Walking onto a film shoot, you’ll first notice trucks. A lot of them. It’s like a five-year-old boy’s Dr. Suessian dream – there are big trucks, little trucks, blue trucks, red trucks. They are there to transport cable, food, sets, props, and sometimes people. And carbon footprints be damned, much of the time they are turned on, idling for hours. Then there’s the craft services. This usually entails a delicious abundance of food carefully laid out for consumption. Not so bad, until you see the piles of plastic cutlery and plates, the water bottles forming a giant pyramid of waste, the reams of unrecycled paper scripts and the actors and executives arriving by private jet.
There are a lot of reasons we choose to fork over $8 to see a movie these days: we love the star, we're impressed by the special effects, we've got a thing for talking pandas. But what about whether the film's production was powered by a biodiesel alternative fuel generator?
Shane Snipes discusses sustainability issues with a New Orleans film studio. We will answer how can a film have an impact on the future, a community, and make difference in the world?
We will have the Director of Sustainability, Diane Wheeler, of the LEED Silver Second Line Studios in New Orleans talking about the first certified sustainable production space in the USA. To reach Silver LEED status, there are hundreds of materials, operations, and grounds requirements. Listen in as we explore what green filmmaking really means.
Shreveport to Sydney, governments and film commissions were angling for Warner Bros. to shoot its new superhero movie "The Green Lantern" on their land -- and spend some of the film's roughly $150 million budget there, too.
For a time, "Lantern" was scheduled to shoot at Fox Studios in Australia, then it was rumored to go north of the border, then south. Finally, the film landed in Louisiana, where it's lensing at Second Line Stages, a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified studio facility in New Orleans' Garden District. It's as if Second Line slipped on the glowing emerald ring that gives the film's protagonist his super-human powers.
"(Second Line) is the center of the industry in New Orleans right now," says Sergio Lopez, owner of the New Orleans post facility Storyville, which has a satellite office at Second Line. "There's so much robust activity that it just kind of vibrates from that area. The places around it are being bought up by the film and video industry, from rental space to warehouses; even Sandra Bullock bought a warehouse next door to it."
It doesn't hurt that Second Line boasts three soundstages, 73,000 square feet of warehouse space and a five-floor office tower. Nor does it hurt that Louisiana's film and TV production tax credit was bumped from 25% to 30% in July.
"New Orleans is way ahead of the curve on this," said Susan Brennan. "We've had the tax credits in place to bring the new productions here. All that was missing was the infrastructure. Now we have a facility that matches the top of the industry standards."
Academy Award nominated New Zealand born film director Taika Waititi is known as much for being part of the award-winning comedy duo The Humourbeasts (featuring fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement of HBO’s wildly popular Flight of the Conchords) as he is for his WWF Earth Hour ambassadorial responsibilities. Joking that he accepted his newly found eco-role thinking that it was actually a position with the World Wrestling Federation, the director happens to be the perfect representative for Mother Nature. Everyone, he believes, can chip in and make a measurable impact: “You can’t change the world by turning power off for one hour, but it’s about each person trying to show that a small action can make a huge difference.”
The grand opening of a new film studio in New Orleans shows how lucrative tax incentives have turned the state into a premier location for film and tv production. A mix of federal and state tax credits combined with private financing helped make Second Line Stages a reality. Many believe the old taxi cab repair garage in the Lower Garden District is sure to give Hollywood South a boost.
Get ready for a movie production boom in New Orleans. Second Line Stages, the first independent green soundstage in the country, is officially open.
It's more than 200 thousand square feet of work space - a state of the art, first of its kind in the country - right in the lower garden district. "I think New Orleans should be very proud of it as well as what they've been able to accomplish to bring a full service production facility to New Orleans." Kevin Murphy is the Studio Director at Second Line Stages - the first LEED certified studio in the country. That means the facility is environmentally green. "It's in terms of the building methods and the sustainability of the products you use in the building," he says.
Construction is complete on a soundstage facility in the Lower Garden District.
A ribbon-cutting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday for Second Line Stages at 800 Richard St., a $32 million project from owner and developer Susan Brennan and film consultants Trey Burvant and Diane Wheeler-Nicholson.
A mix of federal and state tax credits, combined with upfront financing, funded the project.
It involved turning a former taxi garage at Annunciation and Richard streets into two soundstages and three support structures.
New construction includes a four-story office facility, a third soundstage and a digital screening facility with seating for 50.