Local officials recently returned from a marketing mission
to the Cannes Film Festival in South France bullish on the potential
partnerships between film studios and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies
Enterprise, Lafayette’s 3-D visualization center. LITE’s Executive Director,
and its Public Affairs Manager, Erin Fitzgerald, were part of a local
contingent at Cannes to network and promote the region to filmmakers.
"LITE technologies are a perfect fit for the film industry,” Cruz-Neira says in a
statement released yesterday. “Attending Cannes allowed us to show
filmmakers how LITE capabilities can help them reduce risks and costs and allow
them to finish their films on time and on budget.” The trip comes on the heels
of the recent completion of the first film shooting at the center. Earlier this
month, Active Entertainment’s local production
company, Bullet Films, shot scenes from its upcoming sci-fi project Judgement
Day using sets created by LITE’s visualization theatre. LITE officials say
the project has helped them develop a model for future film industry clients.
adds that she was impressed by a speech given by James Cameron at Cannes, in
which the Titanic director called 3-D the future of the film industry,
adding he would never shoot another film in any other format. “That’s a pretty
strong statement from one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood,”
Fitzgerald says. “It also says a lot about the potential for LITE 3-D
technologies and computing capabilities to become a valuable resource for the
Opened in 2006, LITE is a nonprofit partnership involving the state, UL-Lafayette and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. The center provides advanced 3-D data imaging services, ranging from 3-D seismic to emergency planning simulations, to both public research partners and private sector clients.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.