Fly like a Butterfly Butterfly Technology Solutions is an innovative company specializing in interactive media solutions. We provide comprehensive liaison strategies with in-depth knowledge to ensure high quality delivery of solutions through technology. We employ a unique and practical approach to examine and find solutions in the area of public media demonstration. “Butterfly Films” is a new and exciting partnership division established through collaborations with our partners in the ACT region, after we realized the need for a firm to service the growing Indian and Australian film communities in Canberra and Southern NSW. We have partnered with some of the top media firms in Australia with whom we have the skill of creating high quality media solutions. Having such partnerships enables us to make use of the collective experience and knowledge of film and television production. We work predominantly within the film industry and are the only firm in Canberra able to offer this service. We can also procure HD and other video solutions if needed. Our unique relationships with professionals in the industry mean that we can source the very best production staff and equipment. Through Butterfly Films we are now proud to be able to offer Indian film companies the opportunity to come to the Australian Capital Region to film, be it a high-end television commercial or feature film. We are also looking for interested parties in producing a contemporary film that is set in India and Canberra and look forward to the prospect of working with Bollywood and other Indian film producers. Butterfly Films can provide you with all equipment, location, crew, casting, accommodation and other needs. We can also provide you with links and assistance to funding opportunities and other related areas, such as tax offset agreements. Finally, Butterfly Films are keen to make strong alliances with our counterparts in India and Bollywood and look forward to working with you soon. Our key services include: Talent Search: We have access to directors, camera operators, DOPs, studios, producers, audio suites, leading-edge editing, grips, make-up, set design, actors, script-writers, location management, film & high definition camera hire, duplication, composers, musicians. You name it, we have it. Location Services: Our consultants will provide film producers with a service that is the best. Our locations gallery offers a „taste‟ of what is out there and we understand the needs of location managers and producers. We provide a tailor made personal service and will do our very best to provide you with images and information that you request. Animations and Special effects: We have a team of consultants who specialize in the creation of 3D content for Film, Television, Web, CD, DVD and Computer Games projects. We are able to excel in animation, SFX or compositing and will deliver the highest standard of work to your specific requirements - or produce innovative and appropriate solutions to your situation. Productions Services: One of our partners, NRS Studios has over 20 years experience in the industry and are Canberra‟s most advanced television and audio production facility. They can provide a multi-million dollar studio, highly experienced and creative staff and production personnel. NRS also owns a Lachlan River Studios, which is a 10,000 m2 HDTV and Film production facility. http://lrs.nrsgroup.com.au Wings of ‘Butterfly’ Mithun Alexander is the CEO of Butterfly Technology Solutions. He has extensive experience in project Management in the entertainment sector in Canberra and has produced many complex productions. He has been in involved with many Indian local productions in Canberra and was the executive producer for Canberra‟s first Bollywood production: “Samosa-Tale of love”. He is a researcher with the Australian National University in secure content delivery through new media technologies over the internet. He is also the Young FECCA Chair at FECCA. Amin Palangi is a filmmaker and a digital artist who works have been selected to on National Geographic and recently BBC International. He has his own digital studio, RUMI Digital Studio, where he does film and graphic design. He has made several short films and animations, some of which have been shown at different film festivals such as the „Short Seasons Film Festival‟ in Canberra and others throughout Australia. He has also been commissioned by different governmental organizations, such as Urban Services and DIMIA to make documentaries about some of their projects. He is currently the Executive director of Butterfly media division. Felix Rumah is a Multimedia specialist with over 7 years experience in digital and new media technologies. He owns AcromediaShop which is a firm that provides web solutions and has extensive experience in web, animation, film, video, sound, print media, advertising, marketing and public relations. His work has been screened in Australia in various shows including the ABC. He is currently Technical Analyst a Robert Pickles is a seasoned film industry professional who has over ten years production experience with the BBC/Channel 4 in the UK with dozens of documentary film credits. Robert has been working for the NSW/ACT Government for the past two years promoting the Capital Region as a film-making destination, so he understands the market and how other states continue to entice big budget films. He relocated his film company from England to Australia in 1999. He is consultant Dan Ashcroft is the chairman of the National Film and Theatre Institute. He has been involved in amateur film and theatre for the last 20 years. He has a very strong commercial background with ten years experience in a range of commercial and financial management roles, as well as running 2 companies of his own. Dan brings a strong understanding of the artistic process of film and theatre, and combines it with the commercial requirements of business and investment to achieve outcomes with artistic merit and a good return on investment. 