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Stallone film set plays host to Loyola film students

November 30, 2012

Students in the digital filmmaking program at Loyola University New Orleans gained new insight into the workings of a major motion picture Nov. 14 while recently visiting the Bywater set of Sylvester Stallone’s new feature thriller “Homefront.”

Theo Van de Sande, director of photography for the film and a friend of Loyola artist-in-residence Jim Gabour, hosted the students from Gabour’s Writing/Directing for New Media class.

“Theo took my kids under his wing to show them the whole process, and they got to see really large-scale filmmaking really up-close. It’s a four-camera shoot, with 150 crew members, a dozen DEA agents in full-body armor with machine guns, two dozen members of a biker gang, and an explosion and fire you could hear and see all over this huge swath of the city,” Gabour said. “I live a dozen blocks away from the location, but when I got home I could still smell gunpowder.

Written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” features action superstar Jason Statham and Academy Award nominees James Franco and Winona Ryder. The movie is based on author Chuck Logan’s crime drama series of novels featuring the character Phil Broker.

For more information, contact Jim Gabour at 504-865-2720.

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