Written by James Peak on Aug 29, Posted in On Location Thailand as a location for filming Nobody who saw the eye-popping skylines of Bangkok, coupled with the astonishing beach paradises of The Hangover Part 2 is likely to leave Thailand off their location shortlist. We want studio executives and producers that have not thought of shooting here to realize there are no boundaries for their imagination to come alive in Thailand.
But the highest-profile production in the last year has showcased Bangkok in a stellar performance in its favourite role: Wanasiri Morakul, Director of the The Thailand Film Office , is clearly delighted with the way things are progressing: Foreign filmmakers have been coming here for 50 years.
We have the infrastructure and professional crews who work really hard. We also believe that in the next five years we will see more of an increase in the business because the Government understands the business now.
Ivor Fitzpatrick, who runs Asiahire Bangkok , a production services company that commonly works with Discovery, National Geographic and The History Channel, is buoyant about how much easier things have become: The Government had been discussing tax incentives and rebates for foreign film productions filming in Thailand that had already passed the Thai Cabinet and were finally implemented in May Thailand has also been signing the Double Taxation Treaty with a number of countries.
The treaty is designed to prevent foreign filmmakers of member countries from being taxed twice in Thailand and again in their home country. Clearly though, the Government has been kind towards filming. It just wants to uphold a good image of the country and be more discerning about the script content.
This is now usually done within three working days. Edoardo Rossi, a Management Consultant for Latin American production service network Crosswind Advertising has wide-ranging experience of the Thai film industry. He explains the versatility: They are the same price - or perhaps Thai beaches are a little cheaper - but Thailand is about a thousand times more professional and rentals are better!
I would say it's dangerous to sell Thailand for outdoor shooting between the end of August and the end of November, as the rainy season destabilises the chance of good shoot days. But producers should not forget the wealth of locations available beyond the beaches and the cities. The southern peninsula, featuring the legendary Koh Samui area, has a spine of mountains interspersed with fertile plains, jungle and temple ruins.
I have never known it so busy in Bangkok! We are shooting eight commercial campaigns this month, with clients from the US, Saatchi in Singapore and also Saatchi from Japan. There is a healthy commercials industry, hosting crews from all over the world. I guess we are so busy because the value to clients has never been better.
We have the city itself, the beaches and the mountains, so clients keep coming. We have astonishingly cheap, well-trained crew who are really experienced across all genres. Images courtesy of Living Films.