From the Editor: Week in Review
It’s been a production week of spies in Istanbul and light shows in Buenos Aires. In addition, we were the Gold Sponsor at the AFCI Cineposium near Paris, meeting lots of old friends and making new ones. We spent an evening closer to home at the Higher/Pitch event at Shoreditch in London, which celebrated the use of art throughout the global advertising industry.
One of our most popular story items this week has been our interview with Dominique Duneton, a Producer based on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. She gave us the lowdown on what the region has to offer international filmmakers and producers, as well as details about the major projects she’s working on. We’ll be bringing a lot more of these interviews to you over the coming weeks and months, so drop us a line if you’d like to get involved.
Dominique Duneton gave us the lowdown on what Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has to offer international filmmakers and producers, as well as details about the major projects she’s working on.
In other news, BBDO Proximity in Dusseldorf is working on a new scheme called Carbon Film Quote, which is designed to offer greener alternatives to commercial productions filming around the world. The programme is being spearheaded by Steffen Gentis and the initial results of the test phase will be announced within the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our news page for future updates.
In production news, Buenos Aires continues to attract international commercial shoots. Philips has taken advantage of the city’s European feel and consistent weather for its latest commercial where it illuminates the night with a long row of electric lights.
Meanwhile, old-school spies and zombie apocalypses are making headlines in Europe. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set in the early 1970s and tells the story of a spy tasked with finding a traitor in the highest ranks of Britain’s intelligence services. The film shot in the iconic cities of London, Budapest and Istanbul, but landmarks are largely shunned for shadowy meeting places and anonymous side streets.
World War Z recently helped raise Glasgow’s international profile by doubling the city for a zombie-infested Philadelphia and will be filming scenes in Southwark, south London, in the next few weeks.
Brad Pitt’s World War Z is a good example of a big-budget feature chasing filming incentives and solid crew bases around the world. The production recently helped raise Glasgow’s international profile by doubling the city for a zombie-infested Philadelphia and will be filming scenes in Southwark, south London, in the next few weeks.
Our Film-Friendly Locations database also continues to grow. Recent additions include the Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris between the Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. Then there’s the Klaus K Hotel in Helsinki, Langdon Court in Plymouth in the UK and the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, which in the past has hosted shoots for films such as Green Zone.
Homepage image courtesy of Alex Sutherland.
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