China has the second largest economy in the world thanks to stark rapid growth over the last few decades and projections show it eventually climbing to number one. Very much like its booming economy, China’s film industry, although not without its restrictions, has experienced swift growth since the country has relaxed its regulations starting in 2001.
Mbrella Films is able to give complete film production services in China. You can contact us any time for your filmmaking needs via the form below, telephone or email. Read further as we delve into the full and unique film production services that Mbrella provides in China, along with the array of breathtaking locations on offer.
Film Production Services in China
In China, you’ll find a range of production houses varying in film production specialties and prices. The largest production houses are situated in Shanghai and Beijing.
Mbrella Films facilitates every type of film production in these cities as well as other major cities in China. This can include short TVC’s to big-budget feature films which have access to eminent local production houses and remarkable infrastructure.
In addition, China has a blend of cinematic cities with temples, palaces, costumes and props indicative of Ancient China. An example of this is the China Film Group Digital Film Production Base which is located in Yangsong Town, Huairou District of Beijing. This enormous area offers up a one stop high quality space supplying services for film and TV filmmakers and producers from around the world. It houses 16 studios and 15 of those studios have outdoor weather ‘senses’ allowing its sliding roofs to be removed when necessary. These studios come equipped with everything needed from script to post, from digital workshops to underwater shooting ranges.
Acquiring film permits in China can be straightforward, yet it requires detailed information about your shoots and equipment used etc. Going between cities will require different permits and the process to acquire these permits can take up to around 1 month, which we facilitate.
Mbrella Films can help you with film and TV production services anywhere in China. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. Keep reading to find out more about China’s wonderful filming locations and crew and equipment offerings.
China Filming Locations
In Beijing, China’s capital with a population of over 20 million, lies the Temple of Heaven. This ancient architectural marvel was built under the reign of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City. The temple is located in Dongcheng Beijing, south of the Forbidden City on the east side of Yongnei Dajie and was completed along with The Forbidden City in 1420. The design and layout of the temple is symbolic and has had a far reaching influence on architecture in the Far East over a number of centuries that followed its completion. Originally known as the temple of Heaven and Earth, it was later extended and renamed the Temple of Heaven in the 16th century during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor. The Great Wall of China is also just a short drive from Beijing.
Jiuzhaigou National Park, or Jiuzhaigou Valley, is located in Jiuzhaigou County, which is 450 kilometers north of Chengdu and has been described as dreamlike scenery. It’s beautiful dreamlike scenery consists of emerald lakes, waterfalls, forests, snow-capped mountains, and the traditional customs of the Tibetan and Qiang peoples.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sight, is also the first national forest park in China. It is famous for having more than 3000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks, seen through the park, which make it a remarkable world gem. You may have also seen this seemingly outer worldly landscape in the movie AVATAR, as it served as the movie’s inspiration for the notable Hallelujah Mountain and the world of Pandora in the movie’s setting.
There are other breathtaking sights and scenery in China such as the living ancient water town of Xitang that has a history of more than 1000 years. Its architectural characteristics include 104 old bridges and 122 old lanes. This amazing location was also featured in the blockbuster movie Mission Impossible 3 starring Tom Cruise.
China Film Crew and Production Equipment
In China you’ll find a good number of English speaking directors, and DOP’s which include many expats who are based in China. The local crews have been rapidly gaining more experience since a host of visiting productions have started filming here. Film productions that have been hosted in China include The Great Wall, Skyfall, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Ghost in the Shell . Crews are non-union with negotiable rates and hours as well as flexible budgetary requirements. Translators are also provided for the local crew to help productions run smoothly, however, production support personnel are English fluent.
China’s production houses possess mostly Arri grade cameras. Although China is an ATA carnet country and other equipment is easily accessible through import from Hong Kong where you can also acquire equipment such as Fly-Cam, Steady-Cam, and Motion Control for more complicated shoots.
Mbrella’s film production teams have firm roots and networks set up in China. For any and all inquiries about this wonderful production location, please reach out to us any time by email or phone. We would gladly relish the opportunity to help bring out the best in your next film production project.