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A gingerbread man’s adventurous return home for the holidays reminds us how travel is no cookie-cutter experience.  The friends you meet along the way define the experience that hopefully culminates in a safe and sound arrival. 

PSN Partners play host to traveling producers from around the world.  This month alone we feature recent line production services for Academy Films London, The Sweet Shop Australia, HVH France, and TYO Monster Japan

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Nicolas Bétrancourt serves up production services in France with the knowledge and experience gained producing his own projects worldwide.   As the PSN France Partner, he offers a few keys to successful production in France in this recent discussion.

Q:  Nicolas, what could be the best reasons to shoot in France?

A:  Well, there are too many to list here but…seriously, French locations are renowned worldwide.  Of course, one may think about our historical monuments, Paris the romantic city, etc. But think about the Alps, the wild shores of Brittany, the wide beaches of Normandy, and the contemporary buildings.  I know of at least 20 cities where we could easily shoot cinematic sequences!

Q:  But in France the problem is still the language, isn’t it?

A: Ah! While that was true 10 years ago, our crew nowadays are almost all fluent in English. The young guns, new generation travels quite a lot. Many DOP’s, steadycams, and post-production folks are well-known abroad, and that’s thanks, in part, to being able to work in English. 

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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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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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What is the allure of shooting in Australia? According to PSN Partner Andrew Wareham and his team, it comes down to picturesque landscapes, a diverse talent pool, and the can-do attitude of the local crew.

 

Q: What makes Australia such a great destination for international productions?
A: The broad range of breathtaking locations is one of the major drawcards to shooting in Australia. Landscapes such as the world’s largest coral reef, pristine beaches, wild untamed mountains, tropical rainforest, and desolate arid plains, just to reference a few, allow the flexibility to capture variety of locations efficiently. Combined with the affordability of the Australian dollar and the professionalism of the local crew, this formula generates a lot of repeat business.

 

Q: When is the best time to shoot in Australia?
A: Australia has an average of 286 sunny days a year and 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, making us suitable to shoot year round.

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The veteran production team led by PSN Mexico Partner, Ari Garza, manages local shoots of all specs and sizes and is accustomed to upholding AICP standards thanks to frequent work with US clients.

Q:  What are the top reasons producers shoot film and photo projects in Mexico?

A:  Just a short flight from major US cities, we provide bilingual, experienced crew, and overall costs that are notably less than shooting in the US.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Q:  Why do your clients keep coming back to South Africa?

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