Australian commercial for bourbon shot in LJ

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By Mary Barczak

 LEBANON JUNCTION -- It was a typical Wednesday in Lebanon Junction, aside for the people rolling down the street on barrels.

The town was recently chosen by an Austrailian production company, Guilty, as the location for a new commerical about Australian Bourbon called Woodstock, which coincidentally is produced in Kentucky at Heaven Hill Distilleries. Guilty is working with the Louisville production company Videobred to create the commercial.

Tony Rogue, who directed the commerical, said the concept was to transform Lebanon Junction into the town of Woodstock, where everyone walks around on barrels distilling bourbon.

He said the project would take a couple of months to produce, but they would try to send some copies to LJ.

Jason Byrne, executive producer for the commercial, said they chose LJ as their location for the shoot because it has an “honest” feel to it.

“We were looking for a really authentic town in America that sort of symbolized small time America,” he said. “This is a great community.‚“

Byrne said his crew also scouted other places in Kentucky, Indiana and Tenneesse before choosing LJ.

The crew utilized both the scenery as well as some of the locals.

Residents Greg and Bonnie Bryant were asked to be extras in the commercial.

“We came down to watch the action and they walked over and asked us to be in it,” Greg said.

Their part was to read the newspaper and have a cup of tea.

He said it was an interesting experience because it really showed you how much effort it took to shoot just one simple scene.

“It’s neat to see everything behind the camera,” Greg said.

Mayor Butch Sweat said it’s an exciting venture for the city and he was glad they got to work with such a nice group of people.

Resident Patty Young also got to be part of the filming, but not the same way the Bryants did.

The crew wanted to film on the front porch of her house, located on Main Street, for a scene Wednesday morning.

Young said she was painting her steps for the Old Fashioned Days Festival last week when a group asked her if they could take photos of her house because they were going to do a commercial. She agreed and they called on Tuesday to tell her they would be coming the next day.

Young, who has been living in the house for about 13 years, said it was “weird” to think her front porch would be in a commercial, but also exciting.

“This old house, it’s just an old house. But it was what they wanted,” she said.

Young estimated the house waws built sometime in the 1940s.

The crew rearranged the items on her porch but still left a lot in their like her apple and grape presses and walking sticks for the shoot. They also set up a small track in the yard for the barrels to roll on.

She said she hopes the publicity will help to put LJ on the map in Bourbon country.