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Changes at movie studio could mean more productions

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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 1:25 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: celtic, movies, baton rouge, film, entertainment

BATON ROUGE- Exciting changes were announced at the city's state-of-the-art movie production center Wednesday.

Celtic Studios, the massive sound stage facility near I-12 and Airline Highway, announced it will become a completely local operation, with management and operations being conducted from the facility by a new leadership team. Previously known as Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge, Celtic Studios is owned by Baton Rouge-based Celtic Group.

In a news release outlining the changes, a facility spokesperson said the operational adjustments will help the crew draw more production to the area.

"The past six years have taught us that facilitating and servicing productions, sometimes from development to delivery, is a never-ending task that extends well beyond our 30-acre campus," Patrick Mulhearn said. Mulhearn was promoted to executive director of the facility.

"Our staff, production service partners, and tenant companies have the resources and ability to assist productions in our region no matter where they put their base camp," he said.

Currently, the studios are serving as the set location for "Zipper" starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Heady and Richard Dreyfuss. Next, "Fantastic Four" will shoot at the facility. Perhaps the most famous crew has been with "Twilight." "Breaking Dawn" parts one and two were shot in Baton Rouge.

Celtic has 150,000 square feet of stage space and half as much square foot for movie production companies to establish offices. There is an eight-acre back lot for outdoor shooting space, too.

The facility was built in 2010.

Produces enjoy shooting in Louisiana because of the state's film tax credit program.
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