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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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On Location- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with Location Manager Jared Connon

Hobbit 1The highly anticipated film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is the second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.    The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  Having survived the beginning go their unexpected journey, the Company continues East on their epic adventure, encountering treacherous denizens of Middle-earth and making new alliances as they forge on to the Lonely Mountain where the greatest danger of all awaits, the Dragon Smaug.

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Adam Sandler Film Shooting In Austin

Screen TexasAdam Sandler / Jason Reitman Film Shooting in Austin: We have just gotten word that preproduction has started on Adam Sandler’s new film called Men, Women, and Children.

The flick is being directed by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Young Adult) and is set to start shooting in Austin in early December. Sandler is starring in the film, based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, and is being joined by Jennifer Garner, and Rosemary DeWitt.

The film will be nothing like Sandler’s usual silly, comedy-driven works. Instead Men, Women, and Children is a little more “adult-themed” focusing on the sexual pressures of teens and their parents and is expected to be shocking & salacious. Local casting for real high schoolers to fill the lead teen roles has already begun and will continue through early November.

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Inside Don Jon with Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Location Manager Peter Wulff

DonJon SMThe new romcom Don Jon is unlike any other comedy you’ll see this year. The multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars in the movie but serves as its writer and director. The up-tempo comedy centers around Gordon-Levitt as Don Jon, a young man is addicted to pornography. He soon meets Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who is addicted to romance movies, and their addictions and preconceived views create a big obstacle in their budding romance. Don Jon also features Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, and the movie was shot all around Los Angeles, with additional scenes in New Jersey and New York. The entire production was shot with film stock at the director’s request to give it a rich, film look.  

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Top Ten Filming Locations Worldwide

Counselor-SMAs filmmakers prepare to visually tell their stories, they first travel to a variety of locations to study landscapes, infrastructure (which includes soundstages, production space and crewmembers) and travel-to-lodging logistics. While these are all key components for a successful production, the biggest factor is always the budget. A production’s financial concerns are the reason why film commissions and government agencies work very hard to expand the development and growth of any given territory.

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