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film the buzz on the film biz shooting on mars the 25 incentive solution dr who good luck charlie filmutah.org 2012

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contents we are a lot cheaper than mars and mars doesn t have a 25 incentive program marshall moore director utah film commission filmut ah president publisher john corser john@filmutah.org 435 200 3460 contributing writers nancy van valkenburg marshall moore steve gooch festival issue 2012 02 utah local local publisher s perspective photo credits good luck charlie it s christmas courtesy disney channel john carter courtesy disney pictures ph frank conner © 2011 disney doctor who courtesy bbc america 06 15 18 darling companion courtesy sony classic pictures nitro circus 3d the movie courtesy nitro circus fuel tv thrillbillies filmutah office 125 matterhorn drive park city ut 84098 435 200 3460 letters@filmutah.org home delivery 435 200 3460 filmutah.org dr who outside the uk for the first time good luck charlie desert mountains city john carter shooting mars on earth 26 25 25 solution the utah film incentive 29 32 follow filmutah on filmutah filmutah nitro circus 3d the movie darling companion park city ut filmutah filmutah.org 2012

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john corser publisher s perspective epic locations epic action epic incentive 04 utah is epic photograph by scott peterson each year independent filmmakers make a pilgrimage to park city to witness and pay homage to those projects that against all odds have been born into this world by independent producers writers directors actors and crew there s a sense though that these pilgrims are simply transient passers through this year we re making a concerted effort to capture these travelers with coffee hot chocolate giveaways and seminars at the hub presented by the utah film commission to introduce them to utah and the filming opportunities here filmutah is proud to be a strategic partner of the utah film commission in this effort the spot on contest winner is the promo that runs before each sundance film this years winner was utah is epic i couldn t agree more filmmakers whether planning a a-list blockbuster touching drama comedy or outrageous 3d actioner should consider utah in the following pages you ll read about other producers and directors who did just that and reaped the benefits from the locations of john carter the action of nitro circus 3d the movie and the new 25 incentive legislation signed by governor herbert you ll see and understand the benefits of shooting in utah filmutah.org jan 2012 john corser publisher john corser is an award-winning producer of commercials music videos features television and documentaries his productions have spanned 20 countries and 5 continents john founded corser inc in los angeles in 1991 a motion media production service company specializing in marketing promotions and advertising with offices in los angels ca park city ut denver co and ann arbor mi when john moved his home to utah he immediately recognized utah s outstanding locations and professional crews john founded filmutah in 2009 a non-profit utah corporation dedicated to promoting media professionals in utah through filmutah magazine filmutah.org website and filmutah seminar series.

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dr who season 6 by nancy van valkenburg amy and rory tore open the midnight-blue envelope from the time ship tardis send to inform them of their next traveling assignment with time lord doctor who they couldn t know but this trip would leave them more shaken than any before the couple would be moved by the immense red rock grandeur of the american west but they would also witness the violent murder of a cherished friend but the first step was getting there the provided latitude and longitude coordinates would take them to the barren desert southern utah and cut cue reality denis hopkinson a utah-based film and television producer and longtime fan of bbc`s sci-fi series doctor who was intrigued to get a call about co-producing an episode in his home state i have known of the series for 20-plus years hopkinson said i was exited to have the bbc come over it was the first time they ve shot an episode outside the uk from the doctor who series it was very high profile deal over in england the main episode featuring utah premiered april 23 2011 to build excitement the bbc ran behind-the-scenes promos with doctor who s cast and crew talking about their utah experience i wanted to take all that tremendous britishness of amy rory and the doctor and really frame them with americana steven moffat executive producer and lead writer explained director toby haynes was struck by utah s vistas as the iconic america image we have come to america this is the home of john ford you know we re in smith who plays the good doctor also spotted natural backdrops he knew from major motion pictures we get to go to where they filmed `forrest gump where he stops running you know and he s got the beard and also `indiana jones smith said to come out and work in america is a cally it s really hard to beat salt lake and utah because in a five-hour circle from salt lake city which is only a half day travel for the crew you basically cover desert mountains city red rock and grand canyon you try and find that same circle anywhere else in the lower 48 and you re going to be hurting utah was it and the incentive didn t hurt either the west here he said it s fantastic it s epic the scale is like nothing `doctor who has ever seen stephan pehrsson director of photography said the utah s visuals offered new opportunities the tricky thing here is getting it all in shot because it`s so vast it s so big he said in the video lucky the budget allowed us to get a helicopter so we were able to fly over the country arthur darvill who plays rory was surprised to see locations he recognized from back to the future films matt great thing and i think it s going to make these particular episodes feel epic hopkinson said since the bbc is a publicly funded broadcast company like america s pbs it was vital to keep production costs low the first task was to scout locations and crunch numbers i jumped in my buckboard and we went and took a look at the surrounding locations and we did our homework they spent a fair amount of time and effort checking out northern arizona new mexico utah and some of colorado but when you put a pencil to it and start working the numbers together logisti07 filmutah.org 2012

