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BATON ROUGE PRODUCTION UPDATE:

WHAT’S NEW IN THE CAPITAL CITY? STORY BY LIZA KELSO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BATON ROUGE FILM COMMISSION

Center) to roll out several film courses throughout 2014. Nicknamed ‘BROVAC’ (Baton Rouge Organization/Video Access Center), this non-profit organization works with the Baton Rouge Film Commission and Celtic Studios identifying students and offering courses that include, but are not limited to, an intensive PA Boot Camp, a weekend-long Film Budgeting Intensive and a Script Supervisor Training Course. In its infancy, BROVAC has already placed 33 graduates in working positions on 11 local projects, ranging from films to national commercials to live events, thus solidifying its huge success. With nearly $200 million in production budgets hitting the Baton Rouge market in the first and second quarters, 2014 looks to be a

he Baton Rouge Film Commission works in concert with Celtic Media Centre, the largest design built studio in the Gulf South, to serve our productions with not only stage space, but state-of-the-art equipment and various logistic needs, as well as post-production services. In addition, the Baton Rouge area has seen success with productions repurposing buildings and warehouses. For example, besides occupying all seven stages at Celtic Studios, The Fantastic Four has also taken over the former Earl K. Long Hospital as an additional hero site, which has led to another feature project inquiring about utilizing this successful footprint.

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With exponential growth, the need for more experienced crewmembers to live locally here in Baton Rouge has greatly increased. Recognizing this need, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development partnered with NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access

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