10 REASONS 2 A.C.T. 1. Distinctive locations: The ACT and Capital Region are positioned in a unique part of Australia, offering an amazing array of diverse locations. Along with breathtaking landscapes, the region‟s coastline is pristine, with untouched hinterlands and rainforests. The Capital Region boasts having the highest mountain in Australia; sweeping grasslands; vineyards; diverse farming infrastructure; fishing fleets; quaint heritage villages full of colonial architecture and gold rush legacies, and of course Canberra, the Nation‟s Capital. 2. The Nation’s Capital: As the seat of Federal Government, the city is also the national capital. As a result there is large number of national institutions within the city. These include the National Gallery, National Museum, National Library, National Portrait Gallery, War Memorial, Film and Sound Archives, High Court, Science Centre, Royal Australian Mint, National Botanical Gardens, Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College. 3. Government: Canberra‟s one tier of government for the entire region compared with two or sometimes three tiers of government in other states is considered a strong advantage. Countries with diplomatic links to Australia have their embassies or high commissions in Canberra. All Australian government departments are headquartered in Canberra. The ACT Government is keen to embrace the Indian Film community and welcomes film companies to the region. The ACT Chief Ministers visit to India in Feb 2007 is clear indication of the level of commitment. 4. Ideal Conditions: Canberra is blessed with very low pollution levels, which means clearer skies and brighter days along with sunrises and sunsets – all of which produce cleaner and sharper film images. . The region can boast a quality of light not available in other major cities, due to such low levels of pollution = and Canberra‟s elevation above sea level. Crisp and clear winter days‟ produce light that has previously been described as „like champagne!‟. Moreover, very low noise pollution means better quality sound recording and less frequent stop/start recording compared to large cities. Canberra‟s low volume of traffic compared to Sydney and Melbourne means that it is easier for film crews to move around the city - quickly and easily. 5. Multicultural And Global: Canberra has a broad multi-cultural population that lives harmoniously together. Over 50 % of the demographic profile in Canberra was either born overseas, or one of the parents was born overseas. Canberra also has Australia‟s most highly educated population and a cosmopolitan feel, with International students from around the world studying at its five tertiary institutions. The Australian National University was ranked 1st in Australia and 16th best in the world in 2005 by the Times Educational Supplement. 6. Transport and Accommodation: Most of the region is easily accessible by air, road or rail. Canberra has an international airport and a number of smaller airports. Sydney is just is a three hour drive from Canberra and 45 minutes by air. The ACT and Capital Region offer a wide variety of accommodation including five star hotels along with quaint B&B‟s. Many of the region‟s towns have excellent motel accommodation. Camping is permitted in some areas of National Parks. 7. Safety: Canberra has the lowest crime rate of any Australian capital city with comparatively low levels of all major crimes. As a result, security costs for film production are considerably lower than if filming in any other major Australian city. 8. Four Seasons: Canberra‟s consistent weather patterns means that it is likely to have several good weeks in a row, rather than a mixture of sunny, cloudy and rainy days. The ACT and Capital Region experience four „true‟ weather seasons every year - providing filmmakers with attractive opportunities. Winter can be very cold and icy, with fog clinging to city lakes, grassy plains and the deep valleys around the snowfields and snow-capped mountains. Autumn in Canberra and many other towns is spectacular, as green leaves turn into a myriad of golden browns, reds and oranges. Spring is a delightful and colorful time, as the landscape comes to life having been dormant throughout the winter. Summer temperatures are normally warm or hot, with National Parks and farming areas wearing a dry Australian look. 9. Cost: Canberra is generally a low cost production destination. Our local facilities, companies and personnel do not have the same big city overheads that are found in Sydney and Melbourne, thus we are able to provide services at significantly reduced rates. When this is added to the lower cost of accommodation, locations and other sundry services, the savings that film companies are able to make in Canberra can be quite significant. 10. Funding Incentives - Butterfly films will provide consultancy to find funds for different projects. These schemes include loan facilities also. Some of the attractive schemes in Australia are listed below. Regional Film Fund: RFF provides assistance up to 35% of the budgeted costs for filming in regional NSW (i.e., up to $100,000 per production). The funds can be employed for the production of feature films, television series and serials, documentaries, mini-series and tele-movies. AFC Funding: The AFC‟s Film Development programs aim to support originality, diversity and creative ambition, in the development of Australian practitioners and their projects. They provide project development, production investment and professional development assistance throughout the year, with new guidelines issued every July. AFC Refundable Tax Offset: The Australian Government‟s Refundable Tax Offset scheme (the offset), provides a tax incentive for film production companies to locate large budget film and television series‟ production in Australia. The offset provides a benefit worth 12.5 percent of the film, qualifying Australian production expenditure. This benefit is provided to the film‟s production company through the company‟s tax return. The offset amount will be submitted against the Australian Federal tax liabi lities accrued in the production of the film, with any excess refunded. The Australian Government has extended the offset to take up television series. We welcome you to ‘KAMBERRA’ -The meeting place.