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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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That was the pivotal question I recently addressed at a gathering of commercial producers and directors in Dusseldorf drawn to discover Exceptional Places For Shooting.

Rather than hold them in suspense until the end, I hope to have not disappointed my gracious hosts at production house Zeitsprung by answering up front that there is an EXCEPTIONAL place for every creative brief.  But that doesn’t make finding it any less extraordinary.

What unites all of us as storytellers is a passion to do what it takes, go where we must, to shoot the content that advertisers can craft into a campaign to be remembered.

And at any given time there are briefs floating about that fit exceptionally in most every country where we find well-stocked film hubs at the ready to execute film and photo projects.  Searching and finding the country where a creative brief can best be realized within the confines of a target budget is the challenge.

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Storytelling set in another time challenges our mastery of the craft.  Making the distant past and near future believable is fundamental to a selection of recently released PSN Partner work in TV commercials, branded content, and feature films.

Click here, sit back, and enjoy the ride in our particular time capsule.

See you on set!

Michael

 

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Restricted schedules, singular demands, and sponsorship terms bring unique challenges to a shoot with celebrity talent.  When working overseas, pre-planning is as key as the choice to work with a production service company experienced at managing all the particulars locally.

A series of interviews published in LBB and summarized here offer a collection of insights from PSN Partners in several countries.  Whether shooting the rich and famous in Hollywood or the stars of Bollywood on location in Turkey, there are as many common considerations as there are uniquely handy tips like never forgetting to have bountiful snacks on set in Ireland for big rugby players!

Q:  When shooting with high-profile talent, what are the biggest challenges?

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Nothing like a handful of veteran producers on stage at AICP Week to offer sage advice on the challenges and rewards of shooting overseas.

PSN recently had the pleasure of hosting a frank and insightful discussion with producers from Sibling Rivalry, m ss ng p eces, and The Mill+ during a Lunch & Learn session filled with anecdotes from the production trenches.  Click here to tune into the complete and unedited panel moderated by AICP Board Member and PSN Production Liaison, Carolyn Hill, and fed live on Facebook.

A compilation reel showcasing the work of PSN’s exclusive Partners in 50 territories worldwide kicked off the hour-long chat about the challenges each producer has faced overseas, and how they’ve worked with clients, agencies, and service companies to deliver on the brief.  Click here to watch the reel full screen.

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Look no further than latest Partner work to see how PSN puts a world of possibilities at producers' fingertips. Click here for more.

We're looking forward to PSN reaching new heights with you in 2019.

See on you set!

Michael

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The VR expertise of our PSN Canada team reaches new heights at the International Space Station this year.  The ISS Experience produced by TIME and Felix & Paul Studios, with production service by PSN Canada, will showcase life in space like never before.

Producers announced the project at Sundance and shared a trailer you can view by clicking here.

 

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 ‘Tis the season for long shoot days and warm weather down south.

The payoff is on screen and in the details of the projects producers have shot with our PSN Partners in Africa, Oceania, and South America.

We’ve collected a few of our Partners’ favorites to share for a little inspiration.

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The Austrian Alps are a singularly enormous mountain range with towering peaks thousands of meters high offering breathtaking panoramic views. The exceptional locations here have inspired many filmmakers to capture the luxury, sport, adventure and intrigue.

The Alps have always drawn spy stories.  The Living Daylights, featuring Timothy Dalton as Bond, was shot in Begrenzt in the Alps in 1987.  Quantum of Solace was filmed in Feldkirch in 2008, starring Daniel Craig. Maybe this has something to do with the quirky fact that Ian Fleming actually learned to ski in Tyrol while he was studying in a school run by a former British spy.

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Peru is an emerging shoot destination sure to surprise many producers outside Latin America.  The quality shoot support on hand to help capture a colorful variety of locations and faces ensures fresh results in camera at costs that are hard to beat in neighboring countries. 

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