Jordan has a long and illustrious history as an international shooting location dating back to the 1960s, when David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia filmed in the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum.
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It has been a high-profile couple of years for the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi. The iconic Etihad Towers played a starring role in one of the most spectacular chase scenes of Fast And Furious 7, in which the characters of Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker drive a sports car from one of the eight skyscrapers to another.
With the buzz around China’s box office and financing deals, the country still attracts international productions but can no longer be regarded as a low-cost destination to shoot. As the local film industry is booming, competition for cast, crew and equipment is fierce and costs are rising.
We are very selective. We’re looking for projects that fit the standard and quality of Dubai,” says Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC). “We’re talking to a few productions now who might consider Dubai as a location, for end 2017/early 2018. These things take time.”
Japan is yet to establish itself as a major international filming location with appeal beyond East Asia, and rarely hosts footloose high-budget international productions for more than a few days. The country has no formal filming incentive programme and is regarded as an expensive place to shoot.
As Malaysia starts to emerge from the shadow of regional production powerhouses China and South Korea, it has its sights fixed firmly on becoming a major locations player.
With a vibrant film industry that offers well-trained crews, locations incentives, co-operative film commissions and scenery that varies from seaside towns and leafy mountains to ultra-modern cityscapes, South Korea has been playing host to an increasing number of productions.
Taiwan’s second-largest city, Kaohsiung, is fast emerging as a popular international filming location. Huang Pu village, Wen Wu temple and Guomao community all featured prominently in the first 10 minutes of Sabu’s Berlin Competition title Mr Long. It was the cult director’s first film to shoot outside of his native Japan, inspired by several trips to Kaohsiung Film Festival.