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What We Like: The 'Digital Studio ME' article on the experiences of an international filmmaker working in the Middle East

Achieving the authentic Middle Eastern touch, as desired by visual directors and producers, isn’t as terrifying as it sounds
What We Like: The 'Digital Studio ME' article on the experiences of an international filmmaker working in the Middle East

Writing exclusively for Digital Studio ME, UAE-based Mark Hobson, an Australian Director of Photography and a member of the Australian Cinematography Society, discusses the realities and benefits of filming in the Middle East.

He writes: "For most of the world outside the GCC states, when one thinks of the Middle East and film, some of the visuals that naturally come to mind are of a war-torn action film, beautiful desert landscape sequences, off-road automotive advertisements or luxurious tourism pieces in some of the world’s most iconic resorts.

"There are always a number of reasons involved in choosing one location over another for shooting a movie, TV show or commercial. The struggles can be endless. Scripts, permits, incentives, logistics, crew and equipment availability and the dirty word – finance, requiring some tough decisions to be made. But what is it like to actually film in the GCC Arab states? Is it tough? What can a producer from the outside expect?"

For the answers and to read the full article click here.

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