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Filming in the Island Region

When a film or television production calls for an island setting, there are plenty of places to choose from, as every island can offer incentives and unique scenery to filmmakers. For example, Hawaii is known for its majestic volcanoes and Dominica has miles of pristine rainforests, while the U.S. Virgin Islands offers charming European towns. Each island region also has a film office with numerous resources so productions are not left stranded. The following island hot spots are not only beautiful, they’re also a breeze to shoot.

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Utah Film Commission Shines at Sundance

Sundance UtahIt goes without saying that Sundance is one of the premiere film festivals around the world, with thousands of attendees, most of whom are key decision makers in the film and television industry. The Utah Film Commission prides themselves on being the host state every year and continues to be a key player in the festivities. Three years ago they set up on Main Street with a warm, inviting venue open to the public and fest-goers alike.

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Discovering Her with Location Manager Rick Schuler

HER SM beachThe sci-fi romance film Her is anoriginal love story that explores the human need for intimacy and the risks it poses in a technological world. Set in a future Los Angeles, the movie is written and directed by Spike Jonze, and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line), Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and the voice of Scarlett Johansson. The story follows Theodore (Phoenix), a complex, soulful man in self-imposed isolation after being heartbroken by the end of a long relationship. He soon meets Samantha (Johansson), the insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny female voice of his computer’s new operating system. And as each of their emotional needs and desires grow, the friendship eventually deepens into true love.

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Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland 3Mythical. Wild. Majestic. Magical. There are many superlatives that can be used to describe Iceland, but the truth is that it’s a place that must be seen to be believed. The country is also an extraordinarily versatile filming location — it has successfully doubled as Alaska, Siberia, Northern Europe, tropical islands and distant planets.

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New Zealand Grant Increases

New-zealand-SMNew Zealand is pushing heavily to attract more productions and has come out with a new perk for filmmakers. The government recently announced changes to the structure and level of support for film and television productions, including raising the baseline screen incentive for international film and television production to 20%. 

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