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the three-day shooting schedule was tight so efficiency was key hopkinson said he was impressed by the cast s work ethic those three kids the actor who plays rory the actor who plays amy and the actor who plays the doctor they were a blast to work with and extremely good at their jobs the creative team toby and his directorial team they don t have to work too hard to get those kids to do their job because the kids are so good at it and they quite enjoyed the place and had never seen anything like lake powell none of them had ever seen anything like the valley of the gods and some of the backgrounds that are in monument valley those are extremely cool places the doctor who company came to utah with a skeleton crew fleshed out by utah s own film industry professionals they used our keys here locally hopkinson said we had all of the gaffer the grips the art department hair makeup wardrobe transpo i d say 90 percent of the crew was all utah crew they had a good time with our crew hopkinson has produced in many markets he said and it s hard to beat a utah crew our crews here are probably some of the most skilled that i come across he said it has a lot to do with the fact that they have to work with a lot of different crews and crew skill levels that come intermountain motion pictures inc salt lake city utah 08 from los angeles from new york from paris from germany all year long our local crews are intermixing with all of those styles and skill levels and they do well we ve got some really good cinematography people here digital and or film it doesn t matter they ve pretty much got it down the shoot s main obstacle was avoiding detection by doctor who fans who were eager to find the shooting sites and discover the episode s big secret the murder of doctor who or at least a of much older version of the time traveler i was quite surprised actually taken aback a little bit by how many who fans are in the u.s hopkinson said we had tons and tons of those people trying to find us while we were shooting we were successful until our last day then we finally had a couple show up we d already filmed the sensitive parts of the series hopkinson said when he say the final edit of utah s doctor who episode he was impressed with the show`s high quality and post-production effects with this series six the production has been lifted to a new level of sophistication i was absolutely blown away it was really fun to work with our british counterparts it was a great shoot over 30 years in the industry providing cast hair make up wardrobe production trailers trucks vans honey wagons recent clients productions include 127 hours disney cbs television darling companion guns girls gambling in the valley of elah brothers passion play high school musicals 1-2 3 snowmen untraceable one tree hill warner bros frozen filmutah.org jan 2012 www lmtrucks.net mike_cook@xmission.com 801 455-7150

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fast furious we aim to please creative equipment rental solutions for the film and video industry large or small projects on a regional or worldwide basis the reliability of our equipment is backed by our personal service available 24/7 moving pictures ltd www.movingpics.net salt lake city utah 801-973-0632 800-867-0632 the plot secret as viewers everywhere now know was that after amy rory future doctor who and others summoned to lake powell by tardis notification letters someone in an apollo astronaut suit walked out of the lake and fired the fatal shot it wasn t the first time hopkinson had seen astronauts emerge from the lake he was on the shoot for 1968 s planet of the apes there were probably 10 of us on the crew that had worked that show hopkinson said they still call the beach from the ape movie monkey beach it s on the opposite side of where we filmed this hopkinson said planet of the apes crew members didn t expect much from the quirky science fiction film i think most of us thought it was a big stretch he said with a laugh but charlton heston was a big deal in those days so it was fun to be there moving pictures ltd.

