Austin's Thriving Film Industry

Ready, Action!: Austin’s Film Industry

The total economic impact of the Austin film and visual media sector has totaled nearly $2 billion over the last 10 years. has ranked Austin fourth among its 2011 list of the Top 10 Best Movie Cities – and for good reason. The site says “Texas’ unofficial film capital,” has been a “thriving, moviemaker-friendly community for years, and home to the country’s most exciting auteurs” – and that’s the absolute truth.

In the last 10 years, more than 600 major features, made-for-television movies, television series’ and short films have been produced here, in addition to hundreds of commercials and independent projects. Productions have included all three Spy Kids films, The Life of David Gale, Secondhand Lions, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, School of Rock, The Alamo, Miss Congeniality, Courage Under Fire, The Alamo, Hope Floats, Michael, and the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights.

The city’s vibrant music and film community has also earned it high rankings by MovieMaker magazine as one of the top American cities to be a filmmaker – including the top honor on the magazine’s Top 10 U.S. Cities to Live, Work and Make Movies list – citing Texas’ statewide incentive program that offers rebates for filming here.

Our studios, experienced work crews, variety of scenery, diverse natural environments, and such acclaimed directors as Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Mike Judge, filmmaker Terence Malick, and others have helped to firmly establish Austin’s film business – bringing business from Los Angeles and growing the city’s economic impact from the film and television industry.

The total economic impact of Austin’s film and visual media sector has totaled nearly $2 billion in the last 10 years, including the many productions filmed at Austin Studios – the city’s major film studio that’s housed in old airplane hangars at the former Mueller Airport; at Rodriguez’ Troublemaker Studios; and at Austin Studios’ Ranch Studios project in nearby Kyle, which offers space for 257 acres of sets, equipment and production offices.

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