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50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy Premiers on Sky 1

The new series of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy premiers this week on Sky 1. One of the new episodes was filmed in Cambodia with Hanuman Films offering full production support whilst on the ground. Hanuman Films offered up a host of fun and adventurous activities for the mother and son duo including; driving an army jeep, temple trekking, encounters with deadly spiders and a night on a deserted island.

Naked & Afraid in Cambodia

Renegade 83 Productions for Discovery Channel, Jan-Feb 2014

A popular show on the Discovery Channel, the Naked & Afraid team travelled to Cambodia to shoot an episode in the first part of 2014. Contacting Hanuman Films months in advance, we coordinated all the scouting for this shoot and selected the final remote location for the contestants to survive. After initial consideration of jungle areas as varied as Mondulkiri, Bokor and Chi Phat, we eventually settled on a remote location in Koh Kong Province about 45 minutes upriver from Koh Kong town. This satisfied the crew’s need for a convenient logistical base together with the requirement to have the talent dropped in a very remote area with no human contact. The three-week shoot started in the middle of January with the two contestants being dropped in the jungle. Hanuman Films provided a large support team for this shoot, including our Fixer Vutha Soth and a local crew that included two medics, two runners and several boat drivers to get the crew in and out of the remote location. Although the contestants had to get naked for this shoot, it was clear they didn’t need to be afraid with Hanuman Films running the shoot.

Soap Commercial In Cambodia

An Indian based production company “Mad Studios” was in Cambodia recently to film a commercial for a new soap product. The concept for the commercial was to recreate an archeological dig at an Angkorian temple complete with extras and all necessary props. Mad Studios were on a tight shooting schedule and had booked flights to arrive 10 days after initial contact was made with Hanuman Films. Before the arrival of the International crew Hanuman Films had to find a suitable location, hire extras, local technical crew, source all props and organize a helicopter to perform aerials during the shoot. The remote temples of Banteay Chhmar were selected as the ideal location for the commercial and all permits and permissions were organized accordingly. Mad Studios arrived in Cambodia on Thursday 7th August for a recce and filming commenced the very next day with Hanuman Films supplying a large convoy of vehicles and an army of local production assistants to help facilitate the production.

On Location with Hanuman Films at the Great Preah Khan Temple

Join a virtual location scout to the Great Preah Khan Temple of Kompong Svay, not to be confused with the other Preah Khan in Siem Reap which is part of the Grand Circuit at Angkor.



Also know as Bakan, this temple was considered one of the largest built during that time. It has been quite badly damaged by looting over the years, but retains a well-preserved 4-face temple called Prasat Preah Stung.


It used to be the Mother of all Temples to reach, located in splendid isolation at the end of decaying Angkorian roads and snaking sandy tracks. However, today there is a good road right up to the temple passing through Sangkum Thmei District in Preah Vihear Province. Journey times from Preah Vihear City (2hrs) and Kompong Thom (3hrs) have been reduced dramatically.

On Location at the King of the Mountain Temples, Preah Vihear

Location, location, location, join Hanuman Films on a scout at Preah Vihear, a dramatic mountain-top temple perched on the cliffs of the Dangrek Mountains.

 

This imposing temple marks the border between Cambodia and Thailand. It sits 600m, above the Cambodian plains below, and many consider its location the most dramatic of all the Angkorian temples. The final level of the temple clings to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia below. The views from this most mountainous of temple mountains are breathtaking, the foundation stones of the temple stretching to the edge of the cliff as it plunges precipitously away to the plains below.

On Location with Hanuman Films in Phnom Penh

Head out on location with the Hanuman Films team around Phnom Penh to explore some top spots around the capital.

Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s resurgent and vibrant capital. Once dubbed the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh is fast regaining its sheen, boasting the glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of monks’ robes and a luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. The city streets and markets are a continuous hive of activity, the capital’s landmarks are an eclectic mix of old and new and Phnom Penh is now among the hip cities of the region, with an alluring café culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene.

Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise Short Film

Deforestation is a serious and growing issue in Cambodia which is mainly caused by the production of charcoal for cooking purposes. A Cambodian based organization, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, is providing an ecologically friendly solution by using coconut shells to produce charcoal. This charcoal not only benefits the environment but it is more cheaper in price and proven to burn longer than other charcoal.

 

 

In February 2014 Hanuman Films was contacted by UK based production company, TVE, to undertake filming of the Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise premise in Phnom Penh. The organization had been nominated for an Ashden Award which celebrates work which benefits the environment.  The purpose of filming was too make a promotional video about the production of the charcoal with the final video being shown at the award ceremony.

 

Hanuman Films filmed the promotional video over a two day period in March. The majority of the filming took place at the Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise factory in Phnom Penh and some additional scenes were filmed showing people using the ecologically friendly charcoal in the community. After the footage was shot it was immediately sent to the UK where it was edited at the TVE headquarters in-time for the ceremony.

 

The Last Reel trailer is live on the Hanuman Films Youtube Channel

It has been a long road to get to this point in time, but we are extremely excited to announce that The Last Reel trailer is now live on the Hanuman Films Youtube channel, clocking in at 1m 45s.



The Last Reel is the most significant independent feature film to come out of Cambodia in a generation. 2014 has already seen the success of Cambodia’s first Oscar-nominated film, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture. The Last Reel is the directorial debut of Kulikar Sotho, based on a script by Ian Masters. The film was shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013 with a cast of leading local talent. Onboard as Executive Producer is Lloyd Levin, Producer of major Hollywood films such as Tomb Raider, Boogie Nights, Green Zone and United 93.


“There are many versions of the truth and between them lie the source for a thousand stories.” Rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.


The Last Reel exposes the legacy of civil war and genocide and the shadow this violence has cast over subsequent generations. The trauma may have only been experienced by those who lived through the dark years of Khmer Rouge rule, but the impact of the living nightmare has been passed on to the next generation. Almost nobody talks about the past, almost nobody has dealt with their past, but have chosen to suppress or ignore it as a coping mechanism to deal with the pain. However, this suppression of raw emotion comes at a cost and affects the behaviour of an entire older generation in their everyday lives. In trying to protect the next generation by concealing a painful past, many parents have in fact damaged the next generation instead by not allowing themselves to heal. It is hoped that The Last Reel will play its part in a long overdue healing process in Cambodia by encouraging generations old and young to talk more openly about the past. The ghosts of the past are not easily buried and will continue to haunt a generation unless they are able to give a voice to the victims and their own suffering.


Before coming onboard as Executive Producer, Lloyd Levin had this to say about The Last Reel in November 2013: “I’m overwhelmed. It’s magnificent. It’s beautifully shot. Acting and writing is terrific. Just beautifully made from top to bottom. This is such a sophisticated film thematically I can’t believe it was directed by a first time director. The way it weaves regret, remorse, joy, love, guilt, redemption, politics with the past and present. I was moved by the sentiment that movies can be the thing that can bring together disparate people – political enemies, oppressors and their victims, fathers and daughters – despite everyone’s different version of the truth.  And the idea that a movie can be just as, if not more real, than reality, and can become our reality, is truly sublime. That’s a beautiful idea and The Last Reel is a wonderful movie.”


The Last Reel will premiere later this year. To learn more about the film and those involved, view or download the official film brochure at: hanumanfilms.com/images/last-reel/The-Last-Reel-Brochure.pdf 


People who have travelled to Cambodia will be touched by this movie and find a deeper level of understanding of this complex country, its traumatic history and how the past continues to cast a shadow over contemporary life today. Please share this trailer with your friends and family, your colleagues and partners, those who have travelled to Cambodia, lived in Cambodia or have an association with Cambodia. This film combines a snapshot of life in Cambodia today together with a lost world that came before, including the golden years of filmmaking in the kingdom before the dark shadow of the Khmer Rouge fell upon the land. More than 300 films were made before Pol Pot came to power, but only around 30 of them survived the destruction. Actors, artists, songwriters and directors were specifically targeted by the Khmer Rouge and many perished. The Last Reel is dedicated to their memory.


