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Cinematographer Flip Minott, center, discusses how to set up a shot with Assistant Director Mark Brown, right. (Photo by Josh Guthrie)
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Mark Brown, assistant director for Campin’ Buddies, plays the drums on set at Fox Creek Farms. (Photo by Josh Guthrie)
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Director Tom (Thomas) Logan, right, discusses plans with Mark Brown, assistant director during filming of Campin’ Buddies. (Photo by Josh Guthrie)
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Students from Valencia College in Florida worked as crew on the set of Campin’ Buddies. (Photo by Josh Guthrie)
There’s no place like your hometown for Tom (Thomas) Logan, which is exactly why the long-time West Coast film industry professional returned to Shreveport to produce his upcoming comedic feature film, Campin’ Buddies.
“It’s been my dream to come back and shoot something, and this is just the first chance I’ve had to do that,” Logan said.
The story of friends who decide to go camping, despite their lack of knowledge and experience, Campin’ Buddies is a comedy that stars Don Most, known for his role as “Ralph Malph” on Happy Days; Tom Lester, who played “Eb Dawson” on Green Acres; Victoria Jackson, part of the Saturday Night Live cast for years; and Ray Stevens, long-time country singer and comedian.
Logan has worked within the film industry in California for decades. He first established himself as an actor, scoring co-star roles on prime time television series such as NBC’s CHiPs and ABC’s The Hardy Boys in the ’70s. Making a transition into directing, Logan acquired several credits through the years for feature films, TV movies, TV shows and pilots, as well as hundreds of national and international commercials.
As a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), Logan is no stranger to the film industry. He is widely known for his work as an acting coach. For more than 30 years, he has held acting seminars in five countries and 47 states. He also published four books on the topic of acting and won two different awards from California’s Motion Picture Council for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Logan’s permanent residence is in Newport Beach, Calif., but he makes the trip back south at least a couple times a year to visit family. He noted the growth and expansion of businesses in south Shreveport—and with a hint of nostalgia, remembered when there were nothing but fields beyond East 70th Street on Youree Drive. And, in fact, it was the rural environment that helped solidify Shreveport as the primary location for Campin’ Buddies.
The majority of principle photography was shot just a few miles southeast from what Logan remembers as “out in the country.” On location at Fox Creek Farms, the production team had access to woods, a lake and swamp, making it an ideal location for a camping-themed film.
“Everything we need is right here,” Logan said. “And you would really have a hard time duplicating this in California.”
There’s another key factor that lured Logan back home: tax incentives. Still offering some of the best and highest tax credits in the country, Louisiana remains a top contender for filming locations. Furthermore, Shreveport/Bossier City offers a local sales tax rebate on top of the state incentives.
In addition to the tax incentives and rural appeal of his hometown, Logan commended the local film commission, specifically Arlena Acree, for help with the production process. Campin’ Buddies has several locals involved with the production—the line producer, script supervisor, and extras are from the area. The film is also using Shreveport-based Millennium Studios.
Now in post-production, Logan said he hopes to have Campin’ Buddies released this Christmas season.
By Christine Bradley