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For business or pleasure, Thailand is a destination that people never get enough of.  No wonder Fred Turchetti, EP at PSN Thailand, moved there many moons ago and is raising his family there.  We recently caught up with Fred to learn what keeps filmmakers coming back time and again to the Land of Smiles.

Q: Can you tell us a few top reasons projects shoot in Thailand?

A: Thailand is home to world-class crews, art department, special effects, and studios.  The country has an incredibly vast range of urban, jungle, beach, and rural locations.  There is a large non-Thai talent pool including Caucasian, African, and Middle-Eastern.  Production costs in Thailand are extremely competitive compared to most other film countries.

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There’s no lockdown on creativity.  Bold visionaries are filming ambitious live action projects in most major film hubs worldwide.  PSN Partners are executing these overseas film and photo shoots with pandemic protocols in place to secure a safe set.  

This is so real that recently released work filmed with our Partners before the pandemic is feasible today.  Click here for a look.

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Creative problem solving is the producer's craft. So what better time for producers to shine?

PSN has drawn from its experience with producers of foreign productions to compile a list of considerations related to pandemic precautions necessary for a safe set. We encourage producers to work through these considerations with our PSN partners to better anticipate how production requisites can shape their creative and impact their costs.

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Our production industry faces an unprecedented challenge as countries emerge from lockdowns designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prevent unnecessary burden on local health services.  How to resume filming in a safe and comfortable environment for everyone to do their best creative work.

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PSN Expertise Keeps Cameras Rolling Worldwide in Travel-Wary Times

Necessity is the mother of invention. So no surprise the team at PSN China has already implemented a solution that keeps live action film production on track overseas despite the pandemic.

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Behind the parade of celebrities featured in Super Bowl commercials this year are tireless production teams tasked with keeping the stars shining happily on set. PSN Partner experience working with A-List talent is trusted by producers of all genre.

This latest selection of PSN Partner work showcases Katy Perry and Celine Dion music videos as well as commercials featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Camila Cabello, Adam Levine, and Premier League forward Mo Salah. There are many more in TV series and feature films soon to be released by Netflix, Warner / HBO Max, and Marvel.

We’re thankful to the producers who call on PSN Partner expertise time and again. Nothing more satisfying than working with fellow professionals who know the value of getting it right the first time.

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The historic Oscar sweep accomplished by South Korean feature film Parasite is a fitting culmination of efforts made by a nation of filmmakers that knows no borders.

Filming in Spain was already underway during 2018 when South Korean producers of the Netflix series, Memories of the Alhambra, reached out to our Production Service Network to scour Europe for a train, station, and tracks they could control for filming with explosives.

Their choice to work with PSN Hungary in stations outside Budapest resulted in scenes edited seamlessly with those from Spain.

South Koreans are prolific storytellers whose content is now widely consumed across Asia Pacific.  Unlike the US, it is a region with no 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles to overcome.

The post Asian financial crisis shift to a creative economy and transnational rise of Korean pop culture have bolstered the market appeal of this nation of 51 million people.  Look no further than commercial projects for Vogue, GQ, & Gucci featuring Kai of boy group Exo or Vivo with members of Got7, both facilitated by our PSN South Korea Partner.  

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Dramatic Drop in Production Costs Makes Both Countries Hot Spots for 2020

Choosing a country to film in is more than a creative decision.  The overall cost to shoot in one country compared to another can make all the difference.

Sustained currency devaluation in two countries known for unique locations and highly-trained crew is now tipping the scales in favour of Turkey and Argentina.

PSN Argentina’s Rémi Noiriel and PSN Turkey Chad Ozturk highlight some of the details in this interview also shared on LBB.

Q: How has your local economy changed over the past year?

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There is an immersive aspect to location shoots that cannot be replicated. From the authenticity of actor performances to the bonds of crew camaraderie, we’ve all enjoyed through the unique challenges each shoot day to the memorable wrap parties.

The more ‘out there’ a location is, the more real it feels for filmmakers and viewers. 

This latest selection of PSN Partner work opens a big window to the world for armchair escapists. Enjoy the view on what we can do for your next project.

See you on set!

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In an industry gone digital where CGI is ever more believable – even if the storylines aren’t –, it is encouraging to know that post-producers and actors agree there is no substitute for shooting on location.

The first ones in and last ones out of a location shoot are the location managers. PSN is proud to partner with the Location Managers Guild International and pleased to see due recognition among its ranks at the 6th Annual LMGI Awards next month. PSN Turkey is even among the nominees for this film!

This latest selection of recent PSN Partner work further demonstrates there really is nothing like being there. Enjoy.

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