Thailand Location Series 2: Phi Phi Islands

Our second post on Thailand locations is on Phi Phi Islands made famous by Leonado DiCaprio starrer TheBeach (2000) and later devastated by the disastrous Indian Ocean Tsunami ofDecember 2004. The island Ko Phi Phi is now almost fully restored and once again seeing an increasing number of shoots thanks to its scenic beauty.

Phi Phi Islands is believed to be one of the oldest communities in Thailand, thanks in large part to the archaeological discoveries dating back to the prehistoric period. The name Phi Phi originates from Malay, however the original name of the islands were Pulau Api-Api (The Fiery Isle) referring to the Pokok Api Api (literally translated as the Fiery Tree) or the Grey Mangroves, commonly found throughout the island.

There are six islands in the group and is part of Hadnopparattara- Koh Phi Phi National Park which is home to an abundance of corals a marine life. Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lee are the largest and most well known islands with the latter gaining popularity after being the location for The Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio starrers which depicted the island as the lost paradise.

Benetone Films have also had line produced many commercials and feature films shot in Phi Phi Islands which includes the Bollywood multi starrer Blue and commercial of Spring Tea from Israel as example. 

Our work with Caisse D’ Epargne: French’s 2nd largest co-operative banking group

Benetone Films recently have had the pleasure of line producing commercial for Caisse D’ Epargne which was one of the memorable experience. The commercial with the romanticism concept show a boy’s journey from signing a loan to the day he graduate, encompassing creativity with a rich story telling and of course a background music that helps moving things along, rather than being a distraction.

Caisse D’ Epargne is one of the oldest and largest French financial institution being founded in 1818 and operating around 4700 branches in the country and recognized as the 2nd largest co-operative banking group in the world.

To communicate their educational loan services, the bank decided upon a concept that is uniquely artistic, colorful with an aesthetic feel in addition to the natural flow of the storytelling. The commercial needed to be shot as per the concept with reasonable cost and importantly a professional and disciplined team who can do exactly as the concept requires.

Thailand became a strong contender for such winning over many other European options owing to the reasonable cost factor; besides having a strong reputation in the region for the creativity and high caliber of the art department. Despite being only a studio shoot and not on location, those two factors contributed heavily in the country’s favor.

After considering many options, Benetone Films was selected to be the line producer for the commercial meeting the high standards and the values required. The work started off in the earnest and as the shoot progress, we find ourselves enjoying the work and everyone involved was learning a lot from the experience.
In the end, the commercial came out beautifully as per the concept with the client satisfied and promising to work with us again. Another job well done!

Enjoy the commercial below and leave us a comment on what you think.

You can also check behind the scenes of the shoot at

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“The Inherited Marriage” (БРАК ПО ЗАВЕЩАНИЮ) comes to Thailand

We were recently honored to be a part of one of the most popular award winning series of Russia, “The Inherited Marriage” as the line producer in Thailand. The series continue its story in the beautiful locales of Thailand and star the gorgeous Tatiana Arntgolts. This segment of the series is produced by Anastasia Rozhdestvenskaya and directed by Borz Nickolay.

БРАК ПО ЗАВЕЩАНИЮ, Tatyana Arngolts, Татьяна Альбертовна Арнтгольц
The series follow the story of Sandra Seymour and her romantic and exciting journey. It is the second sequel to the popular series which was originally aired way back in 2009 and has accumulated huge fandom across the globe.

The shoot in Thailand was done in multi locations which include a dangerous sequence of the blasting of the car and a sequence shot in Thailand prison. Benetone Films as the line producer handled everything from location scouting, local casting, legal paperwork and other details which were handled professionally and expertly with no hassles to the production. This helped accelerated the work and the shoot was completed in little more than a month itself.

