Celtic Media Centre

After a screening in Los Angeles last week, director Andrew Drazek will screen his new film Student Bodies this Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Presented by Scene Magazine, the special invitation-only screening will be held at the Celtic Media Centre, where the Fantastic Four reboot is currently filming.

Drazek previously helmed the subversive 2009 comedy All American OrgyStudent Bodies is his second feature-length directorial effort.

Student Bodies is a comedy that tonally treads between Mel Brooks and John Waters. Shaking up the sex comedy genre by featuring a female protagonist, the fast-moving film delivers the genre’s requisite gross out gags while also weaving in smarter, more subtle jokes that sneak up on you. The result is a crass comedy with surprisingly complex underpinnings that plays like a pop record.

Written by Ted Beck, the film stars Whitney Moore, Tom Arnold, Simon Rex and Django Unchained‘s Laura Cayouette. The Ledge‘s Michael Mailer is producing. Nick Thurlow is executive producing.

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NOVAC – Script Supervisor Crash Course

by Samantha Roberge on June 16, 2014


The film industry is unique in that it does not require a formal degree. Rather, the industry operates on an age-old tradition: the apprenticeship system. The majority of film professionals working on set worked their way up through the ranks, slowly perfecting their skills. One exception is the script supervisor, who works alongside the director and actors to assure continuity and thoroughly notate the script to ensure a smooth transition from filming to post-production.

The New Orleans Video Access Center alongside the Baton Rouge Film Commission and Mayor Kip Holden’s Office have come together to create a training course for those who are interested in film production. The course Scripty is a two day class teaching the basic skills needed to become a script supervisor on a film set. The course is being held at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge on June 28-June 29 from 9am-5pm.

“The script supervisor position is a very underserved craft in the area and in many cases productions have to look outside of Baton Rouge to hire someone,” says Liza Kelso, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission. “I’m very pleased that we can create more opportunities for our talented locals by offering this class.”

Scripty will be taught by script supervisor Louisiana native Nancy Breaux. Nancy is an industry veteran who has been working in the television and film industry for over fourteen years. She also has a considerable amount of experience working with and teaching the mastery of script supervision. “NOVAC: BR is providing customized training that is relevant to the needs of today’s incoming productions,” says Darcy McKinnon, executive director of NOVAC. “Script supervision is a trade that can get locals close to the action in feature film production and provides a pathway to a career in the film industry.”

People who are interested in applying for the script supervision course will be able to fill out an application found on the NOVAC: BR website. This program has very limited enrollment. In order to be considered for the class you must be a resident of Baton Rouge. The deadline for applicants to submit their application along with a resume is Tuesday, June 17 at 5pm. Please e-mail your applications and resumes to elizabeth@novacvideo.org or via mail to NOVAC, 532 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.

For any Louisiana residents searching for immediate employment and long-term careers in the fast growing local film industry, check out the Baton Rouge Film Industry Workforce Training Program. With the support of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in Baton Rouge, NOVAC has created the Baton Rouge Film Industry Workforce Training Program. The goal of this funded program by Community Development Block Grant is to create economic opportunities for Baton Rouge residents.


Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne To Hold Film Industry Fundraisers

by Arthur Vandelay on April 27, 2014

Arnold-Jay-webLt. Governor Jay Dardenne will be holding two political fundraisers to connect with supporters in the film industry. A long time supporter of the entertainment industry as a tool for economic development, Dardenne was one of the authors of the first tax credit legislation in Louisiana a decade ago. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Dardenne has played a big role steering the state’s tourism marketing, and recognizes the tremendous role the film industry has played in keeping the state’s tourism industry robust, even as marketing budgets have shrunk.

The first event for “Reel Friends of Jay Dardenne” will be held from 6-7:30pm on April 29 in Shreveport, Louisiana at Millennium Studios, located at 300 Douglas Street. The second will be held from 6-7:30pm on May 15 at the Celtic Media Centre, located at 10000 Celtic Drive in Baton Rouge.

Both events will be an opportunity for supporters in the film industry to meet Dardenne and speak with him about issues affecting the industry now, and in the upcoming 2015 fiscal sessions of the state legislature.

Suggested donations to the “Reel Friends of Jay Dardenne” are $5000 executive producer level, $2500 producer level, $1000 production manager level and $500 crew member level.

Donations for Dardenne are also being accepted online at www.jaydardenne.com.


Simon Kinberg to script ‘Fantastic Four’

by Catie Ragusa on October 2, 2013


Simon Kinberg has been hired to write the script for a reboot of Fantastic Four, joining co-writer Matthew Vaughn. He has also written screenplays for X-Men: The Last Stand, and most recently, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which premieres in 2014.

Shooting in Baton Rouge’s Celtic Media Centre in February, Fantastic Four will be directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank, and will be released in 2015.


TRAILER: Oblivion

by Kayla Reed on December 11, 2012

Tom Cruise’s latest film finds him cleaning up Earth after it is practically destroyed by alien warfare. He and his partner, Olga Kurylenko, are almost finished the task when he makes a startling discovery in the form of Morgan Freeman and a group of survivors. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion was filmed in Baton Rouge at Raleigh Studios in the Celtic Media Centre and is set to release April 19, 2013.


‘Oblivion’ gets earlier theatrical release

by Alexandra Fraioli

Tom Cruise’s latest action thriller, Oblivion, will be released a week earlier than previously expected. The new opening weekend is set for April 19, 2013 with a special IMAX exclusive debut set for April 12. Oblivion recently wrapped filming at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge.

‘Battleship’ premieres at number one internationally

by Elizabeth Glauser

The sci-fi epic Battleship premiered for foreign audiences more than a month before its U.S. debut, topping the box offices in almost every market. The larger than life budget left Hollywood skeptical of the movie’s ability to succeed financially, but the early international success may put Universal at ease. The film opened in Australia, Korea, […]

New trailer for board game inspired ‘Battleship’

by Elizabeth Glauser

The success of the Transformers franchise has made room for another toy store staple to hit the big screen. Battleship is the latest children’s classic to get a movie makeover with stars like Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker helping bring the board game to life. The game was adapted for the screen by […]