Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Filming for August 2009 in Louisiana

Battle: Los Angeles is in pre-production in Baton Rouge, Shreveport fax resume
to (225) 330-6961

Secretariat is in pre-production in South Louisiana. Email resumes to secretariat.themovie@gmail.com

Straw Dogs is in pre-production in Shreveport. Email resumes to strawdogslouisiana@gmail.com

The Somnambulist is in pre-production in New Orleans. Email resumes to tst.nola@gmail.com

The Mechanic is in pre production in New Orleans. More info coming soon

Wrong Side of Town Part II is in pre-production in Baton Rouge. Email resumes to

Monster Wolf is in pre production in Lafayette. Email resumes to jobs@bulletfilms.net

Swamp Shark is in pre-production in Lafayette. Email resumes to jobs@bulletfilms.net

Keep It Together is in pre-production in New Orleans. More info coming soon

Father of Invention is filming in New Orleans. Email resumes to fatherofinvention2009@gmail.com

The Exterminators is filming in Shreveport. Email resumes to vexcon@bellsouth.net

The Imagination Movers is filming in New Orleans. Email resumes to imnola504@gmail.com

Death House is filming in Baton Rouge. Email resumes to info@mostwantedfilms.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sci-Fi movie "Battle Los Angeles" to be shot in Baton Rouge

This is a great film for the State of Louisiana so move over Los Angeles. You can see how the tax incentives work when a film production and story based in and on Los Angeles is willing to film in Louisiana instead of on location in Los Angeles to capture some of the State available funds.

This film is a big production and it will have all eyes in Hollywood looking to the production to see if Louisiana is a better place to film than California. Below is the story from Baton Rouge.

This is the link the the story of Battle Los Angeles coming to Baton Rouge.

Principle filming will be based at Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge and at the Celtic Media Center. In addition it is rumored that they will film a few scenes in Shreveport Louisiana where they will close some of the interstate overpasses to film.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Governor Jindal Signs Tax Incentives into Law

Jul 09, 2009

Governor Jindal Signs Tax Incentives Into Law

BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he signed nine tax incentive bills into law. Notably, he signed six tax incentives that will continue to make Louisiana more economically competitive, including HB 898 by Rep. Cameron Henry which increases the film production tax credit, HB 458 by

Rep. Kirk Talbot which extends the sound recording production and infrastructure tax credit program, SB 277 by Sen. Ann Duplessis which extends and expands the Digital Interactive Media Tax Credit, HB 790 by Rep. Hunter Greene which extends the research and development tax credit, HB 110 by Rep. Jane Smith that provides a tax credit for clean burning motors, and HB 215 by Representatives Hutter, Leger, and Richmond that will create a cargo and infrastructure tax credit for Louisiana ports.
Governor Jindal said, “These tax incentives are critical tools to give Louisiana a bright economic future. By signing these bills, we’re ensuring that we not only have the ability to remain economically competitive, but that we can continue to move our state forward by making Louisiana the greatest place in the world to find a great paying job and raise a family.”

HB 898 by Rep. Cameron Henry is a Governor’s package bill that increases the film production tax credit from 25 percent to 30 percent and eliminates the phase-down of the tax credit program. Current phase out schedule for the film production credit (currently at 25 percent) is 20 percent on July 1, 2010, and then 15 percent on July 1, 2012.

HB 458 by Rep. Kirk Talbot is a Governor’s package bill that extends the sound recording production and infrastructure tax credit program by moving the program’s sunset provision to from 2010 to 2015 in order to stimulate long-term investment by the industry.

The Sound Recording Tax Credits provides credits for two purposes: production and infrastructure. For production there is a 25 percent refundable tax credit based on total in-state expenditures related to the production of a sound recording, and for infrastructure there is a 25 percent refundable tax credit based on total in-state expenditures for the development of sound recording studios.

SB 277 by Sen. Ann Duplessis is similar to Governor’s package bill HB 457, which extends and expands the Digital Interactive Media Tax Credit by permanently extending and increasing the credit by 5 percent creating a single rate of 25 percent of expenditures plus an additional 10 percent for Louisiana resident payroll expenditures (35 percent total credit for resident payroll). The bill also expands the definition of digital media to include technology companies.

HB 790 by Rep. Hunter Greene is similar to Governor’s package bill SB 108, which extends the research and development tax credit until December 31, 2013, and doubles the credit for small and emerging businesses with less than 50 employees. HB 790 also authorizes a taxpayer who receives a federal Small Business Innovation Research Grant to qualify for a tax credit equal to 40 percent of the award received during the taxable year. This is an increase in the current 20 percent credit.

Message from the Govenors office.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A message from Glorioso Casting.

Work in film in the Louisiana film industry as a extra or even a featured extra and get paid doing it. Louisiana filming is picking up again and if you would like to work in the Shreveport area here is your chance.

Message from Ryan Glorioso.

