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At the meeting of East and West in Turkey there is an exotic familiarity that inspires creatives. With experience bridging from Paris to Istanbul, PSN Turkey Partner Chad Ozturk offers an insightful perspective on shooting in his homeland.

Q:  Why do you think foreign producers choose to shoot a project in Turkey?

A:  Our vast homeland showcases unique as well as diverse locations.  Turkey’s position as a bridge between East and West is reflected in locations ranging from Middle-Eastern to European ambiences.  There are very nice beaches in the west and south to contrast dense green forests in the mountainous north east which look like the Alps.   Greek & Roman ruins dot the country, vestiges of an imperial past reflected in the diverse range of local casting options.  All this for a very cost-effective price with efficient, top-notch crews. 

Q:  What stand-out places do you think could serve as interesting storytelling ingredients? 

A:  Istanbul is a singularly outstanding city. Being the only city in the world sitting on two continents makes it very special.  There’s a vibrant energy, a certain magic that unfolds in the streets that draw millions of visitors each year.   The thermal pools of Pamukkale, rich with minerals that have spilled over to form “cotton castles” on the mountainside, bear a descriptive name in Turkish.  The underground cities, churches, and tunnels of Capadoccia are otherworldly.  Vestiges of the legendary Silk Route stand in colorful testament to this land’s heritage at the crossroads of cultures.  Snow skiing and Mediterranean bathing are only an hour’s drive distance in the south.

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Uruguay does not come to mind as the first choice for the location to shoot a “Bask in the Sun” campaign during August. But the southern hemisphere destination is increasingly being sought out for pleasant weather year-round.  A key reason is its diversity of locations situated in close proximity to minimize crew time lost in company moves.

The Days Inn campaign featured in this most recent newsletter of PSN Partner work demonstrates a range of locations from a mid-western farm to the African savannah. 

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Successfully enabling the work of creatives is a fundamental way to measure a production. By extension, it is the role of production service companies to ensure a shoot overseas is just as smooth as it would be shooting at home.

The production of VR films overseas adds new dimensions on screen and behind the scenes.  Facilitating all that is unseen in 360º presents new challenges PSN Partners are meeting with ingenuity and a bit of their own creative input.

Check out the insights reported from locations around the world in this article recently published by Little Black Book (LBB).

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The PSN Baltics partner has joined forces with 3 other Estonian production houses and the Estonian Film Industry Cluster to build the biggest studio complex in the Baltic Sea area.

The production hub called Tallinn Film Wonderland is set to open at the end of 2018 in Tallinn’s Kopli district. The aim of the joint venture is to offer a unique blend of opportunities to develop the local film industry as well as to improve export potential and cooperation between companies close to the industry. 

Foreign production companies already familiar with our beautiful nature, historically multi-faceted architecture, and experienced and hardworking teams will find the new indoor facilities position Estonia to attract a broader range of projects.

Coupled with the 30% of cash rebate for foreign productions, we are looking to make Estonia the next hotspot for film production in the Baltic region.  KFTV recently caught up with our partner Ivo Felt for some more insights. 


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Norway inspires.  From the end-of-the-earth feeling looking out over its numerous fjords to the spellbinding allure of the Northern Lights.  Eirik Vaage leads the PSN Norway team servicing film and photo shoots seeking unspoilt nature.  We caught up with him after a busy summer season as the nights get longer and the Northern Lights beckon creatives.

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

A: Norway is novel.  As most of our shoot locations are new to filmmakers, we’re making an impression that is really putting us on the map.  One great example is Ex Machina, by Alex Garland, shot on location in Valldal, Norway. 

A standout is our unique fjord landscape that offers a potent mix of mountains, fjords, the sea, and beaches in very close proximity. At the Lofoten Islands, for example, you can reach all the potential locations within a 90-minute drive.  There you’ll find nothing less than stunning nature, remote and exclusive villages, spectacular islands, coastline, mountains, fjords, waterfalls. The Hollywood production Downsizing has just finished its location shoot in the Lofoten Islands, taking full advantage of the wide range of locations in close proximity to their basecamp in Svolvær.  

Q:  What is the best season to shoot in Norway and why? 

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Poland remains something of a secret on the worldwide production map.  Despite the recognition of the film school in Lodz or the celebrated success of Polish directors like Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and our most recently departed Andrzej Wajda, the wide variety of Poland locations – old and new - are less known than many in neighboring East-European countries.  They offer a fresh look at a very fair price.

The Polish Film Commission recently invited foreign location scouts for an up-close look.  The Location Guide was on hand to report back on how Poland “amazed” the group.  Here’s a look at what they found.

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Small is an asset for Uruguay – a commercial filmmaker’s choice destination that doubles for many major markets with the added advantage of opposite seasons. The PSN Uruguay team knows its niche and shares some local knowledge for film and photo producers to consider.

Q: Why do you think foreign producers choose to shoot in Uruguay?

A:  Historically they’ve come for plenty of daylight hours, appealing and diverse locations, nice summer weather (during Northern Hemisphere’s cold months), and also as a cost-effective solution.  We’re not alone in delivering that; but there's more.

While our warmer months remain the busiest time of year, we’ve more recently noticed an uptick in the number of projects we’re shooting in our winter months.  The fact is that Uruguay is a consistently reliable option amidst the ups and downs of more volatile countries producers sometimes consider. There is a level of certainty that producers we work with have come to expect.  And we don’t disappoint.

The compact layout of Uruguay – able to deliver a wide variety of looks with small company moves – is an added value that boosts the creative while containing costs.

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There are nuances to shooting in the US that foreign producers need to know.  From his bi-coastal service company in LA and NY, PSN USA partner Eric Brown shares useful insights on tapping into the top-drawer resources while toeing the line with regulations.

What are the top reasons producers shoot film and photo projects in the USA?

A:  The USA has unparalleled access to top-level crews, specialty equipment, spectacular locations, and ethnically diverse talent pools in LA and NY. 

Q:  Does everyone on set speak English in the US?

A:  The US is a country of immigrants.  If requested, we’re able to provide heads of departments that speak an array of languages from Spanish to Japanese to German to Swahili… Okay, maybe that last one is a bit more difficult, but we accept all challenges!

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Local shoot support is critical to most every professional film and photo shoot overseas. Three years ago I decided our industry needed a transparent resource that connected producers directly with vetted production service - boots on the ground where they are needed. No middlemen, no time lost, and no added cost.

Six months later we launched an association of 12 production service companies in Europe. We are now a community of companies working locally in 40 countries worldwide. Producers unsure where to shoot are also sharing their brief with us. We tap them into a world of local knowledge where we can suggest the best location to accomplish a project for the available budget.

Leading brands, agencies, and production houses are calling on us to help develop the most competitive brief and deliver local solutions once a project is awarded. The Little Black Book (LBB) recently caught up with me for the backstory. I hope you enjoy the insights.

See you on set soon!

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Cash is king so there’s no arguing that legislative approval of a 25% cash rebate on shoots in Ukraine – including commercials! – will once again make the country a favorite alternative in Eastern Europe.  We caught up with Dmitry Sukhanov, head of the PSN Ukraine team, for his insights on why to shoot in Ukraine.

Q:  Is it safe again to shoot in Ukraine?

A:  Yes!  The only no-go place is Crimea where troubles are locked down and contained.

Our capital city Kiev is some 800 kilometers from that region.  Other filming hotspots out of harm’s way are the charming architecture of Lviv, the Carpathian Mountains, and Odesa, where the Black Sea coastline and its beaches await.  

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

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