SHooting in Dubai
Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:23 AM
I will be 1stACing a music video next week and renting a 435 package equipment there. Apparently 2 loaders have been hired and the production says they speak English but so far judging from the vague information they have supplied me with, I can't be assured anything. Is the equipment reliable? Are the assistants experienced enough? Is there anything I should be careful with? As for the film, we plan to develop it at Kodak Dubai and take it back with us to Japan, would there be any problems with telecine or extra steps I should take beforehand? Any info would help-thanks!
Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:30 AM
However, after traveling through Europe, I have to say that the safest I felt anywhere was in Dubai. We were actually able to leave some gear in our van without concern, which is something I wouldn't have dreamed about doing anywhere else.
The language is not a problem either. A very small percentage of residents there are native Arabs and from my experience, ALL of them spoke flawless English. You'll also find a very large population of British, some Australian, some Philippine, some Indian, and a few from the Americas.
They have McDonald's, KFC, Cinnabon plus a lot of other very Western food choices. Plus the biggest mall I've ever seen, The Mall of the Emirates which has an indoor ski slope.
Point being, this is a very Westernized country and very friendly. You'll see a lot of signs in Arabic, but just about everything has English too because of the population and its history. They are trying very hard to attract international investors and money seems to be no object.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 11:50 AM
Posted 20 September 2007 - 11:10 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 12:00 AM
Thanks for the responses, the production is gathering equipment from several rental houses (names not given) but I feel much better knowing the place is westernized!
It's a lot like Vegas, only without the gambling. It has Los Angeles-like traffic, smoggy days, and tall skyscrapers. I didn't get the chance, but evidently they have excellent golf courses so take your clubs if you can.
Be aware that their postal service is not the best. If you need to mail anything internationally, DHL is the company of choice for Dubai. FedEx will deliver, but it took far longer than the DHL.
Also, check the weather before you go. It gets up to 120 F in the Summer! That's HOT!
Posted 21 September 2007 - 10:11 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 11:04 PM
Edited by Brian Dzyak, 21 September 2007 - 11:06 PM.