- Where do I go to voice my concerns about filming?
Every film has a Locations Department whose specific job is to be the liaison (the “go-between”) between the film production and the community. So if you are a citizen or local business with concerns about a production shooting in your immediate vicinity:
- The first place you go is the Locations Manager. If the film is shooting close by, find a crew member with a radio and ask them to radio for someone in Locations. The Locations department will always be in close contact with Security or Police officers.
- Additionally, you may call or contact Film Jefferson by email at email@example.com or by phone at 504.736.6094. If you contact our offices and have not yet spoken with the Locations Manager, we will put you in touch with him or her. If you have already spoken with the Locations Manager, we will be happy to speak with you.
If you are concerned about filming in your area in general (not a specific issue), then please contact your local Neighborhood Association, Parish Council Office or other appropriate community organization. We are in regular contact with MANY local neighborhood and professional organizations, and regularly email notifications to these entities when their constituents are affected. If your organization would like to be notified, have your representative call or email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.736.6094.
- How will I know when a production will be shooting in my neighborhood?
Productions will post NO PARKING signs as early as possible (usually within 24-48 hours) and flier the immediate neighborhood (usually within 48-72 hours) in advance of their shoots to notify the local area.
- Will I still be able to get to my residence/work/local businesses if a movie is shooting nearby?
ABSOLUTELY! Pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow is maintained at all times, and a law enforcement officer is assigned to many exterior shoots. Occasionally, you may be asked to pause for a few moments during the taping of the scene. Enjoy the show. Your patience and cooperation is much appreciated. Jefferson Film will work closely with each production to help minimize the impact for neighbors and/or business owners when filming is going on in their area.
- When productions shoot in my neighborhood, why do they take up parking spots?
Public streets are paid for and shared by all citizens of Jefferson Parish, including the production industry. Which contributes millions of dollars to our local economy on an annual basis and employs thousands of Jefferson Parish residents? Film Jefferson understands that a temporary loss of parking poses an inconvenience to residents and merchants. Law enforcement officers assigned to the set from the Movie/TV unit are on hand to ensure a production’s parking is in compliance with their agreement or contract. If you have a specific need/concern, we encourage you to contact the production directly via the numbers supplied on the flier and communicate to them your questions or concerns.
- Can you tell me where [movie name] is filming?
Unfortunately, we cannot. The Jefferson Parish Film Office is bound by confidentiality agreements that prevent us from releasing this type of information.
- Can the Film Office help me find a job?
NO. The Film Office is not an employment agency. The best way to guarantee that you are being considered for local work is to make sure you are listed in the Jefferson Parish Production Directory located on our ‘local updates’ tab at www.filmjeffersonla.com
- I have a script and I am looking for someone to produce it. Who do I call?
The Jefferson Parish Film Office is not involved in the development phase of the entertainment business. We advise that you secure a literary agent who can assist you with more information.
- I am a local independent filmmaker. Can the Film Office help get my movie made? Can I pitch my movie idea to you?
While the Film Office is not involved in the actual production, financing or distribution of films, we can provide assistance with permitting, production resources and contact information to help your project get underway. A good resource is the website for Independent Feature Project at www.ifp.org.
- Where can I watch a movie being filmed on location?
As a general rule, production companies do not publish detailed information about their locations prior to filming. The Jefferson Parish Film Office is bound by confidentiality agreements that prevent us from releasing this type of information. Prior permission from a productions publicist or producer is a must as many shows have very strict contractual agreements regarding publicity and onlookers. Additionally, as they are on tight deadlines, (and actor salaries and equipment rentals are very expensive), it is imperative that shooting not be slowed down by visitors. We ask that journalists and fans respect the projects footprint and keep this city “film friendly” by not disrupting the production schedule in any way.
- How do I advertise my location/ business/ property as a filming location with your office?
The Jefferson Parish Film Office keeps an updated database of available locations for filming. For more information regarding locations, please email email@example.com or call the Film Office at 504.736.6094.