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The South Central Region

OnLoc_Alabama1338641America’s South Central Region is making a triumphant comeback to the production stage. The states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi all offer relatively competitive incentive packages to lure productions from across the spectrum –– and they’ve been able to do so while simultaneously deepening their crew base, with Louisiana’s most notably expanding by nearly 400 percent since 2002. And Alabama is turning heads by reestablishing its name with a brand new and robust incentive package, while Mississippi, with its diverse landscape and growing production capacity, is growing domestic talent and bringing in big-name productions like HBO’s “True Blood.”

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS OPENS UNIVERSAL VIRTUAL STAGE 1 (USV1)

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS OPENS UNIVERSAL VIRTUAL STAGE 1 (USV1)

Universal Studios announced its opening of the Universal Virtual Stage 1 (UVS1). Sound Stage 36 has been converted into a pre-rigged, pre-calibrated virtual production studio with a green screen stage that includes motion capture and real-time camera tracking for on-set visualization capabilities. The facility also offers two editing bays, a 60 terabyte server room and production office space attached to the stage. 

The project transformed the 6,800 square foot Sound Stage into a self-contained facility with a 40 foot x 80 foot green screen cyc, a suite of editing bays and production office space with a conference room. The stage is a versatile addition to the Studios’ production and postproduction services for both internal and third-party productions. It comes as a package deal or "Ala Carte," says Jeanne Cordova, VP of Marketing, Publicity/Special Events.

 

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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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