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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