Security at Louisiana Filming Facility Tight, And They Mean Business

Scene, a magazine that covers the burgeoning film industry in Louisiana, interviewed the head of security at the compound where Breaking Dawn will be filming. Coincidentally, the magazine’s own offices are located within the same compound which is comprised of several buildings, over multiple acres, surrounded by a large fence. When talking about dealing with people (fans or paparazzi) crashing the set, they have a zero tolerance policy, and the law to back them up. If ever there was a “don’t try this at home, kids” warning that applied to Twilight filming, THIS IS IT!

“That statute of Louisiana’s criminal law states that, “Unauthorized entry of a place of business is the intentional entry by a person without authority into any structure or onto any premises, belonging to another, that is completely enclosed by any type of physical barrier that is at least six feet in height and used in whole or in part as a place of business.” Those convicted of felony trespass on the studio lot are subject to imprisonment at hard labor for up to six years and a fine of up to $1000.

“We will absolutely prosecute every person who trespasses,” says Achee. “There have been six who trespassed before and they have all been caught.” When asked how he knew only six had trespassed before, Achee’s answer came quick: “Security cameras. The property is covered with high definition security cameras. A camera mounted on the [main building] can capture the license plate of a car all the way on the other side of the property.” The security camera system video is stored to a source that is backed up offsite. Additionally, the system has a back-up power supply that allows it to continue operating in the event of a power failure.

Achee and his crew of security officers are authorized to detain any trespassers by force until local law enforcement arrives to complete the felony arrest. We asked him if he planned on seeing any young teenage girls arrested, Achee said, “Absolutely. I think of this place as a home. You wouldn’t want somebody trespassing in your home, and if you did, you’d defend yourself. That’s what we’re doing here, it doesn’t matter who it is.”

See full details on Scene

And just to cover ourselves legally, the Lexicon will continue the policy that it has had since 2008. If something is filmed in the open and people are able to obtain footage by standing on public property or private property with permission and capture footage we will publish it. Any footage obtained by breaking and entering, harassing of cast and crew, or any other illegal means we will not knowingly run.

Comments

  1. Joshua L. Roberts says:

    If only our borders were as secure. :)

    • Funny and true!

      I don’t think hard labor is too high of a price to pay to see Rob…JK

      Too bad the Brazilian authorities don’t take this type of trespassing/B&E as seriously.

  2. SavyTwilighter says:

    oh damn! yeah i never considered trying to get on set before but now i hope no one else does! actually maybe we should encourage the papz to go in there because then they’ll be stuck on a chain gang for 6 years and we won’t have to deal with them for a long time^-^

  3. That’s my Louisiana boys! LOL! You just don’t mess with us Cajuns.

  4. Even if they site’s owners or Summit don’t press felony charges, this statute for misdemeanor criminal tresspass will likely still apply: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=78584

    $100 dollar fine and 30 days in the county jail should sober some of these people up if it’s felt that felony charges are extreme, though I like the measures being taken if some moron paps cause trouble on set :)

  5. I totally love the idea of the paps getting caught and doing hard time, I am so tired of them hounding them all but esp Rob and Kristen!!!

  6. I do understand that security measures do need to be higher, but a felony? What I find ridiculous is that the fine doesn’t match the mandatory 6 year hard labor sentence. I’m in public service and the lowest class felony in Ohio the fine is like $1000 and the prison time is 6 months – a yr. What the heck is Louisiana thinking of putting someone away for 6 yrs. for snapping a photo or using their camera phone to get a pic of movie stars? As for people intruding on the set. I think the best most loyal fans are the ones who respect privacy and let the movie be made and not harass the actors and staff. If we had papz and fans camping out everywhere we went and we were under a microscope every day we’d get tired of it really quick. We need to let them do their jobs and wait til the movie comes out. The photos from Brazil were great, but let’s be respectful and not have these people end up hating us.

    • I do see your point, but something has got to be done for these people to ease off. I mean, the papz and even some of these fans don’t have limits; so therefore security has to be raised. I’m a Twilight junkie like the next, but people need peace. Actors (people)with high profiles like Rob & Kristen having to live with the constant badgering and concern of having “Big brother” always watching can’t be at peace. Think about it…”How much is your peace of mind worth? So many good people, especially in the movie industry, turn to alternate ways of life that are detremental to their sanity and sometimes their own lives.

      I Love me some “Rob”, but most of the time when I see how the measure the media and fans react to him or other people with high profiles….I just pity them.

  7. I’m from Ohio, and I think that they go along with the tradional federal statute for time served for a felony offense, which is 1 year, 1 day minimum. Anything a year or less is a misdemeanor, and anything from 6 months to a year is a gross misdemeanor.

    And as I posted, even if the owners of the property or Summit doesn’t think that a felony charge is warrented, they can still put that person in jail or state prison for 30 days. Granted, there is also a gross misdemeanor offense for criminal trespassing is if you do it more than three times.

    Either way, anyone who willfuly tresspasses illegaly, misdemanor or felony statute, will be doing some jail time and probably will get used by Summit or the actor that was harrased. The only issue I have is if someone accidently or unintentionally tresspasses on the property outside the gates and walls. However, for someone to vault the walls and gates, it would almost certinaly be intentional, hence the seriousness of the maximum offense that can be charged.

  8. so what are they filming in Louisiana?

    • I think they are filing interiors of the Cullen’s in LA as well as anything else that needs to be done on a set. Car interiors ect. My guess is that they will head up to Vancouver to do outside shots in the woods and in fronts of houses. A good part of this book is spent in the Cullen’s living room. And since they arent doing Jake’s point of view its going to be interesting to see what happens!! Im glad we will be surprised..i dont want to know. The last two were just full of spoilers. It will be nice to go in fresh!

      • @ Danielle
        How do you know they aren’t doing it from Jacob’s point of view ??? I haven’t read that anywhere !!!! I hope Melissa Rosenberg doesn’t stuff up the story line…..although at least Stephenie should be on set as a Producer to sort things out.

        • I did speak wrong.. I read that they aren’t going to be filming it exactly like the book. Almost like in Eclipse we got to see things outside of Bella’s perspective, the same will happen for Breaking Dawn. We will get to see a bigger picture than just Jake and Bella’s points of view.

  9. Abdon Gomez says:

    aww this sucks i wanted to meet them really bad well only kristen and rob but oh well guess theirs no more possibilities :( they should make like a fan event in louisiana with them two :/

  10. 48 full time security guards?! Well, it’s nice to know that they at least take their job seriously….

  11. Twilight9009 says:

    @Ros Gardner, they aren’t skipping the part of Jacob’s pov, they just aren’t necessarily doing that part of the film from only his pov. It is like they do with Bella’s pov, she is the main character, but the story doesn’t strictly focus on what she sees.

  12. Louisiana is truly becoming their coined phrase of “hollywood south”. There are so many movies and TV shows filmed all around the state due to the amazing taxbreaks given. It has provided the state w/ an industry that truly helps the state. The last thing they want is issue to occur that will scare business away.

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