The photographic series Spheres, made by
Tenerife photographer Juanmi Márquez for the magazine The Showroom Mag, won
the Bronze Award in the Fashion/Advertising section of the Moscow International
Foto Awards (MIFA). These awards are a recognition to the work done by
photographers from all over the world and exhibit them in the creative circles
of Russia and Asia.
The series Spheres
is a fashion shooting produced in the Canary Islands and directed by Nicolás
Rosales (Art Director at The Showroom Mag). Its creative team includes Daida
Brito (production manager at La Creme Films), Berta Makowsky (stylist) and
hairdresser Pavel Okhakin and his team, who won the Hairdressing Awards
Russia this year, after winning for three consecutive years the Hairdresser
of the year award. The full editorial will be published in the next issue
of the magazine TSM 032 in mid-October.
This is not the first time Juanmi Márquez wins an international prize. Recently, the editorial Japan Colours won the Bronze award in the Fashion/Advertising section at the PX3 in Paris. Since it was set up in 2007 the Prix de la Photografie has been one of the most prestigious photography awards in Europe (this year more than seven thousand works from over a hundred countries were submitted). Japan Colours, published in issue number 27 of The Showroom Mag, is once again recognised after having won LUX de Plata Moda and Tifa Silver Award in 2018. All this comes in addition to the LUX de Oro award Juanmi Márquez’s got for his The Private List, for The Showroom Mag, in 2015.
Cartoon Forum, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 3D Wire, Mipcom, Mia, Ciclope, Content London and Focus, these are our next engagements
Commission would like to let you know about the latest news on companies and
talent, the opportunities offered by the 40-45% incentives, plus the
exceptional climate and wide range of landscapes available on the Island to
different types of film production, especially to feature films, series and
commercial shoots, in addition to animation projects.
We are first travelling to Cartoon Forum, Toulouse (France) from 16 to 19 September, to then return to Spain to attend, first of all, San Sebastian International Film Festival, where at 8:00 pm on 22 September we’ll be joining some Canarian production companies at Kursaal’s press room to take part in the event ‘Canarias crea cine’ staged by Canary Islands Film. If you’d like to come along, please ask for an invite. We are then on to the animation, videogames and new media market 3D Wire, in Segovia, from 3 to 6 October. Quite a few animation and videogame production companies from Tenerife are also joining us here. B-Water Studios will tell us how they have developed, thanks to Unity, pipeline that is unique in the world in their last production, the series Treasure Trekkers.
Our next engagement is at events specialising in series, like Cannes’ Mipcom from 14 to 17 October; MIA Market in Rome from 16 to 19 October; and Content London, UK from 3 to 6 December.
Also, to cater for the advertising sector, we are taking part in Ciclope Festival in Berlin from 7 to 8 November and in Focus, the meeting place for international productions in London on 3 & 4 December.
All in all, we have eight chances to meet up and find out about the news and opportunities Tenerife and the Canaries offer for film productions.
The international cast includes John Lynch, Tomohisa Yamashita, Laura Bach, Mònica López, Alexandre Willaume, Katharine O’Donnelly, John Lynch, Amelia Hoy and Mónica López, plus the special collaboration of Álvaro Morte
The Island is currently host to the series The
Head, a production by The Mediapro Studio in association with Hulu Japan and
HBO Asia. It has the support of the Environment and Roads Departments of the
Cabildo de Tenerife in terms of managing the shooting permissions as well as
the collaboration of Turismo de Tenerife through its Tenerife Film Commission. For
the shoot, that will last 50 days (from 11 July to 19 September), 40 local professionals
have been hired in addition to ten companies of the island’s film sector.
