World Report: Spain - How to Shoot a Film in Spain - Key Players
Andalucia Film Commission
“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” figure among Andalusian shoots. This summer, Sacha Baron Cohen was in Seville for Paramount’s “The Dictator,” which lensed in the Plaza de Espana, used by George Lucas in 2002 for “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” The AFC co-organizes the Seville Intl. Location Expo.
Post-prod arm of conglom Vertice 360, led by seasoned Barcelona-based exec Jose Maria Aragones. A Spanish 3D film/TV pioneer, Apuntolapospo co-produced Spain’s first stereoscopic 3D pic “Magic Journey to Africa” and provided digital vfx on Sony-distribbed “Paranormal Xperience 3D,” Spain’s first 3D horror movie.
Barcelona/Catalunya Film Commission
Woody Allen acted as Barcelona’s unofficial ambassador while filming “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which underscored city’s burgeoning status as a South European movie production hub. Like “Vicky,” Tom Tykwer’s “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” also benefited from local coin after partnering with Catalonia-based shingles. Catalonia boasts studio infrastructure, as film schools groom top-notch tech talent.
Line producer Jose Luis Escolar has handled an array of big Hollywood film shoots in Spain — “Kingdom of Heaven,” “The Cold Light of Day,” and “Knight and Day” — attracting 12 movies to Spain, generating an estimated $55 million in inward investment.
Ciudad de la Luz
A $431 million Alicante mega-studio; offers 20% rebates on 80% of total Valencia region spend. In 2009, added an 86,000-sq.-ft. water tank, Europe’s biggest, first put through its paces by Summit Ent.-sold “The Impossible.”
A full-service integrated post-production and lab company, says Deluxe’s Vanessa Ruiz-Larrea, with a rapidly growing vfx and other digital post-prod and distrib biz, Madrid and Barcelona offices and, since 2009, a Ciudad de la Luz lab.
Donostia Film Commission
Works one of Spain’s most glamorous cities, organizing San Sebastian Festival’s Film Commission Award to honor film producers who generate business and jobs.
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Led by make-up artists David Marti and Montse Ribe, who won Oscars for “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Worked on “Hellboy” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her.” Catalonia’s horror pic hub is boosting biz; also offers dummies and animatronics.
Galicia Film Commission
Hosted Emilio Estevez’s “The Way,” filmed along St. James’ Way from France to Galicia. A long history of shoots, including local B.O. hits like “The Sea Inside,” “Mondays in the Sun.” Galicia-based production companies — Vaca Films, Filmanova, Continental Prods. — bring regional state coin to table.
Fernando Victoria de Lecea’s film production/services company. Specializes in attracting French productions to Spain. Worked as line producer on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Her Majesty Minor”; now prepping Pathe co-produced drama “Jappeloup,” toplining Guillaume Canet.
This Madrid, Alicante and Paris-based company was launched 1994 by Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela and serves as a port-of-call for U.S. studios’ Spain shoots. This summer, Kanzaman serviced Paramount’s “Finchley Dreams,” which lensed in Seville and Fuerteventura. Now focusing on its own production projects, including psychological thriller “Cold Skin,” in pre-production.
Madrid Film Commission
One of Europe’s most prolific film production centers, Madrid has had a commission since 2004. As a member of the Capital Regions for Cinema networks, organizes European film co-production meetings. Shoots: “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Goya’s Ghosts,” “The Limits of Control” and “Decepcion.”
Mallorca Film Commission
The Mediterranean island launched a film commission in November. Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes starrer “Jack and Jill” rolled partially there. Harvey Keitel and wife Daphna Kastner are planning to “Holiday in Mallorca” on the isle. Son Pardo race tracks will replicate a 1984 L.A. Olympics competition for France’s “Jappeloup” and the Wachowski brothers are casting and reserving hotels for “Cloud Atlas.”
Madrid-based high-profile shingle, co-producer of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Laurent Tirard’s “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” Provided production services for international pics such as Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” and Roland Joffe’s “There Be Dragons.”
Navarra Film Commission
Recent international shoots: “The Way,” Vincent Cassel starrer “The Monk,” Bollywood’s “Zindagi na milegi dobara” and Focus Features’ “Biutiful” show this Western Pyrenees region is attempting to lure shoots as it once did with Stanley Kramer’s “The Pride and the Passion” and Fox’s “The Sun Also Rises.”
Mallorca-based film and TV services company founded in 1993 by Swedish commercials producer Ola Holmgren. Entered film sector in 2007. Recent credits include Brit B.O. hit “The Inbetweeners Movie.”
Spain Film Commission
Under new prexy Elsa Martinez, the SFC is boosting international promotion activities. Two main mid-term goals: improving rebates for international shoots; encouraging international co-prods.
Tenerife Film Commission
Canary Island Tenerife hosted Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ shoot of “Clash of the Titans” and sequel “Wrath of the Titans,” the latter accessing 38% tax breaks. Reduced corporation tax of 4% and tax break vehicle, the Reservation of Canary Investment.
Led by Gerardo Herrero, one of Spain’s most prolific helmer-producers. Credits include Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” and Danis Tanovic’s “Triage.” Stable production relationship with Ciudad de la Luz studios, channeled through Alicante-based shingle Castafiore.
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