How to shoot successfully in Europe? - 3 Simple Tips

Your creative side wants it…Europe’s inspiring architecture, its hypnotic mountains, sun kissed beaches and wind swept coastlines. Countless legendary films have been shot here, and you know you can make your final product unique and great.
If only…
If only your practical side wasn’t so very aware of the challenges and hurdles, the nightmares of delays and cost overruns in the land of myriad languages and cultures.
Others have failed and you don’t want to be one of them.
What if you could have the beauty without the beast that burns your pocket?

What if you could have it all?

1. Prepare Early

Yes, it’s obvious.

But also boring and so a surprising number procrastinate dealing with the details and end up paying much more than necessary in money and worse, precious time. Validity of passports, applying for visas, advance booking for flights and hotels, arranging your pickup, meals and local transport in Europe, finding a translator, applying for insurance. Also, is everyone including you, your customer and crew, in agreement on the exact objectives of the shoot?

Prepare early. Way early.

2. Research 

Thinking about taking your own gear? Make sure it’s compatible with the EU system. Also plan on dealing with customs at the airport.
Shooting in Southern Europe? Consider siesta hours while planning your shoots.
Are there any public or bank holidays during your shoot?
Do you have all the permits you need?
Are vegetarian and other special meals easily available for your crew?
Logistics. Gas is expensive, are you traveling by car or flight? Are your hotels close to the shoot site?
What about medical and other emergencies? Where are the nearest hospitals and how to get there?
Research is the tedious cousin of Tip # 1, and will punish you if ignored.

Attend to this before anything else.

3. Trust a Local Expert

This is the “Relax and Let Go” option, where you place all your tasks in the hands of a Capable Local Expert.

Someone who knows the Ins and Outs.
Someone who can Make Things Happen.
Someone who is able to:

— Produce and Line produce your Film
— Navigate the local culture and language
— Make sure your permits and paperwork are up to date and legitimate.
— Provide expert filming crew and world class equipment
— Enlist the support of local film commissions
— Provide logistics support for accommodation, local travel and filming.

Someone like Benetone Europa.

The above just a small sample of what our fully staffed Munich office has already done for more than 11 films and commercials in our first year of operations alone.

Worry should never be a part of your project brief, and we are here to ensure that your filming is always on schedule and always within budget.

Benetone Europa provides you with the stability and peace of mind you need so you can focus on what you do best. Film making. 

Contact Us Now and see how we can help you!

Winner of Most Preferred Shooting Provider at the Indywood Film Carnival

Benetone Films is honored and grateful to be awarded the Most Preferred Shooting Provider at the Indywood Film Carnival.

Presented by one of the most famous Indian filmmaker, Ashish Singh of Yash Raj Films, at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India - Benetone Films was chosen as the international company preferred by Indian producers when shooting abroad.

Thank you for acknowledging our contributions and support for international filmmakers.

New Music Video - Love Herby by Tia Ray

Benetone Films had a great time line producing the new music video of China's first R&B Pop Princess, Tia Ray.

It was a great experience for us and for the musician.  We had a great art team who got us some really slick and unique futuristic set that added a whole new element to the video and the production. We also had stunt performers for some brilliantly choreographed fighting scenes.

We had a beautiful location in an abandoned building in Bangkok, untapped and unused and could potentially be used for another shoot, maybe for your next horror film?

It was an overall satisfying experience knowing everyone part of the production team did an awesome job. Everyone truly created something from nothing.

Tia RAY袁娅维- 《流花Love Herby》MV
Director: Marco Kalantari

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Film in Myanmar with Benetone Films

Myanmar (formerly Burma), is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia, a nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The country is one of the most magical and undiscovered destinations in the world; a golden land of breathtaking beauty and endless charm that is steeped in fascinating history, traditions and of course, war.

“Myanmar is the cool, arthouse film that’s a bit trickier but ultimately a richer experience.We saw things there no one has seen, or I haven’t seen in any documentary before. Yangon is this city with about 1,100 Buddhist temples and they are surrounded by farmland. There’s this incredible vista of trees and peeping above the trees are all these pagodas and temples as far as the eye can see.”
 - Dara O Briain and Ed Byrn, BBC

We're going to AFM 2017!

Benetone Films will be part of the American Film Market 2017, to represent the strengths of Thailand's film industry.

Around sixty feature films come to shoot in Thailand each year. The new incentive measures are up and running, and offer up to 20% of local spend.

Benetone Films will represent the production services industry, having recently wrapped on ‘Attrition’, written and starring Stephen Seagal. Benetone bring the experience, local expertise, efficiency and transparency you need from a local partner.

Contact Dwight Hijastro at or

Meet up at MIPCOM 2017!

MIPCOM is just around the corner!

Benetone Films will be part of the Thailand Pavillion for the upcoming MIPCOM Market 2017. We will be presenting Benetone Films' quality production & production services across Thailand, US, Poland & Myanmar. We also aim to create new opportunities for different filmmakers to around the globe.

Do stop by our booth for a quick chat. We promise to make your time with us worthwhile.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to know where to find us!

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Benetone Films line produced new Veet Smooth & Fresh's regional campaign

Benetone Films line produced a regional campaign for Veet Smooth & Fresh, and to boost the positive momentum of people's love and passion for the product, they worked with different female celebrities from different countries. Shraddha Kapoor for India, Mahira Khan for Pakistan, Mai Davika for Thailand, and Leyla Tugutlu for Turkey.

Through the regional campaign, Veet Smooth & Fresh is aiming to further increase the brand awareness across different regions.

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