Looking for a Film Production Services Company in Thailand?
When I started my first movie in South East Asia over 10 years ago, for preparing our film production abroad our producer got a recommendation from some of who lived in Thailand to contact a local guy who based there, then go to the country of choice to make contact with local authorities and open a bank account for the production, it was really annoying. Now this process has been speeded up due to big variety of local film production companies, most of them based at Bangkok.
Obviously, there is still a need to investigate the credentials of Production Service Company before commencing pre-production.
What are the reasons to work with Film Service Thailand?
Because we are super cool, because we are movie guys, because we are dedicated to the camera department, it’s our roots and we actively share our expertise and experience with a close-knit community of camera assistants, operators, and DPs.
Well if you are going to be shooting in Thailand (Phuket, Samui, Chiangmai.. any Thailand province) our local film fixers are far more likely to be up to date with local laws, have direct contact and experience with local police and Thailand National Park authorities, we know how to source experienced local film crew from Bangkok without overpaid, equipment rentals with reasonable fees and get you better rates on accommodation, transportation etc. Most of larger Thailand production service companies you can check on top at KTF, Sortlist, ProductionHub etc, but you clearly understand that all these guys supposed to pay for Golden packages there and spent thousands of dollars for Google ADs and SEO and they are used to working with huge budgets and this does not necessarily mean they will be looking for the most cost-effective solutions for your smaller-middle budget productions.
Big office in Silom at Bangkok with many staff make for high running costs. A small budget project will often have a lower priority and be handed down to a freelance producer who might not go the full distance for your production. There are many out there, and often the temptation is to immediately go to a local service company that displays an impressive client list and massive shot-reel.
However quite often a smaller Thailand Production Service Company can do the same job more cost-efficiently and with less fuss and bother. They will save you time and money, reduce problems and permit the producer to concentrate on his work.
In other hand, important things to look out for choosing a proper Production Service Company in Thailand.
One thing to be very careful of is a company that immediately accepts your budget, be very wary of this as it could mean that the Production Service Company is too inexperienced or too desperate to check the feasibility of your budget or they are SCAM. If they accept a budget that is unrealistic and leaves little room for extra costs you could find yourself in a difficult situation further on during shooting. Better to go through it all in fine detail and make as many adjustments as needed.
Consult the recent client list to see if the recommendations are true, ask the local film office if there have been any issues, this research will help make your shoot successful and enjoyable.
Scams with unscrupulous and tricky people are existing everywhere, not only in Asia. If the producer is aware of this and decides to go with it then it is at his own risk. It is a question of “caveat emptor” or buyer beware. Check both your and the services company’s insurance are adequate and have you fully covered.
Kindly, Andrii Palekha