Forma Pro Films is launching one of Europe’s largest LED Unit studios in Latvia this summer, Variety has learned. The virtual production facility will utilize the latest state-of-the-art technology in real-time rendering, live camera tracking hardware, and LED screens to enable what the company describes as “a completely new way” of producing films, TV shows and commercials. Three films and seven commercials are already lined up for production.
The 16,000-square-foot site, set to open in the Latvian capital of Riga this August, will offer a combination of game engine technology and a photorealistic 3D environment to allow for the creation of spatial imagery that the company says goes beyond what is currently possible in film production. The studio’s background can dynamically update to match camera perspectives in real time, and huge LED panels will generate the ideal lighting to replicate natural settings and reflections, allowing for a real-world feel mapped onto a wide range of LED screens.
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Luke Kleintank will star in “The Good Neighbor,” a remake of German thriller “Unter Nachbarn.”
The movie will center on new neighbors David and Robert, who find themselves bonded by a hit-and-run accident. According to the official logline: “When the dead girl’s sister shows up to investigate, David, overcome with guilt, wonders if he can find redemption while Robert is determined to bury the past and keep his new friend for himself, no matter the cost.”
The film will be directed by Stephan Rick (“The Dark Side of the Moon”), from a script by Rick and Ross Partridge (“Room 104”). Rick also directed the original movie.
Dean Altit (“Misfits”) and Yulia Zayceva (“WarHunt”) are producing. Kia Jam and Igor Pronin are executive producing with casting by Ricki Maslar. CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales, while Highland Film Group will oversee international sales.
Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe for his performance in CBS’ limited series “Elvis,” and starred as a youthful and randy King Henry VIII in Showtime’s “The Tudors.” He also starred in NBC’s “Dracula” and History Channel’s “Vikings,” as well as “Mission: Impossible III,” “Match Point” and “Velvet Goldmine.”
Kleintank recently starred in the World War II epic “Midway,” “The Goldfinch” and “Max.” He also starred in Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle.” He previously had recurring roles on Fox’s “Bones,” ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and CBS’ “Person of Interest.”
Rick recently directed his English-language debut with “The Super,” which starred Val Kilmer.
Rhys Meyers is represented by Artist International Group, Kleintank is represented by Robert Stein Management and Innovative, and Rick is repped by Above the Line and Gotham Group.”
Due to the global downturn caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, travel, relocation, and gathering bans imposed have completely halted TV & Film productions across the globe.
Forma Pro Films has experience operate the production during the Covid-19 crisis and developed safety protocols to host international film productions in Latvia.
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RESTART THE SUSPENDED PRODUCTION IN LATVIA
PERMISSION FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS
Forma Pro Films has received exclusive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the entry into the territory of Latvia of film cast and crew and to undertake film productions. Overseas cast and crews will take COVID-19 tests upon arrival, have body temperature checks twice a day during production, and observe the precautionary measures specified by the State for the containment of the spread of COVID- 19, including the use of personal protective equipment. This exclusive permission also allows Forma Pro Films to run full-sized international film productions during the COVID-19 crisis.
COMPLETION BOND FOR PRODUCTION
Forma Pro Films can make arrangements with international completion guarantors to secure bonding for films produced in Latvia during the COVID-19 crisis ensuring that Forma Pro Films will complete the production in Latvia on a bonded basis.
COVID-19 INSURANCE (IN PROCESS)
FORMA PRO FILMS together with the local government developing COVID-19 coverage for pre-production and the period of principal photography in Latvia for cast and crew. The Local government will cover the loss to the production due to the death, injury, or illness cast and crew caused by COVID-19.
INCENTIVE PROGRAM UP TO 40% REBATES
Latvia offers a two-level incentive program that provides up to 40% cash rebates. Rebates payout schedule fastest in the region – average rebates payout to Producer is 5-6 weeks after the last shooting day in Latvia.
COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION REGION
Latvia is an attractive destination for international movies and TV productions. TodayLatvia offers one of the lowest production cost-bases in Europe in the film and television production industry, vastly varied modern and historical, undiscovered locations, and exceptional local English-speaking talent and crew with an impressive record in US and UK productions including the QUIBI feature film SURVIVE starring SOPHIE TURNER, Oscar winner ANNA PAQUIN and MARCIA GAY HARDEN starring in THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER, and PARIS SONG with ABBIE CORNISH;
FULL CYCLE OF PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR FILM AND TV PROJECTS
LATVIA is able to provide continuous support throughout your entire production cycle in Europe. Flexibility in securing filming permits and locations. Four distinct seasons. Up to 18 hours of daylight at Midsummer. Eurozone. Easy access by air. Non-unionized region. Local government “film-friendly”, lacking in bureaucracy and enthusiastic about hosting international productions
Undiscovered locations and ability to simulate any European city Locations video: https://vimeo.com/312128767 Wide range of castles, palaces, ancient fortresses, and manor houses; The locations work well for historical war films, epics, period dramas, horror, crime, action, fairy tales;
CONSTRUCTION AND SOUND STAGES
We offer the full range of set construction services, materials, technicians, and workshops – everything you need to augment an existing set or create a whole new world on the Stage. Low construction and general production costs (due to low salaries)During the USSA era Riga was a major film production hub for Russian movies with the biggest sound stage. https://www .studio.lv/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/stage-1.pdf
Please feel free to contact our office in Riga, Latvia: Forma Pro Films, Aldaru Street 12/14, Riga, Latvia, LV1050; email@example.com / www.formaprofilms.com /
Mickey Rourke says: “I came to Riga to work and this thing (Covid-19) was so out of control, but everyone was so great.” variety.com
World War II fantasy horror movie “Warhunt,” starring Mickey Rourke, has wrapped after it continued shooting during the Covid-19 crisis.
The crew on the project, which shot in Riga, capital of Latvia, were allowed to continue working by abiding by government guidelines. These included having to don facemasks and gloves, having their temperature taken twice a day, social distancing, and disinfecting equipment.
Rourke says: “I came to Riga to work and this thing (Covid-19) was so out of control, but everyone was so great.”
Physically I didn’t really prepare at all which was a big regret once we were up in those mountains! […] I know for a fact the Battle of Winterfell night shoot was far more brutal to film for the crew and cast. But considering I only had three night shoots for the Battle of Winterfell, I would say that on a personal level the mountain scenes in Survive were more brutal [for me].
On set, the entire Warhunt crew, including director Mauro Borrelli, wore masks and kept to strict hygienic measures, including twice-daily temperature checks, social distancing off camera and regular disinfecting of equipment.