T&T Carnival – a Film-Makers Playground

There is no denying that Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago evokes a ‘vibe’ like no other and offers a colourful, and festive backdrop that can bring life and vibrancy to any film script!

In 2010, four international productions have chosen to film in Trinidad during Carnival and are being facilitated by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company.

Among the films that will be shot on location are Scandalous a love story based on William Shakespear’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. The lead male character in the film is T&T’s very own Machel Montano, aptly cast to play the role of a soca musician who falls in love with the daughter of a rich Indian business tycoon. Produced by Ancil McKain, the film is described on their official website (www.scandalousthemovie.com) as a “mid-budget Bollywood-style musical comedy feature film with the potential to spawn a soundtrack of global hits”.

Liquid Rush, produced by American hip hop and dance performer, Freedom Williams whose crew is in Port of Spain for the Festival. This film is a love story set in both Trinidad and New York, about a young professional man in the liquor business who travels to Trinidad and Tobago to deal with a business challenge involving his Caribbean rum brand. The main character’s trip to T&T occurs just one month prior to his wedding and lands him in the midst of Carnival, where he meets and is bewitched by an island beauty.

T&T’s own G. Anthony Joseph will also return to Trinidad for the 2010 Carnival. G recently co-produced Limbo, a Norweigian film which wrapped up production in Trinidad last November. More information about G’s latest action drama will be released to the media later this month. G is also working on his third installment in the Men of Gray series.

Where the Sun Sets is a film being produced by another son of the soil. Ryan Latchmansingh, a Trinidad and Tobago national studying film production in Los Angeles will return to T&T to produce the film for his senior thesis.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival has a strong appeal for film-makers and 2010 is no different. Many T&T nationals will be working alongside the international film crews ensuring that the productions are a success.

Carla Foderingham, CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (TTFC) notes that “overall there is more filming taking place in Trinidad and Tobago by nationals as well as international producers; however, the country needs to be better resourced with equipment to service them. There is still a need for full service grip trucks and recreational vehicles (RV’s) on island and the lack of this equipment can be a deal-breaker for certain productions. The TTFC is addressing these issues and has proposed incentives to encourage more investment in the infrastructure. It is expected that this equipment situation will be rectified via the incentive package”.

The TTFC has worked closely with the four productions, facilitating the entry of equipment and the sourcing of personnel in collaboration with Customs and Excise, Immigration, National Security. Trinidad and Tobago’s film and tourism industries will undoubtedly benefit from the four films shooting in Trinidad and Tobago over Carnival.

For more information on film projects, programmes and opportunities, log on to www.trinidadandtobagofilm.com.

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