Check out the My Home town Show interview http://www.gloriosocastingllc.blogspot.com/

Sony/Screen Gems (Obsessed, Quarantine, Underworld, Rise of the Lycons) announces the movie “Straw Dogs,” written and directed by Rod Lurie, is slated to begin filming in Shreveport, LA on August 17, 2009.Glorioso Casting, LLC (Harold & Kumar 2, The Mist, The Expendables) is conducting the local casting for the film with open auditions scheduled in July.

People of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to attend as there is a need for more than 1,000 extras in several of the scenes as well as featured extras. (See Special Needs Below). Those unable to attend the open casting call can register by visiting www.gloriosocasting.com .When: Saturday July 11, 2009Time: Registration 11:00am – 5:00pmWhere: Louisiana Boardwalk540 Boardwalk Blvd.Bossier City, LA 71111Suite 310 (across from RUE 21 and The Nike Store)

What to bring: Bring a recent non-returnable photo (4 x 6 preferred). If you do not have a picture, one will be taken for you.Applicants may also bring a photo of their car to be considered for the film.

Special Needs: Everyone should register!

However we do have a strong need for:

• FOOTBALL PLAYERS: 18 - 23 years to look high school age. Real football players are encouraged to attend.

• CHEERLEADERS: 18 - 23 years to look high school age. Real cheerleaders are encouraged to attend. • REFEREE’S: REAL football referees are encouraged to attend.

• TOWNSPEOPLE: Adults, 18 and over, are strongly encouraged to attend. Children may sign up as well but parents/guardians must be present.

NOTE: We will have 4 days of NIGHT SHOOTING the week of August 17th, 2009 and we will need a large amount of extras.

NOTE: These are PAID positions. All who attend will be considered for the film!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

When Sylvester Stallone brings an explosive movie called 'The Expendables' to New Orleans, there's nothing small about it by Mike Scott

