Minha Vida em Marte: Behind the Scenes

Recently, our team at Brazil Production Services got the behind-the-scenes pictures of the American unit of Minha Vida em Marte - filmed in New York City and entirely produced by us at BPS! The movie was seen by almost a million people in the first weekend and joined the list of the 10 most watched Brazilian films since 1995!

Below you can check out the Brazilian and American crew working together, including director Susana Garcia. And also, never seen before moments of Monica Martelli and Paulo Gustavo and other actors like Ricardo Pereira. The film has scenes shot at Times Square, Central Park, AFA gallery, Sixty Soho Hotel, Greenwich Village and others. Check it out!



BRINGING EQUIPMENT INTO BRAZIL FOR YOUR FILM, TV OR PHOTO SHOOT

You may be wondering how to handle Brazilian customs if you are going to bring your gear with you. Will you need a Carnet? Or is there another way to import the gear into the country temporarily?

ATA CARNET OR EDBV: Since 2016, Brazil accepts both forms!

Brazil is a full signatory of the Carnet convention, so this is an option for those bringing equipment into Brazil as checked luggage.

Or, what you can also do, is fill out a Brazilian form called the EDBV, which is available on the local customs and tax authority website.

THE ATA CARNET:

Even though it was considered to be a priority for the 2014 Soccer World Cup, Brazil only entered the ATA Carnet system at the end of June 2016, just a few weeks ahead of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics. The ATA Carnet is ideal for this type of event allowing for hassle free, temporary importation of the necessary goods for the occasion. Brazil is currently accepting ATA Carnets for the intended uses of Professional equipment and exhibitions/fairs.

A Carnet or ATA Carnet (pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 87 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months.

The ATA Carnet is branded as the passport for goods. ATA is an acronym created from the French and English phrases Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission. It’s a widely used international customs document that permits the tax-exempt importation of goods for a limited period of time up to the maximum of 1 year. The ATA Carnet system has been adopted in over 80 countries and territories on every continent

The ATA Carnet is an efficient method for the temporary importation of goods. The unified and globally accepted system is beneficial for those who need to import goods temporarily and want to reduce taxes, fees and bureaucracy.

How the ATA Carnet works:

The ATA Carnet is applicable for just about anything. The International Chamber of Commerce, the ICC, states that if you can name it and it’s not consumable or perishable, then the ATA Carnet will most likely be applicable. Those wishing to utilize the system apply for the document in their home country with the adequate information, itinerary, and destination for the subject goods. More than one country may be included on the itinerary which allows for temporarily imported goods to go from country to country without having to be returned to the home country and exported again under a new ATA Carnet.

The ATA Carnet is a lot simpler, faster and more cost-effective method for temporary importation of goods into a country. To obtain the document, the proper paperwork must be filed and fees paid. Then, a form of collateral is put into place, normally a bond, and is used to insure compliance of the terms and conditions set forth by the ATA Carnet governing body, the ICC. The collateral is returned or cancelled once the goods have re-entered the country of origin, all terms and conditions have been met, and any claims made by foreign governments have been resolved.

EDBV

The EDBV (Declaração Eletrônica de Bens de Viajantes) is an Electronic Declaration of Traveler’s goods and it functions much like a carnet - it grants the traveler the permission to temporarily import video production equipment into Brazil. It’s an online process to register the equipment that you are bringing with you to do your shoot. The process happens directly on the Brazilian Tax Authority’s website.

Steps:

1) First, you must fill out the EDBV form online (LINK). At the end of the process, you will be assigned a barcode. You will need to print that form and bring it with you on your flight with your equipment.

2) After arriving in Brazil, while still at the airport, you will go through Brazilian customs. At customs, there is a line that says “goods to declare” and “no goods to declare,” you will need to take the “Goods to Declare” line. Customs officials will check your EDBV and your equipment to make sure that everything that’s listed on your EDBV matches the equipment in your cases.

3) Once the custom’s official see that your gear is all “ok”, they will give you another form that lists your equipment and that contains a section that has an entry date on it and an exit date on it. They will stamp the entry date section of this form and let you through. You need to walk away with a stamped form, otherwise you may have issues later on.

