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Baton Rouge-based film producers Daniel Lewis and Ken Baddish sit together in front of the Launch Media Green Screen at the Celtic Media Center on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2011. Lewis and Baddish are producers with Active Entertainment. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

Baton Rouge-based film producers Ken Badish, left, and Daniel Lewis sit together in front of the Launch Media Green Screen at the Celtic Media Centre on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2011. Lewis and Baddish are producers with Active Entertainment. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

 

When I was in college, I remember one of my roommates and her hometown friends being over the moon about being extras in a movie that was filming in Shreveport. They ended up being featured in a scene of Factory Girl, and I remember sitting on the couch, listening to their stories of the set when they got back in Baton Rouge later that weekend.

I was excited for them, but that was as far as it went. I didn’t really have any interest in the movies – other than watching them – and I didn’t keep up with the films that were starting to come to Louisiana.

That was more than five years ago.

Since I came back to Baton Rouge last summer, one thing has become quite apparent: The film industry is booming here in Louisiana; Baton Rouge, especially, and I have had the pleasure of meeting, photographing and spending time with various people affiliated with this industry.

In October, I met up with film producers Daniel Lewis and Ken Baddish at the Celtic Media Centre to make some portraits for a story running in January’s edition of 225. The company moved from Lafayette to Baton Rouge last fall, and they’ve been staying busy with various projects.

The guys and I laughed quite a bit as we were setting up and taking these shots. At one point, I was standing on the handrails of movie theater-style seats to get them at an editing bay in the production center.

All in all, the photos turned out wonderfully, and it was fascinating learning a little more about the film industry through the assignment.

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