Our 8 Favorite Unearthly Places to Film or Photograph

Our 8 Favorite Unearthly Places to Film or Photograph

Our planet has quite a selection of unearthly landscapes you won’t believe exist. With box office hits like “The Martian” and “Gravity,” it’s clear that we haven’t lost our nostalgia for space exploration. Here are our favorite locations to shoot that seem completely out-of-this-world.

Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
This geological wonder was the backdrop for the Chinese film, “A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodleshop” by filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Its multi-colored peaks, prominent boulders and steep cliffs make it a great location for the next space odyssey.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film “Winter Sleep” begins with an aerial shot of Cappadocia spotlighting its wind-blown honeycombed rock formations that seem straight out of a fairytale book. Beautiful chimney-like cliffs and a labyrinth of residences give this location a galactic feel.

Slope Point, New Zealand

Slope Point, New Zealand
New Zealand, best known for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, has quite a supernatural landscape. Slope Point, found at the southernmost tip of the south island is home to twisted and crooked trees formed by the constant airstream that smashes into the land unforgivingly. This destination has suspense thriller written all over it!

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
Iceland, covered in glaciers, black rock and snow, is home to box office hits like “Batman Begins,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “Prometheus,” as well as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Netflix’s “Sense8.” Its landscape is perfect for the next science fiction shoot.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona United States

Antelope Canyon, Utah, U.S.A.
One of the most visited and photographed canyons in the Southwest, Antelope Canyon is characterized by its beautiful corkscrew crevices and vibrantly colored sandstone.

Mount Roraima, South America

Mount Roraima, South America
These gorgeous tabletop mountains found on the border of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana were the inspiration behind Pixar’s animated film “Up.”

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
With its massive razor-sharp vertical rocks, the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar seems like the perfect filming location for movies like “The Maze Runner”. These eroded limestone rocks extend for over 230 square miles. Armageddon 2 anyone?

Derweze, Turkmenistan – “Door to Hell”

Derweze, Turkmenistan - “Door to Hell”
“Door to Hell” is a 230-foot-wide crater in the middle of the desert near Deweze, Turkmenistan. It was originally a drilling platform for Soviet scientist back in 1971, until the area collapsed. Researchers, fearing the spread of poisonous methane gas, lit it on fire. What they didn’t expect – it continues to burn 44 years later!

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Photo Credits:
ESO/L. Calçada – Pluto (Artist’s Impression)
Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China by 达 李, on Flickr
Balloons in Cappadocia by Mr Hicks46, on Flickr
Slope Point by Ben, on Flickr
Andreas Tille, Wikimedia Commons
Antelope Canyon by Andy Morffew, on Flickr
View from Mt. Roraima “Window” by Paulo Fassina, on Flickr
Tsingy – 214 by Olivier Lejade, on Flickr
Gates of Hell 017 by Stefan Krasowski, on Flickr

5 Tips for Creating Engaging Corporate Videos

5 Tips for Creating Engaging Corporate Videos

Ever wonder why cat videos go viral? According to a recent study by the Indiana Media school, watching cute and funny cat videos boosted viewer’s energy and positively impacted their emotions. Though, we are not necessarily recommending that you add cats to your corporate videos, there are a few lessons to be learned from these furry movie stars.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to reach and engage your audience in a corporate video production.


Often times corporate videos lack a compelling story or personal perspective. We know cat videos are creating an emotional connection with their viewers, so why not take a play out of the cat video playbook? A video’s success will rely on the authenticity of the message from a real person’s point of view. Often employee stories are far more engaging than having a CEO narrate the entire story. Remember, employees are your customers too.

Campaign Goals

Determining your corporate video message is just the first step of many in creating an engaging video. Mapping out a solid script, location shoots, and storyboards can really keep your corporate video on track.

Whether you are creating a training video for employees or a product demonstration for an upcoming trade show, everything from your visuals, music, and actors should support your message and campaign goals.

Target Audience

Marketers are often tasked with creating an engaging video that targets as many people as possible. In theory this is great, but in reality it is unrealistic. Understanding and speaking to your core audience will not only help make a successful video, but also a compelling one.

