Location inspiration: THAILAND
Thailand, a land of rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant urban scenes, has emerged as a top destination for filmmakers seeking the perfect backdrop for their projects. In an interview with the production team at Big Blue Studios, we explore why Thailand stands out as a go-to location for film productions.
Filmmaking in Thailand: A Seamless Experience
Thailand has rightfully earned its reputation as the hub of film production in the region. Boasting diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush jungles, the country offers a versatile range of settings. Modern urban scenes, coupled with a rich cultural heritage, add depth to the storytelling canvas.
The one-stop shooting experience is enhanced by up-to-date equipment and quality studios, readily available in Bangkok. The extensive range of ethnicities among talents adds authenticity to your production, making Thailand an all-encompassing choice for your filmmaking needs.
Biggest Productions and Prime Locations
Some of the most significant and successful productions, such as "The Beach," "007 The Man with the Golden Gun," "The Hangover Part II," and "Fast and Furious 9," have found their backdrop in the picturesque locales of Thailand.
The top filming locations in Thailand are diverse, offering everything from breathtaking beaches with white sand and coconut trees to majestic mountains, serene tea and rice fields, and bustling urban settings in Bangkok. The popularity of pristine beaches with coconut trees and the warm sun makes them the go-to choice for many filmmakers.
Insights about the Country: Climate, Permits, and Infrastructure
Thailand's tropical climate provides a year-round shooting window, with 12 hours of daylight ensuring ample time for capturing the perfect shot. The rainy season, from April to September, may bring short interruptions, but they are easily navigable.
Navigating the bureaucratic landscape is made seamless with the Thailand Film Office, offering a one-stop service for permits and approvals. The country's infrastructure supports large productions, boasting top-notch studios, skilled crews, and equipment rental companies with the latest gear. Government incentives further sweeten the deal, ensuring a smooth sailing experience for your movie.
Production Services: Advantages and Specialties
Advantages of shooting in Thailand include the support of the Thailand Film Office, incentive programs with cash rebates, and a skilled crew with appealing fees. The country's production services extend to world-class studios, underwater studios, motion capture studios, and specialties like production design, SFX, stunt crews, and more.
Dos and Don’ts in the Region: Embracing Thai Culture
As an outsider filming in Thailand, understanding the cultural dos and don'ts is crucial. From respecting religious sites to indulging in local delicacies like durian and fried insects, immersing in Thai culture enhances the overall experience.
Insider Recommendations: Stay, Dine, and Explore
For foreign productions staying in Thailand, the recommendations include prestigious hotels like Mandarin Oriental, The Siam, and Sukhothai in Bangkok, and Amanpuri and Keemala in Phuket, among others. A curated list of bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions is provided for those looking to explore the vibrant local scene.
Culinary Delights: A Taste of Thailand
Indulging in Thai cuisine is a must, with the suggested dish being Kao Krapao Mhoo Sub Kai Dao – Spicy stir-fried minced pork with basil on jasmine rice. A culinary journey awaits filmmakers, adding another layer of delight to their Thai experience.
In conclusion, Thailand isn't just a location; it's a cinematic paradise waiting to be explored. Pack your equipment, immerse yourself in the culture, and get ready to capture the magic of Thailand on film.
Learn more about shooting in Thailand with Big Blue Production