Film Industry Boomtowns: A Series

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Los Angeles. New York City.

For the longest time, anyone who wanted to make it in the film industry had little choice but to go to one of those places. Other cities just didn’t seem to have the opportunities a filmmaker was looking for. No matter how big or culturally vibrant they were, there just wasn’t a film industry presence significant enough to maintain steady employment. LA and NYC had the reputation, the community, and the well-established studios necessary for any large production.

Luckily, this is beginning to change, as LA and NYC are not very cheap places to live and not everyone’s ideal kind of environment. A variety of cities around the country are beginning to carve out industrious niches in the film world. As aspiring filmmakers, we are fortunate enough to be living in just the right time to take advantage of this. Things are growing at a steady pace and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be examining some of these film industry boomtowns. We’ll focus primarily on the cities of Atlanta, Austin, and Seattle, but Moviemaker Magazine has a wonderful list of ten filmmaker-friendly cities that is far more concise.

The MPAA also has a comprehensive list of each state’s tax incentives for the entertainment industry and recent production history. They list out the film industry’s economic contributions to each state as well (a useful guide if you just want straight figures).

If you’re trying to figure out a post-collegiate game plan, or just want to know what’s happening in the film world, hopefully these articles will be of some use to you. First up will be Austin, Texas, so stay tuned.

Written by Joe Youorski

Joe is a first year student planning to major in Mass Media Arts within Grady College and a writer on the Filmmaking Union Blog’s content team.

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