Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Belize Film Commissioner Works With Angela Simmons



There's a bright young star in the making and she goes by the name of Angela Simmons, yes folks, Reverend Run's Daughter. I had the distinct pleasure of working with this young lady on the filming of a TV Pilot. I was quite impressed with her professionalism and her acting ability. She may come from The Royal Family of Rap, but she has quite a future in front of the camera as well. Look out Belize, rumor has it that the show may just have an episode that takes place in Belize. Who knows we may be seeing Angela & Vanessa down here in the country real soon.



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Native View Mount Vernon Filmmaker Travels Glory Road

http://www.mountvernontoday.com
The Belize Film Commissioner & The Belize Film Commission would like to congratulate Writer/Director Jerald Hoover on his film project 4 Square Miles To Glory.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BELIZE 10th Of September Celebration! Where Does The Music Come From?

Tucked into the Caribbean coast of Central America between Mexico's southern Yucatan region and Guatemala, Belize (formerly British Honduras) gained independence from Great Britain in 1981. Shortly after British forces wrested Jamaica from Spanish control in 1655, a motley array of English entrepreneurs and pirates began to settle Belize, drawn by the economic potential of the region's dyewoods and mahogany timber stands. In an otherwise Spanish-speaking Central America, Belize quickly became an ethnically diverse settlement, home to Creoles (of mixed African, European and Central American descent), African-Amerindian Garifuna, Mestizos (of mixed Mayan, Mexican and Central American heritage) and several lowland Maya groups.

Almost nothing is known of the colony's early musical history, but enslaved Africans certainly brought their expressive traditions to the logging camps set up in the interior beginning in the 1720s. The first written accounts of African drumming date to the early 19th century, as white English residents complained of gatherings in the outskirts of the capital, where slaves and freedmen congregated to dance, drum and sing through the night. Fearing that the drums served to communicate plans for slave uprisings (a recurrent feature of pre-emancipation Belize), colonial authorities unsuccessfully outlawed the activity, which spilled over into the annual Christmas revelry when slaves returned to Belize City from their logging tasks.

Oral tradition assigns the origins of brukdown and boom-and-chime music to the Belize timber camps. The music combines ribald Creole-language vocals, accordion, guitar and hand percussion in a sonic blend recalling Jamaican mento and early Louisiana zydeco. Likewise, Garifuna residents who had never been enslaved sustained their singing, drumming and dancing traditions. In the early 1980s, punta rock, a creation commonly attributed to Belizean Garifuna musician, composer and painter Delvin "Pen" Cayaetano, added the amplified guitar to the Garifuna rhythm ensemble. Today, Belizeans see punta rock's popularity throughout Central America as a positive reflection of the nation's unique identity in the region.

British police orchestras and bands, reinforced by elite classical-music education, introduced brass, woodwinds and piano to Belize. The police ensembles also incorporated accordion, guitar and banjo, the latter showing patent West African roots. Maya and Mestizo string-band music combines European guitar and violin with indigenous harps, whistles, shakers and frame-drum percussion, together with the marimba, which traces its genesis to the West African balafon. Maya musicians still fashion their own marimbas and harps from Belizean hardwoods, stringing the latter with thick nylon fishing line. Typically played on religious holidays and at community festivals, exclusively by men, as in Guatemala and southern Mexico, Belizean Maya music is unadorned, but it possesses a certain hypnotic quality reflected in the subdued mixed dancing it often accompanies.

Notable Garifuna artists include Junie Aranda, Jursino Cayetano, Pen Cayetano, Lugua Centeno, Mohobub Flores, Dale Guzman, Adrian Martínez, Paul Nabor, Andy Palacio and Gabaga Williams. Creole artists include Brad Pattico, Wilfred Peters and Leroy Young "The Grandmaster" (the country's dub-poet laureate). The only recorded indigenous musician is Kekchi Maya harpist Florencio Mess.

—Michael Stone

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Filming Locations In Belize


Check out the new ad that will run in the UCLA Basketball home game programs this season. Go Bruins & Film Belize!


