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?"
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