8 International Film Festivals to Get Excited About in 2016

8 International Film Festivals to Get Excited About in 2016

When it comes to popular film festivals two names usually begin every conversation, Cannes and Sundance.  Thanks to the popularity of these two events, an explosion of new genre-specific film festivals have cropped up and created endless opportunities for filmmakers to share their work. From female empowerment to science-fiction, here are our top eight international film festivals to get excited about in 2016.

Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

March 21 – April 4, 2016
Hong Kong
http://hkiff.org.hk/en/index.php

The Hong Kong International Film Festival has an exciting reputation for promoting and launching new Asian talent. The film fest was founded in 1977, and has grown into one of Asia’s largest film events, screening over 300 films annually. Since 2004, HKIFFS has transformed the film fest from a local experience into an internationally prestigious event.

Newport Beach Film Festival

April 21 – 28, 2016
Newport Beach, California
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Located in our backyard, the Newport Beach Film Festival continues to grow year after year, without losing focus on its local roots. The NBFF operates at multiple Orange County venues, including the Orange County Museum of Art, Lido Live Theater, and Big Newport in Fashion Island, one of the largest screens on the West Coast. Now in its seventeenth year, the NBFF screens well over 300 films in just eight days. Another unique component is its proximity to Los Angeles, where a myriad of film buyers, agents, distributors, and artists attend this prestigious film fest to participate in panels and free seminars.

Female Eye Film Festival

June 14 – 19, 2016
Toronto, Canada
www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com

This international film festival is Canada’s only competitive international female directors’ event. Showcasing high-end independent films and honoring women from around the globe in the categories of best-of-debut, emerging, and established.  FeFF is also bridging the gap between written, visual, and media arts with a newly established program called FeFF Photo Exhibits.

For three consecutive years (2013-2015) the FeFF was voted, “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” by Movie Maker Magazine. While this film festival celebrates women, a program called Script Development is open to both men and women.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 15 – 26, 2016
Edinburgh, Scotland
www.edfilmfest.org.uk

Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival. Though it may not boast the A-list premieres of other European film festivals, the EIFF has developed into a crucial hub for the UK and international film industry. The EIFF emphasizes on new talent, innovation, and development.

Fantastic Fest

September 22 – 29, 2016
Austin, Texas
http://fantasticfest.com

Fantastic Fest started in 2005, focusing on genre focused films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action from around the globe. This annual event takes place in September at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and fills eight screens over eight days. Hosting both established and new talent, the Fantastic Fest was recently named “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Movie Maker Magazine.

Oaxaca FilmFest

October 7 – 15, 2016
Oaxaca, Mexico
www.oaxacafilmfest.com

Oaxaca FilmFest was founded in Mexico in 2010, and since then has grown to be one of the largest international film festivals in Latin America. Nearly six years later, attendees continue to boast about the opportunities to mingle with well-known directors, writers, and producers from around the world. OFF recently allied with Sundance Film to create a variety of workshops covering everything from digital distribution to project marketing. OFF also offers budget-friendly rates and assistance to filmmakers in need.

American Film Festival – US in Progress

October 25 – 30, 2016
Wroclaw, Poland
www.americanfilmfestival.pl

American Film Festival’s US in Progress is a unique film industry event connecting European buyers to American independent filmmakers. The initiative started back in 2011, and is hosted in a two-market event. The first taking place in Paris, France in June, and the second in Wroclaw, Poland in October. This film festival aims at strengthening trans-Atlantic relationships with distribution and post-production contracts. Top prizes include $40,000 in post-production services and film premieres at Sundance and Cannes.

Citizen Jane Film Festival

November 3 – 6, 2016
Columbia, Missouri
citizenjanefilmfestival.org

With women directing just 2 percent of the U.S.’s top 700 films in the last seven years, Citizen Jane Institute is aiming to reverse the trend with a film festival focused on female filmmakers. The CJFF is an international four-day retreat attended by a mix of experienced professionals and up-and-coming talent. The CJFF is known for screening narratives, documentaries, and short films.

The CJFF has also set up pre-festival summits, runs a filmmaking camp for girls, and holds free workshops year round.

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Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

Thanks to the growth of broadcast media technology, more of the world can join in the celebration of sportsmanship and athletic achievements that is the Olympic Games. From the historically triumphant gold medal wins of Jesse Owens in 1936, to the record breaking achievements of Michael Phelps in 2008, innovations in broadcasting have allowed for everyone to experience the thrill of the Games.

Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

Need Coverage for an Upcoming Sporting Event?

Global Media Desk has local crews, photographers, and satellite services in Brazil and throughout the world, who are ready to get you the coverage you need. Click here to find out more about this year’s biggest sporting event and how Global Media Desk can help: http://videoproductionbrazil.com/sports-events-production-services/.

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Throwback Thursday – 2014 World Cup Games in Brazil

Throwback Thursday – 2014 World Cup Games in Brazil

It’s Thursday! Not just Thursday, but Throwback Thursday and we would like to share one of our favorite recent media assignments. In 2014, we were contacted by a Bosnian TV channel looking to cover the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team during their first-ever trip to the Football World Cup. Having local, experienced crews in Brazil, we were able to provide our client with a local producer, satellite truck, and up-link services to broadcast highlights live after the matches.

