Aye, the pirate play begins! The production is a story within the story! Can't wait to get our first glimpse of Capt'n Jack! Happy days!
Gather yourself by the sea, I will love you there. Assemble yourself with wild things, songs of the sparrow and seafoam. Let mad beauty collect in your eyes - for I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair. A man who will Kiss the Flame.
Locals caught up in movie mania as Pirates of the Caribbean starts filming on Gold Coast
Paul Weston Gold Coast Bulletin February 17, 2015 12:00AM
THE first wave of the Pirates of the Caribbean crew arrived for day one of filming several hours before dawn.
This was the movie moment the Coast had been waiting for since Disney executives first visited here in the middle of last year.
After months of speculation, the state and federal governments signed off on a deal in October with the promise of the filming of franchise’s fifth instalment of Dead Men Tell No Tales to begin some time in the New Year.
Among the first of the Disney team to arrive yesterday morning were the builders, followed by the crew and finally those employed in make-up and costume.
They drove along Equestrian Drive, a slim paved road which slices the green valley at Maudsland, just more than a stone’s throw from the Pacific Motorway and the theme parks in the Coast’s hinterland.
Residents here are either in expansive farmhouses or shacks on multi-million dollar blocks waiting for buyers — or, in this case, a movie crew to arrive.
An Equestrian Drive resident told the Bulletin: “They started arriving about 3am. We knew they were coming. We all went down to the set yesterday. They are keeping in touch with everyone on what is going on. They are very nice people.”
The rural neighbours were among about 60 people who strolled through the set on Sunday having for months watched construction work.
They had signed waivers where they agreed not to divulge any details and kept the mobile telephones in their pockets.
At the end of their street is a medieval village with a security hut at its entrance gate.
A guard and a police officer in a parked vehicle by mid-morning ensured only crew members were gaining entry.
The property owner, on Facebook, posted: “Johnny Depp is on our property right now ... feeling excited.”
Residents Max Farbitnik and Sergey Tikhonov, who both love Pirates, were stunned by what they saw on the set but restrained themselves when asked for details.
“It’s a reconstructed town. It’s unbelievable in its detail. Even the food is real — all the vegetables,” Mr Farbitnik said.
On the grassed stretches beside the road, crew have posted signs warning onlookers not to park their cars.
A security officer asked the Bulletin to be careful in negotiating a U-turn so not to damage a neighbour’s grass.
These pirates are polite and the first day of filming yesterday suggested Hollywood may have found a permanent home in Maudsland.
A flashing amber light asked drivers to be “Quiet Please” while an arrow directed crew members to their parks. Smoke was pouring out of a machine above the huts as three powerful lights on a pole focused on the street action below.
Coast resident Nida Ellwood appeared relaxed as she emerged from the morning’s shooting.
“My niece and nephew are part of the cast as is my sister. It’s going along all right,” she said.
A horse in a nearby paddock barely stirred and if anyone is likely to break the rural serenity it will be the fans or passing paparazzi.
Kirsty, a Johnny Depp fan, told a television news crew: “I like everything about him. He’s amazing. This is extremely exciting.”
Despite her best efforts, driving up and down the rural laneways, she like the photographers could not even catch a glimpse of the actor.
Those most likely to see the star are his new neighbours who will be invited back to the set.
“We are hoping to go back when they are doing some filming. And we are hoping they will leave the set,” a young resident said.
Maudsland it seems is quite comfortable and not all at sea about being part of a blockbuster production.
No more monkeying around for Pirates’ producers
Robyn Ironside National Travel Writer News Corp Australia Network February 16, 2015 9:00PM
Johnny DEPP may have arrived in Queensland to film the latest instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, but it will be at least another month before he’s joined on set by his simian co-star.
Jack the Monkey faces 30-days in quarantine when he and an understudy arrive on or about March 9, providing the necessary paperwork goes through.
Getting the monkeys into Australia for the $250 million film has proven to be a major headache for producers because of strict biosecurity and quarantine laws.
In Queensland, capuchin monkeys are a category 1 declared pest, putting them in the same class as crazy ants and rattlesnakes.
But filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5 without Jack the Monkey was never an option, having appeared in all previous instalments of the blockbuster series.
Billed as the “meanest, most rotten tempered simian in all of the Caribbean”, Jack is owned by the black-hearted Captain Hector Barbossa, played by Australian Geoffrey Rush.
A Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said they were currently processing an import application for the two movie star monkeys received in December last year.
“The department is working closely with the importer to ensure that the monkeys can meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements,” said the spokeswoman.
“These include being listed on the Federal Department of Environment’s permitted species list.”
The Department of Agriculture has undertaken inspections of a purpose built quarantine unit at Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast studios where the monkeys will serve out their stint in isolation.
They will remain in the unit throughout filming under 24-hour supervision, before being flown in steel mesh crates to Port Douglas in July.
