New Zealand: Big-budget pix can grab gov’t rebate on local spending


Large Budget Screen Production Grant: A government-administered initiative that makes “production expenditure grants” — effectively cash rebates — of 12.5% of local spend to film and television productions that spend more than NZ $50 million ($34 million) in New Zealand. Productions that spend between $10 million and $34 million locally also will qualify if that figure represents at least 70% of the budget as a whole. The scheme is due for review in June.

Titles that recently tapped the incentive include “King Kong,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Boogeyman.”


Digital Post: Country’s first component digital post facility specializing in all areas. Recent projects: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Boogeyman”


Visual f/x, animation and post-production studio. High-end effects for features, commercials and interactive. Contributed to all three films in “Rings” trilogy; effects on “Spooked,” “Without a Paddle.”

Animation Research

3-D animation and special effects including sports graphics

Park Road Post/Weta Digital

Peter Jackson’s multimillion-dollar, 10,000-square-foot facility in the same Miramar neighborhood as Camperdown Studios that contains Weta Digital, his state-of-the-art digital post facility. Together they comprise Australasia’s most comprehensive post facility.


New Zealand Film Commission

National film bank, funded by government grant and lottery proceeds. Script development, partial production funding and sales for local films and co-productions

Film New Zealand

National film locations office with links to six regional offices. Clearing-house for information about New Zealand screen production environment and support for film productions. Web site contains extensive locations gallery and links to resources such as studio space and production service companies.

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