As if it wasn’t cool enough to cover the Football World Cup, it was extra special to provide services for a TV channel covering their country’s first appearance. We can just imagine the excitement of the fans watching the highlights back home. Although the BiH men’s national football team did not make it out of the first round, they definitely made an impression on the media who called them an exciting team to watch.

Love Note from Our Client:
“Thank you very much for everything you did. Our team was very pleased with the service provided.”
– Sulejman M., FACETV

Latest News: Upcoming Sporting Event in Rio

August 5 – 21, 2016
More than 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will take part in this year’s biggest sporting event in Rio. It will feature 306 events in 28 sports and take place in 33 venues spread across the four regions of the city.

Did you know that the Global Media Desk has local crews throughout Brazil who are always ready to get you the coverage you need? Click here to find out more about upcoming sporting events in Rio: http://videoproductionbrazil.com/sports-events-production-services/.

About Global Media Desk

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Photo credit: AC Moraes on Flickr

6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

With over 100 million travelers expected this holiday season, traveling for a last minute photo or video shoot may have you in a bah-humbug mood. With overloaded airports and roads, stress and delays seem inevitable, but we have a few simple tips that will help you breeze through travel during the holidays.

Pack Light

Ideally you want to pack only one piece of luggage. If you are flying you might want to think about a sturdy bag and even better if you can fit all your belongings into a carry-on. Going without checked luggage means less time and stress at the airport. Make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on case.

To get everything you need into one bag try using cool products like packing squares and cubes. These travel essentials allow clothes to stay folded and neatly packed in their own ‘small drawers” streamlining your packing. If you are flying with presents, remember to not wrap them ahead of time as TSA agents will just unwrap them.

Cancel Out the Noise

We can all use a moment to ourselves to relax, especially when traveling. Noise-cancelling headphones are useful for drowning out airplane ambient noise. Your head will thank you!

Avoid Getting Hungry

Being a hungry traveler is never a good idea. Remember to pack snacks and drinks so you will be fueled up and ready for your trip. Definitely grab something to eat before you board the plane just in case you end up sitting on the tarmac for longer than you anticipated.

Stain-Removing Pen

When traveling, you may not have access to a washing machine and we all know stains and spills are bound to happen. Make sure to pack a stain-removing pen to keep your clothes looking fresh. I also love traveling with a Febreze spray bottle, they come in 3 ounce plastic containers which are perfect for airline travel.

Pre-load Entertainment

Download any music or movies onto your phone or tablet before you head out. Pack essential electronics like phones, chargers, e-readers, and cameras in a place that is easily accessible.

Bring Non-electronic Entertainment

Travel delays are common during the holiday season, which means you and the other hundreds of people on your flight will be facing off for the very limited number of power outlets at the gate. If your smartphone or laptop dies and you can’t recharge it, you’ll be glad you brought a book or a few Sudoku puzzles to keep you entertained.

Remember to Keep the Holiday Spirit. A little smile and positive attitude goes a long way!

Do you need help with a last-minute shoot? Or, language needs while visiting a foreign country?

Don’t worry, we are here to help with any last minute projects. Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters worldwide for over 15 years. Let us take care of your project needs, so you can continue the holiday day-dreaming. We’ve got you, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region, or fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.

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Filming Incentives Scotland

Scotland Announces New Incentive For Film and TV Projects

Scotland has been luring filmmakers for decades with its varied and lush landscapes. USA Today even named Scotland as the Best Cinematic Destination for 2015. It that wasn’t enough to have you breaking out your kilt, then perhaps the announcement of a new incentive scheme will.

Recently the Scottish government announced its commitment to supporting the screen-sector growth, by creating a Production Growth Fund in the amount of $2.7 million. The fund is meant to lure more film and TV projects into the country.

The fund, announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland. The government is also increasing funding for local Scottish productions. The fund will run through the year 2017 and is available to both international co-productions, and Scottish-based crews, facilities and production companies.

For more information on the Production Growth Fund please visit the Creative Scotland website.

Additional Filming Incentives available in Scotland

UK Film, High-End TV and Animation Tax Credit Advance Facility

  • For films of all budget levels, the Film Production Company (FPC) can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
  • For films with a core expenditure of more than £20m ($21.7 million), which completed principal photography before 1 April 2015, the FPC can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% on the first £20m of qualifying UK expenditure, with the remaining qualifying UK expenditure receiving a 20% tax rebate.

Filmed in Scotland

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for this Oscar winner.

Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in this film adaptation.

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American epic superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms.

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond and was shot in and around Glencoe.

World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Glasgow was used to recreate the streets of Philadelphia for a zombie apocalypse.

Harry Potter is a British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct railway was featured in four of the films.

Find Out More

Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters in Scotland and around the world for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.


Sources:
USA Today: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cinematic-destination/
Creative Scotland: http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2015/08/growing-film-and-tv-production-in-scotland

Photo credit:
By de:Benutzer:Nicolas17 (Self-photographed) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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!