4) Lastly, after your shoot in Brazil is done, you will have to get to the airport early, go back to the customs office and go through the process of checking your form and equipment again so that you are granted an exit stamp. Once you have an exit stamp, keep your form for your records. At that point, you are free to go and do the check in of your equipment and luggage and hop on the plane to leave Brazil.

This process is free of charge, but a bit of a hassle due to the extremely buggy Tax Authority website and the unfriendly and often non-English speaking officials that are usually working the Brazilian customs area. But fear not - BPS is here to help!

When you hire us to be your production partner in Brazil, we take care of all your needs in regards to the temporary importation of your production equipment. All we will need from you is the list of equipment you’re planning on bringing into Brazil and their serial numbers and replacement values. Once we have that information, we will take care of all the rest. We will fill out your EDBV form properly, so as to ensure that you will have no problems with the customs officials. And for an extra fee, we can arrange for a customs broker to meet you at the airport to troubleshoot any customs mishaps that may occur during your entry and exit process with the customs officials.


For any other questions, feel free to e-mail us at info@bps.tv!

BPS PRODUCES BRAZIL UNIT OF DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 2019 TEMPLETON PRIZE WINNER MARCELO GLEISER

Last March, Brazil Production Services partnered up with Freshfly to produce the Brazil Unit of a documentary about Marcelo Gleiser - the 2019 Templeton Prize winner. The award “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.”

Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian-born professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is the first Latin American to be awarded the Templeton Prize!

Marcelo Gleiser at Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The client’s briefing asked for specific locations such as beautiful beaches, a house with large windows, running trails and a fishing colony. It was also important to translate into images the energy of the city of Rio de Janeiro for the B-roll.

BPS gave Freshfly many options to choose from and, with the go ahead of their creative team, we secured locations like the Copacabana Beach, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and others.

Our team also provided local bilingual crew, a trustworthy team that brought on equipment, props, costumes and did the fishermen casting. The men in the final cut of the film are all real local fishermen that go out on boats fishing in Copacabana everyday. We also provided many options for the young boy role, but Marcelo thought his nephew was the best one to portray him.

We filmed at the Copacabana Beach with minimal equipment during the day and at night.

Behind the Scenes - American and Brazilian team filming a reenactment of Marcelo Gleiser’s life.

The Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) is Marcelo’s alma mater and we reached out to them to get some shots of Marcelo’s visit. The University was very welcoming and it’s definitely a great location! The school was featured before in big Brazilian movies like Elite Squad. After talking directly to PUC’s Physics department, we found out that Enio Frota - Marcelo’s professor during his school years - was still there and he agreed to be filmed having a friendly conversation with Marcelo around the campus and also in a classroom .

Behind the Scenes photo of Marcelo Gleiser talking to Enio Frota at PUC.

Running in the nature is also very important to Marcelo. They wanted to capture shots of him running in a forested area. Our team got a very experienced drone operator to follow him on the beautiful trails of Jardim Botânico - Rio’s prestigious Botanical Garden.

Drone footage of Marcelo running at the Botanical Garden.

After the filming was done, Freshfly gave us the feedback we are always looking for - the one of a satisfied client!

“It was a pleasure working with all of you.  I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues, and I hope we come back to Rio sometime soon.”

Take a look at the final video released by the John Templeton Foundation:

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BPS PRODUCES UBER CAMPAIGN IN SÃO PAULO

Last April, Brazil Production Services partnered up with the dutch company Media Monks to produce a campaign for Uber. A film about the heartwarming stories shared between Uber drivers and their passengers. A sensitive film about human connections and true moments that bring people closer to each other.

Their idea was to make the drivers the stars of the videos and appreciate and recognize the job they do. They did bits in many countries around the world, focusing on diversity. When it was time for them to film in Brazil, they contacted us to make it happen!

Our team at BPS put our heads together to supply all their production needs. We started the project casting real Uber drivers in São Paulo. We had to find people that love driving around sharing moments and experiences with their Uber passengers. We had a lot of applicants and gave our clients many options so they could choose who would be in the movie.

BPS made all the arrangements so the Netherlands crew would feel comfortable and safe shooting in Brazil. We explained to them all the requirements for foreign productions in Brazil, put together a bilingual crew of trustworthy professionals in São Paulo and made it happen! We also sourced out and rented all the equipment required for both shooting days.

A last minute requirement was having a special license plate made for the film. The clients wanted a real looking plate, but with specific numbers and letters. Our team quickly found a place that could make the prop for us.

