Sustainable Production

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet’s future. In filmmaking, sustainable production is a path toward reconciliation and future-proofing our industry.

 

But for all the green measures we adopt for filming on location, there’s no denying the significant impact of the travel to get there. This must be addressed in an industry reliant on filming abroad in the most suitable locations. That’s why we’re committed to do our part to reduce and offset our carbon emissions.

HOW WE DO IT

Because we are a people business, we’re using carbon offset contributions to positively impact nature and people.

Carbon offsetting allows us to balance out our climate impact and compensate for the emissions that our travels produce. We rely on third-party verification through Sustainable Travel International (STI) to vet our carbon offset contributions. This ensures we only fund high-quality projects that truly reduce CO2 emissions, deliver meaningful impacts, and contribute to holistic sustainability.

Jari Para, Brazil. Photo courtesy of STI

Yaeda, Tanzania. Photo courtesy of STI

SUPPORTING PEOPLE AND OUR PLANET

Thanks to STI our carbon offset backs forestry and energy projects in countries where we film with our clients, from Brazil to USA and Kenya to Peru.

These projects provide meaningful benefits beyond emissions reductions that we can all support, such as creating jobs for local communities, protecting indigenous land rights, preventing the loss of tropical rainforests, and bringing clean drinking water, improved healthcare, and education to rural communities.

These measures speak to the core values of PSN founders Cris Mateo-Yanguas and Michael Moffett – avid travelers ever-mindful of our planet’s delicate balance.

OUR COMMITTMENT

At PSN headquarters, we pledged with STI to offset the carbon footprint of all our travel from January 2021. Because we know that air travel accounts for the majority of emissions generated during international trips, we offset the footprint of all our flights to/from the destination. We also offset the carbon emitted by our office operations.

But this is just one piece of our overall sustainability strategy. PSN joined and sponsored industry discussions like the KFTV Sustainability Talk to make known the challenges facing film hubs of lesser developed countries.

© Anthony Ochieng, Blue Forest, Kenya. Photo courtesy of STI

© Heider Torres, Jari Para, Brazil. Photo courtesy of STI

As STI Climate Rangers we use our global presence to raise awareness and set an example for our producer clients to follow when working with our Partners in film hubs worldwide. How else can we legitimately encourage producers, creatives, and stakeholders to take advantage of remote production convenience and only fly the essential people to set? How much easier can we make it for those who travel to calculate the carbon footprint of their flight and offset it? Click here to find out.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

PSN’s pledge to Green the Bid and adopt measures of the PGA Green Production Guide equips our production service company Partners with the tools needed to educate their local crew and suppliers. This is a key step toward achieving sustainable production planetwide.

We invite studios and streamers, brands and agencies, producers, and creatives to work with us to preserve our precious planet for a future generation of storytellers.

Maisa, Brazil. Photo courtesy of STI


Sony - PlayStation 4 | FIFA 14 World Cup Brazil

Sony - PlayStation 4 | FIFA 14 World Cup Brazil

Sony - PlayStation 4 | FIFA 14 World Cup Brazil

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Seamless shooting of this commercial film in the UKGermany, France and Italy was made possible by PSN partners in each country.

Read more about this shoot in our blog

Client: Sony – PlayStation 4
Title: FIFA 14 World Cup Brazil
Director: Dai Isomi
DoP: Jun Sakai
Market: Japan
Agency: Dentsu Inc.
Production Company: TYO Inc. Monster Division
Producer: Takahiro Maeda
UK-Japanese Production Coor: Motoyuki Yoshida
UK Production Service: Good Films
Germany Production Service: Embassy of Dreams
France Production Service: Nicocorp
Italy Production Service: 20 Red Lights
Location: Milan, Paris, Munich, London

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CNBC: What will happen to your favorite shows? PSN provides industry insights for an in-depth report

CNBC: What will happen to your favorite shows? PSN provides industry insights for an in-depth report

CNBC: What will happen to your favorite shows? PSN provides industry insights for an in-depth report

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The pandemic upended the way movies are made and distributed amidst a surge in subscriptions to streaming services. CNBC’s Nessa Anwar interviews PSN’s Michael Moffett for industry insights and to learn what will happen to your favorite shows.

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Filming Abroad during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Filming Abroad during the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20, 2020

Filming Abroad during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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At the invitation of PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television in the UK), PSN and several of its Partners around the world join producer members for a May 20, 2020 webinar exploring the impact of the pandemic across 50 major film hubs and the measures being implemented to ensure a safe return to live action filming as production ramps up.

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Commercial Film compilation

Not Sure Where?

Not Sure Where to Shoot?

Plug into our world of local knowledge at no added cost. We work together with our Partners as a one-stop shop for your convenience. We review production needs and suggest where in the world you can expect the best creative results for your available budget. And we follow-through with top-quality shoot support.

Reach out to us with project details that will help us help you. The more we learn from your brief / calendar / board / animatic / references / script and all else, the better we can determine the most suitable location and suggest how to optimize a production plan. We’re your local Partner to see a project greenlit so we can shoot it abroad together.

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Long Format Scripted compilation

Commercial Film compilation

Some Case Studies

NETFLIX | MEDICAL POLICE

Case Study - Netflix

See how we worked with producers of a Netflix series to hone-in on the most suitable location.

The brief: Film a greenlit streamer series portraying a global pandemic with minimal travel.

The request: Scour the world for one country to double as many for a script still in development.

The result: Abominable Pictures EP, Jonathan Stern, chose Croatia to film scenes set in Germany, Latvia, and Italy. ‘We went with just 2 days of in-person prep for a 10-day shoot. We had to do all our scouting, casting, and work with department heads online, with an 9-hour time-zone difference. And everything went perfectly. On budget, on schedule, great people, fun experience, and creatively very successful.”

LG | GRAM

Case Study - LG

Check out how we pivoted a commercial producer toward an unimagined alternative for an LG campaign.

The brief: Shoot a laptop product launch amidst remarkable sand dunes of the remote Namib desert.

The request: Facilitate brand requirement to fast-track permit authorization in less time than required by national park.

The result: Find dunes alternative to relocate production to desert landscapes under an hour’s drive from Dubai in UAE.

SUBARU | FORESTER

Case Study - Subaru

Look what we did on a Hakuhodo campaign for Subaru.

The brief: Shoot two films for the launch of a new model being shipped to Belgium.

The request: Find good weather in November and low cost per shoot day.


The result: Transport vehicle to Romania for 5 day shoot in urban and mountainous locations.

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.

Read Michael's Blog

Commercial Film

Commercial Film

PSN is a business member of AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers in USA) and APCP (Spain Commercial Producers Association), working frequently with its members as well as those in other leading industry entities like APA (Advertising Producers Association in UK) and CFPE (Commercial Film Producers of Europe).

Just Eat | Did somebody say just eat? | BTS Poland

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.

Read Michael's Blog


Long Format

Long Form

PSN is the traveling producers’ local partner for everything below the line. Our one-stop-shop of top-tier production service companies provides main and second unit film support in more than 100 countries.

PSN can streamline development for producers looking to film overseas. We evaluate projects with producers to help determine the most suitable places to film. We don’t finance projects, but we do identify where local incentives can fill a critical gap. We can then connect producers to vetted, local service producers in the most promising places for production.

This dialogue paves the way for sure footing as producers move into actual filming in a foreign country. It also inspires confidence in professional management of all paperwork and accounting to satisfy foreign studios and producers as well as local authorities which grant film incentives after successful completion of an audit.

Each PSN Partner is a full-fledged production service company with local expertise at all aspects of live action film production in its country. PSN Partners keep at the top of their game servicing commercial film productions for global brands. That same skillset primes them to deliver all local needs as the main unit support or 2nd unit for film and TV productions executed with a wide range of budgets. No matter the project’s scope, PSN Partners remain focused on their craft – to ensure a smooth and successful shoot on location.

PSN is a business member of PGGB (Production Guild of Great Britain), working frequently with its members as well as those in other leading industry entities like PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television in UK) and the International Committee at PGA (Producers Guild of America).

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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.

Read Michael's Blog


Unscripted Entertainment

Unscripted Entertainment

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.

Read Michael's Blog


AR/VR/AI Productions

AR/VR/AI Productions

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.

Read Michael's Blog