Lights! Camera! Arkansas!

Arkansas is the set behind many 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.

Freeman Owens, an inventor of many filming technologies, is honored in his hometown of Pine Bluff with a mural. The mural also features Gilbert Maxwell Anderson, who starred in the first western movie production, "The Great Train Robbery." 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. Many of the locations are accessible to visitors, so find your movie of interest and start planning your trip.