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A Filmmaker’s Guide to Shooting on an Island

islands_hawaii_2Island productions offers great rewards via stunning visuals, private locations, low location fees and supportive local governments. P3 recently sailed around the world to some of the most sought-after island locales to question producers and location managers about what filmmakers need to know before locking down the perfect paradise for a shoot. Today’s hottest production islands include Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Fiji and the Dominican Republic, and all these faraway getaways not only offer unparalleled beauty but welcoming film commissions willing to go above and beyond what’s necessary to aid film and TV projects.
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Finding Cinematic Heaven in South America

pre_southamerica_columbia_3_2_2197South America is a continent of vibrant culture blessed with an abundance of dynamic natural vistas and archeological sites, all of which provide filmmakers with a desired slice of cinematic heaven. P3 Update takes a closer look at the production perks currently offered by Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru in 2012.

COLOMBIA

From the azure seas of the Caribbean coastline to the blinding beauty of the Andes Mountains, Colombia has it all. Its scenic diversity, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic ethnic variety are just some of the country’s alluring qualities; there’s also an endless list of sublime vistas that include sprawling deserts, moonscape peaks, dense jungles, waterfalls and volcanoes. This production paradise

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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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