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Nassau
North Eleuthera
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
George Town, Exuma
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Miami - 55 minutes
Ft. Lauderdale - 55 minutes
 
Atlanta - 2 hours
Chicago - 3.5 hours
New York - 2.5 hours
Los Angeles - 6 hours
Washington D.C. - 3 hours
Toronto, Canada - 3 hours
London, England - 9 hours

 

Top Stories "Who's Shooting"  from behind the scenes (3/2010)

Today Show shines spotlight on Swimming Pigs
Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 films in Nassau
Film shoot for French Television show “Free Diving”- Nassau
Photo shoot for Lands End - Harbour Island
Photo shoot for Kerzner International - Atlantis, Resort
Veranda Magazine Photo Shoot - Still photography of private residence - Nassau
Forest Johnson Photography - Photo Shoot of Magnum Marine Boat - Bimini
Wedding TV Ltd - Filming wedding and honeymoon destinations - Nassau
Oasis of the Sea - Discovery Channel Canada - Inauguration Voyage - Nassau
ELLE Fashion Photo Shoot - Nassau
Fashion shoot for SOMA - Harbour Island
Photo shoot for Kersner International Resorts Inc.- Atlantis Resort
NEP Tunic TV - TV shoot at Stuarts Cove - Nassau
KF Productions - Fashion Photo shoot - Nassau
Photo shoot for “H & M Productions” - Nassau
TV series called, “Poker Stars PCA 2010” - Atlantis Resort


Scene from CBS' pilot, Bull


On the set of Bull at Junkanoo Beach are: Director Rodrigo Garcia, Bahamas Film Commissioner Clarence Rolle, First Asst. Camera Operator Jay Looby and Director of Photography, Igor Jadue.

A Bahamas scene from episode one of Bull.

Today Show shines spotlight on Swimming Pigs

The Bahamas' famous swimming pigs of Exuma got their own Today Show segment. NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders completed a fun-filled report on this major tourist attraction in The Bahamas.


Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 films in Nassau

Fox Studios, Inc. is presently in Nassau with their location scout and marine coordinator to shoot scenes for Alvin & The Chipmunks 3, at locations in and around Nassau. The project brings the Chipmunks to an exotic tropical location, where they embark on new and wonderful experiences soaking up the sun,sand and sea. The Bahamas Film and Television Commission is excited about this project as it demonstrates the range of film work that can be done in the Bahamas, and continue the promotion of The Bahamas as a film location destination.

Image attached L-R: Fabio Arber, locations manager, Fox Studios, Angela Archer, Bahamas Film Commission, Rico Browning, Marine Coordinator, Craig Woods, film commissioner.

This year we have been busy once again on a series of shark productions in the Bahamas, most notably a Gillette commercial that involved a huge crew and a boatload of dignitaries from the Bahamas Film Commission. Getting to meet the "Queen of Productions," Donna Mackey in person and wrangling sharks together on the back deck was one of the many highlights of this amazing shoot.

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The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders conducted their 2011 calendar shoot April 29th to May 9th at various location throughout Nassau and Paradise Island. The cheerleaders squad brought in 30 model/cheerleaders to participate in the shoot. Filming took place at the Bonefish National Park, Clifton Heritage National Park, the ground of Nassau Wyndham Hotel, and Ft. Charlotte. The calendar will be distributed to some fortune 500 companies who have sky boxes at the Ravens Stadium, to boosters and other supporters of the team. It provides a high-profile promotions piece for The Islands of The Bahamas.


The documentary film Founding Fathers, has been a big hit both locally and internationally. The film by Bahamian filmmaker, Travolta Cooper asked the question , Why Did Sir Stafford Sands leave The Bahamas? This production, based on the life of Sir Stafford Sands, considered the architect of the modern Bahamas financial and tourism sectors, has sold several thousand copies abroad and at home with sales in Bimini, Nassau, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera. The filmed has been screened three times which alone generated over 10,000 in retail sales. Local outlets in the Bahamas; Logos, Chapter One and The National Art Gallery have generated tremendous interests and sales. The Counsellors, Ltd. has been the driving force behind this project, and is about to place the documentary film on-line to encourage more foreign sales. Arguably this is the most successful documentary film produced in The Bahamas since The Birth Of A Nation, produced during the 1970's. Several hundred copies have been ordered by Channel 12 Cable Station to be used in promotions and other marketing efforts.

 

 

Filmmaker Travolta Cooper at press conference
 
Panel Discussion, filmmaker Travolta Cooper along with L-R. Sir William Allen, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Lionel Levine and Dr. Gail Saunders

Bahamian actor/producer/director/writer, Sir Sidney Poitier,
and Bahamian filmmaker, Calvin Harris from Denver, Colorado.

Calvin Harris has two documentary films, On The Wings of Men, and The Great Recession due for release this summer. He released a high concept comedy script a few years ago entitled "Cable Call Center" about a customer service operation. The film is about a group of rag tag employees ban together to blackmail the vice president of their company; Cable World,in order to receive a severance package before their customer service jobs are out-source to a company in India. Calvin is presently in development on a narrative feature film entitled "Black Moses."This film will of course explore the historical path Sir Lynden Pindling, and other members of the Magnificent Six took to liberate the Bahamas from a long standing British Monarchy with victory in the 1967 national general election, resulting in majority rule, and his personal fight with the US Government Foreign Policies in the 1980's. Calvin has plans to enter his films in Bahamas International Film Festival, (BIFF) 2010. Sir Sidney is featured in Calvin's script, he provides useful insight to matters during his early days in Nassau during the 1930's.


