Story by Arlena Acree, Director of Film, Media, and Entertainment,
City of Shreveport Film Office
Film and TV production activity has picked up tremendously in the Shreveport-Bossier area for 2012.
Thus far, we have hosted 13 film/TV projects and are gearing up for more possible projects. Reality TV is becoming more common in our area due to several new shows that are doing very well. Billy the Exterminator is currently shooting their fifth season. We also have two feature films shooting now: Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Dylan McDermott, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Keong Sim, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Rami Malek, Charles Baker and Frank Mosley. It’s very exciting to have some production of this caliber and a lot of wonderful cast.
Shreveport’s Moonbot Studios won an Academy Award recently for its first animated release, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Shreveport artist William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, his co-founder of Moonbot Studios, were present in Hollywood for the big win. Moonbot reached the apex of the entertainment industry by winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The acclaimed 14-minute film features the protagonist surviving a storm and landing in a world where books come alive as characters with curative powers, imparting healing through discovery. Joyce, Oldenburg, managing partner Lampton Enochs and the Moonbot staff employed a variety of techniques in a hybrid animation style inspired by The Wizard of Oz, Buster Keaton and the Hurricane Katrina experience. A huge ticker tape in downtown Shreveport was given to honor the Moonbot team.
Our infrastructure continues to grow with some great successes. Millennium Studios will soon expand their 7-acre studio to 20 acres to include more soundstages, a prop house and a backlot. Our diverse locations have doubled for Washington, DC; New York; Miami; Kodiak, Alaska; Amsterdam; Guantanamo Bay; Maine; Kansas City; Senegal, Africa; Sodom; the Bering Sea; the North Pole; New Hampshire; Oklahoma; Memphis; Arizona; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Iowa; Los Angeles; Texas; and Portland, Oregon… just to name a few.
Cast and crew from out of town enjoy our quality of life, the ease of film production, and our efficient highway system with minimal traffic. Louisiana is always in the top United States and international rankings, and the industry will continue to grow, as we have some of the best tax incentives in the U.S. The year of 2012 will be a fabulous year and our 2013 is already shaping up. Let’s keep them rolling in…