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Preproduction

New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

MATAMATA, New Zealand – Ian Alexander remembers the day well. He was watching a rugby match on TV when a knock came at the door. He opened it to find a location scout seeking permission to film scenes from Lord of the Rings on his sprawling sheep farm.

"I said, 'Lord of the what? I'm just a bloody old broken-down farmer with a few sheep running around,' " Alexander recalls.

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21st Century Music Video Casting

castingmusicvideos_renitagaleBelieve it or not, music videos have been around since the 1930s when Warner Bros. launched The Spooney Melodies, a series of musical shorts created to promote songs from the studio’s music-publishing catalog. Both then and now, casting directors have been challenged by the unique demands of this genre.

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THE SECRET OLYMPICS

Milk & Honey Pictures Uses New Tax Credits to Lure $7 Mil Italian TV Film "The Secret Olympics" to Czech Republic

The 7 million dollar, two-part Italian RAI 1 television film "The Secret Olympics" has completed shooting this weekend on location in Terezin, Czech Republic, in the notorious WW2 concentration camp.

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On-Location Filming Rises in L.A.

Production crews working in Southern California — specifically in the Los Angeles region — are staying busy as on-location production increases in 2011. FilmL.A., the not-for-profit community-benefit organization that coordinates permits for shoots in L.A., announced that filming in Los Angeles County has increased by 15.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period in 2010. The quarter was marked by a welcome surge in on-location shoots for feature films and an anticipated decrease in the production of TV dramas.

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Streamlining the Scouting Process

Changes in the economy, environment and technology have had positive and negative impacts on all phases of production, including the preproduction task of scouting for the perfect location. And how one chooses to move forward could be the defining factor between staying in the game or being left behind on the sidelines.

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