History of New Orleans Film Production

History of New Orleans Film Production

The Crescent City has a rich film production history. As a whole, New Orleans film production goes all the way back to the 19th century with Dupont, an 1898 documentary film shot in New Orleans. Since then, hundreds of films and television shows have been produced in the city at various locations. These productions have included notable titles like A Streetcar Named Desire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 21 Jump Street, American Horror Story: Coven, and Dallas Buyers Club. In fact, New Orleans has been called “Hollywood South” because of the multiple films and televisions shows that have been shot in recent times. Whether clients want a modern city or old architecture, New Orleans has been a center for film activity in the southern region.

New Orleans film production has also helped the local economy by creating jobs and bringing money back into the city. Previously, there used to be a major monetary incentive to film in New Orleans. In the past, movie-makers would receive tax credits equal to 30 percent of the cost which brought tons of film crews to the state eager to save expenses. The sudden influx of money from recent film production was then especially helpful after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. From that credit alone, over 1,000 productions were shot in Louisiana from 2008 to 2015. However, Louisiana officials more recently made the decision to cut these tax breaks after discovering their impact on the state budget. This change gradually sent movie makers out of Louisiana in search of states with larger tax breaks, but New Orleans remains a popular place for filmmakers to shoot films based on its location and historical significance.

Berning Marketing and Productions has been a part of the New Orleans film history since 1975. B&P is one of the top New Orleans film production companies and has been producing extraordinary work for over 40 years. It is a full-service production company that can fulfill all of your production needs in-house.  If you are interested in hiring a New Orleans production company please give BM&P a call at (504) 834-8812.

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