Why shooting your next Video Production project in Thailand?
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Written by Marco Neveu
1. Equipment and Expertise
Equipment and Expertise
Over the past 25 years, Thailand has become one of Asia’s hottest destinations for film production. Due to this strong experience, the finest in VIDEO PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT is readily available to fit your needs. In Thailand, the possibilities are endless. From large scale film production to corporate videos – Thailand has the latest in film production equipment to make your production the best possible.
The wide range of equipment is also available on low costs. This even includes underwater equipment. One of Thailands greatest strengths are as well their people. Crews come with a high amount of professional and hard working technicians, grips, gaffers, runners and production assistants. This ensures all the processes to run smoothly and fast, while offering solutions in-time and, a high-end production value. Thailand is affordable, as well as quality-driven and, we can find everything you will need for your production over here.
With a high number of people from an international background, Thailand offers a huge range of talents from every culture and language-ability – as well as a great selection of national Thai-Talents.
Our CAST works on a highly professional standard and meets every need in order to create the right atmosphere for the purpose required.
Umoons vast experience in Thailand and Southeast Asia allow us to provide quality service when working on your next production.
Thailand has a big advantage when it comes to locations: It can look like anywhere in the world. Whether a European, Chinese or American looking location is required – Thailand can offer any look. And this again, comes on low costs. Places, houses, studios, beaches, city impressions or parks – whatever is needed can be found over here. Rebuilding of locations, such as subways or indoor-jungles can be made in studio and make any vision possible. Through the big variety and selection of locations, Thailand is the perfect place to shoot anything on low costs and high standards.
Apart from the main city Bangkok, Thailand’s many other cities offer a variety of looks.
Chiang Mai is filled with temples against a mountainous backdrop thick with lush jungle. Crystal
clear lagoons to rice paddies, Thailand’s scenery can change province by province.
Thailand also hosts a top fleet of studios serving up diversity in size, shape, and form.
For relaxation after shooting: If you want to escape the chaos of the city, you can go with Thailand's remarkably diverse provinces. When exploring the countryside, you can't miss the coveted landscape seen by millions of tourists every year. And it is easy to understand why they flock here from all over the world, whether it is the busy beaches or quiet mountains; there is something for everyone. As such, there might be something you'd want to shoot.
Thailand makes you benefit from 5 to 9 hours of sun every day. When shooting in the land of smiles, it‘s necessary to figure out the right time for your production, as the weather situation changes throughout the year. In general, with the right planning in advance, Thailand’s weather can add a massive benefit to your production.
The best time for shooting is between November and February, when the raining season is just over and temperatures are on a moderate level, up to 33 degrees.
From March until May the heats hits the country and makes it tougher to operate, as temperature rise up to 40 degrees – but still, there is no rain during this time period.
From June until October the raining season persists. Temperature fall and rain can suddenly appear. But even during this infamous monsoon season, downpours rarely last more than a couple of hours.
Overall, the seasons will hit the north and south at different times and also differ on the islands around Thailand. And: North to South, East to West, there’s always a sunny location.
Umoon is here for you to figure out the right steps in order to find the best time for your project and if you would like to know more about the weather situation here in Thailand, simply CLICK HERE
Thailand has reached a point of infrastructural development that often exceeds international standards. As a top tourist destination, it even offers one of the best infrastructure systems in South East Asia. Transportation of equipment and cast includes big vans and drivers and, is possible on low costs – anywhere in the country.
There are highways and airports linking Bangkok to the rest of Thailand. The drivers we contract at UMOON are experienced and we succeed at mitigating any logistical issues you may encounter.
If you’re coming on an international flight, you will most likely arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thailand also benefits from being centrally located within Asia. If you find Thailand doesn’t have what you need, what you’re looking for could be a short flight away.
Bangkok has a highly efficient elevated train system that connects Suvarnabhumi to the city. The
Airport Rail Link takes you downtown in less than 30 minutes and always runs on time!
Bangkok is also home to a second airport, Don Mueang International, located just across the city
from Suvarnabhumi. Just be sure to note which airport you’re flying in and out of, it’s easy to confuse one for the other. But, don’t worry! This is a mistake that many have made.
