Film and TV Locations

Old Movie Camera History - Freeman Owens Exhibit, Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, Pine Bluff

Freeman Owens Exhibit,
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, Pine Bluff

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Arkansas is the Perfect Place to Find Filming Locations

The motion picture industry first discovered that Arkansas is an ideal place to find filming locations in small towns and big cities plus rural countrysides in 1926 with Universal's Uncle Tom's Cabin and it's been a popular shooting location ever since. From major motion pictures, like Sling Blade made by Arkansas native Billy Bob Thornton in central Arkansas, and made-for-television movies in the South to mini-series and television shows, such as The Blue and The Gray, The Natural State is well-represented.

Many of the locations are accessible to visitors. Find your movie of interest and start planning your trip. You might even want to rent a DVD of the film to watch while visiting.

Some inventions that revolutionized the motion picture industry had their beginnings in Arkansas. In 1912, Pine Bluff native Freeman Owens was awarded the first of several patents which helped formulate what is today's modern film industry. Some of his inventions include an improved version of motion picture cameras and projectors, slow motion for motion picture cameras and projectors in 1920, and perhaps most importantly, Phonofilm - the first synchronized sound and film apparatus in 1923.

Owens and his groundbreaking discoveries are honored in his hometown of Pine Bluff with a mural, pictured above. Also in the mural is another motion picture revolutionary, Gilbert Maxwell Anderson, who starred in the first western movie production, The Great Train Robbery in 1903. Anderson, born in Little Rock and raised in Pine Bluff, is more commonly known by his screen name, "Bronco Billy."

Arkansas is one of the top places to film TV shows and movies in the South. If you're interested in filming a production in Arkansas, visit to discover how the state can be of assistance to you.