Shooting amidst Old World charm can be surprisingly affordable in Hungary. PSN Hungary Partner Zoltan and his team keep it so while providing top-drawer professional crew and even world-famous stuntmen. Here he shares a few thoughts gleaned from experience shooting commercial projects, film, television, and still photography across the country.
Q: Can you tell us a few top reasons projects shoot in Hungary?
A: Hungary’s film industry has a long and rich history, with world-famous filmmakers; for example, the founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor. We are home to a talented-filled, professional, and highly developed film industry, which has further evolved due to all the international productions filmed here with the assistance of the local crew. We have many helpful crew members who are efficient and friendly with good language skills. It is also exceptionally affordable to shoot here.
The locations are extremely diverse due to the untouched, characteristic period architecture from many different historical ages. Budapest can cater to your needs; it can offer pretty much whatever period or location you can imagine. Hungary is unique because of this unusual and highly appealing combination of attributes.... Continue reading
How do you shoot a fairytale? PSN Austria Partner Iván and his team have the answer in a country where outstanding infrastructure joins the stunning peaks to valleys dotted with settings that ooze Old World charm.
Q: Can you tell us a few top reasons projects shoot in Austria?
A: Austria can offer extraordinary natural locations. The Alps feature vast mountainous territories with many pristine lakes, as well as characteristic winding roads. Many of these peaks and their ski resorts stay snowy all year round. The country’s flawless infrastructure is exceptional; 100% of its roads are paved, which means that even the most extreme locations are easily accessible. Also there are all sorts of special vehicles and ski lifts for transport cross-country between the cliffs. On the other hand, Austria is home to legendary urban scenery; for example, in Vienna or Salzburg. These cities are famous for their atmosphere, palaces, café houses, as well as historic places like Mozart’s birthplace.
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Surprisingly diverse locations and casting in the least costly Euro-zone country make Greece a practical choice for many film and photo shoots. PSN Greece Partner Andreas outlines the FAQs producers will want to know in this latest Q&A.
Q: What sort of ethnic diversity can be cast in Greece?
A: Despite movie stereotypes, contemporary Greek faces cannot be distinguished from Mid or even North European ones. They are tall, light-coloured skin with brown or even blond hair. All Greek actors speak good to excellent English, with an accent most of the time.
Greece today is really a multi-ethnic country. Asians, blacks, Arabs, Hindis, and blondes are easy to find.... Continue reading
Repeat business earned from a successful 16-year run servicing shoots across South Africa and further afield in the continent is something our PSN South Africa Partners have achieved with a personal touch. Jon Day and Vivian Esterhuyse head up the team from their Cape Town office. Here they offer insights on shooting in South Africa.
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At the helm of PSN Italy is Luca de Angelis, a veteran producer trusted by clients at home and abroad heading up a shop that delivers cost-effective shoot support and management.
Q: List a few of the reasons projects are shot in Italy.Continue reading
The luscious landscapes and charming folks of Ireland are known to spellbind visitors. PSN Ireland Partner, Dara McClatchie, has been making sure of that during more than two decades of work on global commercial, stills, and promo campaigns.
Q: What draws projects to shoot in Ireland?
PSN Canada is a relatively new production house formed by the joining of producers that spent the past 15 years delivering high-end Canadian commercial productions for internationally reputed companies. Mathieu, Joelle, Tom, and Sebastien put their best local expertise at your service.
Q: What reasons top the list of why producers shoot projects in Canada?
Where is the best place to shoot your next project? This first in a series of interviews featuring select PSN Partners covers some of the determining factors that producers consider; some of the most frequently asked questions.
PSN-Production Service Network founder Michael Moffett is also EP at PSN Spain. His insights can help producers decide why or why not to shoot in Spain.
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Shift Focus To Quality And Cost Control Alternative
Global content producers know that there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ for local production support. This is demonstrated time and again by the many requests producers give us as their local production partners.
PSN is a one-stop, global shop for cost-effective media production. In a digital landscape where online storytelling is earning an ever-increasing share of advertising budgets, we've proven our capacity to work outside the once dominant TVC model to meet the demands of live action shooting of brand content for the likes of Sony Japan, MRF India, and Nike US.
“A huge thank you," wrote Daniel Jones, AKQA Account Director for Nike, in the Snapchat campaign with football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid. “It was one of the most enjoyable shoots I’ve experienced, and it was a pleasure watching you all work. I really felt privileged for us to be part of your team over those three days. We learned a lot from you all.”
Thanks to work with clients like L’Oreal and Nivea, we’ve been fortunate to develop a niche for beauty product production in Greece. Our producer Paulina Kaskanioti recently reflected on the local beauty industry, and how development in new markets hinges on the correct combination of quality and cost.