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Thriving European Locations

OnLocation_Europe_Germany_Deko_Berliner_Strae_1     While the world’s exotic locations are luring filmmakers from across the globe, the majestic scenery and alluring architecture throughout Europe are top drawing cards. But in the international competition to attract productions throughout 2010, European nations quickly realized that ancient cities and stunning scenery alone wouldn’t suffice, and the addition of irresistible financial incentives would help to clinch movie deals benefiting local communities. Incentives are also an integral part of the production process, as producers and directors seek top-of-the-line production facilities, safe and experienced support crews and a depth of local talent when scouting their filming destinations. P3 Update looks at Europe’s top filmmaking destinations and reveals the perks and enticements that enabled them to attract a swarm of production in 2010.

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Top 10 Locations Worldwide

Producers choose where to shoot based on a laundry list of factors: specific locations, incentives, deep crew base, great infrastructure and even where the director or leading actor lives or likes to work. “For us, it’s a global playing field,” says Jerry Ketcham, senior VP of feature production atDisney. “When we look at a movie, we look at the entire world for opportunities on where to make it: Hungary, the Czech Republic, the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, even Beijing. Every studio executive looks at several choices for every project because there are so many options.” With all these great options being offered to filmmakers around the world,P3 Updatecontinues its annual list of the 10 most popular locations that are best known for luring in productions.

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Rocky Mountain Region

So far, 2010 has been a mixed bag for the Rocky Mountain States of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. While states like Utah continue to flourish, the rest have had a quiet time on the production front as they deal with the long-term effects of the recession. P3 Update looks at the recent cuts in some state governments’ film incentive budgets as well as the legislative changes made to help states better compete under the challenging economic circumstances. We’ll also see what film and television projects have made it through to production fruition, giving us an insight into what states can look forward to in the future.

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Southeast Atlantic Region

The Southeast Atlantic region –– comprised of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina –– has so much to offer, from the bustling downtown areas of Atlanta, Miami and Charlotte and the mountains and forests of Georgia to the Everglades, Florida Keys and Outer Banks of the Carolinas. Combine all that scenic and geographical diversity with aggressive tax breaks and an increasingly sophisticated production infrastructure, and it’s a small wonder that the Southeast Atlantic has been so successful in attracting film, commercial and TV production over the past few years.

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New England Region

It’s been another bumper year for the New England Region, which continues to field a spate of the most highly financed Hollywood blockbusters. While some New England states continue to eclipse previous financial records, others have had a quiet year as their incentive programs continue to prove their worth. P3Update looks at both the bigger and smaller players on the New England circuit to see how they’re facing the challenges of the current economy.

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