The Pearl of the Atlantic

Due west of Casablanca there lies an archipelago in Portugal of volcanic origin like the neighboring Canary Islands of Spain, but greener. Vineyards flourish on its hilly terraces and centenary forests blanket mountains as lush as Hawaii that pour onto inviting seascapes.

To discover its charms, esteemed members of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB), and Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) converged on the Madeira archipelago for a FAM trip in late November 2022 coordinated by PSN with support from Madeira Tourism.

Watch this film for behind-the-scenes impressions of these producers and location managers. Also check out the LMGI feature article and other industry media published by KFTV and The Location Guide about the filmmakers’ visit to this unique corner of Portugal.

During 3 packed days we traversed the main island of Madeira to explore diverse filming locations never more than an hour’s drive from the administrative capital of Funchal. Locations included Cais do Carvão, Doca do Cavacas, Praia Formosa, Câmara de Lobos, Forte São Tiago, Quinta das Vinhas, Jardim do Mar, Paúl do Mar, Anjos Waterfall, Ponta do Sol, Seixal, Chão da Ribeira, Levada dos Cedros, Fanal, Fajã dos Padres, Ponta de São Lourenço, Quinta do Lorde, Miradouro do Guindaste, Quinta do Furão, São Jorge, Pico do Arieiro, Porto da Cruz, Ponta do Rosto, and Água de Pena.

Watch a commercial film made on the main island of Madeira for Canon.

Let's shoot Madeira together!

Michael Moffett

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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 …

[cont.] 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.

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