If you’re looking to shoot outside of Bangkok, many domestic flights are available, leaving either airport. These tickets are cheap and there are multiple flights leaving daily. Being conveniently located in Bangkok, it’s easy to access a variety of landscapes – from swampy mangroves to mountainous jungles.
Additionally, if Thailand isn’t cutting it and you’re looking to shoot elsewhere – don’t worry! UMOON has years of experience in the whole region.
Thailand is a very safe country. There is no danger to be feared. Locals are friendly everywhere and the greatest difficulty you may face is the language barrier. Good thing we’re here to help!
Still not convinced? Read this article ( Infrastracture of Thailand ) and find out how the infrastructure here benefits video production services.
Bangkok offers accommodations on every level. From high-class 5-stars hotels to small hostels, every need can be need. High-class hotels are also less cost intensive as elsewhere, which ensures luxury standards for nearly every budget.
Here is a brief breakdown of some of Bangkok’s prominent neighborhoods and just why you might want to stay there:
Silom and Sathorn:
These two financial districts are located alongside each other in a relatively “new” part of town. In these neighborhoods, you can find a mix of the modern and traditional. Shiny skyscrapers sprout chaotically side by side with traditional shop-houses and local neighborhoods. These two districts have become trendy, and Silom is considered the gay heart of this thriving metropolis.
Sukhumvit, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, has undergone rapid development over the past
several years. It’s houses some of Bangkok’s best nightlife and dining options which are easily
accessed via the Bangkok Sky Train. UMOON’s office is located in Ekkamai, one of the many neighborhoods extending from the main road. This district is full of both international expats and locals alike. All over Sukhumvit, you can find clusters of Japanese, Indian, and Western expats.
Bangrak and the Riverside:
This incredibly beautiful side of Bangkok has undergone a resurgence. Now, hipster cafes,
cocktail bars, and 5-star hotels can be found dotting the riverside. Stay at one of the many fine accommodations in this neighborhood enjoy the gorgeous views of The Chao Phraya River. I
highly recommend taking one of the city’s many water taxis where you’ll truly feel like a local as you weave in and out of Bangkok’s river canals.
The traditional center of Bangkok, Banglamphu is home to Bangkok’s most popular attractions. It’s also notorious for being the backpacker district, although I hope that doesn’t dissuade you from choosing to stay here. It’s home to a number of eclectic markets and some of the best Thai food Bangkok has to offer. Here you can find budget hostels as well as hotels advertising 5-star amenities.
To be completely fair with you, these are just several of the many areas in Bangkok you can stay at. This is just to give you a brief overview of what the city has in store for you. All these neighborhoods offer different advantages and are located within striking distance of highways and public transportation.
Want to know more about the best accommodations in Bangkok? CLICK HERE
One of the great perks of filming in Thailand is the Food. Bangkok’s food scene is consistently listed as one of the best in the world. Catering for film productions uses this variety from Thai food - but can also be done in any way that is preferred. Apart from Thai food, Bangkok serves a wide variety of international cuisine and some of the world’s finest chefs call it home. You can eat a traditional Thai breakfast and then feast on some authentic Japanese for dinner. Bangkok has a lot to offer in terms of Restaurants.
In your free time:
As you walk around the bustling capital, you can already take in the sweet and savory smells of Thai street food. Thai food vastly differs region by region, with each part of the country offering up some very solid options. From Southern curries to sizzling egg noodles with wontons – cuisine here draws influence from all parts of Asia.
A great option is one of the many night markets which offer a dazzling selection of some of the best Thai food around. While the street food atmosphere has its unique appeal, the best Thai food is located in small shop-house restaurants scattered throughout the city. The price is often close with that of street food, and the taste a noticeable step above. Luckily, there is an endless number of Thai dishes to try, and each offers up something deliciously unique. Bangkok’s food scene cannot be topped and remains one of the country’s strongest draws.
"The congested roadways of Chinatown", known to locals as Yaowarat, it's a part of town that serves up an unbeatable array of street stalls and shop-house restaurants. If you really want to taste the best of what Chinatown offers – it is recommended to go in the evening as this neighborhood of the city thrives in the night.
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