Last Modified: September 12, 2008Casting Calls
A top level Hollywood corporate movie executive was overheard recently at a Spago Beverly Hills power lunch complaining about how all the “good people” were leaving town to make movies in Shreveport, Louisiana. The number of films being produced in Shreveport has in fact risen dramatically because of Louisiana’s generous tax credits, the City of Shreveport’s pro-active policy to assist movie production companies, the wide variety of picturesque shooting locations in the region and the large pool of available local talent. Local actors are landing jobs in movies being produced in Shreveport, local businesses are profiting from supplying the movie companies with many commodities, and residents are even making their homes and properties available as filming locations.
The City of Shreveport-Bossier Film Office helps actors find casting calls
Shreveport has developed an innovative program to help people in the film industry in many ways. The Shreveport-Bossier Film Office maintains a website for Shreveport-Bossier Film Production Assistance at: www.shreveportfilms.com, which is intended to be an all encompassing resource for movie production companies that are interested in filming in Shreveport-Bossier City. Assistance offered includes location scouting, finding local services, 24-hour production assistance, and helping people understand and take advantage of the city and state tax advantages. Shreveport-Bossier Film Production Assistance also helps actors who are searching for casting calls by maintaining a data base of people who want to find work. The data base is made available to companies who are searching for talent. A list of casting agencies located in the Shreveport area can be found on their website at: www.shreveport-bossierfilm.com/casting_agencies.html.
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