by Chris Lyon
Look, I know very well that, after 14, 15, or 16+ hour days, the last thing some people want to think about after wrap is going out. I’ve worked on films before, including one I produced last spring, and I’ll be the first to say it was a grueling experience full of bootstrapping, long hours, and short lunches. But let me tell you, in my experience, going out can sometimes be the best thing for your film, and I’ll tell you why.
When I first started working in the film industry, I worked on a little feature that had a fairly large crew for the size picture it was. It was full of people looking to move up in their department or try something new. At the beginning of production, all the crew kept telling me they were going out and I was like “You guys are nuts” and went home. I woke up the next day tired, beat, but still highly enthusiastic and ready to go. After a few days of hearing how people had fun and were still up and functioning the next day, I couldn’t help but think there was something odd about it all – so I went out myself. And let me tell ya -I was NOT ready for what happened next.
We drank, we ate, we sang, we danced, we ate, we owned any bar we walked into by the sheer volume of people we had with us. We would wrap at 11pm and go home at 6am when the bars closed, just long enough to get a few winks and head back to work. Like some miracle from above, everyone was able to stay on task and, no lie, everyone was closer because of it. We worked better together, we shared in the day to day challenges, the tiffs and snarks. But we were family. Every job I got for the next two years could be directly attributed to that crew and the connections we made. It was absolutely incredible. Not everyone got calls back – not because they didn’t go out specifically, but because they weren’t as tightly bonded.
Fast forward half a decade later, I produced a feature film with some of the same crew that had worked on that project and, like old times, we went out again, this time with some new family members – and it happened again. The camaraderie was stronger, the relationships more meaningful. Call us shallow, but it works every time. There’s something about breaking bread – or sipping it – together that bonds us, and with long hours together each day, there’s no breaking it.
So I say make the most of your turn around. Have a few sleepless nights and celebrate the fact that you’re making a FLIPPING MOVIE, GUYS! and get together with your crew afterward.
I’m extremely partial to downtown Shreveport and so there are a few watering hole options depending on your wrap time. We’ll go in order of hours of operation.
Stray Cat – 222 Travis Street
Open 7 days a week 2:00pm – 6:00am except Sunday, open at 8:00pm
The film industry staple. Everyone goes here. Great barkeeps, happy hour specials.
Fatty Arbuckles – 500 Clyde Fant Pkwy (Under the bridge)
Open 7 days a week from 4:00pm-6:00am
Big supporters of the Prize. Recently renovated, great atmosphere, karaoke on Saturdays.
Korner Lounge – 800 Louisiana Ave
Open 7 days a week from 4:00pm – 2:00am
Oldest LGBT bar in Louisiana. Best damn karaoke on Thurs and Sat.
Noble Savage Tavern – 417 Texas St
Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 5:00pm-2:00am
Amazing menu, exotic specials, cigar selection, and talented, passionate barkeeps.
Here are a couple others worth your time.
Strange Brew – 235 Wall St
Open 7 Days 7:00pm -2:00 am (Sundays till midnight)
On the outside edge of downtown but still awesome. Live music, craft beer, passionate owner.
Bears on Fairfield – 1401 Fairfield Ave
Open Monday thru Sat from 3:00pm – 2:00pm.
Also on the outside edge of downtown, live music, solid bar food, great staff.
Last note: I don’t suggest bar hopping. Pick a spot and stay there. You’ll be less likely to lose people who see it as a chance to escape!