The Escuela de Actores Lecuona [Lecuona Drama School], based in Tenerife, now offers a two-year course on film, TV and theatre for future actors, in addition to a third year (master) of training with the best casting directors in the country.
In this school students learn and work with prestigious teachers and directors from the spheres of theatre, film, tv and casting. From day one, the course has a hands-on approach to film, tv and theatre. All the students will be included in the national management agency AMC Representación to go in for professional work.
The first year consists of acquiring teamwork habits and commitment to the play and to oneself. Learning different rehearsal techniques for film and TV. Controlling performance according to type of shot and camera lens. Shooting interior and exterior scenes and short films.
In the second year the focus will be on improving film performance and entering the work market by working with casting directors.
The third year is devoted to film training, reinforced with different special sessions devoted to performing, casting, coaching, etc.
To access these courses, candidates must be at least 18 years old and they must pass the admission test, which consists of an interview and a test in which candidates must perform a monologue chosen by the school to suit the student’s profile. This monologue will be from film or TV and will be performed in front of the camera.
Canarian film industry is now stronger as the services offered by the stunt team are widen
The Canarian stunt group connected toCanary Pictures Vehicles, Stunt Leal Group, is now part of The Stunt Club, which is one of the major stunt companies in Spain. They have worked in action scenes in international productions like Terminator: Dark Fate, Skyfall, World War Z, A monster comes to see me, Rambo V: Last Blood, Elite, Vis a Vis, La Isla Mínima or The Impossible.
The most recent productions Stunts Leal Group has worked in include national films like Salir del ropero, El silencio del pantano, 4 latas, and series of the digital platform Netflix such as Las chicas del cable or La casa de papel.
Canarian film industry is enriched by the new services offered by Stunts Leal Group, and it means production companies will now have a more direct, simple way of hiring this type of services.
400 metres of Truss
Security material and equipment hire for action scenes
Training actors for action scenes
Preparing extras for action scenes
Horse department for action scenes and stunt riders for horseback scenes
Developing action scenes and firearm tactics
Water scenes, underwater equipment and zodiac
Different periods fencing
Qualified Stunt drivers
Stunts for different action scenes
Heights (jumping, falling…)
Security and risk control in action scenes
Scene vehicles and logistics support in collaboration with Canary Pictures Vehicles
Tenerife Film Commission schedules training workshops for 2019
Turismo de Tenerife, through its Tenerife Film Commission, has started its training courses for 2019. The first of the six workshops scheduled until December is called Producciones audiovisuales sostenibles[Sustainable film productions]. It will take place on 1 June during the Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias, in Garachico. If you’re interested you can enrol (places are limited) on the website tenerifefilm.com/tallersostenible.
The film industry is a major socio-economic driving force of the Island but the activities it involves are a source of carbon emission due to transportation, lighting, building, food and drink, water use, etc. Can the film sector contribute to sustainable development by curbing the environmental impact of productions? What can we do in Tenerife? These are some of the issues the course will deal with. A certificate of having attended the course will be given at the end.
During the session, participants will also be trained on the Agenda 2030, which follows the road map set out by countries that are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Objectives. This is a social commitment of governments, administrations, civil society and the private sector in which Turismo de Tenerife and its Film Commission are also involved. It includes, among other examples, the training being offered or the production of a Good Practice Guide for Sustainable Production on the Island.
Yanira Cáceres will be giving the workshop. She is a professional with ten years of experience as consultant in environmental assessment, training and sustainability. Cáceres has worked as an expert and consultant in different prestigious film productions including: Exodus: Gods and Kings, Mine, Allied, Han Solo or the post-production of Wonder Woman 1984.
Five other courses
Tenerife Film Commission has scheduled a further five courses to be done throughout the year. They will each be 20 hours long and have the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands, thanks to its Canary Islands Film. The aim of these courses is to develop and professionalise the local industrial and creative talent.
For the first time in the Canaries, there will be a workshop concerning legal issues in shoots from 1 to 5 July. (registering with Social Security, work risks, rights and insurance). It is designed and produced by the renowned publicity film school Makkers School.
The next four workshops are planned by the Instituto de Formación e Investigación Cinematográfica (IFIC). There is no exact date yet but in September, we’ll have Production Management; in October, Assistant Director; in November, Accounting for film projects, and finally in December, Post-production Coordination
Emmy award winning El Ranchito is set to open a new production studio in Santa Cruz, hiring up to 40 employees
Recognised as one of the best visual effects companies in the world, El Ranchito has decided to open a new production studio in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. The move will see up to 40 new jobs created on the island, boosting the local economy. The world-leading visual effects company already has studios in Barcelona and Madrid alongside commercial representatives in Mexico and Los Angeles. It gained an Emmy Award for its work on ‘Game of Thrones’, one of many high calibre productions the team has worked on since ‘El Ranchito’ was founded.
The plans for a new hub in Tenerife were announced this week by Felix Bergés, Director of El Ranchito, following a meeting with the Cabildo (Tenerife Government) which included the island’s president, Carlos Alonso, and the president of the Canary Islands Government, Fernando Clavijo.
