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'Avatar' director launches China 3-D venture

img_5529BEIJING (AP) — "Avatar" director James Cameron's company is launching a joint venture in China to market its 3-D technical wizardry to the country's fast-developing film and television industries.

Cameron Pace Group's announcement Wednesday comes as the fast growth of China's film market is attracting Hollywood studios that are rushing to link up with local partners.

The venture with two Chinese partners will supply 3-D filming technology and production services, said Cameron and his business partner, Vince Pace. They said they are discussing possible collaboration with state broadcaster China Central Television on developing 3-D TV.

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Colombian Incentive Looks to Attract Foreign Shoots

A newly created film law sweetens the deal for foreign producers.


BOGOTA -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday is signing into law a new filming incentive that aims to substantially boost the number of runaway productions hosted  here.


Under the law, foreign producers can tap into an annual fund and save up to 40% on production and post-production services, as well as 20% on accommodations, transport costs and catering. To qualify for the cash rebate, foreign shingles must hire local production service...

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Scouting in the New Age: Technology Tips from Location Pros

Technology is changing the way location professionals work faster than you can say “the Cloud.” The good news: The countless hours spent looking for a photo lab, pasting photos into folders and rushing them to FedEx after a long day of scouting are gone — and they’ve been replaced by a need for speed. In the past, we were given two full weeks to scout and prep. Now we’re lucky if we can get two days. Location professionals are not only asked to find a needle in a haystack, we’re asked to thread it too. So what are some of the must-haves for today’s locations pros? We queried members of the Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) for the latest in technology tips, and these are their Top Five: 

The Smart Phone

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Australia: The Land Down Under Comes Out on Top

 

pre_australiaopeningshotAustralia is quickly gaining momentum in the film and television industry as it attracts a hefty amount of local and international projects. Key cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are fueling productions with varied resources, high-caliber crews, world-class infrastructure, pristine locations and an impressive talent pool that includes some of the industry’s best filmmakers. And, with their signature calm energy and positivity, Aussie crews can handle everything from big-budget international features and local TV series to smaller-budget indie projects (for which they offer affordable solutions). Here’s look at how three major Australian states readily accommodate productions both large and small.
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Hunting Hot Tuna in the Wild with Old and New Cameras

Cinematographer Rick Rosenthal has been filming sea wildlife for several decades and has contributed unique underwater footage to many BBC megaseries, such as “The Blue Planet,” “Planet Earth” and “Life.” The DP has also shot three one-hour specials on great whales and recently directed “Nature: Superfish” for PBS and key international broadcasters. The winner of three cinematography Emmy Awards, Rosenthal is a marine biologist by trade and has been diving for 50 years while his pioneering film work in the open ocean has been seen by millions.

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