In the end, we received this e-mail from Anastasia and we are happy to know she is satisfied and enjoyed working with our crew.
Татьяна Альбертовна Арнтгольц

“I would like to thank you and Benetone Productions for high quality services and friendly atmosphere that you have provided for my crew in Thailand. I will be more than happy to give excellent references for you to any production house here in Russia and worldwide.  

Best Regards,
Executive producer
Anastasia Rozhdestvenskaya”

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Thailand Location Series: Phuket, The Southern Paradise

We will begin with a weekly location series highlighting various locations around Thailand. This week we start with Phuket, one of the most well known destination and many production companies' favorite location to shoot in Thailand. 

Phuket is one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in the world. It is famous for its nightlife, fine dining, beautiful beaches and islands.  Phuket has also been a popular location for film and commercial shoots.

Phuket was formerly known as Thalang and historically been a major trading route between India and China. The region formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, however in modern times; the region’s economy is driven by rubber tree plantations and tourism with areas like Patong, Karon and Kata being the most popular ones.

Phuket’s popularity as location shoot is chiefly from the exceptional topography of the region. 70 percent of the area is covered with mountains which stretch from north to south while the remaining 30 percent are plains located in the central and eastern parts of the island. This make it possible to shoot any kind of story in Phuket and with excellent infrastructure of Phuket, it is not difficult for transportation for the crew from the location to the excellent hotels on the island.

Benetone Films has also in the past line produced many feature films and commercials notably Bollywood blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger and Pepsi commercial respectively.

Below you can check out our selected pictures from Phuket. To book a shoot in Phuket, feel free to contact Khun Rachvin at

Marvel the elegance, the boldness and…the destruction without a scratch

kohler tapKOHLER is one of the most popular and oldest plumbing brands in the world. Their products are well known for its artistic innovation and excellent craftsmanship; a functional art that is used in people’s home every day. In fact, art is ingrained in the company’s roots. Their affiliation with John Michael Kohler Arts Center where artists have opportunity to create works of art using industrial materials and equipments is a very famously known fact. 
So no matter what KOHLER does, it does it tastefully and of course artistically. This of course includes the commercials that the company churn out to highlight their products.

KOHLER’s philosophy leads them to work with those who equally share the love of art and importantly, bring it out in their products or services.
Benetone Films were honored to be a part of one such artistic endeavor when our company was hired to be the line producer for a commercial of KOHLER which was shot in Thailand. Despite our vast experiences in line producing hundreds of commercials and future films, this commercial was a challenge; a work that was asking many of us to step out of the comfort zone.

As usual, we embraced the opportunity and set on to work equipped with passion and an unrivaled can do attitude. At the end, together with KOHLER, we did manage to create something wonderful.
benetone films kohler setThe commercial as you can see started with a couple in a beautiful house before going on to destroy it with a powerful music in the background.

If you look closely, the house is beautiful and finely detailed. Everything is in its place and the water taps are in a rich, shining golden color. You might feel a bit pity for such a beautiful house to be destroyed in such a manner. Well if you were, then do not worry; the house is in fact, a set.

We began by building a set that is as beautiful as a real house with every detail paid attention to. The floor, the walls, the tables and every little thing were needed to be carefully worked on and inspected to ensure everything fits.

Our team had a limited time and to build such a set in a short time was a challenge that we took head on and worked day and night to ensure everything was finished on time. When we were done, the set was beautiful and ready for anyone to move in.

benetone kohler commercial
When the cameras rolled, the actors were handed tools and instructed to destroy the whole set. Yes, the expression on the actor’s face says it all.

However once they started, they went on to bring on the mayhem and rained the destruction on the beautiful set that was built just a day ago. And yes, the raw power and pleasure of the actors in destroying that set was genuine. Not to mention, the sexiness that oozed. 

benetone commercial kohlerIn the end however after the destruction was over, KOHLER plumbing remain scratch free with the finishing touch of the chandelier falling down signify further how KOHLER can stand any test and remained as it ever is, beautiful and elegance.