“We want to establish a team and start training people in Tenerife,” said Bergés, who credits the tax incentives offered by the Canary Islands through the Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) and the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) as one of the key reasons for moving.
The president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, thanked the El Ranchito representative for his commitment to the island and commented that the company’s planned arrival in Tenerife “culminates three years of talks in coordination with the Government of the Canary Islands to attract companies in the production and animation sector, from which the island is already home to almost a dozen companies that employ 300 people.”
Alonso, who has recognised the great future that is glimpsed for the sector, also pointed out that “although fiscal incentives open the door, you must then have the ability to train people and the infrastructures in place which are important for attracting companies from these industries, such as the supercomputer, submarine cables, optical fibre or the Datacentre.”
For his part, Fernando Clavijo has highlighted the “high level” El Ranchito represents in the industry of audio-visual production and special effects companies “which are now installed in Tenerife thanks to the joint work carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo to promote the tax advantages of the REF and the internationalisation of the islands “.
The Canarian president has insisted that little by little a very favourable ecosystem is being generated for companies that, in the case of El Ranchito, “come with a future vocation to generate talent and knowledge”.
El Ranchito is a Spanish visual effects company for film, television and advertising. Created in 2004, it has participated in the postproduction of more than one hundred commercials and a hundred movies and television series, many of them for the international market. The work of El Ranchito, which currently employs more than 150 professionals, has been recognised with eight Goyas in the section of best special effects; five VES (Visual Effects Society Awards) for Game of Thrones and The Impossible; three Gaudí and with an Emmy and an HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Award for the best visual effects for Game of Thrones. They have also shown their professionalism in other film titles such as Ágora, by Alejandro Amenábar; A monster comes to see me, from J. Bayona, Superlopez, Wild or Biutiful Tales.
EFM, Kidscreen, Cartoon Movie and Series Mania, our upcoming engagements
At Tenerife Film Commission we like telling you first-hand about all the reasons and advantages that make Tenerife an increasingly attractive place for animation and live action international projects. That’s why along with local production companies, we’re travelling to the most relevant events of the first quarter of the year: European Film Market (Berlinale), Kidscreen Summit, Cartoon Movie and Series Mania
We’re taking part in Kidscreen Summit, from 11 to 14 February in Miami (US), under the Animation from Spain umbrella. Four production companies are coming with us: 3 Doubles Producciones, B-Water Studios, Mondo TV Iberoamérica and Salero Animation Studio. We’re also attending Cartoon Movie in Burdeaux (France), from 5 to 7 March.
As for feature films and series, we can meet at the European Film Market and Drama Series Days (Berlin), from 9 to 12 February at the Cinema from Spain stand (MGB, C1). Orange Valley Canarias, Kikazaru 360 and Nu Boyana Canarias are joining us in the market. And finally, we’ll be at Series Mania (Lille, France), taking place from 25 to 27 March.
In Tenerife, production companies can enjoy 40% tax rebate for foreign production or a 45-40 % tax credit for Spanish productions or co-productions. In addition, you can establish your company in the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) and pay just 4% Corporate Income Tax, as opposed to 25% applicable in the rest of the country.
Apart from these advantages, production companies will also find valuable local talent, a large number of specialised production companies and technological tools like the Teide HPC supercomputer, the second most powerful in Spain, which makes rendering so much easier. But that’s not all! Tenerife offers you the chance to work in a kind, relaxing place, at the ideal temperature and surrounded by unique nature and plenty of leisure options while at the same time being in an executive professional environment plus having easy daily connections to the main cities in mainland Spain and Europe.
We’ll be at the European Film Market and Series Mania with Canary Islands Film, the Canary Islands film promotion umbrella.
Tenerife becomes the meeting point for Latin-American animation with the 2nd Quirino Awards to be held in April 2019
A total of 244 feature films, series and short films from 16 countries have been entered for this second year. The awards aim at showcasing Latin American animation talent and industry.
With 60 and 49 films respectively, Spain and Brazil lead the number of entries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic are joining us for the first time, making the list of “Quirino space” countries longer. The Quirino Awards is taking place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain on 5 and 6 April 2019.
Out of all the entries, a committee selects and nominates six works per category. The committee is made up by Polish Agnieszka Kowalewska, Irish Barry O´Donoghue, French Loïc Porter and Spaniards Paco Rodríguez and Zulay Rodríguez.
An international jury will choose three finalists for each category out of the films shortlisted; these finalists will compete for the awards on 6 April in Tenerife.
There are nine different categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative film, commissioned film, sound design and original score, visual development and animation design.
On the other hand, Latin American animation companies can apply for Foro de Coproducción Iberoamérica/Mundo [World/Latin America Co-production Forum]. The programme includes one to one meetings, group work meetings and different talks with the aim to continue strengthening a meeting point for Latin American animation companies. In 2018 the Forum brought together nearly 300 professionals and a group work meeting was carried out by Programa Ibermedia, which outlined the bases for a specific support line for animation. The first deadline to pre-register for the forum is 30 January.
