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Louisiana coined as "Hollywood South"

By americangeiko     Feb 2, 2007 in Entertainment
Film and television studios are expected to spend more than $400 million in Louisiana this year.
They're currently filming "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett within the city. A $150 million dollar film that was to be originally filmed in Baltimore, MD, but producers changed their mind when they realized they could save $20 million through tax credits if they filmed it in Louisiana.
Due to the tax credit and booming in the film industry in Louisiana. Many actors who were successful in Los Angeles are now returning home to post-Katrina Louisiana continue their acting career in feature films.
And through Hollywood's own brand of magic, they don't have to make every film set in New Orleans' French Quarter, or on a Southern Plantation. For example, the films "Ray" and "Just My Luck" were almost entirely shot in Louisiana. "Not one scene of it takes place in Louisiana. But I would say about 90 to 100 percent of the film was shot in Louisiana, with us doubling for places like Chicago, like Atlanta. They can make the audience believe whatever they want, in terms of where the story takes place." Says Alex Schott, Executive Director of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Film and Television.
I'm still haranging the casting agency to let me do extra work for "Buttons". No, I'm not a huge Pitt fan (which is why they should hire me), but the food and pay is always better on the feature films, especially $150 million dollar feature films!
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