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stunts stunts with kids kathy jarvis has plummeted off cliffs tumbled down stairs smashed through windshields and mirrors burst into flames and powered cars minivans and motorcycles at breakneck speeds over dangerous roads at locations around the world it s not a life jarvis ever expected to have years back as she worked toward a masters degree in exercise physiology at the university of utah she imagined a job at a local children s hospital where she worked she even wrote a book and devised programs on how to coach young athletes i didn t aspire to be a stunt performer jarvis said it was never anything that was on my radar i was more into kids and wanting to become a physician s assistant for pediatrics but the stunt world called and i had my first job and from then on i just kept working jarvis found a way to combine her first and second career dreams as a sought-after stunt coordinator with a solid background in child development she`s especially valuable on shoots where young actors do some of the stunts that was the case with disney s good luck charlie it s christmas and universal pictures kicking and screaming producer matias alvarez of salty pictures has known jarvis for more than 15 years and has worked with her on multiple disney projects i love kathy said alvarez who most recently worked with jarvis as stunt coordinator of the 2011 disney channel film good luck charlie it s christmas by nancy van valkenburg she s pretty much `throw me down the stairs light me on fire what ever you need alvarez said with a laugh she s very accomplished she s a race car driver exceptional skier and all kinds of other things combining her education with her career is where she excels and feels she is an asset understanding the development of children and at what ages children learn spatial relationship skills eye hand coordinated skills following simple to complex directions and ability to work with or without the parent present is where i excel jarvis explains on the film kicking and screaming the producers noticed her ability to connect with the kids and their parents so they put her in charge of working with the 58 different children it took to make up all the soccer teams along with the large child cast jarvis said she keeps an eagle eye on her child actors and their 10 filmutah.org jan 2012

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stunt doubles while on set she can quickly sense if anything is wrong that might interfere with children s concentration or confidence in a scene children s needs could be physical if they are tired hungry thirsty or need a restroom break she said needs can also be emotional such as if a child is `on edge because their parent is late or a sitter came to set with them or if some other home or work worry creeps into their consciousness jarvis makes sure the children are physically and emotionally able to handle stunts and she also ensures actors parents are aware of and comfortable with everything that is going on my first on-set priority is to keep everyone safe my second is to get the job done efficiently when i m not working i love racing exclaims jarvis and my biggest fans are the kids in 2006 jarvis raced in the national rally america series and took second place in the class nationally that same year she raced a protruck in the most notorious off-road race in the world the baja 1000 she currently is one of a very few women nation wide who race a dirt late model racecar in the 2011 season she was rookie of the year and placed in the top ten in michigan the first time a rookie has ever done that when her major movie shoots finally wrap and the racing season ends the veteran stuntwoman/racecar driver comes home to utah jarvis recharges surrounded by the state s serine beauty but then she prepares for even more film and television work in her home state where she performs and coordinates the precision stunts for hollywood productions that bring their projects to utah efficiency is a hallmark of utah film and television productions jarvis said and that s largely because the community of crews and craftsmen have been working together for years and not only know each but are friends i always look forward to working on a production in utah and showing producers and directors how much bang they get for their buck directors are very happy here jarvis said whether they are drawn to utah for the vast variety of nature-designed sets for the proximity to los angeles for the state s generous financial incentive program or for the seasoned professionals available here to handle crafts stunts design directing producing acting and crew work carolyn leone costumedesign er 11 creative collaborative committed carolynleone@gmail.com 323 403-7795 filmutah.org 2012 los angeles salt lake city chicago

