Thursday, October 22, 2009

Filming: 2009 Early 2010 in Louisiana. Updated Novmber 19, 2009

This is what is in Pre Production or Filming in Louisiana during the last months of the year. More to come for the New Year.

Mirrors 2 Filming Baton Rouge more to come
Green Lantern Pre Production New Orleans
Delta Blues Pre Production New Orleans, more to come
Fight or Flight Pre Production Lafayette
Shotgun Wedding Pre Production
Earthbound Pre Production New Orleans 504-734-3793
The Americans Pre Production Shreveport
Treme Filming in New Orleans
Mortician Filming in New Orleans
Falling in love Filming in New Orleans
Swamp Shark aka Jaws of the Mississippi filming in Lafayette
The Hungry Rabbit Jumps Filming in New Orleans
Medusa Pre Production in Lafayette
Brothers keeper Filming in New Orleans
Battle Los Angeles Filming Baton Rouge
Secretariat Filming Lafayette
Monster Wolf Filming
The Big Show Project/Knucklehead Filming New Orleans
Ticking Clock Filming
Unearthed Shreveport (Wrapped)
The Mechanic Pre Production New Orleans
Video Girl Filming in Baton Rouge
Ultimate MMA Fitness Filming in Baton Rouge
Underground Comedy Champs Filming in Baton Rouge
Clunkers Filming in Baton Rouge
Pregnancy Pack Filming in New Orleans
Beat the Course Filming Baton Rouge
Chesterfield Pre Production New Orleans
Flag of my Father Pre Production Monroe
Julia X Filming Shreveport
Keep It Together more to come
Super is in Pre Production Shreveport more to come
Drive Angry Pre Production in Shreveport more to come

Nicolas Cage to film Drive Angry in Shreveport.

Nicolas Cage is getting the 3D treatment.
The actor has signed to star in "Drive Angry," a revenge action movie that Patrick Lussier will direct for Nu Image/Millenium Films. Michael De Luca is producing with Adam Fields.
Written by Lussier and Todd Farmer, the story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.
Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Avi Lerner and Boaz Davidson are executive producing for Nu Image/Millennium, which is planning to begin production in April in Louisiana; the company has a new $10 million studio in Shreveport, La.
"Angry" will be the first foray into 3D for Nu Image/Millenium and marks a return to the format for Lussier. The director, who got his feature start editing horror movies for Wes Craven, last directed "My Bloody Valentine 3D," which grossed $51 million domestically this year.
For the CAA-repped Cage, "Angry" is the third collaboration with Nu Image/Millenium. The latest, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," hits the festival circuit beginning with Telluride before going on to Venice and Toronto.

The Green Lantern Going to New Orleans?

Production had been rumored for Canada
By Phil Guie Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Probable destinations for the Green Lantern movie are bouncing around as fast as the Emerald ring-wearing heroes themselves: first we hear Mexico, then Canada.
But according to The Times-Picayune, at least part, and maybe all of the production is going to take place in Louisiana. An official at New Orleans’ Second Line Stages told the paper he has been contacted by the film’s producers, and Green Lantern production offices could be set up there as early as next week."The rumors are correct," said Kevin Murphy, the manager of studio operations at the Lower Garden District facility, who added production would occupy sound stages in December. Sets would be built that month, with principal photography to begin in March 2010.
"We are working out the details, and we have a nonrefundable contract" to rent stage space, Murphy said. "It would be, paint dries on one day, they're moving in the next. It's an awesome opportunity."Warner Bros. officials were not prepared to comment. If Green Lantern does move to Louisiana, it would mark the second time a Warners/DC Comics project came rolling into town. Over the summer, Jonah Hex filmed in the state; no word if the experience helped the studio settle on it for Green Lantern, but on the closing days of the shoot, producers Andrew Lazar and Ravi D. Mehta reportedly had nothing but positive things to say about their time there.Green Lantern had been scheduled to film in Australia, but the falling dollar caused Warners to explore other locations. Still, given the movie’s big budget, its arrival would be a boon for Louisiana, which has been offering incentives to movie productions.

Vampire Film Fest finally rests in N.O.

