Yanks flock to shoot Czech locations

Country picks up third prod'n for the year with 'Prince'

PRAGUE — Prague production service company Stillking has landed its third feature this year, Paramount romantic comedy “The Prince and the Freshman.”

Shooting in castles around the Czech Republic begins in mid-July for five weeks, after winding up its Toronto leg. Martha Coolidge helms and Julia Stiles stars as the American co-ed who falls for the prince of Denmark.

The busy production company also recently wrapped the second-unit shoot of Universal’s “Van Helsing.” That’s followed May 5 by the start of principal photography on DreamWorks’ “Ugly Americans.” Shoot runs 10 weeks, primarily on location.

The DreamWorks comedy also zeroes in on American college students looking for fun and romance, with Prague filling in for various European spots. Principal trio of largely unknowns includes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV vet Michelle Trachtenberg. More prominent names are likely to be lined up for cameos.

Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock exec produce under the Montecito banner for DreamWorks. Producers include Dan Goldberg, Joe Medjuck and Jackie Josephson. The trio of writers — Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer — were to co-direct as well. However when their co-directing credit waiver was nixed, the helmer’s chair went to Schaffer. Berg and Mandel now are billed as producers.

The addition of “The Prince and the Freshman” to the local filming schedule has just about filled Prague’s dance card for the summer.

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