Story by Ejay Colvin Guest Columnist
Hooray for Hollywood—and Hollywood South!
Hello, my name is Ejay Colvin and I live in the wonderful city of Minden, the parish of Webster, here in Northwest Louisiana. We are 24 miles straight east of Shreveport/Bossier on Interstate 20. Yeah, we are in the zone!
I’m an occasional location scout, working for fun and my community, more than for money. It all began with a hurricane called Katrina and The Guardian being forced north to film. I was hooked, and this very day as I’m telling you about my lovely city, a production company is filming part of their story here in my town. Comedy Central called me a Rural Specialist, perhaps because they needed me to find 200 chickens for their project, and I did.
Allow me to elaborate on why you should consider exploring our diverse area for your production. Whether large or small, a studio or independent, you can definitely stretch your budget here.
Our heritage is Caddoan Indian, German and Scots/Irish. If you need an Indian village, a 200-year-old colony or Highland cattle, a scary, dilapidated house deep in the woods, a haunted, turn-of-the-century old mansion, or a desert with a standing city of Sodom or Gomorrah, you can find it here. And of course we have lakes, streams, bayous and swamps. How about a military facility, a completely refurbished old-time movie theater in perfect operating condition, the largest open-air arena and amphitheater in the state? We also have at least seven summer encampments and cabins. Add to that housing, motels, restaurants, two production office locations and church groups that movie cater.
With the support of our Lieutenant Governor Jay Darden, our State Senator Robert Adley, Arlena Acree of the Shreveport Film Office, and those great Louisiana film credits, how can you lose?
Real success is grabbing every opportunity. Come stay, play and make your movies magic happen here in Minden and the surrounding area of Webster Parish. Discover our Lagniappe (A Little Something Extra)!
For more information, call Ejay Colvin at 318-518-4176.