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director marshall moore ut ah film commission the utah film commission is pleased to continue our partnership with film utah magazine since 1924 some of the most recognizable films have taken advantage of utah s diverse scenery pirates of the caribbean at world s end independence day forrest gump thelma and louise the sandlot dumb and dumber galaxy quest and high school musical 1,2,3 along with network television series touched by an angel and everwood have helped to make utah an ongoing premier film destination from john wayne in the searchers and robert redford as jeremiah johnson to the most recent films good luck charlie it s christmas the mule darling companion and john carter utah s stunning scenery has served as a backdrop for over 900 films other films and television shows that were recently shot in utah include dragon warriors saints and soldiers airborne creed nitro circus 3d peloton and the mule these productions along with episodes of dr who thrillbillies the american ride and turning point combined with commercials from jeep amway audi and breitling have helped utah remain a very competitive destination for film and television production in addition to the diversity of locations there are nearly 1600 experienced film professionals available to assist you with all your production needs and an extensive selection of high quality equipment available through the many support services that exist in the state utah s motion picture incentive fund has been used to attract over 80 productions to the state since 2005 the state of utah currently offers a 15 25 refundable tax credit or cash rebate based on a minimum in-state spend of $200,000 the following are some notable productions that took advantage of the motion picture incentive program 127 hours fox searchlight 6 academy award nominations including best picture a christmas wish hallmark channel #1 hallmark channel movie in 2011 5.7 million viewers darling companion sony pictures classic premiere in 2012 john carter walt disney pictures march 2012 release good luck charlie it s christmas disney channel premiere drew 6.9 million viewers peloton heartland lucerne and napa film festivals congratulations to all the filmmakers cast and crew that contributed to the success of these productions that were all made in the state the utah film commission is committed to providing quality service to all types of filmmakers and we would be pleased to assist with all of your production needs our staff is here to assist you from the initial scouts and throughout principal photography and post-production you can follow us on twitter facebook youtube and at film.utah.gov to stay educated and up to date on the latest industry information we hope you continue to enjoy film utah magazine see you on the set sincerely 12 filmutah.org jan 2012 marshall moore director utah film commission

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in st.in st george utah george utah location lo cati on loc ati on for more info on locations in the st george and zion areas regional film office joyce kelly o 435.986.6626 m 435.669.9597 joyce@atozion.com

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adventure on the rocks st george utah by kathryn green washington county is a filmmaker s dream production destination just 90 minutes north of las vegas in the southwest corner of utah desert red rock meets alpine mountain in a stunning display of geologic majesty the landscape rises from 2,000 feet in the virgin river gorge to 10,000 feet at the top of pine mountain nestled in the midst of the unfolding terrain is st george a vibrant city with an active lifestyle historic buildings and pioneer homes great hotels elegant spas unique shopping delicious restaurants 13 golf courses and plenty of white-knuckle adventure nearby the weather in st george is warm and sunny year-round watersports start early in the year and the season extends into late fall refreshing area reservoirs like sand hollow gunlock and quail creek cool off their sun-baked surroundings of red cliffs and red sand beaches creating a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor oasis downtown st george is a picturesque stroll along tree-lined streets and historic homes and shops in the heart of the city lies town square a large grassy gathering place carousel and splash park where outdoor movies are shown in summertime boutique shopping can be found nearby at ancestor square and around the corner is the campus of dixie state college 14 there s a large pool of talent in the area due in part to tuacahn amphitheater tuacahn is a 2,000-seat 90-foot outdoor venue set in the heart of the stunning red rocks of snow canyon that carries a full cast and crew for broadway musicals with forty percent of washington county consisting of blm-managed public lands there are miles and miles of marbled red rock buttes punctuating rugged sage-dotted desert zion national park showcases striking panoramas of towering sandstone monoliths hanging gardens and dramatic slot canyons snow canyon state park offers the stark contrast of jet-black lava rock against smooth red sand dunes and petrified dunes throughout the area ancient indian petroglyph sites mark this land as sacred ground st george is easy to access by car just 1.5 hours north of las vegas on i-15 and 4.5 hours south of salt lake city on i-15 by air fly direct on delta via salt lake city or on united via los angeles with a thriving arts scene a temperate climate ribbons of emerald green fairways and incredible outdoor scenery washington county is a haven you ll wish you discovered long ago the colors will astound you the perspective will humble you the immensity will leave you in awe filmutah.org jan 2012

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good luck charlie it s christmas by nancy van valkenburg the goal of good luck charlie it s christmas was to take a wacky disney channel sitcom family the duncan s on a comical holiday road trip through multiple western states and a dozen or more madcap misadventures the filmmakers challenge was to accomplish that on a modest budget and without the need for too much real-world mileage we needed the desert the mountains and locations to represent several major cities said arlene sanford a prolific film and television director who helmed the project the fact that we could do all that in one place was extremely helpful that one place was utah where sanford and an entirely utah-based crew shot the tv film in march and april of 2011 the film debut in december of 2011 and in its first weekend drew a record 6.9 million viewers making it the no 1 liveaction cable movie of 2011 in total viewers and the no 1 live-action scripted telecast across all tv in kids age 6 to 11.

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