by Mike Scott, Movie writer, The Times-Picayune
Monday July 06, 2009, 5:00 AM
Picture Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The bullet casings littering the New Orleans-area set of the Sylvester Stallone action flick "The Expendables" didn't seem quite right.
They were strewn across the deck of a faux cargo freighter dominating a significant chunk of the 500,000-square-foot Louisiana Film Studios facility in Elmwood. To the untrained eye, they appeared to be .22-caliber shells or something similarly small, littler than the tip of a man's pinkie finger.
And in this movie -- built around an oversized cast, shot upon oversized sets and utilizing oversized weapons -- .22 caliber is unacceptably puny. Because the $80 million "Expendables" is not small. It's really big.
"It is very, very, very hard," writer-director-actor Stallone said, describing the shoot during a recent break, still wearing the black fatigues his character wears in the movie. "This is the hardest film -- and I know everybody says that -- (but) this is unbelievably difficult. It's just tough. There's just so much action."
Coming from a pedigreed action-film veteran with such titles as "Rocky" and "Rambo" under his belt -- not to mention their combined eight sequels (so far) -- those words mean something.
On this particular hard day's night -- which started about 8 p.m. and was still going strong at 3 a.m. -- Stallone already had overseen the near-hanging of one bad guy, a scripted fist fight between martial artists Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren, a bit of comedic improvisation with Lundgren, and a handful of increasingly jarring explosions that echoed through the studio complex while most of the cast was grabbing a 2 a.m. "lunch."
So the action star, who turns 63 today, can be excused for propping himself on the front of a golf cart to chat with pasty reporter-types.
"This started out as a dark comedy; it started out as a satire," Stallone said. "Then we thought, 'Let's make a really hard R' -- then I go back. It constantly was being just brutally changed. It wasn't until a week before filming that I said, 'Let's just make it this kind of movie.'"
And what is "this kind of movie"?
It's a high-adrenaline, well-muscled buddy picture in which Stallone, Jason Statham, Li and their team of mercenaries -- which includes Lundgren, mixed-martial-arts champ Randy Couture and NFL-player-turned-actor Terry Crews -- tackle the types of missions normally reserved for people whose combat boots and MREs come compliments of Uncle Sam.
Their missions come to them through a grease-monkey intermediary named Tool (played by Mickey Rourke).
"Let's say we dug up 'The Wild Bunch' and gave them one more shot," Stallone said. "These guys don't fit in this kind of world. They are 'The Expendables.' That's why they're called that."
Before the production wrapped late last week after two months in the New Orleans area, the sets for "The Expendables" sprawled all over the Louisiana Film Studios complex, a former Winn-Dixie grocery warehouse that saw its conversion into a film studio rushed along to accommodate Stallone and company.
In one section of the warehouse was the aforementioned cargo freighter deck, perched atop a 10-foot wooden platform. In another area was a set constructed to resemble the ship's cavernous cargo hold. There's also a wingless military plane somewhere, painted in the logo of the ornithology outfit that serves as the cover for the movie's mercenary characters. And, looming in the darkness outside, there's an expansive palace complex that had taken a pyrotechnic beating on previous nights.
Impressive stuff, to be sure -- but nowhere near as impressive as the film's alpha-male cast. In addition to Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Crews, Couture and Rourke, it also includes former pro wrestler Steve Austin and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts. There are plans for a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as a double-secret cameo from another action star whom the producers are playing coy about naming (*cough*cough*Bruce Willis*).
"We've got some tough men in this movie," Stallone said. "I mean some bad-asses, trust me. The extras -- you think I'm joking? -- we've got extras in this movie that could conquer countries. I went to Brazil and got the baddest, toughest mercenary group. It's staggering. Every one of them would just take all of us and snap us like spaghetti -- and they're extras."
Earlier in the night, and for much of the previous one, Stallone spent time choreographing the film's action-packed opening sequence, in which his titular team of mercenaries settles a hostage crisis with Somali pirates in the only way their know how: loudly.
("Don't be scared of the pirates," unit publicist Sheryl Main whispered unconvincingly to a group of set visitors.)
A motley band of mahogany hulks wearing tattered shirts and permanent scowls, the pirates are presumably among the bad-asses to whom Stallone was referring. When the cast and crew sat down for lunch, these guys had a table to themselves.
Even Crews -- who spent seven seasons as an NFL defensive end and linebacker -- found himself wide-eyed at the sheer scope of the action in "The Expendables."
"Everything is intimidating, dude," Crews said. "This is crazy."
Courtesy of Lionsgate"This started out as a dark comedy; it started out as a satire," Stallone said of "The Expendables." "Then we thought, 'Let's make a really hard R' -- then I go back. It constantly was being just brutally changed. It wasn't until a week before filming that I said, 'Let's just make it this kind of movie.'"
In a neck-and-neck race with Li for the title of most congenial member of the "Expendables" cast, Crews might also be the biggest. On one biceps is the skull-and-raven tattoo worn by all the members of Stallone's fictional mercenary team. Statham jokes that the version on Crews' supersized arm is the one that usually goes on others' backs.
Those biceps weren't of much use, however, when the movie's pyrotechnics experts placed explosive charges throughout the palace courtyard, a duplicate of a real complex in Brazil at which the production filmed.
"When they blew this whole set up, I swear it looked like 9/11. It was scary," Crews said. "I was really concerned about everybody on the ground. You start to worry, when the dust settles, 'Is everybody going to be OK?' I mean, that was a major, major thing. That was so huge. It was bigger than anybody thought it was going to be. It was like, 'Oh, wow. OK, I think we overdid it this time.'"
Overkill -- that seems to be a common theme on "The Expendables" set. It's the word Crews uses to describe his character's trademark weapon, an AA-12 semi-automatic shotgun. ("When I tell you it's the most insane thing you've ever seen -- each bullet, it arms itself with its own grenade," he said. "It's the king of overkill.")
It's also the word used by Lundgren, who's working with Stallone for the first time since playing rival boxer Ivan Drago in 1985's "Rocky IV," to describe his character. ("His special skill is overkill," Lundgren said. "He's got the biggest knife -- here's the sheath -- the biggest gun, which fires tank grenades that sort of vaporizes the person, liquefies them. When you hit him, it's game over.")
Stallone's character carries a pair of .45-caliber handguns. Statham's is a knife man. Li arms himself with steel-toed boots, which become lethal weapons when attached to his lightning-fast feet. And Couture's weapons are his hands.
Beneath it all, however, Stallone knows there has to be more than bloodied baddies to keep audiences engaged.
"Like 'Rocky, he said, referring to the career-defining 1976 movie that earned him Oscar nominations for acting and writing. "The whole thing about 'Rocky' wasn't about him boxing. It was about aging -- that was what made the movie. It wasn't him. It was about her -- him finding love, him making someone's life better -- and, before you know it, the audience identified with it."
In "The Expendables," he said he has created a group of characters who are hardened, heartless and invulnerable in combat. Off the battlefield, however, each is deeply flawed. "Every one of them has feet of clay," he said.
Strapping Statham's character , for example, has trouble relating to women; Stallone's has trouble relating to everybody; and Lundgren's is a homicidal maniac.
Although the movie, with its big action, big cast and sense of humor, is meant to be fun, Stallone hopes the undercurrent of vulnerability he's written into the major characters makes audiences connect with them. "If it's just about muscles and bullets, then it's a pretty limited thing," he said.
If such a connection is made, you can expect to see "The Expendables" back for more adventures.
"Definitely. We already have got some ideas about 'Expendables No. 2,' 'No. 3," said Millennium Films' Avi Lerner, a producer on the film. "Definitely, it's a franchise movie."
The cast's principals would jump at the chance to crack more skulls in a sequel -- assuming their characters are still around when the final credits roll on this first installment. The movie is called "The Expendables," after all.
Some even divulged that their characters survive the action.
And just like that, these "Expendables" don't seem very expendable after all.
"That's what I'm saying!" Crews said. "'The Renegotiatables' -- let's make that happen."

Movie critic Mike Scott be reached at mscott@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3444. Read him online at www.nola.com/movies or follow his Twitter feed at twitter.com/MikeScottTP.