Once SE Asia’s most powerful ancient empire, Cambodia has weathered a tumultuous recent history. Demonstrating verve and resiliency, this country is a newly emerging regional player on the international film industry map. Any film production company will find everything necessary for success in Cambodia. Contact Mbrella’s producers at any time for more details, or keep reading to learn more about this magnificent country.
Cambodia’s filmmaking infrastructure is well established and continually innovating, with a spate of visiting productions year-round and a plethora of local film production houses. Mbrella Films has years of film production company experience working in all corners of Cambodia. We would love to help you access this country’s wealth of potential. Please feel free to contact us at any time using the form below, phone or email.
We will delve into further detail about some of the unique cinematic qualities Cambodia offers. This will include location specifics, crew offerings, and equipment availability. This country is a truly unique gem in the region. Come along as we take you on a journey through the myriad possibilities of wondrous Cambodia.
Production Crew and Equipment in Cambodia
Cambodian production crews have been working hard over the past few years accruing experience with a variety of formats and film genres. These professionals include directors, line producers, gaffers and sound technicians. Not only that, but most speak English at or near fluency, with secondary foreign languages including French and Mandarin Chinese.
Visiting foreign productions can hire an entire crew locally if necessary, or fill in whatever support they may need. Whether you want to hire an AD or lead grip, Cambodian crews have experience working to cater to your needs. This is why Hollywood is starting to pay attention to the Cambodian film industry, and also why French productions continually stream through for principal photography.
Okay, now that you have your crew roster filled out and ready for action, it’s important to make sure you can access the best equipment on the market. Again, Cambodia comes through in this regard. Most equipment houses are located in Phnom Penh, with a high availability of major brands such as ARRI, Sony, Red and much more. Whether you need the latest videography gear or a DJI drone to soar over ancient sites, it’s all here and ready to rock!
Filming Locations in Cambodia
Cambodia is undoubtedly a top tropical and Asiatic filmmaking destination. This is primarily due to a handful of reasons. These include logistical considerations like ease of permitting and economic pricing. More reasons worth mention include Cambodia’s undiscovered filming locations and especially the vast temple structures of Angkor Wat.
Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards ranked Angkor Wat the world’s top tourist destination twice in the last five years. This is because visitors are met with jaw-dropping architectural and artistic marvels as far as the eye can see. Indic and Hindu cultural elements heavily influenced this ancient seat of the medieval Khmer Empire. One day isn’t enough to see it all. Visitors need two. Stone edifices seemingly come to life. Tall statues loom high with gallant poise and hand-carved stone galleries narrate epic tales of bygone conquest.
Documentaries often shoot in Angkor Wat, though it can serve as a rich historical backdrop for narrative films as well. Local fixers on staff at Mbrella Films can ensure you obtain the proper permit to bring your gear through the gates and capture the perfect footage. Whether your next trip to Angkor is as a tourist of a film producer, it simply can’t be missed. Get there early for the sunrise and prepare to be awestruck.
Cambodia Videography Locations and Sites
In the city of Phnom Penh, filmmakers can find both history and modernity juxtaposed in a feverish atmosphere that is surreal even by Southeast Asian standards. The camera easily lingers on scenes of east meeting west and old meeting new. Here you can capture the perfect Steadicam shot of a busy wet market, as your feet splash through pools of fish guts and farm laborers hawk their daily harvest. The city is aloft with dozens of neon walled skyscrapers and a skyline that morphs almost as fast as you can set up a tripod.
Further south is Cambodia’s beachfront real estate. The busy, gambling beach city of Sihanoukville has casinos that jut almost up to the tide line. Meanwhile, the slower township of Kep nearby is quiet, relaxed, and full of backpackers seeking respite from the breakneck pace at which Cambodia is rushing into the 21st century. Further west is a mountain range that is full of abundant tropical foliage and biological diversity.
Further south is Cambodia’s beachfront real estate. The busy, gambling beach city of Sihanoukville has casinos that jut almost up to the tide line. Meanwhile, the slower township of Kep nearby is quiet, relaxed, and full of backpackers seeking respite from the breakneck pace at which Cambodia is rushing into the 21st century.