Filming is a challenging yet rewarding occupation. The world is magnificent and offers all of the places and backdrops to create the most unbelievable yet real scenes. Since the art form of making films began, cinematography has been a major part of making a film. The viewer is captured by not only the story line, characters, and music, but it is the back drop, and cinematography that keeps the viewer interested as well.
Traveling the globe gives way to allow creators of films to get exactly the surroundings they see in their minds. When all of the elements of a scene come together it can be an experience one will never forget.
Here are some important things to consider when filming outside the USA.
First, depending on the location it is mandatory to check with the CDC for transmittable diseases in the area. the crew may be required to take vaccines or immunizations to prevent sickness and or infection. Examples of this would be if you were going to film in a tropical environment that had yellow fever, cholera, etc. or malaria. There are several precautions that must be taken to keep the cast and crew safe and protected. Check with the CDC and do research on that particular part of the world.
It is also wise to do research on the water in the area you plan to visit. It may be necessary to import clean water to consume. There may also be certain foods that are not indigenous to the people who are traveling with the crew and cast that they may not e able to consume. Check for food allergies and the like. It may also be a good idea to pack food when you are in a remote area as it may be hard to return to a civilized area.
Also prior to leaving the country there must be search to see what visa’s may be needed and your passport must be up to date. It may take time to acquire your passport so it is necessary to get your passport well in advance of your departure.
Be sure to plan ahead and make sure there is internet access in the area where you will be filming. In remote areas it is necessary to carry a military style cell phone. Another internet related concern is hackers and others people accessing your personal data. Other countries don’t have as much control over internet usage as the US. For this reason you may want to get a VPN in order to encrypt all of your internet usage. An added benefit to having a VPN is being able to unblock US content while abroad. Once you leave the US you will no longer have access to sites such as Hulu or USA Netflix content library. Fire up and VPN an you can get around these restrictions.
It is also a good idea to check with your personal phone carrier to see if they cover the area prior to going. Make sure that your cell phone plan includes international long distance calls incoming, and outgoing. It would also be a good idea if you don not have one to get a water proof phone for added protection and the limit the risk of not having communication with the outside world.
When you travel to other countries one of the main things to keep in mind is the other countries laws, always research the laws of the land in your destination.
Currency Exchange is also a very important matter, as the rate of exchange effects every purchase that is made. Be sure to research and make sure that the budget allows for the necessary adjustments.
The rate of exchange could be lower or higher than American currency. it would behoove you to plan your time wisely as other countries take their time to do everyday chores, for example, in other countries a simple trip to the bank could take four hours, a simple local phone call from a booth or center can take all day, traveling from one destination to the next can take a day or so, as opposed to just a few minutes or hours here in the United States.
These differences are due to their access to technology and internal infrastructure issues, as well as economics. Always keep this in mind and take a pack of true patience along to make sure that your trip is pleasurable.
Be mindful of natives and indigenous peoples cultures as to not offend them in any way, this could lead to an unpleasant experience in the least.
Knowing your surroundings is very important no matter where you go, especially if it is a place that you have never been before. Traveling within itself is rewarding, traveling with the purpose to create something that could potentially change the world and the people in it is even more rewarding to be a part of.
When you are traveling with film gear it is necessary to have protection from the local authorities to avoid theft, damage, or being hassled. Be sure to have rechargeable batteries, and plenty of backup equipment for the unseen situations that are guaranteed to occur. Aside from that film making abroad can be one of the greatest experiences of a lifetime.