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Disaster movie Geostorm filmed in Louisiana studio

GeostormDisaster movie Geostorm used a Louisiana studio as a production base and doubled New Orleans for cities around the world.

Much of the story takes place on a fictionalised version of the International Space Station, which was built as nine immense sets across five stages at Big Easy Studios in New Orleans. 

The facility has previously been used for action/adventure movies including Jurassic World and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

New Orleans also stood in for cities as diverse as Moscow, Tokyo, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. 

Major thoroughfare Canal Street doubled for Washington, DC, with a digital White House inserted in the relevant shots in post-production.

New Orleans’ historical building the US Customs House was used for scenes set inside the White House itself.

“We love shooting in New Orleans,” said Dana Goldberg, one of the film’s producers. “The city always rolls out the red carpet to help you and the crews are phenomenal. For this movie in particular it was just a perfect location.”

New Orleans is a US production hub due to its studio infrastructure and Louisiana’s generous filming incentive support.

The southern state just crept into the top five internationally in a May study from FilmLA of the most popular filming locations for US movies released theatrically in 2016. Georgia and the UK took the top spots, hosting close to 20 US features each, while Louisiana hosted six.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Louisiana.

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