Following a plunge in film production in Louisiana in recent years, the industry is experiencing a rebound.

In New Orleans, three feature films and four television series are in production. In recent months, three other feature films wrapped production in the city. Two major features are currently in preproduction: Channing Tatum’s X-Men adventure “Gambit,” in New Orleans, and Tom Hanks’ World War II drama “Greyhound,” in Baton Rouge.

“It’s super exciting,” said Katie Williams, director of Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office.

Revisions to Louisiana’s motion picture tax credit program last summer, with the goal of luring film production back to the state, appear to be working. The changes, Williams said, “make the program more sustainable. Productions can count on the program being there, now and in the future.”

Chris Stelly, executive director of entertainment at Louisiana Economic Development, said the 2017 changes are re-establishing filmmakers’ confidence in the tax credit program. “There certainly is an uptick,” he said.

The recent rise in production follows the 90 percent drop that followed 2015 revisions to the motion picture tax credit program. It was a swift decline.

For 2013, FilmL.A., the nonprofit film office that serves the Los Angeles region, ranked Louisiana No. 1 in international film production, above California, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The 2015 legislative changes to the motion picture tax credit program were designed to curb credits deemed too generous to filmmakers. But when legislators capped the tax credit at $180 million per year, they didn’t set a corresponding limit on the amount of tax credits that could be issued. Wary producers, unsure if the cap would allow them to redeem tax credits, bolted from Louisiana for other states, especially Georgia.

But even in the depth of the downturn, film crews didn’t disappear from New Orleans.

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“We never lost television in New Orleans,” Williams said. “We were fortunate to establish those relationships early with ‘NCIS: New Orleans,’ ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Claws’ and ‘Preacher,’ ” she said. “They stuck with us.”

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But New Orleans did lose feature films budgeted from $20 million to $100 million. “They typically went to Atlanta and Los Angeles,” Williams said.

On the brighter side of feature film production in the city, lower-budget independent projects didn’t leave to the extent big productions did. In January, one of those indie films, “Assassination Nation,” scored the biggest deal at the Sundance Film Festival. Global rights for the film sold for more than $10 million.

Indie projects such as “Assassination Nation,” Williams said, “kept jobs and opportunities here for our local filmmaker community.”

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Jobs are the priority at the Film New Orleans office, Williams said.

“During the downturn, a lot of crew people had to pick up side gigs or travel to other parts of the country to work. We’re happy to have the bigger features back. Movie stars on the streets mean jobs.”

The 2017 changes to the motion picture tax credit include incentives for the creation of permanent jobs for Louisiana residents; incentives for production throughout the state; and front- and back-end caps to make the tax credit program more predictable for the state budget.

Studies commissioned by Louisiana Economic Development faulted the motion picture tax program’s return on investment to the state. But the studies also noted the film industry’s economic impact, Stelly said.

“Return on investment is simply what the state collects in taxes vs. what we issue in tax credits,” Stelly said. “That discounts the ancillary impacts: More than $900 million in household earnings and $1.22 billion in economic impact in new business sales (in calendar year 2016).”

The revised motion picture tax credit program includes a five percent credit for filming outside of the New Orleans area. Williams, located in a city that’s a favorite for filmmakers, doesn’t mind sharing the production pie with other Louisiana localities.

“Obviously, the New Orleans region is really strong in production,” she said. “And it’s had 10-plus years to build infrastructure and crew and stage space. But every one of our current projects takes advantage of the entire region. No project ever stays completely in New Orleans.”

“Greyhound” is the first production to take advantage of the 5 percent credit for filming outside of the New Orleans area. It will film in Baton Rouge at Celtic Media Centre and the USS Kidd Veterans Museum.

“ ‘Greyhound’ is our first large project since the new incentives went into effect,” said Katie Pryor, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission. “It’s a great way to set the tone and an exciting taste of what’s to come.”

“ ‘Greyhound’ has gotten a lot of attention and rightly so,” said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson. “It will be a $50 million production starring Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, one of the world’s best-known movie stars.”

More productions are on the way, Pierson said.

“Local film offices are reporting increasing inquiries from filmmakers,” he said. “Entertainment production is a good fit for Louisiana’s creative culture and skilled workforce. Our entertainment program provides jobs and economic activity. For every dollar invested through entertainment tax credits, there is an economic impact of $4.68 across the Louisiana economy.”