USAToday article ~ Versatile Louisiana becomes 'L.A. South' for movie shoots

Lots of fans were baffled when Louisiana was announced as a filming location for Breaking Dawn. USA Today gives a bit of an explanation:

“The boom is most visible around New Orleans. In 2009, 22 movies and TV shows filmed there. Records have already been broken in 2010; by July, 24 projects had shot there.

“We’re way ahead of the curve in the New Orleans region,” says Katie Gunnell, interim director of the city’s Office of Film and Television. “The city has seen an incredible bump in applications for 2011 as well.”

Across the state, work is consistent and year-round, despite hurricane season and blazing summer temperatures. “We’ve maintained 20 to 25 productions at any given time during the year,” Stelly says. “We’ve doubled for New York City, Los Angeles, the Northwest, basically Anytown, USA.”

Those who have shot there point to several factors contributing to the region’s appeal: diversity of scenery, financial incentives and proficient crews.

“You can get an 1800s look, you can get a Parisian look,” says Todd Lewis, producer of The Chaperone. “You can get suburbs, you can get the country. It’s got a little bit of everything.”

See more on USA Today.

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Comment by Team Edward<3 on August 3, 2010 at 1:18pm
i hate that ther filmiing it ther its stupid what r they going 2 flim ther THER SO STUPID
Comment by Lauriesiana on August 3, 2010 at 2:44pm
I for one am quite happy and excited about Breaking Dawn being filmed in my home state. Talk about a great boost to our economy it'll bring... plus I'm really lookin' forward to hangin' out with all the other Baton Rouge set soldiers! I'm bringin' the beignets!!!! =)

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