Head is the first
fiction series by Àlex and David Pastor in Spain. The Canary Islands and
Iceland are the locations chosen for this survival thriller directed by Jorge
Dorado (El embarcadero, Mindscape). The series features an international cast
that includes John Lynch (The Terror), Tomohisa Yamashita (Code Blue), )
Alexandre Willaume (Bajo la superficie, Deep State, Tomb Raider), Laura Bach
(Sprinter Galore, Rita), Mònica López (Hierro, En la ciudad, El habitante
incierto, Acusados), plus the special collaboration of the Spanish actor Álvaro
Morte (the professor, the brain behind the ambitious assault in Money Heist).
The long, dark Antarctic months, the cold, the wind and the vast extensions of
ice together with the feeling of loneliness and claustrophobia are the
distinctive features of this fiction, which consists of six 50-minute episodes.
The plot of The Head, with dialogues in English and Danish, is set at
the international station Polaris VI, on the Antarctica. A reduced group of
scientists from different countries is in charge of keeping the base in
operation during the long polar night. But at the height of winter, the station
stops all communication with the exterior.
The Head is mainly being shot inside two factory premises in the municipality of La Laguna. The only exterior location has been Punta del Inglés, at a singular spot in Parque Rural de Anaga. Shooting has also been made in interiors in special locations such as Auditorio de Tenerife, Finca Tristán, the Floatel Reliance platform or the Brifor unit facilities in La Guancha. In addition to the support of the Cabildo de Tenerife, the production has also enjoyed the help of the town councils of La Laguna and Santa Cruz.
The project, one of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’s major investments, took its first steps in 2017 at the prestigious International Series Mania Forum, held in Paris. The Head was presented at a pitching session and aroused great interest among representatives from the media and entertainment sector.
According to Javier Méndez, Chief Content Officer of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, “The Head is an example of the direction we’re headed in, with ambitious and complex international projects based on great stories. The Head is a major step in the Studio’s strategy to guarantee that the best stories reach our clients around the world; to do so, we have excellent partner like Hulu Japan”.
Laura Fernández Espeso, Corporate Director and CoHead of TV of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, commented: “The Head is the fruit of many months’ labor to meet deadlines when demand for content is huge. Having talent like Jorge Dorado and Àlex and David Pastor working from the beginning to build and shape this project, altogether with a great international cast and a prominent partner such as Hulu Japan, gives an idea of the magnitude of the project. It is a privilege for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO to bring this amazing series to the audiovisual market”.
“After a process lasting two and half years, we at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO are proud to bring this unique story to the screen”, explained Tellem. “’The Head’” is about Good and Evil. Our story begins when a group of people find themselves completely disconnected from the world, in the frozen darkness of the South Pole winter. For the unknown killer among them, this is the perfect setting. For everybody else, telling good from evil just might be the thing that saves your life.”
“In ‘The Head’, I made some contribution to the development, which is quite unusual,” director Jorge Dorado explains, “because directors normally join in at a much later stage. And this is very interesting, because this way, the story
in a way becomes yours too.”
The director also emphasizes the work of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO: “At the moment, no one else in Spain is doing projects of this magnitude and with such international ambition.”
Àlex and David, who have worked on the screenplays of “The Head”, along with Isaac Sastre, define the production as a “claustrophobic thriller with a central mystery.” “The series plays with two different times, because the idea is to find out who the murderer is, the reasons why they have done this, and if there is something else behind or beyond what seem to be a series of crimes,” they suggest.
The Pastor brothers have a brilliant track record in filmmaking with titles like “Carriers” and “The Last Days”, both written and directed by them, and “SELF/LESS”, written by them, directed by Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”) and starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds. They made their debut in the TV world with the series “Incorporated”, for the US channel Sy Fy, produced by Pearl Street Films, which is Matt Damon’s and Ben Affleck’s company. The Pastor brothers were in charge of the screenplay and the direction of the pilot episode. Recently, they have
directed the film “Hogar” for Netflix.
