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Preproduction

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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The Top 10 Locations in the Universe

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The list of this year’s top worldwide locations demonstrates just how big of a comeback the United States has made. Classic favorites like California and New York are once again attracting production, while newer contenders like Georgia and North Carolina are making an on-screen name for themselves. Louisiana continues to be a favorite among filmmakers, while Canada, with its diverse looks and competitive incentive packages, is still holding strong. Indeed, while the list ventures even further to explore Europe and the Pacific, P3 Update anticipates that in 2012 production will continue to stay close to home, where infrastructure is strong and incentives remain enticing.

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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.

Click Here to see the full story at usatoday.com.

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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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