NSW Secures Work on Eight Major Film And Television Productions

Friday, 28 January 2011

More than 800 new jobs and $80 Million Investment

Premier Kristina Keneally today announced the NSW Government has helped to secure work on eight major film and television productions for the State – including production of Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and the 3D conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – creating more than 800 new jobs and an $80 million investment in NSW.

“This is great news. It means 800 jobs for actors, visual effect specialists, writers, technicians and carpenters in the film industry,” Ms Keneally said.

Production work secured with the support of the NSW Government includes:
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D – the $65 million 3D feature film based on the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs will support local 140 jobs with some location filming in NSW;
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Harry Potter 7) – Animal Logic will undertake 3D conversion work for the highly anticipated film, employing up to 75 people;
Prometheus – Sydney company Fuel VFX will provide some visual effects for the 3D film “Prometheus”, to be directed and produced by Ridley Scott, employing over 40 visual effects specialists.
Home – Animal Logic will also produce a ground breaking photoreal 3D animation & VFX for a theatrical short feature as a pilot for a large budget digital animation, employing 40 people;
Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger – NSW incentives recently helped secure work for Fuel VFX on the two Marvel films, supporting 35 jobs with work currently underway;
Razor (Underbelly IV) – the new 13 part series will employ more than 120 cast, 65 crew and 800 extras; and
Crownies (working title) – The 22 part ABC series will be filmed in Sydney, employing approximately 200 cast, 125 crew and 1800 extras.

The eight productions have received incentives from the NSW Government’s $20 million Film Fund and the Industries Assistance Fund.

“These programs attract and provide support for productions in NSW, with the NSW Government’s $20 million Film Fund for international production also including incentives to counter Australia’s rising exchange rate,” Ms Keneally said.

NSW’s film-friendly protocols also help remove obstacles for filmmakers, allowing them to easily and cost effectively access parks, heritage buildings and public land as locations for filming.

Minister for the Arts, Virginia Judge said the productions would be a real boost for the creative industries in NSW.

“As well as jobs and investment, work on these new projects will bring prestige and international recognition to our film and digital effects industry,” Ms Judge said.