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U.S.A – Louisiana

Louisiana Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Louisiana? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Louisiana

For an introduction to shooting in Louisiana see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Louisiana Film Locations

Louisiana offers a great diversity of looks including vibrant cities, Old South towns, swampland, prairies, woodland areas, and coastline.

New Orleans is famous for its Cajun cooking, Jazz music, and wild French Quarter Mardi Gras celebrations. It’s easily one of the world’s best cities for food and nightlife. The city is famous for its Antebellum mansions. Of note are Magnolia Mansion, Buckner Mansion, Louise S. McGehee School, Carroll-Crawford House, Brevard-Mmahat House, Payne-Strachan House, Walter Grinnan Robinson House, Cornstalk Fence Mansion, 3711 St Charles Ave, 5603 St Charles Ave, Melrose Mansion, and Lalaurie Mansion. New Orleans also has some interesting abandoned locations such as General Laundry Building, Domino Sugar Chalmette, Entergy Power Plant (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Six Flags Jazzland amusement park (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters). Other New Orleans film locations of note include the Mississippi River, City Park, Tulane University, The National WWII Museum, US Custom House (grand marble hall), Academy of the Sacred Heart, Doullut Steamboat Houses, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Claiborne Avenue Bridge (vertical lift bridge), and I-10 Twin Span Bridge (5.4 miles long). On the outskirts of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is known for its Cajun culture and alligators.

Plantations are also a major reason productions come to Louisiana. Within a 1.5hr drive from New Orleans you can find Evergreen Plantation (Django Unchained), Magnolia Lane Plantation (12 Years A Slave), Felicity Plantation (The Skeleton Key and 12 Years A Slave), Destrehan Plantation (Interview with the Vampire and 12 Years A Slave), Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte), Oak Alley Plantation (Beyoncé – Deja Vu music video and Interview with the Vampire), St Joseph Plantation (All The King’s Men and 12 Years A Slave), Nottoway Plantation (Heaven’s Prisoners), and San Francisco Plantation (A Taste of Louisiana).

Baton Rouge is the state capital. Locations of interest include the State Capitol building, LSU and Southern University, USS Kidd decommissioned destroyer and Louisiana’s largest film studio complex, the Celtic Media Centre.

Other film locations of note in Louisiana include the Gulf Coast’s barrier islands and beaches, Bayou swamplands (featured heavily in True Detective), and Old South towns with Antebellum homes such as found in St. Francisville.

Louisiana has a wealth of agricultural looks including sugarcane plantations, cotton fields, peach orchards, and shrimp boats. The state also has natural gas production facilities.

After California and New York, Louisiana is the third busiest production center in the United States. Louisiana has hosted a long list of films including The Hunt, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Dallas Buyers Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 12 Years A Slave, Django Unchained, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys, and the classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. TV shows shot in Louisiana include True Detective, American Horror Story: Coven, and True Blood.

Louisiana Film Location Permits

Location fees for use of state property are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are often waived all together. The City of New Orleans has a blanket, free of charge film permit that is first required before acquiring all additional permits through other city agencies. Proof of insurance is also required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Louisiana has a subtropical climate with long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters, making it an ideal place for year round filming. Snow is uncommon with only Northern Louisiana getting some falls. June to November Louisiana is hit by hurricanes and tropical storms particularly in coastal areas. Louisiana also experiences tornados from January to March.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Louisiana Tax Incentives For Filming

Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit program provides motion picture productions up to a 40% tax credit on total qualified in-state production expenditures, including resident and non-resident labor. Some parishes and cities also offer additional rebates to qualifying productions.

Louisiana Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Louisiana has a good depth of experienced crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Shreveport based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Louisiana.

Talent. Louisiana’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Cajuns and Creoles of French ancestry are dominant in much of the southern part of the state. Louisianian stereotypes include New Orleans Mardi Gras revellers, and voodoo priestesses, jazz musicians, fan boat operators, and crawfish farmers.

Louisiana Film Equipment

Equipment. Louisiana has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Louisiana Studios & Post Production

Louisiana has several sound stages, production offices, backlots, and the South’s only airplane interior film set.

Louisiana Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Shreveport and other areas of Louisiana. Recommended film friendly hotels in New Orleans include:

The Old 77 Hotel

Final Notes

Safety. Louisiana is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. New Orleans is one of America’s best eating cities. Bourbon Street is a sight to be seen.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Louisiana, please see below:

Hire Louisiana Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Louisiana, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Louisiana, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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