Ready, Action!: Austin’s Film Industry
Moviemaker.com has ranked Austin second
among its 2012 list of the Top 10 Cities To
Be A Movie Maker – 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
In the last 10 years, more than 600 major
features, made-for-television movies, tele-
vision 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
The city’s vibrant music and film commu-
Austin: A Great Home For
nity 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.
Austin, Texas is a vibrant business community
and the perfect place for young business
people to get a start. Every year thousands of
innovative business leaders attend the SXSW
conferences, providing excellent networking
The capital of Texas has been dubbed the
“Silicon Hills” because it is a major high tech
center. Dell, Google, Facebook, and a host
of other companies have offices in Austin. The
government, local school districts and the
healthcare industry are also among Austin’s
largest employers. In addition, the area has a
vital foodservice industry, with an appetite for
new, exotic restaurants.
Being the home of the prestigious University of
Texas adds to Austin’s business appeal. Quali-
fied UT graduates are in high demand by local,
national, and international employers. And of
course, the University gives the city an overall
young appeal, generating unique and exciting
leisure time activities.
Compared to other Texas metropolitan areas
such as Houston, Austin has a slightly higher
cost of living. However, average income is also
higher and the Austin area is less expensive to
live in than other major business centers such
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
With its peaceful rolling landscape, wonderful
man-made lakes, and numerous opportunities
for sports and outdoor exercise, Austin is also a
healthy place to live. It is little wonder that in
March 2013, Under30CEO named it the number
one large U.S. city for young entrepreneurs.
Blooming with opportunity and alive with fun,
Austin could be the perfect place to start your
new business. For more information on the
Austin business community, explore our site.
University of Texas. Photo by Robert H. McGee