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Maya Air September Celebration Specials, See The Belize River From The Air


The Belize River, what a glorious site to see, the main vein that runs through the country of Belize. The life line to early settlers of our beautiful jewel. My father in law would to tell me stories of the river and how they would travel for days to make it from St. Paul to Belize City. During the month of September Maya Air had a special to San Pedro and Dangriga from Belize City for $39.00 Belizean Dollars, that's $19.50 to those from the USA. For $19.50 you could see one of the most breathtaking rivers of the Western Hemisphere from an aerial view. Life is funny sometimes, the special rate is for the arrival to your destination. As in life, you should enjoy the journey because if you're not careful you may miss the best part of the trip. Film Belize people and enjoy the unspoiled beauty.



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ethiopian "The Afar Region" Lights, Camera, Action







Nadya the second film from our Ethiopian/Belizean partnership is in the final stages of post production. The movie which follows the journey of a young Ethiopian anthropologist who was adopted by a European couple at birth who worked for the EU while in Addis Abba. The Movie starts with the return of our young heroin to her homeland, as she attempts to find the proof of where life really began. We have our fem fetal situated in Ethiopia, the cradle of civilization along the banks of the Awash River. She begins her search in the same area that "LUCY" the oldest human being was found.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afar_Depression


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Portals to the Underworld."

Aug. 9th, 2010



The BELIZE FILM COMMISSION and NICH are excited to announce the premiere of GATES OF HELL on the History Channel, Tuesday, August 17, at 8 pm.



According to Courtney Engelstein, Development Producer of Red Marble Media, “ The show looks fantastic, and the segment in Belize is beautiful, compelling, and creepy. Thank you so much for your help in pulling that shoot together. History Channel has just begun airing promos, which we are very happy with as well.”



Red Marble Media filmed in Belize earlier this year for a commissioned two-hour History Channel special originally called "Portals to the Underworld." The documentary charts historical thoughts and beliefs about the afterlife from the ancient Maya to modern Christianity. Producers traveled to places that were once believed to be sacred portals to spiritual realms of which Belize was one and used interviews with experts and artistic depictions of the Underworld from throughout the ages for the project.

Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Taste Of Belize Is Coming Back





After a short delay in production filming for the show "Taste of Belize" is coming back, producers of the show are committed to kicking production into gear in late September. We are currently scouting for new locations to be a part of the next 6 episodes. These locations can be in any part of the country. If you have a special resort, dish, or chef that you would like to have on the show please feel free to contact us at nigelmiguel@gmail.com



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Belize's Lady Di



As the President of NICH, Ms. Diane Haylock has many responsibilities, she oversees numerous departments within the the body of NICH, which stands for the National Institution of Culture & History. This governmental institution has the enormous task of documenting and preserving the culture of Belize. She also has the role of creating the environment for our budding film industry to grow in Belize. That is were our paths cross, over the past 2 years as Belize's Film Commissioner I have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Haylock in bringing awareness of the film industry opportunities to our local Belizeans. I have partnered with some local businessmen and Investors from abroad to assist in building an industry that we could all be proud of. The road has been tough at times but with the support of The Belize Government, Ms. Haylock and the her staff we have made some pretty significant strides. We are now at the crossroads of our 5 year plan and we are very close to locking down our first multi-million dollar project. I wanted to put this blog out there because far too many times we get credit for things that we do and we don't share the credit for what was achieved. In life I've learned that anything that is truly successful has a team element that played a major role in getting it done. I'd like to personally say thank you for your support Ms. Haylock and that the film industry in Belize is truly benefiting from your conscious efforts to see this thing all the way through.The Belize International Film Festival 2010 says thank you as well.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Opening Night At The BIFF 2010




