One of the main reasons filmmakers choose Austin is its diverse topography and moderate climate (suitable for year-round filming). The city has rolling hills to the west, flat prairies to the east, crystal-clear lakes, and pine forests all within a half hour of the production office. And because Austin is surrounded by small towns that haven’t changed much in the past few decades, there are abundant locations to film period pieces that use historic county courthouses, Main Street storefronts, and vintage homes as scenery. Also, since the area has been a hot spot for filming since the early ’90s, there’s a deep talent pool of qualified crew members.
Finally, as most Austinites will quickly and enthusiastically claim, the city is a fun place to be on location for a few months. Residents are welcoming without being overly starstruck, the restaurant and bar scene is a fun destination after a hard day’s work, there are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, and the plethora of actors and directors make for a wealth of qualified available talent.
Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon Texas.