California is considered the golden land of movies, but who knows if it always will be? Take this report for example: The Wrap reports on a study by FilmL.A. that reveals the state of Louisiana had more major motion pictures shot in the city than any other place. A few of the movies shot there in 2013 include Dallas Buyers Club and Grudge Match. 18 out of the 108 movies that were produced by major studios or large independents were filmed in the state. Just behind Louisiana is California and Canada with 15 each.
The major studios included in the study were Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. The five independent studios included were DreamWorks, Lionsgate, the Weinstein Company, Film District and Relativity.
Tax credits and other financial incentives are the root of film production to migrating east of Hollywood. Here's a look at how drastic California's film output has changed:
"California produced 68 percent of the top 25 movies at the worldwide box office in 1997. In 2013, it was down to eight percent. Of the 26 live-action films with production budgets over $100 million, just two — The Hangover Part III and Star Trek: Into Darkness — were filmed primarily in California."
2014 isn't projected to be any better:
Only two films with budgets over $100 million that are set for release in 2014 — Captain America: Winter Soldier and Interstellar – were shot in the state.
FilmL.A. president Paul Audley thinks there's a solution to California's movie problem:
“Considering California's vast filmmaking talent, the state should be exporting films for global audiences, not jobs to global competitors,” he said. “State policymakers have the opportunity to make a difference this year by expanding California's film and television tax credit. We hope they give the strongest possible signal to the film industry that they want to keep film jobs in California.”
[via The Wrap]