Drac Studios segueing into film producing

Effects/makeup house in preproduction on 'Dead in the Water'

Special effects and makeup house Drac Studios is segueing into motion picture producing, opening up Drac Studios Louisiana and going into preproduction on its first live-action feature, "Dead in the Water."

Si Dunn wrote the script, which will be directed by Rob Walker and produced by Drac president Harvey Lowry.

"With all of the indie and studio films being shot in Louisiana, it was an easy decision to open a facility in the state," Lowry said. "Now we can offer other producers the Louisiana tax incentives for our special effects and makeup effects as well as take advantage of them ourselves for our own productions."

The company is leasing space in Baton Rouge's Raleigh Studios Celtic Media Center.

The creative team behind Drac -- Lowry, Todd Tucker and Ron Halvas, with creative direction by Greg Cannom -- has won Oscars for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and been nommed for "Titanic," "The Passion of the Christ" and other productions.

Drac had been supplying effects to Louisiana productions -- "The Mortician," directed by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, and "Area 51," being produced by Courtney Solomon and Moshe Diamant, are in preproduction in the state -- but "Water" will be its first all-in movie.

Tucker and Lowry recently completed production on their first feature, "Monster Mutt," under their Green Pictures production banner.
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