AND NOW A WORD FROM CHRIS LYON (Film Liaison): One of the most unique parts of the Louisiana Film Prize is the requirement to shoot in a specific area in order to be eligible to compete. While this provides a unique opportunity to win $50,000 and other great prizes (link), it also provides challenges to filmmakers coming in from outside the area who may not be familiar with our region. With filmmakers flying in from Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, and beyond, we have realized over the first two years that providing filmmakers with the support they need to get their project done is a full-time job. That’s where I come in.
I’m Chris Lyon, a filmmaker from Shreveport, Louisiana and founding member of Team Louisiana Film Prize. I’ve been making my own films in the area since I was 17 years old, and working professionally in Shreveport-Bossier and around the state for the last 7 years. In that time I’ve produced shorts, indie features, web series, and television shows, and the friendships and connections I’ve made have been extremely valuable to my own projects. But I’ve always been a team player too – sharing contacts, locations, and resources with my fellow filmmakers. And this year, I’m bringing that knowledge to all filmmakers participating in this year’s contest.
Whatever your needs – from cast and crew to locations and equipment – northwest Louisiana has it all. We’ve been a production town since 2005 and we have the resume to prove it. With that work has also come considerable resources, but sometimes it’s not always easy to find. I’m here to be your biggest fan – to connect you with those resources and help you get your filming across the finish line. Down the road, I’ll be helping filmmakers make their film shine by keeping up with them in post-production and providing tips and pointers there. Even further in the future I’ll help bring the Top 20 films to the screen October 3-5 for LAFP 2014. From start to finish, I will be your man.
So here I am! Take advantage of all Shreveport-Bossier and northwest Louisiana has to offer. I’m reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org and can also be found on Facebook or on Twitter @chrisplyon.
Good luck out there!