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Michael

Michael

Production work on commercial, entertainment, and factual shoots for clients from around the world during more than two decades is at the core of Michael’s experience.  Highlights from his years managing production service budgets of all sizes for feature film, sport celebrity shoots, primetime TV programming for all major US & UK channels, and events as diverse as motocross and a papal visit.


This Los Angeles native with a traveler’s soul started his own production service company overseas to share with fellow production professionals the wonders of shooting film, photo, and video projects across Spain and Portugal – the sunniest corner of Europe.  Michael is as quick with a smile as he is committed to no-nonsense production workflow delivering cost-effective, quality results you can see in frame.  He founded the Production Service Network in 2014 to accomplish that worldwide.  He manages PSN from his base in Madrid, Barcelona, or most anywhere he has an Internet connection.

 

PSN Partner work for The Crown and The Flight Attendant enabled both series to portray and even double locations on 6 continents.  As we all anxiously await this weekend's awards, click to learn details about the Netflix and HBO Max productions shared in today's LBB article.

And congratulations to all the nominees!

 

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Shooting During Covid Success Shoptalk

A look beyond the doom and gloom of filmmaking during the pandemic reveals industry renewal in the making.

True to form, several positive takeaways from last week's Screen Daily / KFTV industry shoptalk  delivered a welcome booster shot for filmmakers continuing to take unprecedented measures to keep cameras rolling on live action in many film hubs worldwide.  

BE THANKFUL

Shooting safely during the pandemic takes more time and money.  So, let's be thankful there is a huge appetite to consume content that is propelling brands, studios, and streamers to create it.

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Can you hear the motor turning the chain loop that drags us upward toward another harrowing peak?  Safely seated with every precaution, we can’t help feeling anxious about the unpredictable ride ahead.  

Pause and reflect.  This past year has packed a decade’s worth of innovative twists and turns in the production of content. Most of us feel a bit rattled, and few of us are where we expected to be.  But keep your senses about you because our industry is evolving at breakneck speed.  

Live action filming makes the world go round for production service companies.  Following a successful week-long shoot in Bangkok with PSN, Warner’s live action filming of the HBO Max series The Flight Attendant got back on track after the holidays to film with our team in Rome at the Fiumicino Airport as well as iconic locations like Piazza Navona, Via dei Coronari, Circus Maximus, and the Colosseum – closed by presidential decree this month due to a pandemic we could never have imagined at the beginning of 2020.

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PSN facilitates filming in all corners of the planet.  So, at first glance, you might imagine we refer to a director flying in to film in a remote location.  We recently did just that north of the Artic Circle for an Oreo campaign.

But this is the age of 'new normal'.  Remote streaming of a signal from the film set to clients, agencies, producers, and even directors is it. Smooth workflow is critical to success. Trust in the local production service team to deliver on location is fundamental.

Click here to watch recent remote shoots that don’t look it.

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Where on earth will Kaley Cuoco wake up next to a dead body?  PSN helped producers of The Flight Attendant hone-in on Bangkok for a layover like no other that launches the Big Bang Theory star into a murder mystery.

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Make It Happen.
The name of a Porsche campaign filmed in Los Angeles with our PSN Partner during the pandemic – using remote streaming to director, producer, agency, and client in Europe - is an apt description of our times.  It goes to show how filming abroad is feasible.

Future Is An Attitude.  Inspiration abounds in this worldwide Audi campaign filmed in and around Copenhagen by a leading German production house with our PSN Partner support this summer.  Creativity can thrive despite Coronavirus.

Fellow producers, and their clients, can do with a boost of confidence to help overcome the daily challenges our industry is facing.  What better way than by sharing these and many more projects executed abroad during the pandemic with the support of PSN Partners?  Click here to watch more and get inspired.

We’ve got the right attitude to make more happen with you.

 

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The uncertainty of our times has producers hungrier than ever for an edge.

PSN and its Partners are among the first calls they make to consult on the feasibility of shooting a project abroad, and where it might be best to shoot. Over time, we’ve fielded a lot of the same producer questions. So, in order to help the industry continue to ramp up filming amidst the pandemic, we’ve collected the answers from our boots-on-the-ground Partners in 50 countries, and we’re serving them up on our website.

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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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