It’s lights, camera, action one last time in historic Donaldsonville.
Bonnie and Clyde, an upcoming television miniseries, has made plenty of use out of the city’s historic district over the last several weeks.
Today marks the last day of filming scenes in Donaldsonville, one of many south Louisiana communities to be used in the final cut. St. Gabriel, Port Allen, and Livonia are among the other areas featured.
Sony’s producers have been focused on production, and have remained largely out of the media spotlight. But the consensus from crew members has been favorable.
They have made use of several local businesses during the production time, no doubt infusing an added bonus into the economy.
Throughout the week, crews and workers have been seen around the city as they prepare for the final shots. A historical account such as this requires the use of many antique automobiles. Several cars have been used in the production from a variety of owners.
Missy Jandura, executive director of Main Street Donaldsonville, has worked closely with the production team. She says the experience they’ve had in the city has led to other companies reaching out to possibly shoot scenes in the area.
“Sony loved Donaldsonville and our willingness to help,” she says.
Donaldsonville has been no stranger to both the small screen and the big screen. Major movies such as All The King’s Men (starring Sean Penn) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) have filmed scenes in the city.
Bonnie and Clyde is set to debut later this year on three major cable channels. A&E, History, and Lifetime will simulcast the two-night series.
The historical account has been said to be of the same high-quality production as the recent History miniseries The Bible.
Michael Tortorich is a writer and photographer for The Creole Online Newspaper. He can be reached through www.michaeltortorich.com.