NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy issued a filming notice to New Orleans residents and businesses in the downtown area.
On Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st, a production company will be filming scenes from 7pm to 6 am that will include intermittent simulated gunfire. Uniformed officers will be on site to ensure safety. Filming will be limited to a closed set of Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, within the 100 and 200 blocks of South Rampart Street, the 1000 block of Common Street, and the 1100 block of Tulane Avenue. These blocks are closed to traffic through June 24 as part of a traffic plan that can be found at www.nola.gov/film, the home page for Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.
Film New Orleans, the City’s Traffic Engineering Division, the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department and other City agencies have worked closely with the production company to minimize the impact to area business, residents and commuters. The production company has done extensive outreach to businesses and property owners in the surrounding area.
The production will employ about 600 local residents and involve approximately 200 visiting cast and crew. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will have an estimated local economic impact of $80 million, which takes into account what the production will spend on such costs as labor, lodging and good and services.
Film New Orleans assists productions with the City’s permitting process, connects productions with local crew and resources, and facilitates communication between productions and the local community.
In 2012, New Orleans hosted 61 tax credit film projects (TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with direct spending of $669.8 million. In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with an estimated $544 million in direct spending.
Additional information will be released and posted as the project moves forward.
Members of the media with questions about the production should contact publicist Gregg Brilliant at firstname.lastname@example.org.