This Tuesday, the State of Louisiana Film Office announced some exciting and encouraging statistics about the status of the film industry in Louisiana.
The Office of Entertainment Industry Development estimates about $500 million worth of film and television production budgets were spent in Louisiana during 2007. Since 2005, the economic impact of direct in-state spending has jumped by 54%, equating to a whopping $800 million for the state. With over $2 Billion worth of productions choosing Louisiana since 2002, it appears that 2008 will likely bring even more income to the state.
According to the Film Office, Louisiana has experienced the highest statewide film activity growth in the United States and is the leading film location outside of the traditional production hubs of California and New York. Shreveport is Louisiana's newest production center, earning the distinction as "one of the Top Ten Cities to live, work, and make movies" by MovieMaker Magazine.
Louisiana's motion picture industry enjoys an annual employment growth rate of 23% per year, the highest film industry employment growth in the country. Over the last few years the annual growth in wages has been greater than 31%. Progressive motion picture incentives have cultivated infrastructure such as local sound stages, motion picture service companies, and a growing skilled labor pool.
The economic impact of direct in-state spending has increased dramatically since 2005. In 2007, 87% of a production's budget is estimated to stay within Louisiana. By comparison, that figure was 72% in 2006 and 33% in 2005.
The entertainment industry contributes to the diversification of Louisiana's economy. The industry is relatively high-tech & high-skilled, and one that has demonstrated strong growth globally. A conservative estimate of direct money pumped into Louisiana comes to $800 million, with a total direct economic impact of $1.48 Billion. Almost $200 million payroll wages have been earned by Louisiana residents working in the motion picture industry.
In terms of production activity, 2007 marked the busiest year to date for wrapped projects (features, MOWs, TV pilots, etc):
• 2002-2003: 16
• 2004: 34
• 2005: 33
• 2006: 24
• 2007: Year to Date: 41, Estimate 2007: 51-55
Industry output in terms of job growth demonstrated by payroll increases in 2007 were not yet available, but are expected to increase due to the volume of projects and increased in-state spending.
• 2002 (partial year): $ 3.5 mil *est
• 2003: $80 mil *est
• 2004: $144 mil *est
• 2005: $249 mil *est
• 2006: $184.5 mil / ECONOMIC IMPACT $341 mil* uses industry multiplier of $1.85
Employee compensation figures for 2007 were also not yet available, but are also expected to be higher than last year:
• 2002: $75, 000 thousand (based on 1 project)
• 2003: $19 mil
• 2004: $39 mil
• 2005: $46.5mil
• 2006: $78mil
The office reported 13 movies and TV in pre-, post-production or now shooting in Louisiana. The New Orleans area currently has three, with:
--"12 Rounds", a feature film produced by WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) that will shoot February 25 through May 12
--"Imagination Movers", a Disney Channel TV series starring local talent, will shoot through March of 2008 and inquiries are being accepted by fax at (504) 818-3840.
--"Waking Madison", an independent film from Fixed Point Films that closes production December 12--inquiries can be faxed to (504)734-2161.
Baton Rouge winds down 2007 by wrapping two productions this month, with:
--"Dirty Politics", an independent film, just wrapped - Baton Rouge
--"The Way of War", a feature film starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
But by far the busiest activity lies in the northwest region of the state, with eight productions under way in the Shreveport area:
--"Feast 2 & 3", direct-to-DVD feature releases from the Weinstein Company--in production through mid-December, inquiries can be faxed to (318) 603-4562.
--"Sordid Lives", a television pilot for a cable network--shooting through Jan. 25, resumes accepted via fax at (318) 603-4571. For casting information, visit www.gloriosocasting.com.
--"Soul Men", a Weinstein Company feature film starring Samuel L. Jackson & Bernie Mac
--"Tekken", an action movie based on a video game (Note: shooting is scheduled to begin February 5 for six weeks, and resumes for all crew positions are currently be accepted by fax at
--"The Comeback", a Weinstein Company feature film--shooting is scheduled through February 14, and inquiries can be faxed to (318) 698-1301. For casting information, visit www.bamcastingla.com.
--"The Killing Room", an Ascension Films feature
--"The Year One", a Sony Pictures feature film starring Jack Black--is scheduled to shoot from January through March of 2008. Resumes for crew are currently being accepted by fax at (318) 673-9705 and an open casting call will be held Saturday, December 8 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Shreveport. For more information, call (267) 295-7838.
--"Void Moon", a Millenium NuImage feature--shooting scheduled for eight weeks beginning in
late January. Resumes are currently being accepted by fax (318) 676-0718 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Incidentally, this is the 6th feature made by this production company.