“Screen Canterbury NZ is determined to attract more and more productions like Mulan to Canterbury,” Loverich said.
Caro said Canterbury and Otago were home to several “critical locations” for the film, including the Ahuriri Valley, south of Lake Pukaki.
“We took 900 people and all of our horses to the Ahuriri Valley to stage an epic battle,” she said.
Jason Reed, producer on the film, said there were several elements that made New Zealand an ideal filming destination.
“The first is the dramatic scenery, and the second is having an infrastructure that is so film friendly, to have crews that know how to work on big movies, that know how to handle massive amounts of logistics that also are artistically driven,” he said.
To learn more about screen in Canterbury, check out Screen Canterbury NZ.