Daryl Chill Mitchell was the man of the hour at the opening night for the Belize International Film Festival. Chill spoke about his desire to see how he could help young Belizean Artist realize their dreams. Daryl spoke to an audience of young, eager and talented film makers about his experience in the industry and how they could have a huge impact on the international film world by telling the Belizean Story. He was very candid about the challenges that they would face, but he told them that they should never give up because they have a unique story that only they can tell. The audience was very appreciative of his words of encouragement and took what he said to heart. Chill has been a friend to the people of Belize and has help out over the years with promoting the country, we would like to acknowledge his kindness and hard work and let him know that Belize considers him one of their own. Thanks to all that supported the festival and we look forward to seeing you guys July 15th - July 23rd 2011.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

The Belizean International Film Festival



The BIFF has just completed it's 5th Annual Festival, the 10 day event celebrated the budding Belizean Film Industry. We were blessed to have incredible guest speakers at our opening night and throughout the week at our workshops. The attendees had a chance to mingle and interact with industry professionals from abroad as well as the local Belizean talent. The message that was most profound throughout the festival was that Belize has many worthwhile stories to tell and that our artist should be the ones telling the story. The phrase Belizean Voice was most commonly used when it came down to describing our efforts on how we should
expose Belize to the world. The most amazing thing is that everyone spoke about the voice of the Belizean people and the many wonderful unique stories we could tell. I left the festival with a sense of purpose for our industry and how it could be the foundation of a powerful movement in the resurgence of the Kriol people and it's culture. Who Say Belize No Got No Culture?


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The San Pedro Schedule Is Out

The schedule for the screening of the 2010 Belize International Film festival is out. Hollywood has arrived in Belize and it's visiting Ambergris Cayes.

Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Mitch, Dwight, & The Commissioner

On the Lot at FOX Studios, after sitting down with the executives at FSN, we all had to take a moment and appreciate what just happened. I wanted to take this picture so I could have a visual reminder of the day. I want to personally thank Big Dwight Howard, Mitchell Butler & Jimmy Smith for allowing me to be a part of this project. Let's swing for the fences guys, in the words of the great Mitch Butler this is a zip code changing opportunity,



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

DJ Irie Coming To Belize!

Yes he's coming, the word is out and the Hottest DJ from Miami is coming to Belize to check out The Jewel & The Belize Film Festival. DJ Irie will be checking out The Jewel as he looks for the next hot spot in the Caribbean. The word around town is that Irie has hand picked Belize as his new playground for his rich and famous friends. DJ Irie was introduced to Belize by a young and ambitious Belizean businessman Michael Devin Young. We here at the Belize Film Commission would like to thank you Michael for promoting us in a positive light to those outside of the country. For those of you that don't know much about Belize and would like to learn more, please visit www.nichbelize.org or www.belizefilmfestival.com for more information on this beautiful country.


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Just Another Day In The Life Of The Belize Film Commissioner




The job as Belize Film Commissioner definitely has it's perks, even though the hours can be long and the work is very tiresome at times, your working environment can make up for all the tough times you may go through. I truly feel like the luckiest man alive sometimes, I have a wonderful family, great friends and a job that I enjoy. The postions as commissioner allows me to meet interesting people and promote Belize as the best filming destination in Central America & The Caribbean. Come spend some time with us during the month of July the room rates are low the lobster is in season and the Belize Film Festival is going on. July 16th - July 24th 2010.

Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Cuban Crafters To Attend Belize Film Festival


World Famous Cuban Crafter Cigars will be a part of The 2010 Belize International Film Festival. July 16th - July 24th 2010


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Belize Is The Place To Be If You Are Talking Beautiful Location


The definition as stated on Yahoo of Natural Beauty is " a place that needs no enhancements. It's a quality of a location that gives intense pleasure and deep satisfaction". Those two sentences best describe the reason to come to Belize to shoot your next movie, commercial, print shoot or web film. Belize has become a self contained film location. It's locations vary from Mayan ruins, the best underwater photography in the Western Hemisphere, and beautiful tropical forests and includes friendly knowledgeable crews who are willing to work hard for a days wage. Belize has an extremely friendly government that will go out of its way to make your shoot enjoyable, efficient and highly productive.

