- Proactive and film-friendly city government
- Architecturally and culturally diverse locations
- Un-burned locations– Looks like "Anytown" U.S.
- Can double as any number of metropolitan locations
- Southern hospitality
- Small town convenience, big city opportunity
- Unstressed transportation system
- Temperate climate
- Louisiana Tax Incentive for motion picture and television production
The Louisiana Wave Studio works hard to make your filming experience productive and hassle-free in the Shreveport area. With the help of our preproduction supervisor, Roger DeKay, we help insure the success of your production at our facility. Roger has been in sales, marketing, advertising, and commercial real estate for a total of over 25 years. He has built extensive relationships with the northwest Louisiana government, land and building owners and business operators, and will customize your visit to the Louisiana Wave Studio.
Filming in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana
The Shreveport, Louisiana area has been the location of over a two dozen television series and films since Hurricane Katrina, bringing in over $200 million into the local economy.
Prior to 2002, film activity in Louisiana was sporadic and inconsistent. A mere $32 million per year is estimated to have been spent in Louisiana related to film and television production.
Since 2002, the Shreveport-Bossier Film Office has developed a reputation for making film and TV production easy. With full city government support and streamlined paperwork and permit processing, filming in "Anytown U.S.A." is easy! Once you discover these great Louisiana locations, you will see why Movie Maker Magazine (January 2008) ranked the Shreveport-Bossier area as the number three city in the U.S. that's best for movie production. Additionally, Louisiana was selected as the best destination in the U.S. to shoot movies for two years in a row by P3 Production Update Magazine (July 2006 and 2007).
Louisiana has developed a vital film industry. Locations in Louisiana have now become the locations of choice for many producers. Find out why by reviewing more information in the PDF documents below.
Louisiana Wants to be the Location for Your Next Film or Television Production!
- Since 2002, Louisiana locations have been featured in over $1.5 billion in film and television production
- Of that, it can be conservatively estimated that over $500,000,000 has had a direct impact to the state and local economies (1/3 of the total budget is a standard formula used to estimate leave behind dollars)
Estimated Yearly Breakdown of Movie and Television Production Activity in Louisiana
- 2002 - $12 million
- 2003 - $212.0 million
- 2004 - $390.0 million
- 2005 - $550.0 million
- 2006 - $530.5 million
- 2007 - $500.0 million
"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.
Read all the statistics from The Business of Film.
|The Shreveport City Administration Loves the Louisiana Wave Studio!|
|Fred Griffin of Houston's Griffin Partners, Inc. and co-manager of the Louisiana Wave Studio, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, and Dr. Ken Atchity, chairman of Los Angeles-based Atchity Entertainment International, Inc. and co-manager of the Louisiana Wave Studio.|
- Since 2002, Louisiana has offered some of the most generous tax incentives.
- Investors in individual film projects are
eligible for a credit of 25% as long as the total base investment
for the project is more than
- As an added bonus, Louisiana offers an additional 10% credit for
the amount of the base investment spent on
payroll for Louisiana residents.
- Louisiana also offers a 40% credit allowed for infrastructure
projects related to film, video, or
television production, such as building new studios, postproduction
facilities, and soundstages.The infrastructure credit is capped at
$25 million per project and has been tentatively scheduled to
end in 2009.
- What makes Louisiana's film credit tax system unique is that the law provides for the transfer of credits to any Louisiana taxpayer or back to the state film office. "Because investors in films in Louisiana often do not earn enough money in the state to take full advantage of the tax credits, they are allowed to sell the credits to individuals or entities that can use them." After the state approves the credits for film producers and business building project investors, tax credit brokerage firms can buy the credits at a discount and in turn resell them to other Louisiana taxpayers, who reap the full-value benefits of the credits against their tax liability. This allows film investors to use the tax credits to get cash up-front, but only after the relevant expenditures have been made and later approved by the state government. (Read the Hollywood South PDF below for more details and full documentation.)
Infrastructure Tax Credit
- Louisiana offers a 15% tax credit on infrastructure projects.
- As a result of the increase in production as well as the added infrastructure tax credit, the state has seen an increased interest in building facilities across the entire state.
Other Entertainment Related Incentives
- Building on the success of the Motion Picture Incentives and recognizing the converging trends in the entertainment industry, Louisiana now offers incentives for investments in sound recording and digital media productions.
- Sound recording productions can earn up to 20% in tax credits base upon the amount of the investment.
- Digital media productions can earn 20%, 15% & 10% each year for up to 6 years that the company operates in the state of Louisiana.