International Productions in New Zealand
New Zealand is taking a leading role in the new season of Saban’s Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge and was featured prominently in an episode aired in the U.S.recently.
Followed by millions of fans in more than 150 countries, the new season of the iconic Power Rangers series introduced Auckland actor James Davies as one of the five core Rangers.
This top-rated and long-running kids’ live-action television franchise has been produced in Auckland for more than 10 years.
Saban's Power Rangers Dino Charge is being created by Executive Producer Judd 'Chip' Lynn and New Zealand Producer Sally Campbell.
Power Rangers Dino Charge has signed an MOU with the NZFC to provide Significant Economic Benefits in order to access the 5% uplift as part of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.
Principal Photography on the Walt Disney Pictures film Pete’s Dragon commenced on 9 February 2015 and the film will be released in 2016.
A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, Pete’s Dragon will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence and New Zealander Karl Urban. Newcomer Oakes Fegley will star as Pete.
Pete’s Dragon is directed by David Lowery and produced by Jim Whitaker,with Barrie Osborne serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. WETA Digital will utilise the latest in digital effects to bring the dragon, Elliott, to life.
The production is based in Wellington’s Stone Street Studios with filming taking place in locations around New Zealand including Wellington, the Rotorua area and the lower South Island.
Pete’s Dragon has signed an MOU with the NZFC to provide Significant Economic Benefits in order to access the 5% uplift as part of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant..
A US fantasy television series based on books by top-selling American author Terry Brooks began shooting in West Auckland last month.
Shannara is based at Auckland City Council owned Auckland Film Studios in Henderson. The production is backed by MTV Networks and Sonar Entertainment.
Starring Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Daniel MacPherson, Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies, the first two episodes will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman.
Principal photography begins in Wellington this week on Legendary Pictures' horror-comedy film, Krampus. Offering a twisted alternative to traditional Christmas classics, Krampus will feature visual effects from Weta Digital and creature effects from Weta Workshop.
Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Alison Tolman, David Koecher, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Owena and Krista Stadler, the film is directed by Michael Dougherty who also wrote the script with co-writers Zach Shields and Todd Casey. The film is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty and executive produced by Danny Stillman.
NZ Screen Production Grant
Through the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, International Productions are eligible for a cash grant of 20% of Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE) with a 5% Uplift available for a smaller number of productions that can demonstrate significant economic benefits to New Zealand. You will find more information here.