Well my happy news today is that I'm off to Xiamen in Southern China to lens a feature... my less happy news is that I'm supposed to be leaving in just eight days time, and I therefore have a whole lot to prepare with very little time to prepare it
So I was wondering if anyone here has been through the experience of shooting in China, and could share any tips or info, particularly in regards to bringing gear into and out of the country?
I'll be travelling as light as possible, but that will still involve bringing (at a minimum):
- A Sony F5
- A couple of Zeiss PL zooms
- A tripod
- Couple of Area48 remote phosphor lights
- Small selection of assorted lighting modifiers
Given that we're talking about the better part of $90,000 of equipment, my biggest concern is how easily I'll be able to bring the gear into and out of China, and what I'd need to prepare or bring with to make sure everything happens smoothly (i.e. without confiscations or duties levied against the value of the gear).
Also, if anyone happens to know a gaffer or key grip based in Xiamen City, I'd certainly appreciate the contact!