View interview from producer, Claire Falconer, Satyricon Pictures about the independent feature film, which is due to be shot on Eleuthera in April/May 2010. Click to View!

 

Behind-the-scenes from the feature film "The Troubadour" which shoot on Eleuthera during "Thanksgiving Holiday."
"Exclusive Behind the Scenes: Defence Force catches bad guy on “Ugly Betty” Season 4 , Bahamas Episode by Kevin Kemp, Film Commission, MOT" (Oct. 2009) Nassau, Bahamas- The Film Commission office welcomed the stars of the popular ABC TV comedy “Ugly Betty”, Season 4 which was being filmed primarily at Atlantis Cove Resorts. Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and a number of Bahamians were on the set as extras and some worked with the film crew like, Julian Lord (Key Grip) from J.L Filmworks. This was not the first time the Defence force has appeared in a Network TV program. In 2004 the RBDF appeared in the feature film “Into the Blue” and in an episode of CSI-Miami. “Ugly Betty” was shot on Sony’s F23 Cine Alta Digital Cinema Cameras to be broadcast in HD format. The show is expected to air sometime in late Nov or early December.
Defence Force officers, Vanessa Williams and actor playing bad guy film a scene  
Ugly Betty film crew in action
Panavised Sony f23 Cine Alta
Kevin Kemp and Craig Woods meet America Ferrera star of "Ugly Betty"
Royal Bahamas Defence Force in full gear during shot.
Commissioner Craig Woods meets actress Vanessa Williams
Bahamians working on set J.L Filmworks Antionne Rolle, Julian Lord and Burton Lightbourne
Filming at Atlantis Cove
"Baltimore Raven Cheerleaders" - (May 2009)
 

"Fresh" - photo taken on set last week during the filming of the
local production written and directed by Clarence Rolle. The film
depicts the struggles of a closely-knitted family who struggle through job
loss, depression and family trauma. The family is beset by severe problems
which resulted in one member having to avoid the law due to bad choices
made in the past. Fresh is a short film which will be entered in Bahamas
International Film Festival, (BIFF) 2009. (May 24, 2009 Update)
 
(L-R) Clarence Rolle, director of Fresh; Craig Woods, Craig Lenihan, director of photography for Fresh;
Bonnie Rolle, script supervisor and Gene Cage, lead actor.
"FIFA" images below taken during the shooting of the FIFA video which
will be used to promote The Bahamas during the Federation International de
Football Association, (FIFA) in June 2009.congress opening video shot in the Bahamas. Filming locations included Festival Place, Parliament Square, Frederick Street steps, Arawak Cay, Pirates Museum and the NAGB. (May 24, 2009 Update)
 
The Cameraman in the Bucket Truck

Some wonderful local talent
 

 
"Burn Notice" - Last week the Bahamas Film and Television Commission visited the set of the television production of 'Burn Notice' which airs on USA Cable Network, produced by Fox Television Studios

Film Commission with co-star of Burn Notice, Gabrielle Anwar and Ellen Jacoby, casting director
 

Film Commission with lead actor, Jeffrey Donovan with production team from "Burn Notice"  

Film Commissioner with executive producer Jeff Freilich

"Scrubs" - NBC TV Show Series On Location in The Abacos 

Ken Jenkins (Dr. Bob Kelso), Kendy Anderson (Abaco BTO), Meredith Phares (Weber Shandwick), Erin Burden (Weber Shandwick), Zach Braff (Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid), Tara Walls (Rogers and Cowan), Michelle Mikula (Abaco BTO), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk).  Photo Credit: Dean Hendler
 
The Scrubs cast and crew on Hopetown Harbour Lodge beach in Abaco, Bahamas.

John C. McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox), Christa Miller (Jordan Sullivan), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid), Zach Braff (Dr. John "J.D."
Dorian), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk), Judy Reyes (Nurse Carla Espinosa)

Zach Braff (Dr. John "J.D." Dorian)

'Way of The Dolphin" 
'Way of The Dolphin" The film is the sequel to the indie production 'Eye of The Dolphin" which shot on Grand Bahama Island in 2005 by Los Angeles based
production company Quantum Entertainment. The film examines the research and development of Dolphins, to learn their language and how they can assist mankind in better understanding the marine environment. The lead actor is Caitlin Wachs, with co-stars: David Keith, Samantha Jade, Paul Wesley, George Harris, Christine Adams, support by Bahamian actor,Leah Eneas, who has a sweet role in the film as she plays the rambunctious character Duvey.

Locations shots, during production
 
 
Left to right,  actor, George Harris, Betty Bethel - Grand Bahama Film Office and Film Commissioner Craig Woods  


George Harris and Film Commissioner Craig Woods
 

Film Commissioner Craig Woods and David Keith
 

Caitlin Wachs, who plays Alyssa is the lead actor in the film
 

Supported by Bahamian actor, Leah Eneas
 
 

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