Special to
Published: Oct 22, 2009

Vampire folklore has captured the imagination of fans of the supernatural for centuries. From the classic literature of Bram Stoker to HBO’s television series, “True Blood,” to the “Twilight” phenomenon, these tales of myth and mystery have intrigued the fantasy lover in all of us.
But for all the cultural significance and international fervor, there hasn’t been a tribute to the creatures of the dark in the very city that has become the backdrop for all things gothic, historic and unexplainable – until now.
For the first time, the Vampire Film Festival is making its home in New Orleans during which four days of film, art and entertainment will take over the city.
Festival director Asif Ahmed has been a part of the festival since its beginning six years ago and hasn’t let the dream of a Vampire Fest in New Orleans die.
“The goal was to launch a new film festival with the international appreciation of the vampire genre,” Ahmed said. “It started back in 2003 in Los Angeles, and it was in L.A. with the goal to always travel with it and bring it to New Orleans. Obviously we know what happened with the hurricane in 2005, so it actually fell apart in between those years and we’ve finally brought it back from the dead.”
Oct. 23–26 has been designated to bring to life all things vampire.
Ahmed describes his love for the Big Easy and why it is the perfect stage for the Vampire Film Festival this year.
“I love the city and spent many Halloweens there over the years. There is no other place to be during that time of year. New Orleans, partially due to Anne Rice, has a vampire quality and culture, as well as the whole gothic culture with the above ground cemeteries and gothic architecture. It just seems like it’s the perfect match.”
With more than 50 films from 11 countries, Vampire Fest will include screenings of several feature films and multiple shorts each day that were selected by panels of filmmakers, film critics and even a couple of vampire aficionados who made sure that each film gave an original spin to the well-known myths.
“What’s great about vampire films is there really is some classy, high-quality work that has A-list stars, and it’s not just what I call sloppy horror movies,” Ahmed said.
Not only are the films coming from around the world, but many of the filmmakers themselves will appear with their films at the festival.
“We have filmmakers coming from Spain and Austria and all around Canada to the festival. All the filmmakers are invited to speak and do a Q & A after their films and sort of discuss the filmmaking process,” Ahmed said.
Sunday, Oct. 25, will feature a panel of vampire novelists with authors such as Erin McCarthy, Sue Dent, Van Jenson and local debut novelist Nicole Peeler. A “Shoot Louisiana” panel will be held afterward in partnership with the film commission to discuss filming in Louisiana.

“We want to bring upcoming and established writers together to discuss their inspiration, the genre, where it’s headed and what they’ve added to it. We’re also inviting new filmmakers, as well as filmmakers in Louisiana, to come out to our filmmaking panel to talk about shooting in Louisiana,” Ahmed said.
“Our goal is to bring that group of filmmakers and that group of writers together with a reception after the panels to facilitate further storytelling so hopefully they’ll make the next vampire film for next year’s festival,” he said. Not only will panels and discussions take place on Sunday, but a full vampire ballet is scheduled with three different show times.
“Even though we are first and foremost a film festival, we are moving toward becoming a whole vampire arts festival,” Ahmed said. “We’re bringing a 14-person ballet troop from Phoenix, Lisa Starry’s ‘A Vampire’s Tale,’ and it’s what they call the nutcracker of Halloween. It’s the story of a girl who is getting seduced into the whole vampire culture through ballet, modern dance and a couple of Cirque de Soleil style aerial feats that they do.”
If you want to tease your pallet with a clip of the ballet, you can check out Vampire Fest’s Web site at and find the video under the living artist section.
Along with the ballet, another part of the living artist section is the New Orleans jazz funeral with the Tornado Brass Band that will be held in the French Quarter as well as a scavenger hunt and midnight showing parties.
“We are trying to create a party like atmosphere for the midnight film series. We’re going to have live musicians and a costume contest for each show,” Ahmed said.
While it has taken a long time and hard work for the festival to make its way to the Big Easy, the future of the festival could establish New Orleans and Vampire Fest as an international phenomenon.
“Getting anything off the ground in L.A. is a challenge and it’s hard to get media splash and excitement unless the top celebrities are there. The fact that we have all this excitement in New Orleans from the film commission and the tourism bureau and the city council people reinforces that this is home for the festival,” Ahmed said. “Our goal is to become the Sundance of New Orleans; to create a four- to seven-day film arts festival that promotes and highlights this genre that leads into Halloween.”
Before Halloween hits be sure to check out all the feature films and shorts on Friday, Oct. 23, and head to the opening night party at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, kicks off with the Vampire Jazz Funeral at 11 a.m., the scavenger hunt at 12 p.m., and a slew of feature films and shorts as well as the costume ball party.
Sunday, Oct. 25, kicks off with the literary panel at 2 p.m. and then the “Shoot Louisiana” panel at 3:30 p.m. with a party mixer of writer and filmmakers afterwards.
More shorts on Sunday leads to the vampire ballet with the first show starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, is the last day to hit the festival and get your fill of vampire and gothic shorts and your last chance to catch the vampire ballet before the closing party at 10:30 p.m. For more details on the schedule of events or to pre-order tickets be sure to check out their Web site at