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Preproduction

Sought-After Asian Locations

TopAsia_HongKong_Victoria_HarbourSelecting the top three filming destinations in Asia is always a challenge, what with China’s vastness and financial strength, Japan’s stability, Singapore’s strong financial incentives and Hong Kong’s good business taxes. South Korea and Taiwan, both with established film industries, also offer various tax breaks, while Thailand’s cheap filming costs still manage to attract numerous films each year. And with Burma’s chaos alleviating and the emerging economies of Cambodia and Malaysia in good stead, the West continues to look to Asia as a source of financial capital and readily available markets, given the ongoing financial challenges plaguing the global economy.

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Western Canadian Filming Perks

Canada_Alberta_Jasper_compAlthough an abundance of great films and television shows have been shot in Vancouver, that production hub is just the gateway to British Columbia’s breathtaking sites and many other impressive locations throughout Western Canada. The increased exposure of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in film and TV productions is growing steadily thanks to ever-important incentives and other core attractions like great locations, crews and the exchange rate. And now state-of-the-art studios, postproduction houses, special effects facilities and other high-tech services are adding to the toolbox that’s available for producers, whether they’re shooting downtown Vancouver, the Saskatchewan prairie or ice-pressure ridges in the Northwest Territories.

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Servicing the Media From A-Z

Photo1_MediaServices_box_shots_rowSupporting film and television production requires heavy-hitting services and tools –– from accounting, payroll and top-notch crews to an online database of nationwide film/TV incentives and software for every step of the production process. Media Services is a company that has been providing all of this and more.

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Crewing and Gearing Up for Preproduction

Crewing_Img1147Robert Massey is a cinematographer and the president of Pulse Media, Inc., a full-service video production company. He recalls a producer once telling him, “I have a high-maintenance client, and I don’t need a high-maintenance vendor.” The message was clear: bogged down by pressures to cut costs and satisfy the often contradictory demands of clients, today’s producers have enough to worry about in preproduction. This is why the one-stop shop provided by many crew companies is more needed than ever. “Producers want things to be easy,” explains Massey. “We provide that.”

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Capital Region

OnLoc_DC_Georgetown_Canal_credit_Destination_DCBlessed with a wealth of locations just waiting to be discovered, West Virginia hit the cinematographic limelight with ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which filmed for four months in Huntington. Interspersed amongst raw stretches of diverse natural vistas, West Virginia offers filmmakers a series of superb location settings that include palaces, bunkers, observatories and prisons.

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