Rian Johnson‘s time-travel action film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Xu Qing, is set to start filming in New Orleans next week. The Los Angeles production company filming it contacted industrial design professor Dr. Jerome Malinowski for properties.

“They were looking for some futuristic products which could be used within the movie set and they asked if we had any student work that could be applied,” said Malinowski. “As a consequence, we put together a portfolio.”

Several student projects have since been chosen as background props for the movie.

He noted what a great opportunity this is for students and their work. “This opens up avenues for diverse design opportunities in the entertainment industry.”

Michael Buquet, a senior industrial design major, said this may be a way for students to continue to work in the film industry here in Louisiana.

“To get in the film industry is definitely a really exciting venue to have an opportunity to jump into especially locally,” he explained. “A lot of students are really pushed to move to other areas due to the job market. You’re not really sure how close you can really stay to home to get a job and actually work in the film industry. It’s pretty exciting to actually work in the film industry in Louisiana.”

According to reports from the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010, both Willis and Gordon-Levitt play the same character at different points in time. The film is set in the near future where time travel doesn't exist but will be invented in a few decades. It  involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn't technically exist. According to Johnson, "Complications set in from there."

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