The crew filmed all around the city of São Paulo - Vila Madalena, Pinheiros, Rua Augusta, Alto de Pinheiros e Vila Olímpia. Both days went well and we got great feedback from the Media Monks team:

“Thank you so much for all your help and all your hard work. Truly appreciate it!”

Another great BPS shoot in the bag! Check out how the video came out below:

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BRAZIL DROPS VISA REQUIREMENT FOR AMERICAN, CANADIANS, AUSTRALIANS AND JAPANESE CITIZENS

The good news are in!

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan will no longer need tourist or business visas to go to Brazil starting on June 17th, 2019.

These countries require visas from Brazilians looking to enter their territories and thus Brazil did too, as part of a reciprocity policy. However, starting in 2018, that reciprocity policy began to change as an effort by the Brazilian government to encourage tourist and business travel by citizens of these four countries. In January of 2018, the Brazilian government instituted an online process to get a visa. The called it the Electronic-Visa (or E-visa), which made the visa process for tourists and business travelers easier and cheaper. This move by the government also pointed towards a possible complete future extinction of visa requirements for citizens of these four countries.

And so it is that starting tomorrow, June 12th, 2019, the E-Visa will be phased out and as of June 17th, 2019, American, Japanese, Australian and Canadian citizens will only need a valid passport to travel to Brazil for business or tourism.

Visitors will be granted a stay of up to 90 days, which can be extended once for the same period, as long as they do not exceed 180 days within a 12-month period, counted from the date of the first entry. If the regular stay is exceeded, the visitor will be considered an illegal alien subject to the applicable measures by the Brazilian government.

- Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles

Specially relevant to the work BPS does, citizens of these countries from now on, as long as they are being paid by companies in their countries of origin, are legally allowed to carry out filmmaking activities in Brazil without a visa. This is huge news for us here at BPS!

BPS can still be your partner in getting the ANCINE permit, but we are very happy that it is now easier for our foreign clients from these four countries to come and shoot projects in Brazil.

If you are from these or any other country and is looking to shoot in Brazil, you can take a look at this page and contact us for any additional help.

BPS PRODUCES SKATEBALL VIDEO FOR WIX WITH DIEGO RIBAS AND ISADORA PACHECO

Wix.com is a web development platform that was first developed by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.

Isadora Pacheco is a 14 year old award-wining Brazilian skater from Florianópolis. She’s been skating since she was 5 years old and started competing professionally at age 11 on the Vans Comb Pool championship in California - one of the most prestigious contests for skater girls.

A member of the Brazilian Skate Park National Team in 2018 and 2019, she is currently ranked eighth in the Word Skate ranking which is the international federation responsible for skateboard in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

A member of the Brazilian Skate Park National Team in 2018 and 2019, she is currently ranked eighth in the Word Skate ranking which is the international federation responsible for skateboard in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Recently, Isadora submitted her Wix website (https://www.isaskt.com) to a contest held by the Israeli company and she won. She has a stunning site with videos, gallery, blog and a store where she sells her T-shirt that says “Skate like a girl”.

So, Wix decided to make a video of her and her soccer idol Diego Ribas that plays for Rio de Janeiro’s biggest soccer team - Flamengo. Isadora had no idea she was about to meet Diego and she was very surprised and excited once she was told she would be in a video with the player. Our clients from Wix wanted to make sure it would be a surprise till the last minute!

Our team at Brazil Production Services coordinated the entire shoot. We hired an all Brazilian crew and made all the arrangements for the Israeli director and clients that flew to Rio for the shoot. We got permission from Flamengo’s headquarters to film inside their club and rent all the equipment that was required to make a great video.

Our full crew, Isadora and Diego in Flamengo’s headquarters.

Our full crew, Isadora and Diego in Flamengo’s headquarters.

Wix wanted to capture footage of Isadora and Diego playing a new kind of sport that mixes soccer and skateboarding - Skateball. The video shows Diego playing skateball tricks with Isadora. While she shows her skateboard skills, he challenges her, passing her the ball for different tricks 

BPS had ramps and obstacles built inside Flamengo’s headquarters just for the shoot. They chose the colors of the team and Isadora had a blast skateboarding while Diego played with the ball.

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Behind the scenes - Israeli and Brazilian professionals working together with Diego Ribas.

