Production In China: An Introduction

May 11, 2020

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Want to know more about shooting in China? See below for an introduction to China locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.


Production In China: An Introduction

Shanghai is China’s financial capital and is also the main center for advertising. Beijing is the cultural capital of China and focuses more on TV and film production.

Most multinational companies have their China headquarters based in Shanghai therefore you will find most China head offices of international advertising agencies also based in Shanghai. Beijing agencies tend to look after the domestic brands. Beijing budgets are smaller than Shanghai budgets but the volume of work is much larger.

The advertising industry in Shanghai was mostly built by industry professionals from Taipei and Hong Kong. The Beijing advertising industry is dominated more by local industry professionals. Tapping into either the Shanghai or Beijing industry therefore requires a markedly different approach.

Of the main Chinese advertising centers – Shanghai, Beijing Taipei and Hong Kong, Beijing is in many ways the least established and the fastest growing.

Guangzhou is another Chinese production center worth mentioning. The set construction capability in terms of quality and cost is very impressive. It is also located only one hour from Hong Kong so access to Hong Kong’s production resources is easy and inexpensive.