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Last Modified: September 12, 2008Movie Industry

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Word has spread throughout America’s film industry that Shreveport is a great place to produce movies. Not only do the picturesque landscapes and the large number of historic buildings provide beautiful backgrounds for any kind of scene, but the tax incentives offered to movie production companies by the State of Louisiana are unsurpassed. Movie productions that cost more than $300,000 receive a 25% tax credit (not tax deduction) on expenditures made in Louisiana and an extra 10% percent tax credit on payroll expenses for workers who live in Louisiana. Adding to these advantageous factors is the City of Shreveport’s pro-business policy of streamlining the permit processing and required documentation for film companies. The overall result has been a rapid growth of the film industry in Shreveport from negligible revenues in 2002 to over $600 million a year. In January 2008, Movie Magazine ranked the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area as the 3rd best place in the United States for producing movies.  

Shreveport-Bossier City has four state of the art movie production facilities

2007 was a very good year for movie production at Mansfield Studios, StageWorks of Louisiana, Stage West and Nu Image/Millennium Films. Altogether, 24 feature length movies were produced at Shreveport’s four movie production facilities in 2007 that accounted for $181.5 million in production expenditures. Lots of new production is anticipated on Millennium Films’ 6.7 acres of land that could expand to 20 acres with the addition of three more soundstages employing as many as 500 people.   Movie producers are also able to take advantage of the Louisiana Wave Studio located 6 miles from downtown Shreveport at Sealy-Slack Industrial Park. Louisiana Wave Studio’s 750,000-gallon wave factory is the only film-dedicated facility in the United States with automatic wave generating capability that can simulate horizontal storm conditions with 9 ft. high waves. However, Shreveport’s film industry would be incomplete without the educated critical perspective provided by the non-profit Robinson Film Center where classic movies, independent films and foreign films are shown daily. The Center also serves as a valuable resource for people who are interested in the movie industry by offering film production and media education classes.