Prague used to be a favorite spot for American filmmakers. There were two categories of movies: one, the movie actually took place in Prague and naturally it was also shot there, because you can’t build a fake Prague lot and you can’t shoot the movie in Budapest, or elsewhere, because people would not buy it. And two, the movie did not actually take place in Prague and Prague only “played another city”. It is interesting how it only works one way.
However, the methods of filmmakers paying filming fees to the municipality of Prague 1, i.e. the central borough, do not work at all as they should. According to the Reflex weekly, the municipality came up with two sets of fees. It means that filmmakers who only use Prague as a set will pay more than those who actually admit that the story in question takes place in our capital.
Be it as it may, the Prague municipality’s requirements are becoming unacceptable (translated: bureaucrats want too much money) and so production companies consider Budapest, Vienna and other cities more often than they used to. Too bad … for everybody. We wanted too much and we ended up having nothing… Typical, eh?