Film location agency to open new branches in Istanbul and Dubai
Film location agency All Pictures Media, based in California, plans to open new branches in Istanbul and Dubai to cater for the growing demand for international locations. The agency specialises in providing specific filming locations for the production industry.
“Producers are going where the incentives are. These markets require the understanding of the culture and their visually rich, historic elements to bring to life. Production elements also differ in every market.”
California boosted its filming incentive tax credit programme earlier this year but the money is mainly targeted at television. Big-budget feature productions are likely to remain in places like Atlanta, New Orleans and New York in the US, and in the UK, Australia and Eastern Europe internationally.
Dubai is a major growth market in the international production industry, although the city notably does not offer a formal filming incentive programme. The Dubai Film and TV Commission instead organises incentive packages tailored to the specific needs of each production.
Istanbul is known mainly for commercial shoots, but has also attracted TV shows and major feature productions. The Bond movie Skyfall filmed its opening title sequence in Istanbul, boosting the city’s profile.
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