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Film Commissioners at AFM

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The American Film Market (AFM) was filled with film commissioners from various parts of the world eager to present their locales. Many film commissions exhibited at the event, participated in “Industry Conversations,” and attended a small, private “Location Expo” gathering where commissioners could brag about their jurisdictions to attendees. Michigan Film Office Director Carrie Jones promoted her state and announced that Michigan will be offering a new financial perk in 2012 that will provide $25 million in incentives. “We’ve got great locations, skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure,” said Jones.

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Dave Beanes named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group

It was announced that Dave Beanes has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group.
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Eastern Canada: Above-the-Borderline Benefits

nunavik-national-park_2Exploiting an exciting array of locations and landscapes, great tax incentives and 3D technology, Eastern Canada has become a world leader in attracting films to its provinces. And with a deep crew base that’s hungry for work in this economically pivotal period, the region offers a cinematic playground that makes for scintillating reading and so much more. P3 Update reports on the progress of Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. 

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Q&A with "Moneyball" Location Manager S. Todd Christensen

cola_sidebar_toddchristensen_2Location Manager S. Todd Christensen was honored at the recent COLA ceremony where he won Location Professional of the Year and Location Team of the Year, Studio Feature Film awards for Moneyball.P3 Update’s James Thompson had an opportunity to chat with Christensen about winning these prestigious awards and working as a location professional.

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Exploring New Zealand’s Southland

newzealand_dyana_img_6689As P3’s photo editor, I feel very fortunate to be able to choose pictures from some of the most exotic and magnificent locations in the world. This includes New Zealand, one of this year’s prestigious top 10 worldwide locations (page 20). After staring at numerous photos of this far-away land, I decided to see for myself why it has served as a backdrop for many features like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings franchises and The Chronicles of Narnia movies.

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