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
The mission of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, the content division of the MEDIAPRO Group, is to expand the creation, production and distribution of content globally, creating high-quality international content in association with the very best Spanish and international talent, including Paolo Sorrentino, Woody Allen, Isabel Coixet, Ran Tellem, Oliver Stone, Daniel Burman, Fernando León de Aranoa, Iván Escobar, Javier Fesser, Patricio Guzmán, Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José, Marc Cistaré, Manuel Huerga, Ernesto Daranas, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, Laura Belloso, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Javier Olivares and Ruth García. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, with 58 offices distributed across four continents, 14 of which develop and produce content, launched 34 series in 2019 with a global investment of €200 million for the production of series, movies, entertainment programs, short-formats and documentaries. MEDIAPRO has partnered with key industry players worldwide including HBO, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, Fox, Viacom, Yle Turner and Disney, which have earned international acclaim winning awards including
2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, multiple Goya awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Hulu Japan was originally launched in Sept 2011 by Hulu LLC and got acquired by HJ Holdings Inc, (a Nippon TV company) in April 2014. Over 2 million paying subscribers of Hulu Japan’s SVOD service have instant access to 60,000 videos, and its content line-up covers global-hit scripted series and feature films, local shows including popular dramas, animations, variety shows, documentaries, and Hulu Japan original series besides exclusive catch up and library from Nippon TV, which is the leading terrestrial network and the majority owner of HJ Holdings. Hulu Japan has been maintaining the leading position in the Japanese OTT market since its launch and is regarded as one of the most used services there. Besides Nippon TV, the shareholders include Hulu LLC, Yahoo Japan, TOHO, Yomiuri TV, and CHUKYO TV.
Wholly owned by HBO (a subsidiary of WarnerMedia), Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios, including Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and DreamWorks Animation. HBO is available across 23 territories across Asia. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes produced exclusively for HBO viewers. HBO Asia broadcasts five 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits and Cinemax; an Asian movie channel, Red by HBO; internet streaming platform, HBO GO; subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, HBO On Demand; and a branded SVOD service in China, 鼎级剧场 (ding ji ju chang). HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst channel in the region. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.
Tenerife Film Commission
Tenerife Film Commission is the brand of Turismo de Tenerife that gives advice to national and international film companies about locations, permissions, and about all the services they may require while shooting on the Island. The wide range of spaces available as well as the natural sets offered by the Island mean multiple areas of the world can be recreated within just a few kilometres. The technology and the local production companies, the incentives and tax breaks available for production companies, plus a privileged climate that allows shooting in exterior location year-round make Tenerife the ideal shooting location.
The heads of FixerCanaryIslands, Javier Navarro Escuela and Pierre Félix, have been frantically busy in the past few months as they worked for feature films, series and TV programmes.
Pierre Félix took part as Spain’sproduction manager in the film Gomera (The Whistlers), by director Corneliu Porumboiu, shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival in 2019. The film will be in theatres on 13 September. He has also been chosen by the international platform www.worldfixer.com and its clients as best fixer in Spain —ex aequo with Sorrel Downer, from Seville—. Please see the ranking here.
activity this year has also taken Pierre Félix and Javier Navarro to be in charge
of production services for the “making of” of the series The Witchers for
Netflix, shot on the island of La Palma in March. They also took care of the
production services for the documentary series Volcanes y Hombres for
the French-German TV channel ARTE, shot in Tenerife, El Hierro and Lanzarote in
Their work in 2019 also includes the production services for the summer publicity campaign of the French department store Le Printemps (shot in February in Tenerife); for the documentary on players in the Canaries of the famous internet game HAY DAY Meet the Farmer, shot in July in Gran Canaria; and the tele-reality programme Cross the Atlantic for the Swedish TV channel TV4, set in Gran Canaria last January.
