SANTO DOMINGO. Next Wednesday at 11am, featuring the attendance of President Leonel Fernández, VICINI will initiate the construction of the Pinewood Indomina film studios, whose facilities will be located on Km. 17 of San Pedro de Macorís.
The news transcended after invitations for the groundbreaking event began to circulate, revealing the alliance with the powerful Pinewood Studios Group, featuring studios in the United Kingdom, with branches in Toronto, Malaysia and Berlin.
Pinewood, created in 1936, has served as producer of renowned film productions that have been blockbuster hits, as well as for commercial production.
Its main location is based 8Km west of London, within the terrains of an old Victorian residence, which has served as destination for movie, television and commercial realisateurs.
In 2001, Pinewood Studios merged with Sheperton studios, another great British company. Established in 1928, Shepperton Studios had been acquired in January 1995, by the Scott brothers, Ridley and Tony and the Candover company, whom were responsible three years later for the filming of the Oscar-winning film “Shakespeare in love”.
Among the productions that have been responsible for giving fame to the London-based studio, are James Bond; Mamma Mía; Talk of the Devil; Fahenheit ; The Spy who loved me; Pink Floyd the Wall; Victor Victoria; Santa Claus: The Movie; Alien: The return; Batman; The Fifth Element; The Phantom of the Opera; United 93; Casino Royale; Sweeney Todd and Harry Potter, among others.
“It isn’t just the world class facilities and the versatility that place Pinewood on the avant-garde of the film and television industry. The compound hosts a studio town, a vast amount of specialized media, and production supporting companies, with the assistance of experts”, it mentions on their website.
SEIZING THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK
The inland premises of the prestigious film company, in an alliance with Grupo VICINI, will set forth a new phase in the emerging local industry, for its arrival will coincide with the legislative approval of the bill that will regulate the film business in the Dominican Republic.
In accordance to information provided to DL, the modern studio complex will be developed in the vicinity of Juan Dolio, when their operations commence, what has been foreseen as a great opportunity to dynamize the film business in the country.
It will be a work centre for all Dominicans trained in the field.
The Law that will regulate the film business and that still awaits approval at Congress, establishes a series of incentives for all investors, which expects to contribute in favor of the seventh art in the Dominican Republic. SRivera@diariolibre.com
The group is currently composed by Shepperton and Teddington Studios. With 34 stages, 5 digital television studios. The terrain hosting the premises is 500acres, property of the Buckinghamshire City Council, thus becoming an excellent scenario. Recently it was utilized for the filming of Casino Royale and Stardust, among other films.
Indomina is a company in the Real State and Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
Source: Diario Libre