Dinosaurs movie films in south
Lower South Island scenery impressesJOHN EDENS AND GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
A 3-D Walking With Dinosaurs movie using Avatar director James Cameron's special effects studio has been shooting for weeks under the radar in remote South Island valleys near Glenorchy and Te Anau.
The multimillion dollar project, a co-production between BBC Earth Films, Evergreen Films and Reliance Pictures, has been in development for more than two years.
A production team based in Queenstown shot around Glenorchy and Te Anau for at least six weeks.
An industry insider said the New Zealand shoot was scheduled for ten weeks but mushroomed to a 12 or 13 weeks because producers were so impressed by lower South Island locations.
James Cameron's special effects company Cameron Pace Group will bring 3-D expertise to the movie version of the popular BBC television series, first screened to acclaim in 1999, and the lucrative live show.
The multimillion dollar film production is funded by India-based Reliance Entertainment, with the rights held by 20th Century Fox.
It is slated for release late next year.
- The Southland Times