BBC piece on New Orleans: Hollywood South (1 Viewer)


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This is a video story - but apparently BBC hasn't figured out that letting users embed video clips is a good thing. So check out the link.

BBC News - Django, Treme and how New Orleans became Hollywood South

Here's the short copy that goes with it, but check out the clip.

New Orleans will have a starring role at the 2013 Academy Awards - a fitting tribute to its growing importance in the US film and television industry.

The Big Easy is earning a new nickname - the Hollywood of the South - as it becomes the third biggest centre of film production in the US behind Los Angeles and New York.

Two films up for a total of nine Oscars, Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster Django Unchained and indie sensation Beasts of the Southern Wild, were filmed in the US state of Louisiana.

Hollywood producers are drawn to the city by its rich cultural heritage but also by generous tax incentives. Louisiana offers a 30% tax credit on every production, plus an additional 5% for every local member of the cast and crew.

The BBC visited the sets of the television series Treme and the new Shirley MacLaine movie Elsa and Fred. And the BBC talked to actress Laura Cayouette, who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's sister in Django and moved from LA to what locals call Nola.


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I have a good friend that got involved in lighting back in late 90s. He was always kinda moving from one job to the next, not really knowing what he truly wanted to do. He worked at it for years, got involved in the very beginning of the movie industry here. Now, he has certificates and a pretty impressive resume, works on just about every major production that comes down here.

I would imagine many more stories like this one around. Its cool to witness how well New Orleans has been taken in by Hollywood.


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Awesome! I work in the industry in the camera dept. Good to see everyone's hard work getting noticed. This year is set to be the busiest yet.

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