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.
New York City
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.
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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This post originally appeared as a Filmmaker Story on Filmmaker Freedom submitted by Craig Inzana.
I’m a filmmaker from a small market in rural Pennsylvania. DuBois, PA to be exact. Here, micro-budget filmmaking is essential if you want to make movies at all. After a few years of producing short films and a web series for under $1,000, I finally was able to work on something where we could pay people. The difference was amazing!
In 2016, we produced a feature film for $10,000 in twelve consecutive days in the middle of the Pennsylvania woods.
That film is called Blood on the Leaves; not only did we do the crazy thing of trying to make an intense survival drama with a budget and schedule like that, we made the crazy decision that we needed to pay people.
I’m going to preface all of this by saying, every film project is different and your film might not need to pay people in order to get what you want out of it. Also, not everyone on our film got paid. If it weren’t for the immense amount of work myself and the two other producers put in on and off set for free, there’s no way this film would be happening.