Film New Orleans

Locations. Resources. Incentives.

Weather & Geography

Mild winters mean year-round shooting.

New Orleans’ climate is designated “sub-tropical.” The City experiences mild winters with long spring and summer seasons, making year-round filming possible. January’s morning lows average around 44°F (7°C) with daily highs around 62°F (17°C).  Daily highs in July average 91°F (33 °C) cooling to a comfortable 74°F (23°C) in the early mornings. 

 

 

The City receives an average of 62 inches of rain per year, or roughly 5 inches per month.  The summer months are the wettest and the fall months are the driest.  Usually precipitation in winter predictably accompanies the passing of a cold front.
 

Please contact Film New Orleans with specific questions regarding weather patterns and storm preparedness.

Seasonal Information

Our evergreen and deciduous foliage provide the best of both worlds.

The region’s sub-tropical climate keeps New Orleans an extremely green, lush environment. The city’s foliage offers many different looks, from wooded forests to moss-draped oaks to avenues lines with palm trees.

New Orleans is sometimes referred to as an “urban forest,” as it is home to one of the largest urban collections of mature trees in the world. Several of our most commonly found species of trees remain green year-round, a unique and valuable asset to filmmakers. Picturesque Live Oaks, Sweet Bays, Southern Magnolias, and Japanese Yew remain green and “alive” during even the bleakest southern winters. With proper treatment by a locally hired team of greensmen, lawns in February photograph like lawns in August. Spring and summer exteriors can be accomplished all year long with the help of a mindful location scout.

 Though not as sweepingly dramatic as a Northeastern fall, New Orleans does see a degree of colorful changes to seasonal foliage such as the Sweet Gum, Flowering Dogwood, Black Gum, Persimmon and Crape Myrtle trees.

Geography

Waterways, Small Town USA, Farmland, Metropolitan Downtown…

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes (rather than counties). New Orleans proper occupies the entirety of Orleans Parish, with the greater New Orleans area extending west in St. Charles, St. John, and St. James, south into Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes, and north into St. Tammany Parish and the surrounding areas.

With miles of waterfront in three directions, New Orleans is partly peninsular. The heart of the city spreads around a curve in the Mississippi – the source of the nickname “Crescent City” – while bordered on the north by Lake Ponchartrain, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico via Lake Lorgne. Lakes swamps, marshlands, and bayous extend from the city in all directions.

In addition to the aquatic characteristics of the city, New Orleans offers a diverse range of looks from rural farmland to a dense urban downtown. Our residential offerings range from classic southern architecture to nondescript mid-west looks to Beverly Hills mansions and California bungalows. To get a better idea of the tremendous scope that New Orleans offers, contact Film New Orleans to arrange a scout directly suited to your particular project.