One of the most modern, innovative economies in the ASEAN region, Malaysia is a one-stop-shop for film productions. We at Mbrella films are ready to offer complete film production services and support, so feel free to contact us at any time with any questions.
A very large portion of SE Asia’s film industry is located in bustling Malaysia. International crews like to shoot here because both English and Mandarin are widely spoken by locals and film professionals. The country also hosts a wide variety of location options, such as beautiful islands, mountains, deserts, and modern metropolitan areas.
Production Houses in Malaysia
Production houses in Malaysia come in many different varieties. Kuala Lumpur has full-sized houses that will help you expedite acquiring the proper film permits to shoot a feature film and recover tax credits. Additionally, other houses are available that specialize in TVCs and viral commercials. Alternatively, some run and gun operations are focused on reality and lifestyle documentaries and television. Whatever your needs, Malaysia is well-prepared and one of the leading ASEAN countries in terms of production revenue. The average time for film permits is from 2 weeks to 1 month, with local guides and fixers that can walk you through every step.
Malaysia Filming Locations
The filming location options in Malaysia are vast. The Kuala Lumpur urban area, Penang Island, and the further off locations such as Sarawak and Sabah are a few of the many stunning sites available. And many of these locations are accessible directly by air from Kuala Lumpur or other SE Asian travel hubs.
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city and the production hub. It provides an endless amount of urban landscapes with Asian and western atmospheres including rooftops, buildings, roads, and streets. Just outside of the city you will quickly run into picturesque sites such as breathtaking Broga Hill, which seems to have never been affected by modern development.
A truly one of a kind location compared to the rest of Malaysia is Penang Island. Nestled on the Strait of Malacca, the city sits at an epicenter of global shipping and trade. Previously, Penang was shaped by British colonialism. Visitors can take a step back in time by observing a rich architectural tradition that has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
In George Town, Penang there are also a number of different city sections showcasing distinct global cultures. These include a Chinatown, a Little India, and countless mosques, ornate Buddhist and Hindu temples, and splendid historic churches.
Film Equipment and Film Crew in Malaysia
The majority of production crew and equipment is available in Kuala Lumpur. All major brands and types of equipment are available here, Arri, Red, GF&E alongside some of the best crews in Asia. Malaysian crews are known for their speed and efficiency, alongside major production experience. This also a reason why Netflix and many other studios have chosen Malaysia as a base in South East Asia for original content creation.
We would like to be a part of your production and would love the opportunity to talk more about it. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.