About Global Media Desk

Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand high-quality, local production crews and photographers worldwide for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. It is as simple as Click. Point. Covered.

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

Global Media Desk Video Production, Photography, & Interpreting Highlights

As autumn approaches for our team here in the northern hemisphere, we find ourselves feeling nostalgic for those long days of summer. Take a trip down memory lane to just a few of the amazing places we visited while providing the highest-quality video production, photography and interpreting services this summer.

Our local video production crew in action at a conference interveiw & shoot in Ibadan, Nigeria

Our local video production crew in action at a conference interveiw & shoot in Ibadan, Nigeria

Our local photographer photos jet-setters at Frankfurt Airport in Germany for our client in China

Our local photographer photos jet-setters at Frankfurt Airport in Germany for our client in China

Our interpreters in action – Mexico City, Mexico

Our interpreters in action - Mexico City, Mexico

Our local sound engineer had a smooth ride through Austria while assisting an Australian film crew with a luxury train segment

Our local sound engineer had a smooth ride through Austria while assisting an Australian film crew with a luxury train segment

Our local photographer in Chicago can sit back and enjoy a brew after a two day shoot

Our local photographer in Chicago can sit back and enjoy a brew after a two day shoot

Greetings from Tokyo! Our local Japanese interpreter provided his stellar skills for an Award Ceremony in Tokyo

Greetings from Tokyo! Our local Japanese interpreter provided his stellar skills for an Award Ceremony in Tokyo

Multi b-roll shoot with our local videographer in the heart of the Lion City (Singapore)

Multi b-roll shoot with our local videographer in the heart of the Lion City (Singapore)

Our local event photographer & videographer had a great time shooting in Oslo, Norway

Our local event photographer & videographer had a great time shooting in Oslo, Norway

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Photo credits:
By Haneburger (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Cors (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By fad3away. [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Kon-Tiki Museum (Kon-Tiki Museum) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Storytelling

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

6 Essential Apps When Traveling for a Film or Photo Shoot

6 Essential Apps When Traveling for a Film or Photo Shoot

Helpful and highly rated travel apps for your next project abroad

Traveling in the digital age has never been easier thanks to some pretty cool and innovative apps.   With just a swipe and a click you can access paperless bookings, digital boarding passes, e-confirmations, local tips, and much more.  Whether you are a director scouting a location for your next film or a photographer shooting the latest cover of a magazine, you will want to check out these helpful and highly rated travel apps.

Tripit – Organization and Planning

https://www.tripit.com/uhp/mobile
Tripit is a mobile travel app that helps organize everything from your business schedule, hotel reservations, flight confirmations, and even important documents like passports, all in one convenient location. Cost: Free for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows

  • Turns your email confirmations into an organized itinerary
  • Includes maps, directions, calendar and social sharing
  • 4-star rating (iOS)
  • Internet access needed

Smart Traveler – Safety

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/dos/165020.htm
The United States Department of State has created a pretty nifty and basic looking app that lets the traveler access up-to-the minute information on warnings, natural disasters, or political uprisings in any part of the world. Cost: Free available for iOS, Android and Windows

  • Great app for traveling photographers or film crews entering less stable regions
  • Allows you to e-register at the local U.S. embassy or consulate
  • Stay informed on travel advisories anywhere in the world
  • 3-star rating (iOS)
  • Internet access needed

Like A Local – Local Information

https://www.likealocalguide.com/pages/mobile-app/
Like a Local takes you off the beaten path for a  ‘insider’ traveling experience. You can find guides on hotels, restaurants, and bar options all created by locals living in that city who know their way around. You even have the  ability to use the app offline. Of course you will have to remember to download the guides over WiFi before setting out, but the app is pretty easy to use. Cost: Free, but you do have to pay for the individual guides.

  • Avoid the tourist traps and create your own local experience
  • Best coverage is in Europe
  • Can access offline

Findery – Social Sharing

https://findery.com
Findery is a social sharing app that combines Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter all-in-one to share your traveling stories. The app lets you leave a digital note in the form of a photo, video, text, or a music clip for others to discover. Cost: Free, available for both iOS and Android

  • You can create a social network with friends within the app or keep your notes private
  • Discover new sites, or learn something new about a favorite location
  • 5-star rating (iOS)

Pocket Light Meter – Film and Photo Essentials

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-light-meter/id381698089?mt=8
A light meter is an indispensable gadget for any filmmaker or photographer. And one that fits right in your pocket or purse is even better. This nifty app measures reflected light and allows reciprocity calculations.Cost: Free

  • Great app for filmmakers and photographers on location
  • 4+ star rating
  • Can access offline

Amount – Currency Converter

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amount-unit-currency-converter/id560750783?mt=8
Looking to convert just about anything in one simple app? Amount not only converts currencies, but also area, density, and electric current, in a very clean and simple interface.

  • Over 700 units across more than 30 categories
  • Real time conversions in one screen
  • Create customized lists
  • 4+ star rating
  • Internet access needed

About Global Media Desk

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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.

Script

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

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

Acoustics

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

Notes

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.