Behind the scenes - Israeli and Brazilian professionals working together with Diego Ribas.

Our local fixers and crew also shot Isadora Pacheco doing her skate tricks at Lagoa’s and Ipanema’s Skateparks which are very common destinations for skaters in Rio de Janeiro.

Shooting at Lagoa’s Skate park.

Shooting at Lagoa’s Skate park.

Both shooting days were very successful and, once again, Brazil Production Services made sure the production went very smooth. Wix gave us some great feedback once the filming was done:

“From the beginning talking to the producers at BPS, I felt like we were in good hands and when arriving in Rio, after meeting everyone, we felt even more confident. Everyone clicked from the get-go. Shooting day was a lot of fun and we had good energy and I think both Diego & Isadora felt the same and were so into it. I hope we will have more chances to work together in the future”.

Check out how it came out:

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BPS PRODUCES NEW MUSIC VIDEO BY ANITTA IN LOS ANGELES

Brazil Production Services produced a music video for the new album "Kisses" by singer Anitta, which was released today!

The singer Anitta is launching herself internationally with this new album that has the song "Get To Know Me". Brazil Production Services has joined a Brazilian production company - Barry Company - to film the music video featuring the Swedish DJ Alesso.

After BPS filmed a promo for Spotify's Viva Latino, also with Anitta, Barry Company - company that produces a series of videos for the artist - called our office to make the video happen in Los Angeles.

Director João Papa - who also did the cinematography - had an innovative and creative vision for the project: a world in which everyone around Anitta is mannequins. While Anitta choreographed and sang, everyone around her was frozen, paralyzed - except for her. Check below how it came out:

BPS managed to book historic locations for the video.

We started the day filming at Paradise Cove Beach - private beach that is part of a restaurant in Malibu. The beach was once the setting for music videos by great artists like Coldplay, Fergie, Madonna and Britney Spears. It was also where the Beach Boys took pictures for the cover of one of their albums, the "Surfin 'Safari" and even Marilyn Monroe did a photoshoot there.

The same beach also served as a location for several Hollywood films: X-Men, Indecent Proposal, American Pie 2, Baywatch, SpongeBob, Lethal Weapon 4, The O.C series and many others.

We closed the entire Paradise Cove parking lot to serve as the base for our production crew and filmed on the sand at the beach.

Beach Boys Album Cover

Beach Boys Album Cover

Marilyn posing with Paradise Cove beach as backgorund

Marilyn posing with Paradise Cove beach as backgorund

Scene in American Pie 2

Scene in American Pie 2

Check out the pictures of the making of at the beach:

After the beach, we went to our next location, the "Dawnridge House" in Beverly Hills. It’s right next to actress Sharon Stone home! But the most interesting thing about the house is that it was built in 1949 by Tony Duquette - acclaimed artist and designer from Los Angeles.

House front

House front

Interior of one of the living rooms

Interior of one of the living rooms

Interior of another room

Interior of another room

Bought by the Wilkinson family after the designer's death in 2000, the house has a rich and unique decor. Ornamented with 17th century paintings, satin curtains, silk sofas, bronze pieces, Chinese porcelain and 18th century furniture, the house has already hosted many photoshoots: Salma Hayek for InStyle magazine, Shakira and Reese Witherspoon for the Harper's Bazaar and James Franco was photographed there for Man About Town magazine. Selena Gomez's promo for the song "Come and Get It" was also filmed in the mansion. In addition, the house has a lake full of fish and huge gardens interconnected by bridges and external constructions.

We finished the day at the famous Pann's Diner, in the American style!

The original restaurant, built in 1957 - called Holly's then - was the set of the epic diner scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction" with the actors Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

The place honors the experience by having memorabilia of the film around. After its demolition, Holly's gave way to Pann's Diner which was featured in films such as "The Return of Xander Cage" with Vin Diesel, "Next" with Nicolas Cage and "Bewitched" starring Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman in “Bewitched”

Nicole Kidman in “Bewitched”

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

From the mannequin rentals to getting locations, BPS produced completely, alongside Barry Company, the whole day of the filming of the new music video "Get to Know Me" with Anitta and participation of DJ Alesso.

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BPS TEAMS UP WITH LUBRIZOL CORPORATION

Brazil Production Services recently partnered up with the Lubrizol Corporation to make images and videos to create a visual bank for the lubricant company.

