Magazine article Variety

Deep Southern Exposure

Magazine article Variety

Deep Southern Exposure

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When producer Scott Niemeyer came to New Orleans to shoot his 2012 film "Pitch Perfect," he found a lot of cheap production space: empty warehouses and abandoned stores standing in for soundstages and decommissioned state building. But he discovered that, in most cases, you get what you pay for. He had to bring in diesel generators for power, supplemental HVAC systems for air conditioning and erect lighting grids.

And don't even talk about the soundproofing.

"Anything goes there," Niemeyer says. "The sound guys pull their hair out, and we spend time in ADR trying to fix it."

In response to such issues, a handful of soundstage facilities have cropped up in Louisiana over the past decade, but they're mostly retrofitted buildings, not originally designed for production, Niemeyer says.

Recognizing the need for himself and others, Niemeyer set out to build Deep South Studios, a $63.5 million state-ofthe-art, purpose-built production complex not far from New Orleans' French Quarter. …

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