New Production Growth Fund to encourage producers to base major projects in Scotland.
A new £1.75m Production Growth Fund will give Film and TV producers a new incentive to base their productions in Scotland.
Announced today by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, the fund is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland, as well as increasing funding available for Scottish productions. This will give Scotland a competitive edge in addition to its already internationally renowned crews, talent and locations.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and THE LAKE: FFF Bayern’s first-time funding for international projects by the VFX producers Trixter and ScanlineVFX
For thefirst time, the FFF has granted funding to Bavarian VFX producers responsiblefor the creative digital imaging for international productions: Trixter for thenext CAPTAIN AMERICA film and Scanline VFX for the action film THE LAKE.
IlseAigner, Bavarian Minister for Economics and Media, Energy and Technology and FFF advisory board chairwoman: “The virtual shoot is becoming increasingly more important for large and significant international co-productions. In thisfield, we have several top companies in Bavaria who have made a name forthemselves in Hollywood. With the new possibilities for VFX producers to submit funding applications to FFF Bayern and the targeted increase in funds available, we are supporting local companies in this difficult international competitive market. We are strengthening Bavaria as a VFX location and, simultaneously, the entire film location, which through such digital creativeimaging is bringing additional productions to Bavaria.”
Trixter will start work at the end of August on the Marvel Studios VFX production for the blockbuster sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. The leading roles have beencast with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Brühl.Anthony and Joe Russo will be directing the screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The superhero adaptation is being produced by Vita-Ray-Dutch Productions III, LLC (Marvel Studios) and Studio Babelsberg as a German-American co-production. Walt Disney Motion Pictures will release the film worldwide. FFF Bayern has granted 450,000 Euros in funding support toTrixter for the virtual shoot.
ScanlineVFX is creating extensive digital settings in the coming months for the action film THE LAKE. The leading roles here have been cast with Sullivan Stapleton,Charlie Bewley, Sylvia Hoeks, J.K. Simmons and Clemens Schick. Steven Quale, who already worked on TITANIC and AVATAR and directed FINAL DESTINATION 5 andSTORM HUNTERS, will be directing. THE LAKE will be realized as a Europeanco-production between EuropaCorp SA Paris and Studio Babelsberg. The screenplay was written by Luc Besson and Richard Wenk. FFF Bayern is supporting ScanlineVFX for the virtual shoot with 275,000 Euros.
VFX funding within the framework of the special program for international co-productions was decided upon by the advisory board of FFF Bayern on 15 June 2015 and became effective with the new funding guidelines on 1 July 2015.
Cineuropa talks to our Vice-President Mikael Svensson, head of the Oresund Film Commission - Southern Sweden, to find out more about the status of cinema within the EU’s cultural agenda.
SHOWTIME and Fox 21 Television Studios have announced that season five of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning series HOMELAND will shoot on location in Germany. Beginning production in early June at the famed Studio Babelsberg in Berlin, HOMELAND will become the first American television series to shoot a full season entirely in Germany.
Later this month, the production of Oscar-winning British director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl will move to Copenhagen for a ten-day shoot on location with lead actors Eddie Redmayne (UK) and Alicia Vikander (Sweden), in collaboration with the Copenhagen Film Fund, which has invested £0.9 million in landing its first large-scale international project.
The Danish Girl reunites Hooper and Redmayne, the latter having received this year’s Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in UK director James Marsh’s The Theory Of Everything – they last worked together on Hooper’s Les Misérables (2012), which received three Oscars. The cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and Amber Heard (The Rum Diary).
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