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Louisiana is the new movie making capital of the world

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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.

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