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Hollywood shoots flock to the UK

Here's a list of the big US feature films shooting in the UK this year.

With Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood opening the Cannes Film Festival this week, it’s a good time to note the amount of production business coming from Hollywood to UK shores. A Universal Studios film, Robin Hood shot at Pinewood and on locations in Surrey and South Wales.

This year, there’s a raft of big Hollywood productions being made in the UK including the final Harry Potter films, a new Martin Scorsese feature and Tim Burton’s latest. They’re attracted by the UK’s film talent and facilities, as well as the favourable exchange rate and our film tax break which is worth 20% of budget.

This list is courtesy of the Office of the British Film Commissioner, which has been instrumental in attracting big studio shoots to the UK. Last year, US studios spent a near record £728.5m on film production in the UK. Film commissioner Colin Brown thinks it’s likely to be around that level in 2010.

In Production:

The final instalment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Warner Bros. Pictures) is currently being filmed at Leavesden Studios, Pinewood Studios and on location in the UK. It is directed by David Yates, with David Heyman and David Barrron producing.

John Carter of Mars (Walt Disney Pictures) has just finished a shoot in the UK. It was filmed between late January and April 2010 and has now moved to Utah for the final leg of filming. John Carter of Mars was filmed at three studios in the UK – Shepperton, Longcross and Greenford. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton, with Colin Wilson producing, and is Pixar’s first live-action feature film.

Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures) has just started production at 3 Mills Studios. It is directed by Tim Burton and produced by Allison Abbate. The story is the feature-length version of Tim Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name.

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures) recently started filming in the USA. It tells the story of a mountain climber who becomes trapped beneath a boulder. It is directed by Danny Boyle, with Christian Colson and John Smithson producing. The film is being shot entirely in the US with post-production in the UK.

Pirates! (Sony Pictures Entertainment/Aardman Animations) went into production in April. It is a stop frame animation with CGI elements and is directed by Peter Lord. Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures Imageworks/Aardman Animations) also recently entered production. It is a CGI feature film, with CGI being undertaken in the US. Substantial animation and post production work is being completed in the UK. It is directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook.

In Pre-Production:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (GK Films) is Martin Scorsese’s first feature to be filmed in the UK. Adapted from the children’s novel by Brian Selznick, it has been in pre-production at Shepperton Studios since February and is due to start shooting in early June. It is produced by Graham King, Christi Dembrowski, and Tim Headington.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Walt Disney Pictures) is the fourth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It began pre-production at Pinewood Studios in February. It is expected to film at Pinewood Studios and on location in the UK in August 2010. It will be directed by Rob Marshall, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.

Films which shot in the UK and which are undertaking post-production in the UK:

The first instalment of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Warner Bros. Pictures) is in post-production at Framestore, Cinesite and Double Negative.

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) is in post-production at Molinare.

Your Highness (Universal Pictures) is in post-production at Framestore CFC.

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures) is in post-production at Double Negative.

Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight) is in post-production at Ascent 142.

Films which DID NOT shoot in the UK and did not qualify as British (thus did not obtain tax credit) but which are undertaking VFX in the UK:
Marmaduke (Twentieth Century Fox) at Cinesite
Battle: Los Angeles (Columbia) at Cinesite Iron Man 2 (Marvel) at Double Negative
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Univeral) at Double Negative Salt (Columbia) at Framestore
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Walt Disney Pictures) at Double Negative
Naked Beauty: A Love Story That Feeds The Earth (Disney Nature) at Cinesite
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Fox 2000) at MPC
Leap Year (Spyglass Entertainment) at Cinesite

Possible shoots in 2010:
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures).
Dark Shadows (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sherlock Holmes sequel (Warner Bros. Pictures)
New Batman project (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Posted 11 May 2010 by Tim Dams
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