In the end, the commercial came out beautiful and very artistic. We were complimented by the KOHLER team for our attention to the detail in building the house signifying the high standards we set ourselves in producing everything that we work on.

Looking back, we enjoyed the challenge and it was kind of fun to create a beautiful set and then cheer on as it was destroyed mercilessly. We learned quite a few valuable lessons as well and of course, look forward to work on more commercials of KOHLER again in the future (hopefully getting to see more destruction.)

benetone team kohler commercial

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Exquisite locations, first class accommodations, solid crew: Thailand has it all and more.

In 2008, Weinstein Company was ready to roll out its latest project titled Shanghai to be shot on location in the Chinese port of the same name when tragedy strikes. The Chinese authorities unexpectedly revoked the permit a week prior to the shooting, which meant the company had to walk away from the sets that had been built at a cost of US$ 3 million. Moreover, they were now forced to look around for a new location that could imitate the Chinese city in addition to building new sets quickly, efficiently and at a lower cost.  

Luckily the solution was not that far away. The production company chose Thailand and discovered that locations like Hua Lamphong Railway Terminal, Si Racha, Chachoengsao and Samut Songkhram, were precisely what they were looking for. The project got underway and by August 2008, the production was wrapped.  

The above incident is one of the many instances where Thailand has been chosen to be a double for well known international places. Other well known examples include: Ridley Scott choosing Chiang Mai to shoot parts of 2007’s American Gangster, as did Sylvester Stallone for his fourth installment of Rambo in the same year; Werner Herzog’s PoW drama Rescue Dawn cheated Thailand for Vietnam in 2005.

This tactic has not been limited to feature films alone. Many of the international commercials have been shot in Bangkok and surrounds, with the city doubling as New York, Medieval Europe, modern China and New Orleans. This award winning commercial from Acer (China), which we at Benetone Films had a pleasure of working with; cheated the streets of Bangkok as one of the busy streets of a Chinese metropolitan city. Our work with UOB commercial showcases a high upper class international feel closer to Europe which was once again shot in Thailand!

Of course, international producers are not turning to Thailand on the strength of its beautiful locations alone. The other reasons that make Thailand such an attractive place for shooting are its versatility, flexibility, modern infrastructure and its cheap, experienced and hard working crew. Additionally, the local officials are churning out incentives making shooting in the country more attractive than ever. 

Benetone Films itself in the recent years has been seeing more and more commercials being shot here in Thailand. Our clients from US, Indonesia, India, Israel, China and etc. share the same sentiments to the attractiveness of Thailand and have been coming back to shoot with us again and again citing services from a leading production company like us as another highlight of working in Thailand.

Truly there exist no boundaries in Thailand to unleash your imagination and making your vision come true.
To work with us in bringing your vision to life, please feel free to contact Khun Kulthep or Khun Rachvin at

You can also look at more commercials which were line produced by us at our YouTube Channel

Acer: the Journalist’s Best Friend

Life of a journalist is a busy one.  A journalist is required to always be on the move for the news never waits for anyone or as this commercial from Acer highlight, there is a little time to get an interview.

The Acer Journalist commercial line produced in Thailand by Benetone Films was developed by DDB China Group, the company known for many Effies they have had won in their illustrious history. To be working with one of the renowned creative agency of the world was an experienced to be cherished; more so when the commercial was a part of the campaign that went to win an Effie.

The commercial depicts an hour in a journalist’s life in which he had to rush across the city to interview a celebrity interviewee. The man had to fight the traffic jam, push his way through the crowd on a train and take a shortcut through a kitchen to accomplish his goal. In the end, he sat on the stairs, sending the report on his Acer notebook as other journalists are rushing to get the interview.

You can watch the video below. 

The whole video is very fast paced from the outset. We followed the guy as he tried to reach his target and in the end as he sent in his report, we can’t help but cheered for him. The Acer notebook completed his task by sending in the report quickly without fail.

What do you think of the commercial?      

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