You have many location choices available to you as a film maker in the world today. The Film Commissioner of Belize is acutely aware of that and is working very hard to create tax incentives for film makers and build up it's local film business so that Belize can compete with anyplace in the world for filming.

Give us a shot, for your next shoot. You will not be disappointed.

A Quote From Peter Friedman


The definition as stated on Yahoo of Natural Beauty is " a place that needs no enhancements. It's a quality of a location that gives intense pleasure and deep satisfaction". Those two sentences best describe the reason to come to Belize to shoot your next movie, commercial, print shoot or web film. Belize has become a self contained film location. It's locations vary from Mayan ruins, the best underwater photography in the Western Hemisphere, and beautiful tropical forests and includes friendly knowledgeable crews who are willing to work hard for a days wage. Belize has an extremely friendly government that will go out of its way to make your shoot enjoyable, efficient and highly productive.

You have many location choices available to you as a film maker in the world today. The Film Commissioner of Belize is acutely aware of that and is working very hard to create tax incentives for film makers and build up it's local film business so that Belize can compete with anyplace in the world for filming.

Give us a shot, for your next shoot. You will not be disappointed.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Your Submissions Please!

June 15th is almost here and we still have a few more spaces available for your submissions. Please don't miss out, be a part of the Belize International Film Festival July 16th - July 24th 2010.

Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Your Island Adventure Awaits You.

video
Don't be left out like this guy.We have a room with a view and a wonderful itinerary of things for you to do, we're waiting for you to come and enjoy Belize at The Belizean International Film Festival July 16th - July 4th, 2010. This year we're having events on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Belize City, and Cayo, for more information please visit www.nichbelize.org or www.belizefilmfestival.com there are wonderful & affordable packages with resorts throughout the country. Come celebrate your Independence, Belize Style, during the Belize International Film Festival with films from all over the world along with workshops & seminars headed by top industry professionals.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Just An Ordinary Day In Belize

Come and join your boy Daryl Chill Mitchell in Belize July 16th - July 24th 2010 during the Belize International Film Festival. Hang out with Chill and celebrate his birthday with him and a few Hollywood celebs.

Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Quitting Time/ The Cast and Crew

video

The Martini Shot on Caye Caulker, this was an amazing day, being a part of a production really brings everyone together. We shot this day with a skeleton crew and everybody had to do double duty since we were a bit short handed. The beauty of the show is that there is a Taste Of Belize in every aspect of life in the country. In future episodes we plan on showing you the best that country has to offer, I truly believe that Belizean cuisine is one par with any food from around the world. The fact that you can enjoy it while looking at a sunrise or a sunset like the one we are watching from the roof of bar at "The Split" just reconfirms that Belize is truly a magical place. Come join us in July down here in paradise for the Belizean International Film Festival July 16th - July 24th 2010 and experience your own "Taste Of Belize"


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

It's Differnt On TV, In Real Life It's Simple Amazing

video
This was Chef Keith Jones first time in the water, he was amazed at how clear the water was and the fact that he could sea all types of fish swinging around the boat. It was quite an experience for him because at an early age he had a bad episode with a neighborhood friend and he almost drowned. Kudos Big Keith for stepping up to the plate and confronting your fears and eventually getting in the water. You can see more of Chef Jones and his Belizean experience on the new TV Show "A Taste Of Belize". For more information please visit www.nichbelize.org www.belizefilmcommission.org




Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Aqua Boogie Baby

video
Check out this behind the scenes footage from the Belizean produced TV Show "A Taste Of Belize". Ras Creek our local chef and tour guide from Caye Caulker has his hands full with our little eight tentacle guest star. The Octopus was very fond of Ras Creek and didn't want to let go. You catch Orlando The Octopus and Ras Creek on the 3rd episode of the show "A Taste Of Belize" with celebrity chef Keith Jones. If you want to learn more about what's going on in Belize and their budding filming industry please visit, www.nichbelize.org or www.belizefilmfestival.com