Regarding special effects, the company caters for every possible need
Alucine SFX Canary has just opened their Tenerife base to operate across the Canary Islands. Their team has wide experience in conceiving and carrying out all kinds of special effects for film, television, commercials and theatre. Their effects include all possible versions of rain, snowscapes or falling snowflakes, fog and smoke, wind, totally safe fires and explosions of every size, body or object bullet-shots, sparks, collapses
make special replicas, specific models of weapons, retractable objects,
breakable bottles, glasses and plates as well as all kinds of dangerous objects
actors have to be hit with or closely interact with. They have and make vehicle simulators, prop
weapons and detonators, muzzle loaders, etc.
Early this year they took care of all the special effects for the film Ron Hopper’s Misfortune directed by Jaime Falero, which included atmospheric effects like fog, rains in addition to classic effects with arrows, swords and fire.
September to November four events specialising in different areas of the film industry
are taking place in Tenerife: two film festivals, a market and a film music festival.
The season starts with Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ). It opens on 20 September with the concert Cinema Morricone and closes on 28 September with live-to-picture dedicated to the iconic film Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola.
Next comes Canary Islands International Film Market (CIFFMarket) from 8 to 12 October at Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This market offers a business place for films that have not been screened and those at the development stage, including fiction and documentary features, tv movies and series. They can all seek funding at this event.
From 8 to 10 November, DocuRock (International Documentary Festival) will be screening a selection of the best documentaries focusing on the recent international scene of the world of music. The event takes place at TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and starts with the premiere in the Canary Islands of Ara Malikian. Una vida entre las cuerdas, directed by Nata Moreno.
And last, but not least, from 23 to 30 November we can enjoy Isla Calavera, Canary Islands Fantastic Film Festival. The call to submit feature films and short films is open until 10 October. Productions of every nationality, both animation and real image included in the fantastic genre can take part in the event (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller…).
Film Commission collaborates in all these events.
After Latin America and the US, it now reaches Europe
The well-known company “Outlabs”, has started a new venture in Europe through Blackout Films who has bought the brand and its assets to put them together with their on-set services.
In the unmatchable setting of the Canary Islands plus the best tax system in Europe, Outlabs positions itself in the market as the first company in the Canary Islands to have five DIT stations and a fully equipped “Vandit” mobile unit. From the second half of 2019, Outlabs will offer on set services, dailies, datalab, advanced workflows for film and commercials, ACES, HDR workflows and live colour.
You can now learn more about the project on the new website of the company, which having refreshed its image, aims at becoming a model of innovation and technology: Outlabs web.
Marché du Film, Nordic Game, MIFA and Conecta Fiction
From 14 to 23 May, Tenerife Film Commission —through Canary Islands Film, the umbrella brand for Canarian film industry – will be at Marché du Film, the film market par excellence in Cannes (France), and at Conecta Fiction, the forum for national TV series, to be held in Pamplona (Spain) from 17 to 20 June.
We’re also attending Nordic Game from 22 to 24 May, a videogame event taking place in Malmö (Sweden), and MIFA, the most important animation market in Europe, which is part of the Annecy Animation International Festival (France), from 10 to 15 June.
Silvester Stallone is coming to Cannes Film Festival to promote the film Rambo V: Last Blood, partially shot in Tenerife.
To learn more about Tenerife as a film location, tax incentives for film production and the 57 companies connected to the film sector that are members of the film commission, some of which are also coming to these events, contact us to arrange a meeting.
Motorhome Unit 1 now has a new, bigger bathroom and heating
The Boss Transports’ Motorhome Unit 1 has undergone relevant improvement. The vehicle also known as ‘guagua negra’ [black bus], has undergone a revamp to improve the services provided. The bathroom has been fully renovated, and apart from looking more modern, it now also has a wider capacity of use thanks to the installation of two great-volume tanks.
On the other hand, the air conditioning system has been restructured so it is now more efficient as it reaches 10,000 frigories. A new heating system has been added too, to make days spent in extreme locations comfier.
The Boss’s fleet includes two production units, two camera trucks and two shoot trucks: this motorhome unit 1 and motor home Movie Unit 2.