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In contrast to the Diamond Film Company Studios on Bayou Saint John, modern studios focus on creating locations outside of Louisiana. These studios, equipped with green screen sets, special effects, and computer programs allow producers to film in New Orleans while creating settings of other places. For example, the fictional setting in the film “The Host” takes place in the deserts of New Mexico when in reality the entirety of the filming was done in Louisiana. The swamps located in Louisiana have also been used to simulate rain forests and jungles. 
A Green Alternative
While the producers are concerned with creating a profit in the long run, the state works to produce a steady flow of productions to studios in order to sustain local employment in the film industry.  Second Line Studios is a New Orleans based studio company consisting of stages: a digital screening theater, conference rooms, hair and makeup studios, green rooms, storage space, and even onsite catering. The most unique characteristic of this studio, in contrast to older studios, is its effort to be environmentally conscious. A bio-diesel alternative fuel generator powers film production and the studio is a LEED certified complex, among other characteristics that make Second Line Studios a green filming location. In addition to this environmental advantage, Second Line Studios also assists producers in utilizing the generous state tax incentives. 
The ability of these studios to create realistic settings allows producers to decide on filming locations based on resources offered by the workplace, workforce skill located in proximity of the potential filming studio, and tax incentives offered by the state. Second Line Studios supplements these benefits by offering a green filming studio.
Native studios such as Second Line serve a fundamental purpose in pursuit of a thriving film industry. While transplant production facilities have arrived in Louisiana and have established themselves as the foundation of the New Orleans film economy, homegrown film entrepreneurs will “cement the industry in the state’s overall economy”.  Recent reports also indicate that the percentage of projects produced by local studios has increased, although transplant production companies still produce the big motion picture projects.
- William French. Interviewed by Vicki Mayer. Tulane University. March 18, 2013. This interview is protected under a creative commons license.
- Malyshev, A. (2010). “Financing film through aggressive tax incentives A losing battle for states?” Media Law and Policy 19: 3.
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- Baxter, C. L. (2011). Fiscal and Economic Impact of Louisiana’s Entertainment Incentives. Report for the Louisiana Economic Development Office of Entertainment Industry Development and the Legislative Fiscal Office, pp. 6-7.