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The Latest Industry News for the Exciting World of Production.
By: Magda Pescariu | August 9, 2012
Moviemaking fascinates. Always did, always will. What happens behind the closed doors of a studio, in the rehearsal room before the shooting of that crucial first scene, on the green screen stages, or on the remote and mysterious locations scouted worldwide is everybody's curiosity and business nowadays, with little or no boundaries respected. We love the stories and the gossip, the educated guesses and the innuendos, the actors caught without makeup, eating junk-food or kissing the wrong person at the wrong time, the on-set romances and the dramatic break-ups. Ah, human nature ...
However, there is a certain part of moviemaking - less glamorous and much less spectacular - that interests only a few chosen ones, all seasoned professionals--innovative and knowledgeable--who are always on top of it. It being the Film Production Support with everything it involves. And no small part of this support is the Travel Services for Film Production. And here we are, setting the right safety net in place for your production needs:
Perfect Tour, Inc. bridges two continents famous for film production. With its headquarters in Bucharest, Romania and US-Division in Los Angeles, California, Perfect Tour is the main travel source when it comes to assisting international film and commercials production anywhere in the world.
We negotiate the best air fare for Individual Flight Booking and Air Charters.
We expertly handle all types of housing requests for your Film Production needs:
Executive & Crew Accommodation
Hotels & Corporate Housing
Condos, Apartments & Rent-a-villa
Home & long-term housing
From basic Rent-a-car service to complex arrangements for ground transportation, we take care of everything: limos, sedans, buses and charter coach.
We provide cost efficient Itinerary & Logistic Consultation and the best transportation options for your film or commercial production's specific requirements (travel/stay/VIP & private tours).
We offer Personal Luxury Travel Packages for VIPs and A-List members of the Entertainment Industry:
Private Jet Rentals
Most Coveted Shows Extravaganza
Our staff is here for you 24/7 with personalized assistance and prompt service in numerous languages
We take you directly to the coveted filming locations, including to locations in Romania, a country with amazingly varied geography and the perfect destination for film production.
At the beginning of this summer, the American journalist Erin Caslavka and photographer Jon Deinzer put Perfect Tour's offer to the test and took their readers with them on a rollercoaster of noteworthy and enjoyable experiences. Their "Movie Magic" story is a true eye-opener and challenges some of the assumptions, feelings and biases Westerners still hold toward Eastern European countries and their serious business commitment.
"Last night's rainfall had saturated the road that ran through town, keeping dirt to a minimum. Nevertheless, my boots stuck to the mud-caked planks as I made my way across the street from the saloon to the general store. From somewhere in the distance, I heard the whinnying of horses in their stables; the church bells, however, were silent. And over at the Z. Pickett Hotel, the door and windows were boarded up tight. Where is everyone? Was there a showdown set to happen at 'High Noon,' or would the townsfolk suddenly spring into action once the rain-soaked road had dried?"
"This is part of the set we used for the History Channel miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys," explains Bogdan Moncea jovially. "It's been used in a variety of productions, including Cold Mountain." Mr. Moncea is Marketing Director for Castel Film Studios, a full-service production facility 45-minutes outside Bucharest, Romania. On a property that exceeds 100 acres, there are sound stages, outdoor sets (such as the aforementioned "old west" town, an urban street, and a medieval village), a horse stable, moveable props in the shape of everything from fabricated haystacks to fiberglass cannons, a full-service cafeteria, and 37-acres of forest.
Those acres of forest came in handy during the filming of Cold Mountain, the Anthony Minghella-directed period drama starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. After months of location scouting for areas of the world that could emulate the American South during the Civil War, Minghella decided that Romania fit the bill - geographically and financially. When elaborate battle scenes needed to be shot, the forest that's part of the Castel Films' property was filled with costumed soldiers and transformed into an American battlefield.
The studio had already been in business when Cold Mountain came to town in 2003, but that movie really cemented the reputation of Romania as a fantastic bargain (in terms of production costs), as well as a place where old-world craftsmanship can still be found. Onsite prop shops provide the services of carpenters, fabricators and technicians who can craft and shape moulds, furniture, automotive machines, electrical wiring and metal work. Costume designers and tailors are also on hand to create authentic reproductions of period clothing. In the case of Cold Mountain, over 1,250 historically-accurate Civil War-era costumes were created, including pants, dresses, shirts, boots, gloves, belts, buckles, buttons, emblems and war medals.
Castel Film Studio is the largest full-service studio and film production company in the country and one of the busiest in Central/Eastern Europe. With nine available sound stages, lakefront access, the nearby forest, and a cafeteria that can seat up to 200 and cater for 1,200, it's no surprise that more than 160 feature films and 800 commercials have been shot there.
Although we were lucky enough to be treated to a private tour, visitors to Romania can take advantage of a unique opportunity: Castel Film Studios is open to guests. By prior arrangement, groups can coordinate tours of the facility - visiting the sound stages where snowy, winter wonderlands have been created, the medieval village where the film Barbarossa was shot, or the urban street where a car chase might happen right before your eyes.
While you might not see Kevin Costner or Nicole Kidman strolling the rain-soaked streets of a western town while you're there, you will be captivated by the magic behind the movies shot in a Romanian film studio.
Arrangements to tour Castel Film Studios can be handled through Perfect Tour, Inc., the company that arranged my visit.
Perfect Tour is the third-largest travel company in Romania, and is a widely-experienced travel source when it comes to assisting international film and commercials production in Romania, as well as independent travelers. We worked with its US division, Pacific Perfect Tour, to help us make the connections we needed with the Romanian film production facility."
They can be contacted at:
Pacific Perfect Tour
Phone: (818) 726-5151 / Daniela Ionescu
For more information go to: http://www.perfect-tour.com/perfect_tour_provides_travel_services_for_movie_production_companies.html