Lubrizol wanted to capture photos and videos of machines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and any other type of vehicle that use their products. BPS hired models, equipment, vehicles, location permits and all kinds of production services needed for the shoot.

We got access to one of the biggest industries in Brazil - the Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), they are the second major steel-maker company in Brazil. We also filmed all around the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro: in the Lapa Aqueduct, Avenue of the Americas and it’s cable-stayed bridge in Barra, also filmed around Downtown Rio and Ipanema Beach. Check out some making of pictures of both production days in Rio:



In São Paulo, we filmed all over the town: Luz Train Station, Chá Overpass, Faria Lima Avenue, 9 de Julho Avenue and at the Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge. For machines and industry equipment, we got permission to film and photograph inside the Lwart Group - they operate in used motor oil collection and re-refining and market pulp production. Below you can see some images of the two production days we had in São Paulo:

Even with some unexpected rain, the production days went pretty well in Rio and São Paulo! Our office in Los Angeles coordinated all the pre-production, we always kept in touch with our Brazil ground team during the filming, solving last minute issues and coordinating the wrap and equipment returns.

We value our clients at Brazil Production Services! We always hire the best Brazilian professionals for any kind of audiovisual production. No matter how challenging the project might seem, BPS is always with it’s doors opened to face new adventures - always with safety and professionalism!

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  • Making of images by our fixers Marcelo Bombarda and Pedro Botafogo.

CARIOCAS GO TO NORWAY!

Last week, BPS teamed up with a Norwegian production company to create a promotional tourism video. Our client wanted to find Brazilian grandkids and grandparents that had never seen snow before and bring them on a special trip from Brazil to Norway. BPS was tasked with the mission to find the perfect candidates for the video. After a long process of casting, we found them: grandparents Maria Teresa and Eduardo and their grandson Gabriel were the chosen ones.

Before the family boarded on their adventure, BPS worked with Norwegian director Robin Hansen-Tangen and filmed the family in Rio. We followed the family for an entire day, shot them at the beach and other scenic Rio locations and captured interviews with them about their excitement about their upcoming trip!

For the trip, they got new coats and jackets to face the Norwegian cold. They were ready to have their dream come true: seeing snow for the first time! Check the pictures below of the amazing experience they had in Norway.

Be sure to check back when we update the blog with the final video!

BPS PARTNERS WITH MICHAL SIEWERSKI TO PRODUCE HIS NEXT DOCUMENTARY

Brazil Production Services recently worked with Michal Siewierski, world renowned documentary filmmaker and director of Food Choices and Diet Fiction (both streaming on Amazon Prime). For his new project entitled Take Out, BPS was hired to provide local production support (crew, permits, transportation and other logistics) on the director’s Brazil shoots.

In São Paulo, we paired the director with Marcelo Bombarda, our go-to São Paulo fixer as well as experienced director of photography. There Michal interviewed the likes of João Gordo and Luisa Mel.

In Brasília, the DP Daniel Basil accompanied Michal on some rural adventures.

Salvador was the production’s last stop, aided by local DP Américo Conceição. The crew shot at the farm “Olhos D’Água” of Ernst Götsch, the pioneer who used a system of agriculture to revive an area degraded by intensive logging, to a lush green farm.

It was great working with Michal, and he left us a thoughtful review, that you can check below:

As an independent documentary filmmaker, I can not imagine shooting in Brazil without BPS. Brazil is a country with lots of bureaucracy when it comes to filming and it is also a country were you must know your way around. Even for someone like myself who lived there for 18 years as a child and teenager before moving to the US. By working with BPS I had an entire team at my disposal, I arrived in Brazil with all my paperwork ready, prepared by BPS before hand, which made my way through customs and federal police super easy. The airport officials really appreciate when you arrive with all the paperwork, permits and equipment description well organized and therefore treated me really well. Once the shoot began the BPS local crew was always on time, super professional, fun, and ready to work hard. The US team was in constant communication with myself and the local crew via a custom whatsapp group, and always made sure things were going well and on schedule, checking in with us multiple times per day. Having that extra level of support gave me a lot of peace of mind. You can not go wrong with BPS, they are the best in the business and I highly recommend them for any production project in Brazil, both large and small.
— Michal Siewierski, Director, TAKE OUT

UPDATE: BPS PRODUCES SPORTS SHOOT FOR DECATHLON IN BRAZIL

“The Seed” has been released by Decathlon! Take a look at the video and photos of the Brazilian unit of the production, made possible by the BPS team!

