Breaking Dawn’s Significant Economic Impact on Baton RougeFeb 21st, 2011 | By Stefanie | Category: Featured Articles, Movie News
As y’all know, filming in Baton Rouge has wrapped and much of the cast have made it up to Vancouver to start filming this week. (The beginning of the end. . .*tear*) Because the production was there so long, and keep in mind filming isn’t the only part of production, there was also weeks of pre-production, it’s not surprising that Breaking Dawn left a huge impact on Baton Rouge.
‘The impact from this is remarkable beyond the dollars spent,’ says Amy Mitchell-Smith, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission. ‘Twilight is a pop cultural phenomenon, and this really got the Baton Rouge brand out to the world.’ Mitchell-Smith says the city benefited from publicity, such as star Kristen Stewart talking about staying in Baton Rouge in a recent Vogue magazine cover story. According to estimates, Breaking Dawn filming pumped $98.2 million into the local economy.
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That is a HUGE boost to the Baton Rouge economy. Not only has Breaking Dawn left an enormous economic impact on Baton Rouge, but it’s a lasting impact as well because of publicity, impending fan pilgrimages, etc… I think it’s awesome that the thriving film community of Baton Rouge got the opportunity to host such a big fish–or maybe it’s more of a whale?– like Breaking Dawn.