Every year Movie Making Magazine comes out with an article about the best cities to live in for filmmaking.
In the video, we talk about the best cities to live in to make films in 2019. Later on in the video we discuss why it doesn't matter as much as it used to. (Watch the video at the bottom of the page)
A few years ago I lived in Pittsburgh and then moved to Austin, Texas to follow the industry. My most successful projects have came out of my little home town area. It was a good idea to get started in those film cities while learning the ropes.
If you want a shortcut, here's the list:
The state has an incredible tax incentive that has made the area boom with business. It's more affordable than Los Angeles and still has the nice weather. There's a ton of talent there to work on movies with you that want to be working on films. It's a good mix of new industry talent and experience.
Canada also has a lucrative tax incentive. There's also a lot of productions happening here, sot he talent lives and works in the city already.
LA is still a hub of people interested in filmmaking. I wouldn't suggest people move straight to LA, but go here after you have some experience behind you. There's tons of talent to work with in the city, but you'll have to compete with all the other projects going on.
They have a lot of commercial production and quite a bit of television. It's a more unique way to cut your teeth in the filmmaking industry.
Well.... it's super expensive to live in New York, but there's tons of TV and commercial work. You'll have even more trouble finding collaborators because "everyone is busy."
What is great about Philly is the fact that it's easy to access other US cities. It's within driving distance to New York City, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. There's also a major airport that gives you access to many other cities.
Louisiana has crazy tax credits going on. There's a lot of people making great money working on films here. There's not as big of an indie film scene, but it's growing.
New Mexico has a very competitive tax incentive program and a lot of programs to train crew. They have plenty of shows filming there and are relatively close to Hollywood in comparison to the other states offering similar incentives.
You don't need to live in a major city to make movies anymore. Challenges exist everywhere, but so do opportunities. So take your pick and start making movies.
BTW, Movie Maker did come out with their 2019 list.
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