Major vehicle manufacturer VW has used South Africa as a double for India in a new series of spots advertising the Polo car. The adverts feature a driver testing the prowess and strength of the Polo through a series of animal and tribal encounters.
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Major motoring manufacturer Suzuki has filmed scenes for a new commercial at Cuddeback Dry Lake Bed in California. Rich Guys sells Suzuki’s new Kizashi and intends to challenge the perception that great quality is only available to wealthy customers.
Robin Hood is riding through far more than the glen for Ridley Scott’s latest epic, an action-packed account of the legend, involving sea landings, castles springing up in the woods of Surrey, and the wrong type of undergrowth. Scott called on Bill Darby, veteran of UK locations, for the film that will open this year’s Cannes Festival.
Filmworks has opened an office in Abu Dhabi in a bid to expand the production of projects such as television commercials and documentaries and eventually content development throughout the city.
Emile Hirsch has joined the cast of The Darkest Hour, which is scheduled to shoot in Moscow during the summer, according to Variety.
A new documentary exploring the history of ancient Egypt has been filmed in many of the country’s most famous historical sites.
Specsavers has shot its new commercial on a beach in Tayrona National Park in north Colombia. Specs Effect features hundreds of bikini-clad women running though a jungle to a beach where a man sprays himself with deodorant. The women then turn away when the man puts on a hideous pair of glasses to see them properly. The spot parodies the 2006 Lynx commercial Billions.
The Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment has announced the results of an independent assessment of Florida’s film and entertainment industry, conducted by the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development of the University of West Florida.
Martin Cullen, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, has announced improvements to the Irish tax incentive for film and television.
A report by Oxford Economics, on behalf of the UK Film Council, has shown that the Britain’s film tax credit system is reducing interest in co-productions with the UK from overseas filmmakers.