There is also a standard format version of the trailer on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlCLmV2N_5o


Many thanks for watching and helping to support The Last Reel as it approaches its worldwide premiere.

Expedition Unknown in Cambodia for the pilot episode on Travel Channel

Josh Gates and the Expedition Unknown were recently in Cambodia to film the first episode in a new series for Travel Channel.

Josh Gates at Angkor with the Expedition Unknown team

Josh Gates at Angkor with the Expedition Unknown team

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane.

 

Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions. Former Destination Truth presenter Josh Gates has already been to Cambodia several times, including shoots on the ‘jungle girl’ of Ratanakiri in 2007 and the ghosts of Angkor in 2010. Following a brief private trip last year, the Hanuman Films team was really happy to welcome him and the crew back to Cambodia.

 

In this episode, Josh Gates investigates the mystery of the ‘lost city’ of Mahendraparvata on the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen, about 50km from the temples of Angkor. We won’t give away any more details, but the show promises to be a cracker as Josh explores the backwaters of Cambodia.

 

Nick Ray worked with the Expedition Unknown team on scouting locations for the story and caught up on camera with Josh in Phnom Penh. Kulikar Sotho worked on the shoot, directing some of the ambitious recreation scenes around the temples of Angkor and also appeared in an on-camera interview with Josh.

 

Watch out for Expedition Unknown, coming soon to Travel Channel.

Hanuman Films Hotel Video of The Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Hanuman Films was recently on location at The Park Hyatt in Siem Reap to shoot this promotional hotel video. Hanuman Films has a series of hotel video packages available for properties seeking to promote themselves.

 

 

Before you read on, did you know that video now ranks higher than images and text in Google searches? This means if you don’t have a promotional video on your website, then you will be losing out on business to your competitors that do use video. Google owns Youtube, so Youtube-hosted videos outstrip all others when working on search engine optimization (SEO).

 

Hanuman Films is the most experienced production servicing company in the Mekong region. We have worked on more than 100 international productions in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia during more than a decade of film-making. Hanuman Films has been operating since 2000 and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Paramount, Angelina Jolie, BBC, Jeremy Clarkson, Discovery, Gordon Ramsay, Nat Geo, Charlie Boorman, Radical Media, Pepsi and Daniel Craig. Hanuman Films brought Tomb Raider to the temples of Angkor and brought the Top Gear team to Vietnam.

 

Hanuman Films also offers bespoke hotel video production, drawing on our unique perspective on the travel industry thanks to our respected sister company Hanuman Travel (www.hanuman.travel). When it comes to marketing your hotel in the internet age, most potential customers would rather watch a 2-minute video then read several pages of a website or brochure. If a picture tells a thousand words, just imagine what video can do for your property? The key to marketing in this attention-deficit age is to attract their interest from the outset and clean, crisp HD video makes this possible.

 

Unlike many hotel video production companies promoting their services, Hanuman Films does not attempt to hold on to the copyright of the hotel video. Once we have finished our shoot and edited the agreed videos for your property, you will own full rights to these videos. Hanuman Films and sister company Hanuman Travel reserve the right to use the videos for their own promotional purposes online, but the rights to the video are then handed over to you and the video can be used on a DVD or online in any way that you choose.

 

In association with this Hanuman Films proposal for a hotel video, sister company Hanuman Travel will actively promote your video in a number of important ways. Hanuman Travel plans to feature a video of your property on our Hanuman Travel TV Youtube Channel and our very own www.hanuman.travel website.

 

For more details on our hotel video packages, contact Hanuman Films today via www.hanumanfilms.com.

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