In a report prepared by the Department of Environment, it is noted that the adult male and female monkeys are both sterile.
“There is no possibility that the importation of the species could lead to any increased risk of the establishment of a breeding population of capuchin monkeys in the Australian environment,” said the report.
A spokesman for Biosecurity Queensland said they were doing all they could to ensure the monkeys could come to Queensland for the making of the movie.
“This involves some administrative changes and is being treated as a priority,” he said.
It is understood this includes a permit to “keep a declared pest animal for film”.
Originally published as Much ado about Jack the Monkey
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp touches down in Queensland and is expected to hit the Gold Coast today
Jessica Elder and Amy Price Gold Coast Bulletin February 16, 2015 6:53AM
AHOY me hearties! Johnny Depp has touched down in Queensland and is expected to visit the Gold Coast set of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie today.
An elusive pic of Depp apparently having his beard trimmed at a Brisbane barber yesterday sent media on a wild beard chase to find the city’s trusted hands.
But the chase quickly went bust when the pic was nothing but a fan snap and a case of “beard envy”.
Brisbane beard-grooming company Buccaneer Grooming posted a photo on their Instagram account yesterday showing the global superstar — cocked captain’s hat and all — arm-in-arm with what appeared to be staff.
Despite international media reporting Depp had his beard tripped at the barber, Buccaneer Grooming’s Rhys Furner said it was a complete misunderstanding.
The company only sells beard-grooming products, and the photo was of a bearded friend’s run-in with the movie star in an undisclosed location in Brisbane.
It is understood the 51-year-old actor said, “Man, I have beard envy,” before posing for the infamous pic.
Furner posted the photo to Buccaneer Grooming’s account for its “legendary” beard factor, not realising how media would interpret the post.
It is believed Depp was headed for the Gold Coast today, where he would be visiting the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for the first time.
Principal photography on the blockbuster is expected to start today.
There have also been rumours that a sixth instalment of the Pirates franchise will be filmed on the Coast.
Sources told the Bulletin Depp was so busy it made sense for the producers to want to “nail him down” and shoot back-to-back while he was here.
Screen Queensland has confirmed the production, based at Village Roadshow Studios Studios, will drop at least $100 million of its total $250 million budget in Queensland.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Filming to start at secret Gold Coast location By Matt Eaton
Tue 17 Feb 2015, 7:58am
Filming on Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales gets underway this week at a set built on a secret location in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Industry sources have told the ABC that locally hired extras have been told to be on set and ready for work before dawn this week.
Screen Queensland deferred to the producers when asked to comment on the start of filming.
Production publicist Michael Singer said they were maintaining a closed set policy on the film.
"They're keeping quiet about everything going on," he said.
He said they hoped to make an official announcement later this week.
Production companies Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are refusing to confirm whether the film's star, Johnny Depp, had arrived in Queensland, however a photograph of Depp supposedly in Brisbane appeared on social media briefly on Monday before it was taken down.
The Federal Government spent $21.6 million to secure the production for Queensland, while the State Government offered an incentive package that included payroll tax concessions.
Queensland beat several other Australian states and Mexico to host the production.
Last year, then premier Campbell Newman said the film - the largest ever shot in Australia - would inject $100 million into the state's economy and create thousands of local jobs.
Mr Newman visited the film set during the state election campaign as the LNP pledged funding to attract more world-class film productions to Queensland.
Labor made no specific funding promises for the film industry.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is slated for worldwide cinema release in July 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 filming under way on the Gold Coast but no sign of Johnny Depp
Suzanne Simonot The Courier-Mail February 18, 2015 12:00AM
CREW and extras on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 thought they were seeing double yesterday – and they were.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s band is indeed back together for the $250 million Jerry Bruckheimer/Walt Disney Pictures co-production, Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Cast and crew are “acting fast”, working long days to make up for wet weather, which has reportedly put the production a month behind schedule.
Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) and his pirate crewmates Marty (Martin Klebba) and Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) are among the characters featured in the first mammoth action sequence being filmed at Mauds-land on the Gold Coast.
Two of most characters were on set for yesterday’s shoot – a mix of stunt doubles or stand-ins and several key cast members.
Captain Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush, and new characters played by British actor Delroy Atkinson and Aussie heart-throb Brenton Thwaites also appear to feature in the scene.
It’s not known if a fair-headed woman on a horse in the left of the scene is Pirates 5’s female lead, British actress Kaya Scodelario, 22.
While the scene appears to feature Captain Jack, an insider said a stand-in would take Depp’s place in the scene until his close-ups were filmed.
Depp and Rush had yet to be sighted on set, the insider said.
Stunt doubles and stand-ins leave Pirates of the Caribbean crew seeing double as filming starts on Gold Coast
Suzanne Simonot Gold Coast Bulletin February 18, 2015 12:00AM
CREW and extras on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 thought they were seeing double yesterday — and they were.
