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Lights, Camera, Acadiana

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Film producers have been taking advantage of the wide ranging scenery here in Louisiana since the early 1900's. That's just one of the reasons movie makers are flocking here.

It wasn't until the Louisiana Legislature created a tax incentive program for movie makers in July of 2002, that's when the state's film industry really took flight. The success of the industry has earned Louisiana the nickname, Hollywood South. Just recently, the nationally known Cooking Channel paid us a visit to feature our one of a kind Cajun and Creole cuisine. In the process members of the production crew shared with us the distinct differences in our structures right here in Acadiana.

"You definitely see it in a lot of the architecture. You see the buildings seems like there's a lot of Spanish and French influence in the style of the buildings, the windows, the balconies, the wrought iron."

Writers and producers from all across the country venture to Louisiana to sync their vivid imaginations to the unique scenery of our great state. Writer and director Charles Richard, is located right here in Lafayette. He is a professor of Moving Image Arts at UL Lafayette and is currently in the process of producing a film titled, "In the Mind of the Maker". In the Mind of the Maker is a feature length documentary that tells the story of a traditional Louisiana boat builder. Richard's resumè includes several different titles, but focus mainly on one area in-particular.

"Almost all the work that I've done has almost exclusively focused on Louisiana culture, Louisiana history and this place and it's people. I just find that there is an endless supply of good storytelling here in south Louisiana." said Richard.

And when it comes to capturing those stories, award winning producer Bobby Holbrook, with Holbrook Multimedia, is located right here in Lafayette, and have been in the production business for nearly 40 years and proclaim Acadiana one of the best places to film in the south.

"Acadiana is unique because of the architecture and the different locations that we offer. We can shoot anything from old-time country to corporate business type or a New York field if needed. The versatility here keeps us unique." said Holbrook.

Throughout the Holbrook's tenure in the business, opportunities presented themselves to move to much larger markets, but they are convinced, they have the right combination right here in Acadiana.

"We've decided throughout the years to never move away. Never to move the business and really focus on Lafayette because we know we have the right people here, we have the right community, we have the right culture to really help Build any industry much less music and film and video production." said Holbrook.

Ranking third behind California and New York in film production, Louisiana provides just about every scene you can imagine, minus the deserts and mountains. The state brings in about $150 million  annually thanks to the film industry. And due to our growing economy, we can expect that number to grow.

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