Katrina Takes Toll on Film Industry

SEPTEMBER 8, 2005 -- While volunteers continue filling trucks and raising money to meet the human need in New Orleans, Hollywood is emerging with needs of its own.

Six movies were shooting in New Orleans before Katrina hit. All six films have since stopped production. Those companies are now looking at other states where they can finish their films. Other productions scheduled to film in Lousiana later in the year are also relocating.

Officials with the Wilmington Film Commission say North Carolina's new incentives and southern landscapes could bring companies here.  However, they say while North Carolina's incentives are competitive, many states changed their incentives this year, and it could take companies time to sort through them.