Below, take a look at our post about the experience of helping the team with the Brazilian unit of this production.

Brazil Production Services, the #1 production fixer service in Brazil, took the Orès producing team from France to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for a shoot for the French sports brand Decathlon.  From the manufacturer's office in São Paulo, to Avenida Paulista, passing through a favela soccer field and ending in  the waters of Grumari beach in Rio, the production accomplished traveled to several different environments in a short period of time. Curiously, some of the Brazil locations that BPS secured for the production were not meant to look like Brazil in the final video.

During our location scout for this project, our producers were given the mission of finding a boxing gym that looked like one in Ghana and a street basketball court that could exist in Iran. No doubt that the BPS team was up and ready for the task!  After a couple weeks of research, we finally found and secured the perfect locations that will surely transport audiences to the countries of Ghana and Iran. 

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BPS PRODUCES COMMERCIAL FOR NORWEGIAN CLIENT IN UBATUBA

A short while ago, Brazil Production Services went to the Southeast of Brazil to produce, alongside Manida Interactions, a shampoo commercial. Our client’s briefing demanded forests, trails and tropical beaches, so it was only natural that we suggested Ubatuba as an ideal location for the shoot.

A beautiful coastal area in the state of São Paulo, the Ubatuba region boasts over 100 tropical beaches that are framed by mountains and the lush green of Atlantic forests.

After initial research by our Los Angeles office, our favorite “nature” fixer (Pedro Botafogo) was dispatched on a scout to check on all the local details, locations and establish relationships with the service providers in the region before the arrival of the production team.

On the morning of the first shoot day, the team sailed on a schooner that set sail from Picinguaba on the way to the beautiful Couves Island (Ilha das Couves). They spent the entire day shooting on the island’s beaches, trails and on the sailing ship itself.

To take care and ensure impeccable work with the 6 models, BPS hired the experienced hair and make up artist Paulo Botelho and assistant Cacá Mendes.

The following days were used to shoot in other areas of Ubatuba like a local waterfall, the Sertão de Ubatumirim Bridge, and on the beautiful semi-private Portuguese Beach (accessible only during low tide) and other areas.

A small restaurant by the seaside was dressed to look like a Surf Shack so as to comply to the briefing.

New ideas came up in the midst of production and it was the local fixer’s job to assess the viability. The VW bug below was found on location and incorporated into one of our shots.

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At BPS we always aim to deliver the best service combined with the best benefits for our clients. For this project, the Bananal Ecolodge - with its beautiful lodgings and service - provided the team with accommodation as well as filming locations.

After 4 days, the team said goodbye to the sun kissed Ubatuba. Until next time!

OUR FIRST COLLABORATION WITH NETFLIX: CHEF’S TABLE - ALEX ATALA

Netflix’s Chef’s Table is currently in its sixth and possibly last season. Due to its potential ending, we saw it fitting to publish a blog entry about our participation on the show a few years ago. In 2015, Brazil Production Services was contacted by Boardwalk Pictures to produce a Brazilian episode of the groundbreaking show from the creators of Jiro: Dreams of Sushi. The Brazilian episode would focus on chef Alex Atala. We were of course very happy to assist.

Behind the scenes - Chef Alex Atal fine tunes one of his creations

Behind the scenes - Chef Alex Atal fine tunes one of his creations

Chef Alex Atala is a renaissance man known for his high end culinary fusion, where he combines elements of French haute cuisine with Brazilian ingredients. His São Paulo based restaurant, D.O.M., is one of the only restaurants in Brazil to be honored with two Michelin stars. The episode we shot with him focused on his life, philosophy and followed him on foraging trips to find rare regional ingredients with the help of local natives.

The chef cutting fish in the Amazon

The chef cutting fish in the Amazon

Some of the special local ingredients that Atala is fond of using on his cuisine are:

Tucupi

A yellow liquid extracted from a specific pressed type of yucca. It’s poisonous and must be boiled for at least 20 minutes so the acid volatilizes. It’s typical to the Amazon region and it’s used to season fish and meat - specially duck.

