drama. One might call the Knoxville area a blend of old with the new.

  2. Michelle Daniels

    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Cumming, Georgia is a great film city too! There’s so much filming happening there and it’s a small suburb just north of Atlanta. Ozark called this city home – there’s other productions that have discovered it, too.

  3. Pearl Spa KC

    January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Kansas City rocks!`

  4. Rebecca Gibson

    January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Winnipeg! Not to brag, but there is about to be a BOOM here. The community is amazing, so welcoming to production (not burned). The architecture is glorious, there are four beautiful seasons, the crews are not only competent – but tenacious and deeply talented. There is a tax credit unparalleled in any other Canadian centre that was made permanent by the provincial government 2 days ago. Great hospitality, diverse people – strong and experienced producers. It’s the world’s best kept secret in film, and it’s only getting better.

    • Eric C Oveson

      January 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      That is interesting, had no idea.I am sensing there is going to be a big change overall in the industry too, like how many times can you see a film and it’s LA or New York ?

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