The reader wrote: “This proposal is al [sic] ‘vapor’ and will never see the light of day. Studio complexes like this are not needed in Shreveport. Producers are fleeing Hollywood cause [sic] they won’t pay top dollar prices, so why would they want to pay rents on something as overbuilt as this. Shreveport merely needs more experienced crew and it will thrive with the studio space it has.”
The comment begs the following questions.
Are newly constructed soundstage complexes needed in a region that’s already doing pretty well for itself, at least at the present moment?
Should there be more places to film? If entrepreneurs build more soundstages, will more productions come?
Should entrepreneurs continue to retrofit the buildings and infrastructure already found in northwest Louisiana?
Expo Hall has been converted into StageWorks of Louisiana, and that’s getting business. The old AT&T plant has turned into a soundstage and production office, and that’s working. Other facilities are being used, too.
The wave tank built for “The Guardian” was bought and repurposed as the Louisiana Wave Studio. To my knowledge, it officially opened for business at the end of March but hasn’t announced a client. (If I’m wrong, please tell me.)
Instead of building new production facilities, should the region concentrate on selling itself as a place with versatile locations? Should Shreveport just promote itself as Anywhere, USA, and be happy with the business it gets?
Is it better to concentrate on growing the crew base and using existing facilities?
What say you? Do we need more, or do we have enough?
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