Amazon Studios series Carnival Row wraps in the Czech Republic
by Martin Kudláč
- The new eight-part series has benefited from a local incentive scheme that has also attracted other big-budget projects
An eight-part series by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, the neo-Victorian fantasy Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, is one of the most expensive productions in the Czech Republic since the country’s production incentives entered into effect in 2010. The series was shot entirely in the Czech Republic, and 900 people worked as part of two main crews with just 60 international professionals. The production spent 1.5 billion Czech crowns (approximately €59 million), while the rebate received totalled 261 million Czech crowns (approximately €10 million).
“Altogether, we had 108 shooting days, while prep work, which started back in May 2017, took another five months. We filmed about 60% on sets – the fictional Victorian town was built on the Barrandov Studio backlot, and we decorated several stages. We employed some 400 craftspeople and artisans on their construction,” says producer David Minkowski of Stillking Films, the Prague-based production company that has also worked on projects such as Red Sparrow, Atomic Blonde, Child 44 [+see also:
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During the eight-year period since the production incentive was introduced, almost 200 feature projects and television shows (ten features and 23 TV programmes in 2017) have been supported by the Czech Film Fund, and 2.5 billion Czech crowns (€93 million) were paid in rebates for projects such as In Love & War by Kasper Torsting, Ophelia by Claire McCarthy, Genius by Ron Howard and James Hawes, and Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
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