Film crews will be on LSU’s campus this week working on a feature film project that’s said to be a bit of Friday Night Lights blended with Dead Poets Society.
Set in 1999, Swing is the story of a dysfunctional Ivy League rowing team whose lives are changed when a Vietnam War veteran, played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, steps in as the team’s coach. Crews spent the past week shooting on False River in New Roads and will spend today and tomorrow shooting on LSU’s campus.
Producer Daniel Dávila says the production team chose Louisiana for filming because of False River and credited Katie Pryor, with Film Baton Rouge, and Jeanie Andre, with Pointe Coupee Parish Tourism Commission, for assisting crews throughout production.
“They opened every door for us they could, and did so throughout the production,” he says, “and they were constantly diligent in making it a welcoming environment.”
Shooting for the film in Louisiana is scheduled to last four weeks, according to Dávila, who estimates some 90% to 95% of the crew and extras have been hired from South Louisiana.
Swing was written by Mojin Gjaja and is directed by Michael Mailer. Along with Shannon, Alexander Ludwig of The Vikings, Charles Melton of Riverdale and Michael Tacconi are also set to star in the film.