Continuing its momentum of attracting regional and international productions, Abu Dhabi Film Commission has secured a new Indian production for which the capital will serve as the second filming location for two weeks. The upcoming Telgu feature film, Duvvada Jagannadham (also known as DJ), is written and directed by Harish Shankar and will shoot in various locations across the Emirate including the Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Intercontinental Hotel, Yas Links Golf Club and Galleria Mall, with access to twofour54’s production services.
Point90 Cinemas is the first major cinema multiplex in the Fifth Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt, located right in front of the American University in Cairo, inside the Point90 mall. Its aim is to offer the ultimate cinema experience to the audience, with 11 premium screen halls equipped with the latest movie projection and sound technology. As part of that effort, Point90 is installing Volfoni 3D systems.
Top US and UK film executives visited Abu Dhabi last week for a showcase tour of what the Emirate has to offer as a filming location for international productions.
Vista Entertainment Solutions has signed an agreement with the Kuwait National Cinema Company to install cinema management software in KNCCtheaters. KNCC is the largest cinema operator in Kuwait currently operating 11 cinemas totalling 54 screens and with plans to open additional sites over the coming year.
ECCO Cine Supply and Service has reached an agreement with Turkish exhibitor Mars Cinema Group to install and service D-Box Technologies cinematic motion systems in two multiplex theatres in Istanbul. Under the agreement, ECCO will deliver a total of 80 D-Box motion seats to Cinemaximum Akbati, located in the up-and-coming northeast neighborhood of Instanbul, and Cinemaximum Akasya, situated in the university district on the Asian side.
Egypt’s largest multiplex, Galaxy Festival City Cinemas, Cairo, is installing the Barco Escape premium theater experience – a first in the Middle East. The cinema exhibitor will premiere the three-screen, panoramic Escape format July 27 with one of the movie industry’s most anticipated summer films, Star Trek Beyond.
Bollywood’s Light n Light announced the launch of its first branch outside India at a welcome event held at Abu Dhabi’s Dusit Thani hotel last week. Light n Light joins twofour54’s campus as an end-to-end service provider that has worked on films and television lighting projects for the best production houses in Bollywood.
The Bollywood feature Dishoom has wrapped in Abu Dhabi after six weeks of filming facilitated by twofour54. With a final count of 38 filming days, Dishoom is Abu Dhabi’s longest feature filming project to date and is due for release in July this year. The cast and crew arrived in Abu Dhabi in January to begin a non-stop schedule of filming at 30 different locations including Ferrari World, Nurai Island, Emirates Palace, Yas Waterworld, Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Liwa Dessert, with the final scenes shot yesterday on Reem Island. In February, Sajid Nadiadwala, owner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and executive producer of Dishoom, visited the set and praised the diversity of locations that Abu Dhabi offered.
Three Arab films supported by Sanad, the development and post-production fund of twofour54, have won awards at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival held this month in Germany. Mohamed Ben Attia, director of Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi), supported by Sanad in development and post-production, received the Best First Feature Award (50,000 euros) during the official closing ceremony, and the film’s lead actor Majd Mastour received the Silver Bear for Best Actor as part of the official competition awards.
Tyrant, FX’s new drama produced by Fox 21, tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, a fictional country Encore VFX helped realize through exotic set extensions, extravagant computer-generated palaces and city skylines, subtle environmental work and crowd duplication. On site in Morocco, where the pilot was shot last fall, Encore VFX supervisor Doug Ludwig worked closely with the show’s production designer and art director to scout locations that conveyed the appropriate level of opulence, which were then further enhanced with VFX.