Cambodia a Real Option for Filming in Exotic Locations

It’s only been a few years now that filming in Cambodia has become a more frequent filming location. From independent films such as Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom to Hollywood blockbusters such as Tomb Raider and Transformers, it has become any cinematographers dream. You can take a boat across the Mekong and feel like you stepped back in time hundreds of years as you wander the dusty road and rice paddies. Cambodia’s incredible landscape is covered with unspoiled natural beauty, splendid rice fields, palm trees, countryside with mountains in the back ground, empty beaches, bustling markets, vibrant cities and the largest set of ancient temples in the world forming a harmonious whole. Above all this, its people, their charm and warm-hearted hospitality make shooting in Cambodia a real option for shooting in exotic Asian locations.

Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom is a beautifully shot independent documentary shot in various locations around Cambodia. It’s an undertaking that demonstrates that you don’t need to be a Hollywood production company to film in exotic locations. It’s also a film that truly shows the photogenic Cambodia it is.

Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom is a pilot episode for a thrilling travel adventure series. Episode 1  takes you on a journey like no other. Traveling in his wheelchair, filmmaker Mitch St. Pierre and friends Skot and Shawn set out on a journey in search of Cambodia’s legendary Bamboo Express, an alleged train made out of bamboo. As the team treks into the unknown they encounter ancient ruins, floating villages and many more unusual scenarios and awe-inspiring moments.

Here is another beautiful example of an Independent Movie shot in Cambodia.

Did I mention that Transforming Robots spawn from Cambodian Temples? – When Nicholas Simon, Producer of Indochina Productions announced the third series of the science-fiction “Transformers 3 – Dark Side of the Moon” would be shot in Cambodia at the Angkor Temple Complex and Bokor Hill Station, he had this to say about Cambodia. ”

“We want to shoot in Cambodia as it is one of the most beautiful countries around. With both Angkor Wat and Cambodia’s natural wonders, we will be able to maintain the large production scale of TRANFORMERS while giving the impression that the story is traveling all around the planet earth,” said Mr. Nicholas Simon in his letter addressed to Cambodian Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith.

This production will highlight the beauty the Angkor Temple Complex to a worldwide audience, he said, adding that it is estimated that over 500 million people have seen the previous two Transformers and with TRANFORMERS 3, millions more will discover the beautiful landscapes and cultural heritage of Cambodia.

Mr. Simon also recalled his good experiences in film production working in Cambodia on projects such as ORACLE, Matt Dillon’s CITY OF GHOSTS and Legendary Pictures’ I AM THAT MAN.

As Cambodia has become more developed in the recent years, more and more big budget movies are being filmed in there. There is a large expat community in Cambodia due to the presence of more than 3,000 NGO’s and foreign businesses which makes it easy to find Caucasian extras. The road and hotel infrastructures, as well as widespread internet and mobile networks (3.5G) have improved the country’s capacity to host larger productions. We also have specialist professional helicopter companies, speedboat rental and motor homes for actors, all of which have developed to meet the needs of an expanding industry.

You can only imagine that the hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider would require this infrastructure. Some of the most beautiful scenes in the movie were shot in Cambodia. The temple on the in Cambodia on which Lara hands lands on is Phnom Bakheng which is just outside the South Gate of the city of Angkor Thom. Next, when we see her drive her jeep off, Lara is at Bayon, at the center of Angkor Thom. The temple with trees overgrown on it, where lara falls into the hidden tomb, is Ta Prohm.

The gaurdians at the door, the monkeys Lara fights are actually modeled after the ones at Banteay Srei, a temple located 25 Km’s from the main group of temples.

While filming the dramatic movie Beyond Borders in Cambodia, it inspired its lead actress Angelina Jolie to become more interested and active in third world aid and relief. She also adopted her son Maddox while filming in Cambodia.

The president of an international relief organization commended the film: “Beyond Borders is an accurate portrayal of the desperation of the people on both sides of the equation – those who are in need and those who are trying to help them.”

Also check out Angelina Jolies Journey to Cambodia Interview.

If you have any questions regarding filming in Cambodia, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Posted on June 28, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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