SHOOTING IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is an extremely straightforward place to film. Although filming permits are a necessity for any production, acquiring them is unproblematic. Vietnam has a very young film industry which allows for many productions to film in previously unseen and unexploited locations around the country. Filming in Vietnam will leave you with a great feeling. Vietnam has a fantastic array of locations and the crews are as hard working as anywhere in the world. Lighting, Grip and 35mm camera equipment is readily available and our production staff are world class. However you need to make sure that you have all of the correct approvals to shoot. As such, organization prior to every film shoot needs to be exhaustive and diligent.

EQUIPMENT

The following is a small selection of equipment available in Vietnam.

  • ARRI 435 ES
  • ARRI III CAMERA
  • ARRI BL III / BL IV
  • RED cameras
  • Many HD cameras
  • All cameras come complete with full accessories
  • Full complement of lenses, filters, etc.
  • Full complement of Grip equipment including dolly and cranes.
  • Full complement of lighting.
  • Grip, Lighting and Camera trucks.
  • Full complement of Grips, Gaffers and assistants

LOCATIONS

Not only is Vietnam very cost competitive when it comes to film production, Vietnam has amazing locations, many unseen to outsiders- bustling modern cities, rainforests, mountains, sandy deserts, pristine countryside and beautiful white, sandy beaches all are within driving distance of major cities. Moving around locations is very cost efficient in Vietnam due to the close proximity of locations, saving your productions much valued time and, of course, money. Starfilm's location managers have extensive files and portfolios on the region for your viewing. If you are looking for something different, our experienced location scouts will find it for you.

Soaring mountains, a killer coastline and radiant rice fields, Vietnam is simply stunning. Blanketed from head to toe with a patchwork of emerald-green rice paddies, timelessly tended by peasant women in conical hats, Vietnam is a country of contrasts, offering a great variety of travel experiences.

CLIMATE

The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and subtropics, local conditions vary from frosty winters in the far northern hills to year-round, sub-equatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta. Temperatures average from 25-28 Celsius year round.

GETTING THERE

Vietnam is located in the very heart of South East Asia. Ho Chi Minh City is approximately one hour flying time from Bangkok and one and a half hours from Singapore.

There are three international airports in Vietnam. Tan Son Nhat airport serves Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and is Vietnam's busiest international air hub. Hanoi's Noi Bai airport is the destination of choice for those concentrating on northern Vietnam, while a handful of international flights also serve Danang airport, a useful gateway to the charms of central Vietnam.

Dining out is where Vietnam comes into its own. Restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets. All major hotels as well as a growing number of boutique hotels are located in Vietnam and transport is readily available.

GEOGRAPHY

Located in South East Asia, Vietnam is bound by the South China Sea to the East, Laos and Cambodia to the West and borders with China to the North. The country is divided into 3 regions:

  1. North: Characterized by its mountainous regions, the Red River Delta, and plains.
  2. Central: High plateaus, alluring beaches, and lagoons are the main attractions for visitors, coupled with the allure of the ancient city of Hue.
  3. South: The Mekong River and the magic of Ho Chi Minh City (previously 'Saigon') ensures that visitors to the country travel the length and breadth of Vietnam.

CITIES

Hanoi, the Capital of Vietnam is one of the most enticing cities in Asia with tree-lined boulevards, lakes, parks, weathered colonial buildings, elegant squares and well maintained French villas. Despite being the capital of the world's 14th most populous country, the city remains small and compact, historic and charming.

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the country is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It still wears its French influence for all to see with wide boulevards and French architecture. The streets consist of street markets, shops, pavement cafes and sidewalk vendors. The choice of restaurants is outstanding and the city also boasts some classy boutiques.

CURRENCY

The official currency may be Vietnam dong (d), but the US dollar is pretty widely accepted. 1 USD equals approximately 16,000 VN dong. The Time Difference is GMT+7.

VISA

Visas are necessary for all passport holders. Arranging the paperwork for a Vietnamese visa has become fairly straightforward. It is possible to arrange a visa on arrival through a Vietnamese travel agent. They will need passport details in advance and will send a confirmation for the visa to be issued at your airport of arrival. Alternatively, Starfilm can arrange your Visa to be collected on arrival.

VACINATIONS

No compulsory vaccinations.

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