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Does your script require exotic locations, breathtaking sceneries, unexploited world marvels? Are you tired of shooting in Thailand, Spain or South Africa? Or does your story simply take place in Vietnam but never thought you could shoot here?
Think Vietnam.
Think CREATV Company, your production partner in S.E. Asia.

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In March, the CREATV Company line produced a TVC in a magical location way up north of Vietnam, at the actual border with China. 20150322_081403 copy You don’t get to the Ban Gioc Waterfalls by chance. You need to deserve them. And the 10 hour ride from Hanoi is the price your body pays to be allowed to discover this astounding location. Listen to my advice, don’t take the Lang Son path as the punishment will be horrific. This road remembered by the French as Route Coloniale 4, the RC4 became the grave of thousands of men in 1950, four years before the debacle of Dien Bien Phu. I recommend you take the Highway through Thai Nguyen province then up the steep winding road all the way North, pass Cao Bang city until the car cannot go further. Across the Quay Son river, you hit China. BAN GIOC china The  Ban Gioc Waterfalls are actually a set of two falls. On the first one – to the left when you arrive onsite, water drops 30 meters from wild vegetation, while the second falls…20150322_105318 which are shared with China are much wider and water drops the height difference in stages. On our scout and shoot, the power outflow was not at it’s maximum as March is still in the dry season. Come June and you can see all the might of that real world marvel. 20150322_111406 copy If you enjoy rock climbing, you will be able to reach the first level of the water system and enjoy the panorama overlooking the site and our northern bordering neighbours. 20150322_155406 copy The shoot was mainly marine and involved a fleet of barges as it needed to accommodate a multi-camera shoot of and Epic and a Phantom for all the High speed shots … 20150326_152208 a Jimmy Jib that came by truck from Ho Chi Minh City, a close to 2000 km / 5 days road trip… 20150326_153937 and 15 production crew and agency clients from Mumbai … 20150326_152752 including their lovely and nonetheless very courageous model. 20150326_152605 The result shows, it was well worth the trip!

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Othello Khanh

Saigon, April 2015

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Immerse yourself in 1967 Vietnam.

This Italian TV series was shot on location in Ho chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and  the Southern Highlands.

Courtesy of Fandango Italy.

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From time to time, the Creatv Company embarks on a journey that reaches the depths of our soul, and with Dateline (SBS Australia), the Creatv Company did just that! Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City our investigative travels took us to Bien Hoa and Nha Trang where Joe Le searched for a father who only lived in his imagination. More than twenty years later, the journey took Joe to places he only heard or dreamt about, to meet a family he’s only seen photos of, and to a home, only his heart knew just how much it yearned for.
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With great support from our friends at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the lovely locals who guided and aided Joe in his search, and the wonderfully patient Director/DP Catherine Scott, Dateline changed Joe forever, with this once in a lifetime experience!

Watch the full film here:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/435486787920/Chasing-the-Dragon-Return-to-Vietnam

see the trailer here:
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/article/2015/04/24/chasing-dragon-joes-blog

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The Creatv Company welcomed back the amazing team from Sputnik Media for the upcoming fourth season of the award-winning Jobs Without Frontiers.  This time around, we tackled getting deep inside Vietnam’s postal service system.  Working closely with Vietnam Post (with southern region headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City), the Creatv Company and Sputnik Media joined two Postmen from a rural, remote Post Office on a 5-day, intensive look and first hand experience of the daily life of Vietnam Post.
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Four postal workers from Belgium joined two of their Vietnamese counterparts, as the Belgian workers tackled doing the job of a Vietnamese postal worker through diverse terrain that included travel by foot, bike, and boat in order to deliver the daily mail!  While the work itself can sometimes be similar, and though the language barrier can be broken, ultimately, it’s the raw emotions of adapting to the local way of living and the bonds that bind, then ultimately separating as the Belgian team heads home, is what drives the emotional journey that is Jobs Without Frontiers.

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The Creatv Company sends our hardiest thank you to the amazing people at Vietnam Post, and salute our postal workers both Vietnamese and Belgian!

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2014 was a crazy, wacky year full of excitement and emotion. We chased lost planes and delivered mega shows. We had tears of joy and produced exhilarating projects.

Thank you to our amazing clients and partners for giving us the opportunity to work on such cool projects. Above all, a great thank you to our wonderful and loyal teams who gave  life to these ideas. So Long 2014, Hello 2015!

Here is our latest work.

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We had a great commercial season with a wide range of work. From full animation work to live shoots with post overseas as well as finishing in our state of the art in-house post production department.  We shot lifestyle, action, comedy, lots of kids. Although a lot of the work was shot in our sound stage in Saigon we shot a lot on location all across Vietnam.  Our team of producers had the the pleasure to work with directors from continents across the planet: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Thank you to our Clients and partner agencies for their continuous support.  A great THANKS to our hard working team who’s made our company what it is for the last two decades.

 INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

On land, on water and in the air. The year started with the broadcast of the Bachelor USA episode we shot for ABC Warner, an extraordinary shoot with a total crew of over 300 heads inclusive of 250 US crew and 10 metric tonnes of equipment in transit. We’re used to big American shows, but this one surpassed anything we had ever line-produced before. Job was done on time, within budget and safely in Danang between two Typhoons hitting the central coast.  Our second large scale project came from Italy: ORIANA, a period miniseries taking place in the late 60′s. We reconstituted a bombing and its aftermath in old Saigon, the furious battle of Dak To in the central highlands and had the full support of the Vietnamese Army who let us film the Bien Hoa Airbase and their Bell-Huey helicopters.

In the wee hours of March 8, our MD received a laconic phone call: “Hi, this is the New York news desk, can you pass some phone calls for us?”  It was ABC News and they were looking for a plane that went missing as it was entering the Vietnamese waters. This was an intense job as we set up teams in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia for about 3 weeks to cover the investigation for the major US Network. The plane was never to be seen again. We closed the year with a less emotionally charged topic, proving research and production support for another US network show: Andrew Zimmern had decided to return to Vietnam to shoot a second “Bizarre Food” episode, this time in Ho Chi Minh City. Stand by for more news as the show will air on the Travel Channel in early 2015!

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The news hit the prompters this December. Google announced that Vietnam became the 3 largest country per capita – after the USA and Japan – to consume video through mobile devices. This trend was confirmed by the growth of our productions in this department.  In February Pepsi and BBDO invited us to follow 2 chartered planes bringing home 364 less fortunate students and factory workers who were given a chance to return to their home town and regroup with their family after years of separation. A lot emotion for this Tet program. Later in the year we produced a series of web documentaries for AIA Insurance and their Agency Bates, Chi & Partners. This heartwarming series follows real people, their real challenges and how they deal with them.  The AIA “Real Life Never Stops”  Youtube channel received numerous visitors.

The CREATV company worked with Client Bee Talk to introduce their new application in Vietnam. The fun and youthful film features pop sensation Thao Nhi as she builds up a band to perform in a park. Another musical piece was produced for the launch of Vietnamese blockbuster “Huong Ga”. This Music Video shot in Mui Ne features movie Star Truong Ngoc Anh in leather and lace, rocking away in the desert amongst scorpios, flaming oil drums and memories from her past. We also produced two online films for Lowe Vietnam and their client Unilever for their products Omo and Omo Matic. check them out.

OTHER SERVICES

Other notable works in 2014 include “Gentle” a Feature Film produced by our partner CoCo Paris LLC whom we assisted as a local production partner. We also produced 2 oil and gas related corporate films for Petro Vietnam and French company Perenco. These projects included offshore aerial cinematography and follow a long line of oil and gas projects.

Our facilities were quite busy as well: another season of Vietnam’s Next Top Model was shot in our studios and our post production facilities got a major upgrade with DaVinci Resolve Grading and Smoke Online to complete our one stop shop services.

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An Epic commercial for Saigon Beer, the pride of Vietnam. The journey takes us through the modernisation of the Nation from its roots: the rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, the mountains of the North and their noble ethnic minorities & the beautiful  beaches and their valiant fishermen … to the modern world it is today.

Client: Sabeco

Product: Saigon Beer

Agency: Lowe Vietnam

Production House: The CREATV Company

Post: CREATV Post

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Follow the Alpenliebe Fresh candy as it travels all around Vietnam bringing joy to people from Hanoi, Hochiminh City,  the Mekong Delta, the Mountains of Dalat and back to the Northern Capital.

A fun and bubbly job created by the Lowe Vietnam team and produced in collaboration with Oriental films, Montevideo, Uruguay and the CREATV Company in Saigon.

Client: Alpenliebe VN
Agency: Lowe Vietnam
ECD: Carlos Camacho Martinez
EP: Vanessa Hurst
Production: Oriental Uruguay – The Creatv Company Vietnam

 

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Bizarre Foods episode was shot in Vietnam for a week this November. The CREATV provided the menu and local support to Minneapolis based Tremendous entertainments producers of the US show. Quoting Host and E.P. Andrew Zimmern on wrap day: “Thank you CREATV for the top notch team & international class services”. Thank you Chef!  Stay posted for the broadcast of this episode.

Here is a link to a short behind the scenes of a sequence shot in a night market.

And here a link to an exclusive interview for Asia Life Magazine

 

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