Working with your own crew who you are familiar with is easier. However, it’s not always ideal to bring a full crew to another country, such as Vietnam. First of all, you have to pay for flights, accommodation, food and miscellaneous. 2nd, crew may have a harder time to adapt to a foreign country, and may not speak the local language.
On the contrary, hiring local crew has so many advantages:
+ You don’t have to pay for flights and visa. You may not need to pay for accommodation and food if crew live in the same city with filming location.
+ Local crew speak local language and already familiar with time zone, weather, traffic, as well as other conditions of local area.
+ The cost to pay for local crew could be significantly lower than bringing a crew from abroad.
+ When you use local crew, equipment can be rented locally, which reduce the cost as well.
+ Local crew can speak English and many of them have excellent skills and experience to work on your project. And we can send you their showreel in advance so you can check if their skills are suitable for your project.
When hiring local crew, you also can rent equipment locally. Usually you can give local crew list of equipment you want, and we would find the same or alternative. To learn more about renting equipment in Vietnam, you can check this post.
Here is example of list of equipment to rent for a filming project in Vietnam:
|No||Item/Equipment||Qty||Cost per day||Notes|
|1||Sony FX3 (Body)||1||Ask|
|2||Sony E 16-35mm f2.8 GM (Lens)||1|
|3||Sony E 24-70mm f2.8 GM (Lens)||1|
|4||Sony E 90mm f2.8 Macro (Lens)||1|
|5||Sony E 70-200 f2.8 GM (Lens)||1|
|6||Mornitor (7 inches)||1|
|7||Mornitor (17 inches)||1|
|9||Tripod secced 100||1|
|11||Gimbal RoninS2 + Ring||1|
|13||Flash Godox AD600||1||Alternative for Profoto B1|
|14||Aputure nova 300c||1||Alternative for Astra Panel. We have Arri Sky Panel if you need.|
|15||Aputure 600x pro||1|
|16||Nanlite fs 300||1||We don’t have Aputure 300D II, we can use Nanlite fs 300|
|18||4″ Natline RGB Tubes||1|
|22||Heavy duty articulating arm||1|
|23||10″ baby C clamp||1|
|24||A Clamp 3″||3|
|26||4×4 Neg Flag||2|
It would be a great help if you can give local crew scripts or content for them to prepare.
When hiring drone pilot in Vietnam, the drone pilot is usually Vietnamese, and you can apply the drone permit under his name, which would reduce cost as well.