Anywho, now that the state has just made permanent the official tax cuts on film production in New Orleans.... the mayor/governor/investors/etc seek to add to the two production companies already here by attracting one or more of the major producing firms (e.g. Universal, Columbia, Tristar, Warner Bros., etc) to create a permant full-force production lot here, or relocate.
In other areas, the multiple hundreds of millions in incentives for movies (as well as commercials, music videos, and hopefully soon sitcoms) have indeed paid off:
New Orleans (and to some extent, Baton Rouge) have been the primary site for filming, and the secondary site for production, for such recent movies as: Runaway Jury, The Ray Charles Story, Bernie Mac's Mr. 3000, and Halle Berry's Oscar winner-- Monsters Ball.
Currently/soon filming are:
The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson Glory Roads, starring Ben Affleck The Last Time, starring Jennifer Aniston and Joaquin Phoenix Freshman Year, starring John Goodman (who's also planning on living here) Five Fingers starring Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Phillippe (he fine! ) ....along with 14 others movies which will be released nationwide.
Aside from my joy in the state/city finding a lucrative resourse to tap, I'm writing asking if any of you types are in the major film/music industries in any way? What's your take on the feasibility of a tripartite split between America's feature film production--- one of its largest exports and most lucrative sources of domestic revenue?
[Edited 2005-01-06 21:40:36]