The Little Things Matter

Poor video, audio, and lighting can put a damper on any well intended corporate video project. Keep in mind that lighting and sound can be greatly affected by whether your script calls for indoor or outdoor shooting. Take the time to hire the right video production crew with a quality sound engineer and professional lighting equipment.

Video Format

How will your video be shared? Today videos can be aired for television, shared on social media, or even broadcasted live at a trade show. Use teaser clips on Instagram, SnapChat, or Vine to draw your audience into your website. Post links to your company’s Linkedin page and start a group discussion. Videos can be attached to emails, newsletters, or uploaded directly to Facebook and YouTube.

The online video platform is limitless. If done properly, your corporate video can have a significant lifespan.

Looking to make a corporate video?

Contact the Global Media Desk for assistance with all your video production needs. With over 15 years of experience shooting corporate videos and film productions around the world, we deliver the highest-quality, on-demand production services without the hassle. Please contact us or fill out a free quote to see how we can help make your production a complete success.

Photo credit: By Wilson Afonso from Sydney, Australia (Just browsingUploaded by JohnnyMrNinja) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Go Local: International Location Scouting Tips

Go Local: International Location Scouting Tips

Location, location, location. Much like real estate, finding the perfect location for your next international film or photo shoot can mean the difference between triumph and failure. Location scouting is a crucial step in the pre-production process and takes an extreme amount of time, patience, and diligence. But don’t fret, with just a few tips your next international location shoot can be well managed and less stressful.

Local Location Scouts

While having a location manager is the most practical option, you might find it helpful to have a local crew scout a location for you. Local crews have an intimate knowledge of the area and can be your best guide to finding those cool little gems off the beaten path. A local-based crew can also help lower your travel costs, give you the inside on local conditions, and navigate through any language barriers.


It’s tempting to want to go out and scout the location for your international film or photo shoot before your script is complete. However, having a completed script will not only save you money, it will cut down on the time spent selecting the location. Your script will dictate the time and season of your shoot. If the shoot calls for daylight you might be able to get away with just the natural light. But, if the scene or photograph calls for a night setting, extra equipment will be needed. Most of your pre-scouting questions can easily be answered with a good script.


Photography is an important part of your scouting agenda. Not only will this help with lighting, but it will give you a different perspective on focal lengths. The surrounding architecture like buildings and windows, depending on the time of the day, could give off unwanted reflections.

Photo Tips:

  • Don’t shoot 500 images, keep it simple with a manageable number of shots to share with the rest of your production team
  • Use a tripod
  • Close-ups can be great, but for a location wide shots are more useful
  • Photograph buildings, windows, streets, highways and trees anything that can be used during the shoot


High-quality sound is critical in a film shoot. And, anything from the surrounding traffic, weather or environment can ruin the perfect location. Make sure your location scouts are prepared with the right equipment like a camcorder, microphone and headphones to test any interference.

You might want to look into hiring a professional boom operator or sound mixer as they have the correct experience to overcome any unwanted sounds.

Audio Tips:

  • Check the forecast to make sure you have all the right equipment to counter any unwanted noise
  • Pre-check for echoes whether it is inside a warehouse, or out in the middle of a valley
  • Check for traffic, nearby airports or other unwanted noise creating culprits


Taking notes is another way to capture a location’s essence. This will help you evaluate whether it is the right place for your shoot.

Note Tips:

  • Note all sources of light: permanent fixtures or natural sunlight
  • Environmental surroundings: buildings, windows, trees, bridges etc.
  • Measure the space as best you can
  • Will you need a generator? Other forms of power?
  • Weather details
  • Note availability of parking for cast and crew
  • Take note of any special circumstances, problems or assets in the area
  • Note the flooring or terrain: smooth, level, hills, sand etc.

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The Global Media Desk has been providing experienced locally-based production crews, boom operators and photographers for over 15 years. Please contact us with any questions you may have about location scouts in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your filming or photo shoot a complete success.

