Louisiana is the new movie making capital of the world - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

Louisiana is the new movie making capital of the world

Posted: Updated:

Ouachita Parish, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Move over Hollywood. When it comes to making movies and providing the perfect backdrop Louisiana is now the top spot in the country to film. More movies were filmed in Louisiana last year than anywhere else in the world. Our Nolan Crane shows us why the Northeast Louisiana Film Commission hopes to attract movie executives to Ouachita Parish.

Last year there were one hundred and eight films released by major film studios. 18 of them including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler staring Oprah Winfrey and G.I. Joe Retaliation were filmed in Louisiana.

California came in second place with 15 major movies filmed in the golden state. Members of the Northeast Louisiana Film Commission credit a 30 percent tax incentive in helping the bayou state get named the movie making capital of the world.

"It really goes to show that Louisiana is a powerhouse in the film industry. Our tax incentives are working. They are bringing productions here to the state to make an economic impact in our region which is what those tax incentives were created for," said Sheila Snow.

Although Louisiana is booming majority of these movies were filmed in New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Shreveport. Rodney Ray who is the executive producer of R-Squared Productions in Monroe would like to see Ouachita Parish step-up their plans to attract bigger studios.

"We're going to have to make a bigger commitment to bring in those resources, building the facilities that are needed to make feature length films," said Ray.

Snow says the landscape Northeast Louisiana offers is the perfect backdrop for any movie someone wants to make.

"We have agriculture with the flatlands of the delta. We also have something that's interesting which are hard bottom bayou's," said Sheila Snow.

The Robertson's have been fixtures for several years on the small screen and now members of the film commission hope the big screen will also accept Ouachita Parish as a future home.

In order to receive the 30 percent tax incentive in Louisiana a production company has to spend at least $300,000. Louisiana is also seeing increasing competition from other states like Georgia that are now offering a similar incentive.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man snatches purse of 75 year old woman at Glenwood Hospital

    Man snatches purse of 75 year old woman at Glenwood Hospital

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:13:05 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A West Monroe man was arrest early Monday morning for snatching the purse of a victim over 65 years old.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A West Monroe man was arrest early Monday morning for snatching the purse of a victim over 65 years old.
  • Abortion law effective today, temporarily lifted for physicians that are in compliance

    Abortion law effective today, temporarily lifted for physicians that are in compliance

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:04:54 GMT
    MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News)- The never ending fight over abortion continues.
    MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News)- The never ending fight over abortion continues.
  • Black bear plays hide-and-seek in Winnsboro

    Black bear plays hide-and-seek in Winnsboro

    Sunday, August 31 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:16:24 GMT
    WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - One KNOE viewer sent in some cute video of what looks to be a Louisiana Black Bear hanging out in a rice field.
    WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - One KNOE viewer sent in some cute video of what looks to be a Louisiana Black Bear hanging out in a rice field.
  • Man accused of stabbing his nephew

    Man accused of stabbing his nephew

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:10:07 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police have arrested a Monroe man for stabbing his nephew. Police say the Donald Ray Myles and victim got into an altercation Thursday night around 10:30. Police say Myles stabbed the victim with a steak knife, and then the victim was rushed to the hospital. 
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police have arrested a Monroe man for stabbing his nephew. Police say the Donald Ray Myles and victim got into an altercation Thursday night around 10:30. Police say Myles stabbed the victim with a steak knife, and then the victim was rushed to the hospital. 
  • Two suspects wanted for armed robbery

    Two suspects wanted for armed robbery

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:07:03 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe police are looking for two suspects that robbed a Kangaroo convenient store. Police say two black males entered the store, located at 4320 Desaird Street, around 3:15 Friday morning. They say the suspects robbed the store at gun point and police were able to able to get a photo of one suspect. That suspect is described as a younger black male over six feet and it appears he is wearing a Neville sweatshirt. He is considered armed and dangerous. 
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe police are looking for two suspects that robbed a Kangaroo convenient store. Police say two black males entered the store, located at 4320 Desaird Street, around 3:15 Friday morning. They say the suspects robbed the store at gun point and police were able to able to get a photo of one suspect. That suspect is described as a younger black male over six feet and it appears he is wearing a Neville sweatshirt. He is considered armed and dangerous. 
  • Red Cross restructuring board members protest

    Red Cross restructuring board members protest

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:01 GMT
    STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Some big changed are underway at the American Red Cross. The northeast Louisiana chapter is losing four positions because of national restructuring. Local Red Cross Executive Director Anne Patten, a 26- year veteran was one of the four employees cut. She says thee National Red Cross
    STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Some big changed are underway at the American Red Cross. The northeast Louisiana chapter is losing four positions because of national restructuring. Local Red Cross Executive Director Anne Patten, a 26- year veteran was one of the four employees cut. She says thee National Red Cross
  • Second arrest made in April 2013 murder

    Second arrest made in April 2013 murder

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:00:56 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A second arrest has been made in the April 2013 murder of Steve Brown.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A second arrest has been made in the April 2013 murder of Steve Brown.
  • New S. Louisiana complex brings a job windfall to the state

    New S. Louisiana complex brings a job windfall to the state

    Monday, December 3 2012 12:34 PM EST2012-12-03 17:34:16 GMT
    WESTLAKE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - New complex in South Louisiana to bring more than 7,000 jobs to the area.
    WESTLAKE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - New complex in South Louisiana to bring more than 7,000 jobs to the area.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.