For their part, with the challenge of thinking about regional animation, the Congreso Internacional de la Animación Iberoamericana [Latin American Animation International Conference] has opened a call for papers until 30 January 2019. Regulations are available on the Conference website. The papers selected will be announced on 14 February 2019.
At Ventana Sur Buenos Aires the launching of a Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana [Latin America Animation League] was announced. This is an alliance between Premios Quirino, Festival Pixelatl (México) and Animation! (Argentina). One of the finalists of 2018Animation! won the award in Buenos Aires and is coming to the 2019 Premios Quirino in Tenerife. That same project will then travel to Cuernavaca to take part in 2019 Pixelatl. The award includes plane ticket, accommodation and accreditation to all events. The winner was the series Dos pajaritos by Palermo Estudio – Uruguay and Can Can Club – Argentina. Directed by Alfredo Soderguit and Alejo Schettini.
The Quirino Awards are named after the creator of the first animation feature film, the Italian-Argentinian Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “El Apóstol”, an Argentinian production where 58,000 hand-made drawings were used and shot in 35 mm, in addition to several scale models representing public buildings and streets of the city of Buenos Aires.
In 2018, the Mexican feature film “Ana y Bruno” by Carlos Carrera, the series “El hombre más chiquito del mundo” by Argentinian Juan Pablo Zaramella and the Spanish short film “Decorado” by Alberto Vázquez took the awards in the main categories.
The company is committed to training film professionals
EPC CANARIAS is committed to training professionals, so they take part in courses in which Canarian workers can widen their knowledge and learn to handle the equipment owned by the company.
In Lanzarote different workshops have been held including a Camera Assistant Workshop where the company made available first-class professional equipment and technicians specialised in using them. The workshop was fully booked.
EPC Canarias has also collaborated with the 2018 Steadicam Gold Workshop Tenerife along with other industry companies. The course included renowned instructors like Jerry Holway, Robin Thwaites, Chris Fawcett, Danny Hallett and was supe rvised by steadicam creator Garrett Brown.
The company likes to keep their equipment updated to the demands of every production. They have purchased the new Sony Venice. With its full frame sensor, it can record up to 6k including colour spaces, like S-LOG3, which captures an incredibly dynamic range.
A new zoom has just joined EPC Canarias. The Angenieux Optimo 19.5-94mm with a T2.6 aperture. This zoom is an improved version on the previous Optimo 17-80mm. It is expected to give minimum distortion and breathing as well as a perfect homogeneity, contrasted, quality colour.
EPC provides the means for the equipment to reach the location with a new van which is available for rental. They are committed to constant improvement and training in order to offer the best service to every production.
EPC Canarias S.L
C/ Aridane 1,Nave 11 (Antigua Tabacalera) 38003 Santa Cruz De Tenerife
Daily Fables has been the most popular premiere of all times of a children’s film in Holland
In 2018, 3Doubles Producciones took part in the production of the feature film Daily Fables, based on the series of the same name, which turned 50 in 2018.
Daily Fables has always been made with puppets and this is their first 3D experience where the initial approach has been kept by using characters and sets that look like sets and puppets made of furry and other fabrics. This has given it a different visual style. 3Doubles Producciones has been involved in rigging, layout and animation, whereas other processes like shading, lighting, etc. have been handled by other Tinker Group studios, the European company 3Doubles Producciones joined in April 2018. Thanks to the popularity of the feature in Holland and Belgium, they are set to start the production of the TV series in March 2019, in which 3Doubles Producciones will take care of rigging, layout and animation. Other additional processes may be added.
The professionalism of local talent travels abroad
British local newspaper editor Barrie Mahoney, said that the Canary Islands´ tremendous energy and vitality boil down to its diversity of people all rubbing along happily with each other. Any casting director who works frequently across the seven islands would agree with Barrie. The islands’ colourful diversity is unequalled to most parts of Europe. As a leading service production company in the Canary Islands, Seven Islands Film has worked on film projects which required casts and extras from a broad spectrum of ethnic backgrounds besides European, including Indian, African and East Asian, to name a few. The company is now in pre-production of a television series for a major Swedish production company. The series is shooting with the Canary Islands doubling for Mexico, and several Canarian actors have been cast to play supporting roles. The Canarian actors will also be getting their first taste of acting outside Spanish soil as they will be travelling to Eastern Europe in early spring to join the major Swedish actors in studio filming.
As competition soars, service production is no longer just about employing experienced crew and state-of-the-art equipment. With offices in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, Seven Islands Film understands it is time to get creative and bold in order to cater for the needs of international producers, who come the Canary Islands for its diverse range of locations in close proximity. On German TV movie “Familienurlaub mit Freunden” (English title: Family Holidays with Friends) which was shot entirely in Tenerife, the company hired more than 100 extras for its highly choreographed crowd scenes.
As one of the longest running production companies in the Canary Islands, Seven Islands Film is equipped to provide full production services to shoots of all sizes of feature film, television drama and commercials.
Seven Islands Film
C/ Santiago Nº 5 3º Izqda 38003 Santa Cruz De Tenerife