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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 include feature film and sport celebrity shoots, primetime TV programming for all major US & UK channels, and events as diverse as motocross and a papal visit.


This American with a traveler’s soul started his own production service company 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 and manages the Production Service Network from his base in Madrid and Barcelona.

There’s good reason that producers of overseas projects choose their local shoot support with much trepidation.  The very success of their film or photo project is at stake.

Whether it be while participating on a panel of experts at AICP meetings about foreign production or simply talking shop with producers the world over, the stories I hear from the trenches constantly remind me of how critical it is to work with a reliable, boots-on-the-ground partner.

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A smooth path to a successful shoot overseas is our aim.  Whether you’re driving, cycling, hiking, sledding, or even dancing, you can count on PSN Partners to set the stage with reliable shoot support.

Look no further than recent Partner work in Spain, Romania, Iceland, Egypt, and Denmark for films demonstrating our work on the move for brands like Axe, Citroen, and Carlsberg.

We’re the local partner of content producers, strategically positioned to facilitate overseas film and photo shoots worldwide.

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PSN Partners are known for local knowledge to facilitate film and photo production in their individual countries worldwide.  Our offering tips for visitors to Cannes Lions might sound a bit like turning things on their head.

Yet as nearly half the 44 PSN Partners prepare to rendezvous on the sands of the Croisette, where we’ll once again host our Cannes Soiree, we’re immersed in social media abuzz with queries from first-timers anxious to tap into the experience of the initiated.

The editorial team at LBB caught up with several of our Partners around the globe to compile this article sharing a few of our personal recommendations.

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Shoot for the sky.  Whether it be in-flight, atop snowy peaks, or urban rooftops, PSN Partners are reaching new heights at locations for recent shoots in Europe and North and South America.

And why not?  We’re putting the world at producers’ fingertips to help ensure smartly planned and well executed shoots for brands like Mastercard, Android Wear, KFC, Jordanian Airlines, and more.  The sky is the limit, for now at least. Take a look here at the latest.

Think global but shoot like a local with Production Service Network.

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Gritty sports on the streets of Peru for Gatorade contrast with a Mitsubishi Motors Australia road trip or Mercedes dreamscapes of Spain.  Key to the creative execution of each was the choice of location.  

Check out these recent films and more shot on location in Hungary for TP Link and Chile for Booking.com.  Get inspired!  Call on PSN to find your ideal location.

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This month’s opening of a horizon tank in New Zealand adds a new dimension to the local film industry.  PSN Partners in Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe are now strategically positioned to provide full shoot support in countries with operational water tanks.

Commercial filmmakers shooting a project that calls for a tank can often contain costs by choosing to shoot in a country where the rest of their creative brief can be accomplished.

PSN Partners in Mexico, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Australia have contributed to a newly published article in LBB that features the new water tank near Auckland while offering specs of other tanks worldwide.

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Commercial producers are driven to deliver more content for less cost.  And Eastern Europe has long been a cost-effective haven for location shoots.  Lesser known is the region's draw for producers of projects requiring studios and back lots.

Industry media KFTV interviews PSN's Michael Moffett about how the trend is playing out in recent commercial films serviced locally by PSN Partners in the region. 

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And all the while having fun at it!  After all, a bit of mischief keeps us on our toes.  So let the kids race sports cars and fly that drone at the airport.  And film it all to remind us that where there’s a will there’s most definitely a way when it comes to PSN shoot support worldwide.

Happy viewing of these films and more in our latest newsletter.

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Producers shooting film and photo projects overseas have good reason to look south.  While this may be the season, there are lesser-known advantages that make countries like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Uruguay, and Chile worth considering year-round.  

Need a state-of-the-art water tank?  A Russian arm?  How about babies galore?

LBB surveyed PSN Partners in each country, and their clients, about exchange rates, visas, drone flights, infrastructure, and more to share the results of that research in this article shining a spotlight on work and pleasure on the other side of the Equator.

 

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The creative use of drones in filmmaking can easily get grounded by restrictions on location.  That’s where creative production shines.

The decision to pre-record the drone display of lights during Lady Gaga’s recent Super Bowl halftime performance is just one example.

PSN Ireland producer Dara McClatchie confronted another challenge for a recently released Virgin Media Ireland film.  Director Brian Williams sought an airplane hangar opening out onto a tarmac where he could film one continuous shot with a drone.

“Utilising the full PSN network across Europe (our tight schedule didn’t allow for travel further afield) we were able to pin down several great location options within 48 hours,"  says McClatchie. “The restrictions around drone filming narrowed the options but we were able to offer our client a superb choice and hand on heart say we had looked throughout Europe for the optimum filming location.”

The resulting film shot on location with PSN Ukraine is featured in this just released LBB article.

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