Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2016: Top 10 Small Cities and Towns

9. Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

Shreveport-Bossier again this year has a lot of moviemaking to brag about. Ten projects based their productions in Shreveport in 2015, with cumulative production budgets in excess of $42 million. WGN’s original series Salem continued into its third season in Shreveport, where it shoots on a sprawling 12-acre 17th-century set originally built by Fox.

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17th-century colonial Massachusetts? Look again—WGN’s series Salem is actually shot in Shreveport. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television

Other large-scale production facilities are planting a seed of Old Hollywood grandiosity within this small Louisiana city. The Louisiana Wave Studio, an 80 by 100-foot facility built by Disney in 2005 for its feature, The Guardian, can generate waves up to eight feet in amplitude among a variety of other water effects. Shreveport also houses a seven-acre Biblical-era set, sequestered in the center of several hundred acres that include Louisiana sand dunes. Soundstages like StageWorks, StageWest and Millennium Studios continue to aid moviemakers. It’s perks like these, combined with the same 30 percent tax credit as New Orleans and Baton Rouge enjoy, plus an additional 2.5 percent sales tax rebate exclusive to Shreveport-Bossier, that keep production work flowing through the region.

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