Priprioca

Another Amazon’s typical root. It was used originally by the cosmetic industry and chef Alex Atala developed an edible essence from it to be used in his dishes.

Jambu

The Jambu (Spilanthes oleracea) is a herb typical to the Amazon area known for causing an electric feel to the tongue.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

The production was shot at different times with two different units: São Paulo and Amazon. First, the crew did the São Paulo region where they shot at Atala’s restaurant and at his house. After that, they followed the chef to nearby locations like Ubatuba and Paraty. The second unit was shot months later deep in the Amazon forest - near the Colombian/Venezuelan border. BPS was responsible for all of the logistics of both production units including boat rentals, crew rentals, equipment rentals and accommodation.

Our production office rented a 9 seater plane in Manaus and coordinated with the local charter company to fly the crew to the remote area of the Alto do Rio Içana (Içana River). And then, BPS arranged with a jungle unit of the Brazilian military for the crew to be picked up and taken by boat to an army base next to Tunuí - where they were housed.

9 seater plane rented by production to access this very remote region

9 seater plane rented by production to access this very remote region

Close to the base, across the river, is the Baniwa village where production was happening daily. The Baniwan people are a dominant native tribe that lives in the region, they speak their own language and cultivate a type of spicy pepper that Atala uses in some of his dishes.

The crew and the local soldiers who assisted us making this episode happen

The crew and the local soldiers who assisted us making this episode happen

An aerial map of the area where production happened in the Amazon Forest

An aerial map of the area where production happened in the Amazon Forest

Production also went to the stop-over town of São Gabriel Cachoeira. The crew was welcomed by members of local Amazon tribes and met their translators.

A local helping Chef Atala.

A local helping Chef Atala.


Check out the trailer for the season:

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THE INS AND OUTS OF FILMING IN SÃO PAULO: A CASE STUDY

Brazil Production Services (BPS) prides itself in serving clients from many different nationalities who go to Brazil to film all kinds of film, TV and web projects; from the jungle to the beach, we are used to making productions happen in the most adverse of environments!  At first sight, a metropolis like São Paulo can seem less daunting to our foreign clients who come to Brazil to film projects than more remote locations such as the Amazon.  But experience has taught us that this concrete jungle also requires experienced guides to assist our international clients in their shoots. From chaotic traffic to specific permitting bureaus, navigating the ins and outs of São Paulo takes skill and knowledge that BPS has worked hard to acquire. 

Earlier this year, BPS assisted the Swedish production company B-Reel Films in filming the São Paulo unit of their world-wide commercial shoot for the truck brand Scania.  The commercial aimed to showcase some of the most important cosmopolitan hubs of the world and, right in the opening shot of the movie, we see that among these is the majestic urban centers of São Paulo.  As is true of every big city in the world, filming in São Paulo requires juggling a myriad of moving parts, hiring the best local crews, liaising with government authorities and obtaining different kinds of permits and authorizations.  And this is what we did on behalf of B-Reel to pull off a great shoot in São Paulo.

The creative brief that B-Reel brought required shooting at night through empty streets in urban areas of the city.  Finding empty streets in São Paulo took some strategic scheduling and planning, since the city is well know for its traffic jams.  The briefing also required that we hire a camera car for smooth "truck POV' shots.  In a city as modern and as well equipped as São Paulo, it was no problem for BPS to pull this off to achieve all of the moving shots required by our client.  

One of the most important shots of the film was the drive-by at the Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge (also known as the Suspended Bridge, or in Portuguese Ponte Estaiada).  In order to guarantee the shot exactly as the director needed it, BPS acted as a liaison with the São Paulo Film Commission and the city's Traffic Engineering  department to close down the bridge for the shoot. The operation was a success and rendered the opening shot of the commercial. 

In addition to closing the bridge and getting a camera car, BPS also assisted our clients with hiring a  local drone team that could fly an Alexa Mini with primes through the city.  We also sourced other local equipment rentals as well as local crew hires, insurance, planning and managing the shooting schedule, finding and permitting locations, hiring security, and all other production elements.  All in all, we are proud to say, that we obtained great results.

Check out below the results of our efforts, the two finished versions of the commercial campaign, one with São Paulo specific video, as well as the worldwide campaign film.

SÃO PAULO CAMPAIGN

WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN