Greece has launched a new pricing structure to encourage filming at historic sites in Athens. Base costs for feature filming in places like the Acropolis have been cut by more than half, while educational projects that directly promote the locations could access even bigger savings.
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Veaceslav is a graduate of the UNATC in Bucharest, Romania. After working in Moldova as a Camera Assistant and then a DoP, he founded Diametral Film in 2003. The company helps productions find exciting locations in Moldova. Veaceslav is currently a Cinematographer and Producer.
The Benavides are a unique ice-climbing, Harley-loving father-and-two-sons production team. Yecid Senior studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Miami but has made a career as a musician and producer. Yecid Junior is also a musician as well a director, artist and actor.
UK-based brand Ahmad Tea has filmed its new spot in Portugal as a double for Britain, after scouting throughout New York and London. Filming took place at the Palacio de Marquis de Fronteira in Benfica, Lisbon, a location which offered the aristocratic setting without the inflated costs.
Jeep has engineered a spectacular showdown in central Budapest between one of its special edition Wrangler vehicles and a helicopter gunship. The spot is a commercial tie-in between the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 videogame and the Wrangler vehicle, which carries the game’s branding.
Basketball star Derrick Rose plays the bull in a new commercial showcasing his Adidas footwear. The spot shows the Chicago Bulls point guard dribbling through a bullring as he dodges a group of matadors before slam-dunking the ball and getting showered with with rose petals.
Malta went through a thriving year of filming with June becoming the busiest month in the island’s history. Crews, suppliers and service providers were stretched beyond their limits as Paramount’s World War Z “clashed” on the tiny island with the long running UK TV series Sinbad, Norway’s large feature Kon Tiki, Sweden’s Volvo commercial and some other works.
The new James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes, will be filming scenes in Istanbul, according to the Anatolia news agency. The popular tourist area of Sultanahmet is likely to be the focus, but other parts of the city are apparently being considered too.
Sharon Pinkenson has been Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) for 19 years and has transformed Philly into a regular movie maker’s destination. Sharon markets her city and its surrounding area, while co-ordinating all things production-related.
It’s impossible not to feel a little like Carrie from Sex and the City when sweeping through the Plaza Athenee’s revolving doors. I’m at the legendary Parisian ‘palace’ to venture inside the inner sanctum on the very swanky Avenue Montaigne. This is a parallel universe where the wealthy and well-dressed roam.