While producers are of course concerned with creating a profit in the long run, Louisiana has been working in the past decade to produce a steady flow of productions to studios in order to sustain local employment in the film industry (check out Malyshev’s “Financing film through aggressive tax incentives A losing battle for states?” Media Law and Policy 19: 3 for details on this theory). The debate over the tax incentives, which you can read more about from Brian Friedman (Part I and Part II) if you need to brush up, is a hot-topic button, but tax incentives or not, studios in Louisiana are at the vanguard of support and sustainability.
Second Line Studios is a New Orleans based studio company consisting of stages: a digital screening theater, conference rooms, hair and makeup studios, green rooms, storage space, and even onsite catering. The most unique characteristic of this studio, in contrast to older studios, is its effort to be environmentally conscious. A bio-diesel alternative fuel generator powers film production and the studio is a LEED certified complex, among other characteristics that make Second Line Studios a green filming location. In addition to this environmental advantage, Second Line Studios has been gossiped about, but in the good way. When the tax incentives were present, they were know to assist producers in utilizing the incentives to help bring more filming and film industry professionals to Louisiana (“Movie Production Studio New Orleans Louisiana SecondLine.” Movie Production Studio New Orleans Louisiana SecondLine. Web. 07 Apr. 2013).
The ability of these studios to create realistic settings allows producers to decide on filming locations based on resources offered by the workplace, workforce skill located in proximity of the potential filming studio, and tax incentives offered by the state. Second Line Studios supplements these benefits by offering a green filming studio.
Native studios such as Second Line serve a fundamental purpose in pursuit of a thriving film industry. While transplant production facilities have arrived in Louisiana and have established themselves as the foundation of the New Orleans film economy, homegrown film entrepreneurs will “cement the industry in the state’s overall economy” (Baxter, C. L. (2011). Fiscal and Economic Impact of Louisiana’s Entertainment Incentives. Report for the Louisiana Economic Development Office of Entertainment Industry Development and the Legislative Fiscal Office, pp. 6-7). Recent reports also indicate that the percentage of projects produced by local studios has increased, although transplant production companies still produce the big motion picture projects.