BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Intermittent road closures and parts of Baton Rouge being closed off are some of the results of Louisiana's tax incentives continuously drawing more major film crews to the area.
The biggest project underway right now is "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage and the leaders in the Louisiana Film Commission said there are dozens of other projects happening around Baton Rouge and throughout the state.
With so many film and television projects coming to Louisiana, the mayor of Los Angeles just last week declared a "state of emergency" of sorts. He's now pushing California lawmakers to expand film tax incentive programs to keep projects in the Golden State.
Chris Stelly with the Louisiana Film Commission said the fact that other states are getting nervous says a lot.
During the filming of "Left Behind," there will be intermittent traffic control at entrance two (Mall of Louisiana Boulevard) as well as the entrance one (closest to I-10) until 7 p.m., including along Mall Ring Boulevard. (The impacted streets will remain open for the day, but traffic will be halted temporarily while the cameras are rolling.)
Please be aware there will be a scene involving pyrotechnics, thus there will be smoke as well as loud explosions, including a 60-foot fireball. There will be EMS, EBR Sheriff's Office, as well as St. George Fire Department presence during all of these shooting scenes.
Thursday September 5
The eastbound Picardy entrance ramp to Mall of Louisiana Boulevard will be closed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to Siegen Lane. There will be detour signs and barricades as well as EBR Sheriff's Office officials on site.
In addition, the westbound Picardy entrance ramp to the Mall of Louisiana Boulevard will also be closed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. and all traffic will be detoured to Bluebonnet Boulevard.
All Bluebonnet Boulevard entrances will be open and accessible to the Mall of Louisiana. During this shoot, a bus will be involved in a staged accident. Do not be alarmed as this is part of the film shoot and is within a controlled environment.