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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 ranging from modest to over 1 million euros include 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 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.

For a commercial shoot in New Zealand during early March, China’s lockdown prevented the client and agency from traveling in. Our team built a private video-grade wireless network allowing mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and computers to synchronize and stream live HD video. At a time when so much is untouchable, their “Cloud Shooting” solution puts all the players in touch on set.

We’ve long moved from theory into practice. The added responsibility of executing remote film production is nothing new to our Partners. That capacity is of urgent importance to producers aiming to film live action in countries where the cameras continue to roll.

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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.

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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.

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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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