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bada Bing The Jouney Continues

video

Bada Bing Pizza will be served at all events during the Belize Film Festival July 16th - July 24th 2010. Please come in and try the pizza now being served at 2 locations 24 Albert Street on the South Side of Belize City and One Barrel Bar at Mile 2 1/2 on the Northern Highway. Taste The Difference Belize And Enjoy A Good Tasting Pizza

Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film commissioner

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Swing Bridge, Downtown Belize


Come celebrate with Daryl Chill Mitchell and enjoy all that Belize has to offer. Starting July 16th - July 24th 2010 Daryl and all his friends will be hanging out in Belize City at the foot of Swing Bridge. The bridge is a significant and historical land mark and it also separates the North & the South side of our beautiful city. Come and enjoy the beautiful city by the Caribbean Sea and see what stars show up to celebrate our international event. I invite you to come along and experience the Belizean Film Festival and see how we take care of our visitors. www.belizefilmfestival.com




Nigel P. Miguel

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bada Bing Pizza Now at One Barrel

Bada Bing Pizza & Travellers have partnered up to serve food from the One Barrel Bar. Lunch & Dinner will be served daily from the Northern Highway Location. Thursday, Friday & Saturday Happy Hour Specials. Bada Bing Pizza and One Barrel Rum that combination sounds like a winner. video

Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

In The Shadows of Belize

Belizean Clyde Gillette talks about his documentary film "In The Shadows Of Belize" to Festival director Suzette Zayden at the 2010 Locations Expo in Santa Monica, California. Clyde was one of the many Belizean that were there to support us in our effort to introduce Belize to the film community. The Locations Expo was our first step as we implement our plan for 2010/11. The expo was such a positive experience for us that we plan to back next year with our own Film Belize booth.



Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner video

Monday, April 19, 2010

Belize Film Festival Is Coming, Submit Your Work, You May Be A Winner



So you think you have what it takes to be a screen writer, submit your script, movie, short films or documentary to the Belize Film Festival.Visit www.belizefilmfestival.com

Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Monday, April 12, 2010

AFCI Accepts The Belize Film Commission & The Film Commissiomer

video
Well it's official, The folks over at AFCI have spoken and Belize is in. We are in the final process of becoming a full member of The Association of Film Commissioners International. Look out world, here we come our Belize is on the map.


B.F.C.
Nigel P. Miguel

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hanging Out With The Belize Film Commissioner

Come and hang out with me at AFCI April 15th 16th & 17th as we go through the process of registering the Belize Film Commission with the association. We are attending the expo as a guest this year so that we can see exactly what we are up against when it comes to attracting films to Belize. Next year we plan on having a booth and being ready to present Belize to the filming world.
video


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Greening Of The Belize Film Commission

Belize Film Commission is on the verge of going green. As Film Commissioner of Belize I travel all over the country to find the perfect location. Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Ms. Simon at her nursery at mile 43 1/2 on the Western Highway. During my visit I found a wonderful way for us to promote the country and the Belize Film Commission. We're going to share our natural resources with the rest of the world. This nursery is the perfect location for filming and the artwork that Ms. Simon makes from the trees, termite nest, and coconut shells are perfect little gifts for our guest to take back with them. It's amazing how nothing on the property goes to waste every thing has a dual function. video

Belize Film Festival 2010 "Enjoy The Expierence"

video.

This year at The Belize Film Festival our visitors and participants will have a full itinerary of events to be involved with. One of the newer events that we are doing is a course on deal making Hollywood Style, this workshop will take place on the Caye Chapel golf course, this breathtaking course will be the backdrop of many groundbreaking deals I can see Mr. Trump making his reservation for Belize right now. Here is one of the recent films who's executives took advantage of the beautiful scenery of the country and the facility on the island. Long Live Mega Piranha


http://moviesblog.mtv.com/



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Location Belize



Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

AriLew Films Making A Difference In The Community

DJ Alemayehu is one of the principal investors in AriLew Rentals, he is also a servant in the Belizean community. This footage was taken during the filming of Mega Piranha, a Global Asylum Production that took place during the month of February 2010. AriLew was very instrumental in getting the production company to use as much local talent as possible in the making of the film. I would like to acknowledge his effort and commend his commitment to the young folks of Belize City in providing opportunity for them. The country of Belize could use more investor like this.




Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner video

Bada Bing/Quentin The Tool Guy

video

Every organization needs muscle, and Quentin is the muscle for Bada Bing. Q, as he is known to many Belizeans loves to break things and put them back together for the good of the Pizza parlor. Bada Bing has taken over the space where Buller's Saloon use to be so it has huge shoes to fill, at the building located on 24 Albert Street, Belize City across from Jule's Boutique. Belizean keep your eyes open for Quentin walking the streets of the city he is currently scouting the city for potential acting talent to be in the first Bada Bing commercial.


B.F.C.
Nigel P. Miguel

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chill Mitchell This Is My Belize-Take 1

video Daryl Chill Mitchell returns to Belize by way of the Monique Show on BET April 2, 2010. They're doling it again, because of the huge response to the show when it aired in late February, BET is re-airing the episode of the Monique Show that highlighted Daryl Mitchell and his trip to Belize. Keep your eyes open for Chill showing up on a couple of different talk shows, showing off Belize, his home away from home. We Love You Brother.


B.F.C.
Nigel P. Miguel

Channel 5 Belize, Morning Show

video

The directors of Sinbad were the toast of Belize, during the pre production phase of the movie, they were asked to do several talk shows and to make themselves available to the press. Channel 5 morning show was one of the first shows they did and they had a wonderful time. The morning show, Open Your Eyes is one of Belize's more popular shows attracting about 60% of the Belizean viewing audience. The chemistry on the show is amazing the co-host really know how to make their guest feel right at home. Thumbs up William & Marleni keep up the good work.


B.F.C.
Nigel P. Miguel

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bada Bing Pizza Has Hit The Streets Of Belize !!!!!!



Big News Everybody Bada Bing Pizza has hit the streets of Belize City and it's the talk of the town. The newly opened takeout Pizza Restaurant is located at 24 Albert St. in Belize City right across the street from Jules Boutique. They serve an assorted choices of Italian cuisine the attention to customer service makes this establishment #1 on my list for good quality food.


Nigel P. Miguel
B.F.C.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm Ready For My Close Up

Belizean Actors have traveled a tough road to get their break in the movies. The fact that Hollywood had to come to Belize for some of them to be able to show their talent is truly a blessing from God. We taped a few actors as they went through their first Hollywood style audition, we all must enjoy the process and make the most out of each opportunity. I want Belizean hopefuls to always remember that every time you are in front of the camera you are becoming a better actor and you are improving your craft. Always believe in yourself and keep your dream alive. Dare To Dream!!


B.F.C.
Nigel P. Miguel

video

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Afar Region, East Africa

video

Welcome To Afar:

I just got the word that we will be returning to Ethiopia to start our 3rd film on the Continent of Africa. This project will be shot in Ethiopia & Belize with the Sony EX3 camera package. The project will feature the people of The Afar region in Ethiopia and The Garifuna people of The Stann Creek District in Belize, both groups share a long and interesting history. The script will be completed by mid June so we can start to film in late August. This project will allow us to highlight both Belizean & Ethiopian culture and feature the musical chant of the people of Afar. The project is the brain child of Ethiopian producer, DJ Alemayehu & Belizean producer, Nigel P. Miguel. The Film will also feature Daryl Chill Mitchell in his feature film directorial debut.




Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Behind the scenes footage from Global Asylum Movie "Mega Piranha". In the scene we are setting up, our hero is attempting to escape from the bad guys as he drives through the streets of Belize City. The cast & crew are working hard to make this production the best it can be and the locals on the south side of Belize are very happy to take part in movie. Rumor has it that the crew has been putting in 14 hour days to make sure that the film is done in time. WOW, who says that Kriol no like hard work?

video


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Flying Lobster

video

Flying Lobster is a special cuisine only found in Belize, I want to let everyone know that we will be serving it during the Belize Film Festival July 16th - July 25th.

video

Daryl Chill Mitchell was right at home when he visited the outer islands off the coast of Belize. All Belizean consider Chill a hero and love what he's doing for the country. Keep up the good work brother and we look forward to you picking up your NAACP Image award on the Feb. 26th.

Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chill Mitchell " My Belize"

video NAACP nominee Daryl "Chill" Mitchell shares his little piece of production paradise with the world as he invites his friends and fellow actors to come and join him in Belize, during the Belize Film Festival July 16th - July 25th 2010.


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sinbad The Sailor: Casting

video
Good food & Good pepper, home made Belizean pepper sauce, 100 percent Belizean!

The Press was really helpful in getting the word out about the movie being in country and that we were looking for talent.Belize City was a hot spot this weekend with a serious casting session and all the local talent looking for a job in the movie Sinbad. Well it's lights, Camera, Action until next time. Film Belize.



Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sinbad The Sailor Visits Belize

They're Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Representative from Asylum Pictures touched down in Belize to start pre production on a feature film in the beautiful Jewel. Please follow along with us as Belizeans get a chance to see behind the scenes of the process of movie making. video
We will follow the day to day of the production as it makes it's way through filming. We will see the good, the bad and the ugly of their experience. Location Scouting: Before our crew got into town we did a little bit of scouting so we would have some specific spots to show them. Location scouting Belizean style can be fun, during our first few days we stopped off at various islands and enjoyed some lobsters from the sweet Caribbean Sea. video First Meal: Nerie's Restaurant Queen Street, Belize City. The beer was cold (Belikin) the food was hot and the company was awesome. The Asylum guys were really excited and ready to get going and find new talent in Belize, but first they had to have some rice & Beans and plantains.
video Not a bad first night, Film Belize.


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Belize Film Commission Sizzle Reel

video

Come and join us in Belize and make your own masterpiece, we hope you enjoy the footage.



Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

Saturday, January 9, 2010

AriLew Belize Production Presents "A Taste Of Belize"

AriLew Belize Productions Presents

video

"A Taste Of Belize" Teaser


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner

My Main Man, J. Pogue

Editor/Producer, Jeff Pogue has been here in Belize working on cutting us a sizzle reel for "The Taste Of Belize" for the past 2 days. We have also been working on 2 other projects for the Belize Film Commission Website & Joey's World Belize. This guy has been doing some wonderful stuff since he has arrived in the country. Jeff has taught me some of the new tricks on Final Cut Pro, and we got a chance to really capture the beauty of Altun Ha and the surrounding area. We plan on getting some jungle footage from Maskall Village and the 9 villages of The Baboon Sanctuary. I got a chance to show him the magic of the little Sony HD Camera, HDR-XR520 our new best friend. He in returned helped me to better understand our Sony EX3.

video

Well we finally got out of the production office and into the jungle to get some more B Roll footage for our TV show "A Taste of Belize" and some glamor footage for The Belize Film Commission website. We started the day traveling through the 9 villages of The Baboon Sanctuary and stopped to see a troupe of Howler Monkeys in the village of Flowers Bank. Flowers Bank is sleepy little village, which is in the heart of the Belize River Valley. We arrived early Monday morning anticipating to hear the welcome music of the Howler Monkeys, to our surprise there was no music and I was starting to get nervous. Our guide Ruben quickly told us that because of the cold weather the baboons weren't very active but that they would crank up the sound up by mid day. I got a little impatient because we were on a very tight schedule so we ventured deeper into the jungle and that's when we got in trouble, because of the rainy weather the ground was a little soft and we got stuck. Thanks to Jeff and our guide Ruben we were freed in about 30 minutes.


Nigel P. Miguel
Belize Film Commissioner