Remote Video Production in Thailand
Introduction to Video ProductionCOVID-19 has profoundly impacted people all over the globe and with the pervasive effects it’s had on people and their livelihood, times have become extremely uncertain. The film and video production industry also came to a screeching halt, momentarily at least. With technology being as advanced as it is nowadays, and standard shooting practices turned on its head, Mbrella Films had to adapt to continue producing high quality films and videos for our clients. Enter remote video production.
Remote video production became our tool for cloud based video production. This allows for the client to have complete control over any shooting done in a remote capacity. Our Cloud Based Production relieves the client of any burden of having to physically be involved in any shooting due to the travel restrictions placed by countries all over the world. There are a few ways remote video production can work. Let’s take a look at an example of a remote video production scenario.
For remote video productions, a director based in Hong Kong can be filming in New York with a local production services company. Meanwhile, a Chinese production company, an agency and the client can all be supervising the project online from Shanghai. This provides a seamless video production experience with the client and director being able to effectively communicate with one another as well as the talent and production services team all the while being in completely different locations.
How Remote Video Production Works
Ostensibly, remote production connects you, with your computer, directly to the set. You see the shot, the set and communicate as if you were there. Directors are also able to work from remote locations if need be and can direct the shoot just as if they were there communicating.
Mbrella Films uses the latest camera equipment and technology to facilitate all remote production shoots. We use Zoom along with an advanced software application called QTAKE, which is specifically developed for video assist professionals. It logs, captures, playbacks , edits and processes the video output of any camera, and it’s updated monthly by using valuable input from where the real production is taking place.
With this advanced technology, we’ve already provided successful production shoots for our esteemed clients. You’ll need a Mac OS X to run QTAKE using the most updated software and hardware technology available from Apple. We share the media files across applications compatible with QuickTime, such as Final Cut Pro with every clip captured and kept on a high speed media storage. These high definition media clips can then be retrieved instantly for various processes such as playback, editing or compositing while using substantial meta-data.
Therefore, with a live monitor camera, talents can be directed using bi-directional talkback. Moreover, with a VR 360 degrees witness camera, you’ll be able to pan around seeing the whole set and once shooting is wrapped you’ll be able to immediately access all the recorded takes and metadata.
Remote video production is also perfectly suitable for tabletop shooting. Tabletop video production is a particular type of video shoot where an object filmed on top of a flat surface in high-definition detail. Think of products, tutorials, or stop motion videos which are classic examples of tabletop filming which require a precise level of perfectionism and attention to detail to get it right. For tabletop shoots, there is no need for a lot of fancy equipment as simplistic studio lights and some extras will go a long way.
Overall, remote video production has been successfully implemented as part of Mbrella Film’s standard shooting practice. We take the necessary cautions and have followed careful safety procedures to ensure the safety of crew, talents and everyone involved in the shooting process.
Remote Video Production On-Set Safety Procedures
Mbrella Films has set in motion a number of comprehensive safety measures that have proven successful over the last number of shoots:
- All film sets, equipment, and shooting materials are sanitized thoroughly before and after any film shoot.
- All personnel will be required to wear protective masks and gloves for the full duration of the shoot.
- All crew and cast members on-set will have to undergo regular temperature checks.
- All crew on-set will have to constantly maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from each other.
- All food & craft services on-set will make use of single use items only.
- All film shoots will adhere to every specific government rule and restriction placed in each respective country.
For questions or quotations, please feel free to contact us through the form below, by email or phone. Mbrella Films remains your key ally for all types of film and video production and we look forward to the chance to create your next video through the convenient and safe process of remote video production. Stay safe and have a wonderful day!
Just like everyone else this year, we were impacted greatly by Covid-19.
Fortunately, Thailand reacted quickly, and now we’re back to full-scale production. Safety is our top priority. Each location is sanitized before any film crew enters. All crew are required to wear a mask and gloves. All of our departments are separated for social distancing. In screening areas we check everyone’s temperature 3 times per day. All equipment is cleaned prior during, and after the shoot. Hand sanitizer is placed throughout the set. On-set medics are on standby the entire day. All meals are served in separate single-use boxes. All props are sanitized before and after being handed over.
For countries still closed, we have remote production. This link you directly to the set with just your computer.
You see the shot, the set and communicate as if you were there. “Can we move the bottle move to the left?
“I’ll take care of that right away”
The director can also be remote if needed.
UPDATE: JULY 15, 2020
The situation in Thailand has drastically improved.
Due to strict and decisive actually taken by the government and health officials, Thailand has been one of the “LEAST” affected countries from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia and globally.
Regulations for Filming and Permits in COVID-19 – There is no ban on filming and the government allows crews of up to 150 people on-set. Mbrella Film’s Remote Production allows for the client to have complete control over any shooting done in a remote capacity.
This relieves the client of any burden of having to physically be involved in any shooting due to travel restrictions placed by countries all around the world.
MAY 15, 2020
Filming paused during COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Thai government had ordered a halt to all film production activities since March 2020 along with a vast array of other restrictions to daily life to curb the outbreak. These orders evidently had a negative impact of the livelihood of all participants in the 30 billion baht per-year industry.
Filming and Permits Application Resumed
Recently however, the situation in Thailand has drastically improved. Due to strict and decisive actually taken by the government and health officials, Thailand has been one of the least affected countries from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia and globally. On May 14th, 2020, Thailand recorded no new cases giving a clear indication that things are getting better.
Regulations for Filming and Permits in COVID-19
The current regulations will lift the ban on film production from May 17th, 2020 onward. The government will allow crews of up-to 50 persons to be on-set. Filming will also not be limited to interior or exterior locations but there will be limitations on shooting scenes with close physical contact such as kissing, hugging or any sex scenes.
International production will also be restarted The Thailand Film Office will resume issuing film permits for foreign productions. However, a 14-day quarantine will still be required for any crew or cast members coming from abroad.
Mbrella Films can help you with your production
Mbrella Films is ready to support your production. During the quarantine crisis, the management of Mbrella Films had realized that safety precautions would still be needed after official permission on filming was given by the government. Strict safety regulations would still be needed for all parties involved in filming.
Firstly, Mbrella Film’s Cloud Based Production allows for the client to have complete control over any shooting done in a remote capacity. Our Cloud Based Production relieves the client of any burden of having to physically be involved in any shooting due to travel restrictions placed by countries all around the world.
Contact us to support your production.
The use of gloves, masks & face shields as well as frequent sensitization on-set will also be required for all our film production sets.
Though the current situation is not exactly “business as usual”, the easing of restrictions does open the door for much of the filming activities to resume. Moving forward with extreme caution, will allow us all to go back to doing what we love.
News article reference – https://www.sanook.com/news/8146478