Hi Billy! “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” will be released this month, which was shot in Louisiana.
Hey Christine, yeah, we did. It wasn’t my first time I shot a movie there. We shot “Drive Angry” in Shreveport. And I’m sure it won’t be my last, because there is so much production going on down there and it’s such a welcoming place for films to shoot. We already shot the second part of “Breaking Dawn” in Baton Rouge and that’ll be out next year. Other parts were done in Vancouver.
Did you get to spend any quality time in New Orleans while working in Louisiana?
Yes, I had my wife and my 3-year-old daughter with me, and a friend of mine was working on another movie down in New Orleans, and we stayed with him and had one of the best weeks we’ve had in recent memory. It was a beautiful time of the year and we were in a nice house in a great part of town, and I got to see a side of New Orleans I never really got to see before. I’ve been to New Orleans several times, but mostly just in the Quarter, and never really saw all the other stuff that the city has. It’s really one of my favorite cities. My wife is from England and she says that a lot of New Orleans doesn’t even feel like you are in America. It feels like a much more rich, European-type city.
Even cities in close proximity to New Orleans, like Baton Rouge, have a completely different vibe than the one New Orleans gives off.
Oh, wildly different! Like I mentioned, we shot “Drive Angry” in Shreveport, which is worlds away from New Orleans.
For sure! When you were in New Orleans, did you check out any music?
Yeah, I did. I can’t name any specifics, but I always make it a point to stop in and see music if I hear it playing, so we did that several times on several occasions. We were actually there during Jazz Fest and didn’t get a lot of chances to go see all the stuff that we would have loved to have seen, because our daughter was 2 at the time, and as you can imagine, that takes a lot of time and attention, so we didn’t have time to do that. But we did a lot of stuff with her that wasn’t really music related.
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