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”.

We’ll post updates once the video is ready!

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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