Simple Tips for Better Nighttime Photos with a Smartphone

Simple Tips for Better Nighttime Photos with a Smartphone

Lit up by fireworks, stars, and the glowing moon, the summer night sky can be a pretty spectacular sight. But capturing those breathtaking views when you don’t have your trusty DSLR can be more than a little frustrating.  With just a few simple tips you can photograph the night sky with your phone like a pro and say goodbye to grainy dark photos.

Find the Perfect Spot

For the best pictures, finding your ideal photo position is the first step. If you are photographing fireworks, scope out the area beforehand and find the best vantage point. Be prepared if it’s a windy night. Smoke could affect the look of your photos.

Keep It Steady

Using a tripod can keep your phone steady, which is essential in low-light conditions. There are numerous smartphone adapters and tripods available on the market ranging from $10 to $50 depending on your preference.

Keep in mind we don’t recommend the ‘selfie-stick,’ since plenty of places have chosen to ban them. Just check the rules before packing for your trip.

Turn Off Flash, HDR or Zoom

The flash on most smartphones only lights up about 10 feet in front of you, which can turn the crowd and the night sky into an abyss of darkness. The HDR setting will only slow down your camera phone, which is exactly what you don’t want during a fireworks show. Try avoiding the zoom feature, as it will reduce the image quality and add more graininess to your photos.

Night Camera Apps

If you are using an iPhone’s native camera app with iOS 8, there’s a new tool for manually adjusting the exposure of your photos. Simply tap and hold the screen, when the AE/AF LOCK pops up, scroll up or down for your desired exposure.

AE AF Effects IOS8 360

You can also try downloading a third-party app like NightCap or Night Modes for iOS, Camera FV-5 for Android, or CameraPro for Windows Phones, offering more flexibility.

NightCap: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nightcap/id486414195?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8
Night Modes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/night-modes/id572215621?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8
Camera FV-5: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flavionet.android.camera.pro&hl=en
CameraPro: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/camerapro/ee7b9093-62ec-48f5-9364-1b192509c86f

Set ISO to Low if Using a Tripod

Some phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy, already offer a night mode or manual control of ISO settings. If you are using a tripod, set the ISO to a low value such as 100 or lower to get the best results.   If you are not using a tripod, then a higher ISO would be a better option.  Experiment beforehand to make sure you get the most out of your nighttime photos.

Bonus Tip: Accessorize Your Phone

If you are really serious about photo taking with your phone, there are tons of add-ons to make your smartphone camera act like a DSLR. From fisheye to optical zoom lenses, these extras can offer both versatility and quality to your phone’s camera.

Share Your Best Photos With Us!

Whether you are photographing fireworks this weekend for a Fourth of July celebration, or just inspired by a clear night, we want to see your photos! Use the hashtag #GMD_NightLife to share your favorite photos with us.

About Global Media Desk

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping organize successful photoshoots around the world for fifteen years. We have seen and done it all! Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your photoshoot a complete success.

Working with an Interpreter: 5 Tips for a Successful International Event or Conference

Working with an Interpreter: 5 Tips for a Successful International Event or Conference

You are all set for your international event or conference.  You have the perfect location and all the details set up, but how can you ensure that your message will be relayed properly to your multi-lingual audience?  The right interpreter can be the difference between success and disaster, so finding one to fit your exact needs is crucial.  Here are our 5 tips for how to hire and use the perfect interpreter for your next international event or conference.

1. Know the Difference between Consecutive vs Simultaneous Interpreting

Knowing which type of interpreting service you need for your project is a crucial element to ensuring a successful event or conference. The two most commonly used types of interpreting are consecutive and simultaneous.

Consecutive interpreting is where the speaker pauses after several phrases or sentences, allowing the interpreter time to relay the message to the audience. Usually consecutive interpreters are a popular option for informal and some formal occasions including:

  • Interviews
  • Film sets
  • Photo shoots
  • Client-attorney meetings
  • Court depositions
  • Medical consultations

Simultaneous interpreting is when participants wear headphones and an interpreter listens to information and relays it while the speaker continues to speak.   Typically, simultaneous interpreters are used in formal, large group settings including:

  • Diplomatic conferences
  • Business or board meetings
  • Training sessions
  • Courtrooms
  • Tours

2. What to Look For in an Interpreter

Selecting a professionally trained interpreter who is able to speak the language pair with fluency is your number one objective.  The interpreter’s background and experience should be carefully assessed when determining their ability to meet your event or conference needs.   References or ratings can also give some insight into the quality of an interpreter. The Global Media Desk has developed a meticulous selection process, which ensures our clients always work with the most seasoned professional interpreters, with proven track records and a commitment to excellence that practically guarantees complete success.

3. Brief the interpreter

Ensuring the interpreter understands your goals and expectations beforehand is imperative for a strong collaborative event or conference. Think of the interpreter as an extension of your team. Provide information, technical vocabulary and any other documents to the interpreter well in advance of your event, so she or he has enough time to research any unfamiliar terms or items. A well prepared interpreter is the best interpreter.

4. Dos and Don’ts for Interpreting

To effectively use an interpreter remember the following:

  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Avoid long or complex sentences
  • Skip the jokes or humorous stories, these typically do not translate well
  • Advise your group to speak one at a time
  • Maintain eye contact with your audience when possible not your interpreter
  • Try not to interrupt your interpreter
  • Eliminate excessive gestures or hand movements

5. Avoid technical hiccups

Do a proper sound check and test of all equipment with the interpreter to make sure your message is crystal clear.  If an interpreter can’t hear the speaker properly they won’t be able to interpret properly.  Always have paper and pen available in case the interpreter needs to take notes for any reason. Provide bottled water for the interpreters. Remember their voice is a tool.

Global Media Desk has been helping governments, global businesses, NGOs and every conceivable type of client find the highest quality of interpreters and language services around the world for over 15 years. If you have questions about interpreting or other language services, please do not hesitate to contact us or fill out a free quote request form to see how we can make your event a complete success.

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By Danilo Borges/copa2014.gov.br Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil

4 Ways Sporting Events are Upping the Game in Digital Marketing

Engagement, passion and connection are what turn your average customer into a devoted fan. No industry understands this more than the sports industry. Sporting events from around the world are finding new and inventive ways for technology and media to create new fans and we all can learn a few tricks from the experts.


Aerial photography and video is the wave of the future and the sports industry is charging full steam ahead. All access angles, impossible shots and never before seen footage are just a few of the ways fans are being introduced to a whole new look inside their favorite teams. The Sacramento Kings are prospecting the use of drones for exclusive in-arena camera angles and instant replays to be delivered straight to their fans’ smartphones. Digital Marketing tip: Drones can give a new spin on an old concept. Use it to give your customers an exclusive view.

Social Media

A recent study by Cisco found that 57% of sports fans prefer to watch games at home on their television. So how do you engage with a fan who is sitting at home? Until recently it was almost impossible, but now social media makes it easy. Platforms like Instagram, Snap Chat and Facebook provide a plethora of ways to make fans a part of the experience by sharing videos, comments, content and photos. Digital Marketing tip: Social media is your front line to engage with customers. Use it to turn a passive customer into an active one.

Mobile Technology

Imagine getting an alert on your phone as soon as you walk into a stadium notifying you a seat upgrade is available to purchase directly on your phone. Once seated, you use your smartphone to order up a plate of nachos and beer to be delivered right to your seat, never missing the action. And, when nature calls, bring up the stadium’s app to direct you to the nearest restroom with the smallest wait time. In case you do miss an important play, use your phone to watch an instant replay via the stadium-exclusive video feed. These are all technologies being integrated into smart-arenas all over the world to keep you connected to the thing you love – the game. Digital Marketing tip: The possibilities for mobile technology are endless! Use it to make your customer’s experience as quick, helpful, easy and care-free as possible.

Mobile Video

With 70% of fans bringing a mobile device to the stadium, capturing this new “second screen” viewing system  opened up a whole new avenue for marketing to sport fans. The NBA partnered with YouTube to host highlight compilations and recaps of recent games to let fans watch on demand. Some stadiums even include special fan invitations to pre-game warm-ups and post-game press conferences. Digital Marketing tip: Mobile video marketing should be a part of every marketing plan. Use it to capture your customer’s attention at every phase.

Want to find out more?

At the Global Media Desk we have been providing video production crews, photography, and drone services for global sporting events around the world for fifteen years. Please contact us for future media needs for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, UEFA Euro 2016 in France, 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia or other global sporting events.

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Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone by Will Fisher, on Flickr

5 Quick Tips for Translating an Animated Film or T.V. Series for Global Distribution

When preparing an animated feature film or Television series for international distribution, proper localization is key to connecting with regional audiences. While some productions may only need a direct translation during post-production, most will want cultural adjustments to ensure the film or series remains relatable.  The following quick tips highlight a few key areas to pay attention to when preparing your next animated hit for global screens.

1. Focus on Quality

A high quality dub that is tailored specifically to a particular region is vitally important in any translated film. Disney’s Frozen, for example, was an international box-office success partially because of its high quality localization efforts.

  • The Frozen song “Let It Go” was translated to over 41 languages and multiple voice actresses where carefully selected throughout the world to portray the lead of Elsa.

2. Use Consistent Dub Voices

Consistency with the use of voice actors, especially in an animated T.V. series, can be a sticking point for many loyal international fans. Each character should have a specific vocal personality that is maintained throughout the film or series.

  • In the Hungarian dub of Family Guy, the series was inconsistent with the voice actors used to portray certain characters and fans were quick to alert the creators about the changes.

3. Pay Attention to Culture

The diversity of world cultures can pose a unique challenge for translators, especially for films that rely heavily on American references like DreamWorks’ Shrek. The Shrek films strike a delicate balance of portraying humor while remaining relevant to the region.

  • In the Polish dub of Shrek, instead of Donkey being threatened with being kicked, it was changed to Donkey being threatened with going to the meat house because it is a cultural reference to a Polish fairy tale.

4. Location, Location, Location

The setting of an animated film or T.V. series should relate to the audience and be more of an integrated effort rather than a post-production afterthought. In an effort to appeal to U.S. audiences, Pokémon producers adjusted dubs and visuals as the series progressed.

  • The Pokémon series initially attempted to reference a fantasy location, but recognizable Japanese landmarks hindered the illusion. Producers later made the show setting more culturally neutral and also included visuals of typical American foods.

5. Customize Visuals

While proper translation and portrayal of vocals is vitally important to the localization of an animated production, the visuals can really drive the audience connection home. Pixar understands the need to be visually relatable to their international audiences, which is reflected in the efforts of its localization team.

  • In Pixar’s Monsters University, the studio replaced writing on everything from cupcakes to report cards prior to its international releases.
  • A vision of a hockey game in Pixar’s Inside Out was replaced with a soccer game to be more relatable to U.K. audiences.


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Pigeon Point, Tobago by neiljs, on Flickr

Top 5 Islands with the Best Film Incentives

Want to get stuck on a beautiful, exotic island for your next production shoot?  Islands around the world boost some hefty film incentives which make them that much more enticing as a shoot location. With 15 years of experience providing video production services globally, we pinpointed the top 5 islands with the best film incentives for your next film or television shoot.


Malta: view from Valetta by Berit Watkin, on Flickr

Feature film clout, eclectic scenery, and substantial film incentives highlight why this island nation has appealed to so many foreign productions. Located south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has provided the backdrop for multiple high profile features, such as World War Z, Gladiator, and The Da Vinci Code.

27% Cash Refund

  • 25% cash refund is available for all foreign feature film, television, and documentary productions.
  • 2% additional cash refund available if Malta is featured culturally in production.
  • Tax credits vary depending on capital investment or value of wages.


Île aux Cerfs by clry2, on Flickr

The breathtaking scenery, wide-ranging environments, and international film tax credits offered by this island nation easily earn it a spot on any location scouts must-see list. Found in the Indian Ocean and off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius provides majestic vistas ranging from white sand beaches and primal forests to stone-cut waterfalls and rugged peaks.

30% Tax Credit

  • 30% tax credit on all international productions of feature films, televisions series, and documentaries.
  • Tax credit available on all qualifies production expenses within the Mauritius.

Canary Islands

la gomera by Till Krech, on Flickr

Blending a diverse selection of scenery and year-round enviable weather, the Canary Islands welcomes international filmmakers with deep film incentives and world-class production support. Nestled off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Island’s varied scenery has been featured in films, such as Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

35%-40% Tax Credit

  • 35% tax credit for all international feature films in the region.
  • 38%-40% tax credit for international coproduction of feature films, television episodes, animated films, and documentaries.


trinidad by Martin Abegglen, on Flickr

Easily accessible locations, quick access to varied scenery, and generous cash rebates highlight Trinidad as a go to spot for international filmmakers. This Caribbean island provides a multitude of backdrops ranging from white sand beaches, weathered ruins, and dense swamps to historic military forts, modern city centers, and urban areas.

35%-55% Cash Rebate

  • 35% cash rebate on all local production expenses of feature films, television series, documentaries, and animated films.
  • Up to 55% cash rebate on qualifying local labor costs.

Vancouver Island

Saanich Inlet by David Stanley, on Flickr

Vancouver Island has played host to hit films and television productions as diverse as its scenery. This Canadian island has provided the backdrop for such notable productions as Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, X-men Trilogy, and the X-Files series. With a higher available tax credit for international film productions and the ability to emulate everything from Central Park to Napa Valley, this island has much to offer.

35%-78.5% Tax Credit

  • 35%-78.5% tax credit for all international film and television productions.
  • Filmmakers can stack incentives offered.
  • Certain genres are excluded including reality television, advertising, and live sports events.

Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in cities and countries around the world for over 15 years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in a particular region or fill out a free quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo credits:
Pigeon Point, Tobago by neiljs, on Flickr
Malta: view from Valetta by Berit Watkin, on Flickr
Île aux Cerfs by clry2, on Flickr
trinidad by Martin Abegglen, on Flickr
la gomera by Till Krech, on Flickr
Saanich Inlet by David Stanley, on Flickr

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10 Visually Stunning Cities for Your Next Video Production Shoot

Want to make an impact with your next film or video?  It’s all about the visuals!  Shooting in a location with mind-blowing scenery not only makes you memorable to your audience, but it also gives you a creative inspiration that is hard to duplicate.  To help you find that one-of-a-kind place we took our 15 years of experience and knowledge providing production crews around the world and made a list of the top 10 stunning cities for your next video production shoot.   You won’t believe some of these amazing places!

Miami, Florida

From ancient history to urban charm, Miami has it all including a one-of-kind outdoor museum of modern graffiti and one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film your next video in an abandoned museum for an urban feel.
· Looking to film the next Game of Thrones? The St. Bernard de Clairvaux is your venue.

Shanghai, China

Coined the city on top of the sea this thriving city in China is the eighth largest in the world. Home to high-rise apartments, the largest world fair, and even an area known as the “Paris of the East.”

Video Production Ideas:
· Shanghai, the new Paris!
· Gorgeous architecture and Chinese temples will get your creative juices flowing.

Cape Town, South Africa

Marvel in Cape Town’s vast scenery of white sandy coastal shores, lush mountain ranges and architecture influenced by a true melting pot of inhabitants.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for a unique spotlight, South Africa’s abandoned underground canals might be your ticket.
· Stony Point, just outside Cape Town, is home to a community of penguins exploring kelp filled waters.

Amazon River, Peru

Cruise through the Amazon River and capture breathtaking views of magnificent plants and animal life unlike anywhere else in the world.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film the lush natural habitats full of wild plants and rare animal life.
· A unique private water cruise along the Amazon inspires a different kind of architecture.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Witches, voodoo dolls and jazz music might guide you towards the historical city of New Orleans, but its plethora of unique architectural styles, from creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles will make you stay.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try a culinary video tour of the city’s famous gumbo stew, overstuffed po’ boys and the classic jambalaya dishes.
· Capture the very live and active New Orleans dance culture.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney has it all!  Gorgeous beaches, desert outback, sandstone cliffs, bush, waterfalls and a picturesque eucalypt forest will leave with more options than you know what to do with.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try Christmas in the summer and head to Yulefest for scenic landscapes.
· Do your own walk-about in the dense desert of the outback.

Arles, France

Just south of Paris, Arles is said to be home of Vincent Van Gogh. This quaint pastel-hued town offers an outdoor market with colorful fresh produce, cobblestone streets and jazzy cafes.

Video Production Ideas:
· Romance outside of the typical Paris landscape.
· Cafes once painted by famous artist like Vincent Van Gogh.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Marvelous City” celebrated its 450th anniversary this year. This eclectic city is eco-rich in street art, famous for its Carnival Festival, and will be the home to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Video Production Ideas:
· Take Rio by bike! If you like extreme, think Fast and Furious 6 on you next excursion through these colorful streets.
· Home to the ‘Beautiful Game’ your video inspiration may surround around the passion of soccer fans.

Magnolia Midlands, Georgia

Georgia is home to an ecological and natural marvel known as “Georgia’s Little Amazon.” Hidden treasures like ancient Indian villages, rare wildlife and award winning wines from Meinhardt Vineyards make this a truly unique area.

Video Production Ideas:
· Georgia’s sandy and coastal plains offer more than 500 species of rare plant life, cave-like crevices and magnificent waterfalls.
· Who needs Napa when you can have a lovely vineyard experience minutes away from Georgia’s coast!

Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia’s Cartagena is a serene city revealing breezy coasts and colorful streets at sunset. Founded in 1533, this historical destination offers colonial architecture, generations-old cobblestone streets, and 400-year old homes.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for color and vitality, Cartagena exudes it.
· Film your next pirate filled action film in San Felipe Castle.

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At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in cities and countries around the world for over 15 years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in a particular region or fill out a free quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo Credit:Table Mountain National Park, South Africa by miquitos, on Flickr

Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

When planning any photoshoot your number one priority is always to ensure you capture the absolute best photographs. If your photoshoot requires you to travel to a foreign location there could be many unexpected factors that can deter you from reaching that goal. Check out our top 5 essential tips to help you organize the most successful international photoshoot:

  1. Plan Ahead

Photo shoots in a foreign country require a lot more planning ahead and you need to do so as far in advance as possible. Some countries require visas to be obtained in advance and this process can take anywhere from one week to one month to complete. Visit https://www.visahq.com/ for country specific information.

You will also want to book your travel, hotels and other services as far in advance as possible. Booking in advance will give you the best rates and save you a lot of money.

  1. What Time is It?

Don’t forget the time difference. If you’re reading this during the daytime in the United States, it is already evening in Europe. And in Asia, it’s already tomorrow. You could already be a day behind with your planning! Make sure you know what time it is in the country you are shooting in: http://www.timeanddate.com/

  1. Make Sure You Can Convert

Voltage and power outlets vary around the world. You should have the right plug adapters and power converters before setting off. Most plug adapters do not convert the power. If your voltages don’t match you could end up blowing a fuse and that could spell disaster. Check out a detailed list of voltage requirements: http://www.powerstream.com/cv.htm

  1. Go Local

Work with local photographers in the country or region you are shooting in. Working with local people means they already know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the single most effective way of reducing potential problems, because your locally based team will know how to avoid country-specific risks.

  1. Know When & Where You Can Shoot

Imagine your reaction if your photoshoot had to be shut down because you shot on a forbidden location, or didn’t have the right permit. What if you accidentally decided to shoot on a major local holiday when everything was closed, or didn’t follow the specific local shooting code?

The fastest and easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to hire a local fixer, scout or production assistant who knows the right people and permits, and who can take care of everything prior to your arrival, thus saving you valuable time.

  1. BONUS TIP: Drone Photography

If you are interested in getting some of the best, unusual angles aerial/drone photography is the way to go. Recently many countries have implemented strict rules and regulations regarding drone use and you will want to know what you can and can’t do.  We work with trained drone operators around the globe so feel free to ask us for more information!


And don’t forget to have fun!  Traveling to a new country is a wonderful opportunity!   Try to schedule some time to get out there and explore. Your local photographer will probably have some great advice on places to visit in the area.

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping organize successful photoshoots around the world for fifteen years. We have seen and done it all! Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your photoshoot a complete success.