Two of most characters were on set for yesterday’s shoot — a mix of stunt doubles or stand-ins and several key cast members.
Cast and crew are “acting fast”, working long days to make up for wet weather, which has reportedly put the production a month behind schedule — and there’s more on the way.
Captain Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush, and new characters played by British actor Delroy Atkinson and Aussie heart-throb Brenton Thwaites also appear to feature in the scene.
British actor McNally, who reprises his role as Gibbs, was one of several cast members on duty before sun up on Monday.
“#p5dmtnt Day one and a 3.30am call. Things can only get better. Well later anyhow,” he said in a post on Twitter.
Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg started principal photography with an ambitious sequence involving a team of horses and sweeping aerial footage captured by a camera mounted on the front of a helicopter.
The sequence would have been reset and rerun dozens of times yesterday, with cinematographer Paul Cameron focusing cameras on different characters as the shoot progressed.
While the scene appears to feature Captain Jack, an insider said a stand-in would take Depp’s place in the scene until his close ups were filmed.
They said Depp and Rush were yet to be sighted on the film set.
“No one knows for sure if Johnny’s even landed in Australia yet,” the insider said.
“That photo of him in Brisbane could have been taken anywhere, anytime.”
Crew at the Maudsland site worked long after dark on Sunday night to prepare parts of the medieval village for filming.
In a post on Twitter on Sunday, castmate Atkinson detailed final preparations.
“Poppin muskets, sword fighting and riding horses..... Then full cast read through ... #whacked but #happy,” he wrote.
Orlando Bloom is expected to reprise his role as Will Turner, while Javier Bardem will join the franchise as new villain Captain Brand.
Huge white screens have been installed at the Helensvale set to shield two large pirate ships from view from the road — and perhaps limit the impact of noise from trains travelling to and from the nearby Helensvale train station.
Cast and crew members met and mingled at a lively private party at Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday night.
“Just went to the craziest kick off party ...” Delroy Atkinson later posted on Twitter.
However, not everyone made the guest list, with some tradespeople and artisans upset they were snubbed.
“It’s tradition that we get invited to the pre-shoot drinks — it happens on all the other films,” one said.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Starts Production, Unveils Premise
By Jeff Sneider The Wrap February 17, 2015
“Rosewater” actress Golshifteh Farahani will join Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem on the high seas
Golshifteh Farahani from “Rosewater” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has joined the cast of Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which just started production in Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to star as Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Oscar winner Javier Bardem and rising stars Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, while returning cast members include Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.
“Kon-Tiki” filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning are directing the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has grossed $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
The plot line of the movie --
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea… including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which was written by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor.
Rønning and Sandberg most recently served as executive producers and directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s big-scale mini-series “Marco Polo,” which they filmed on exotic locations in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Venice. A second season was recently announced for “Marco Polo,” with Rønning and Sandberg continuing on as executive producers.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: extras, crew tell no tales of filming Johnny Depp movie on Gold Coast
February 18, 2015 - 11:43AM
It's called Dead Men Tell No Tales but in the case of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, no live ones do either.
Local actors and crew members are on strict non-disclosure agreements, forbidding them to discuss their experiences on set, particularly on social media.
Phones are also banned from the Village Roadshow studios at Helensvale on the Gold Coast, where filming began this week.
Tight security for film production is nothing new, but the presence of star Johnny Depp, aka Captain Jack Sparrow, has prompted widespread interest in Pirates 5.
He'll be joined on set by Javier Bardem, who will play the villain Captain Salazar.
Bardem is well known for his malevolent onscreen characters, including assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men and Raoul Silva in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Geoffrey Rush is the most high profile Australian cast member, reprising his role of Captain Barbossa.
However Cairns-born actor Brenton Thwaites has also been cast, playing Henry, a British soldier.
The 25-year-old studied at QUT Kelvin Grove and starred in the Brisbane-based drama SLiDE before a stint on Home and Away.
He moved to the US in 2012 to further his career, landing roles in Oculus and Maleficent.
An official statement from Walt Disney Studios has outlined details of the plot.
"A down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him," it says.
"Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas."
It's understood official casting for extras began in October, with male actor picked instructed not to shave or cut their hair until they were confirmed as in or out in early January.
A source told Fairfax Media extras were sorted into three categories: pirates, villagers or British soldiers.
Those chosen to play soldiers were put through a bootcamp, learning how to march, hold guns and fire replica muskets.
There were concerns wild weather predicted to hit south east Queensland between Thursday and Sunday would halt work on the film.
However, a spokesperson for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 said while they hoped the weather wouldn't be as bad as predicted, contingencies were in place and filming would continue.
Pirates 5 was lured to film on the Gold Coast last year after intense negotiations with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
The federal government offered a $21.6 million funding package and the then-LNP state government slashed payroll tax to fend off a competing bid by Mexico and interest from other Australian states.
Pirates 5 is set to be the biggest movie ever filmed in Australia in terms of budget and size.
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