The joys of filming abroad – our project with Malaysia Airlines

The joys of filming abroad – our project with Malaysia Airlines

Date: 15th January 2020 | By: insight

This job, if I can call it that, has many rewarding aspects and offers many experiences I am grateful for. We learn about a lot of different industries and meet a huge variety of interesting people, all with different stories and experiences.

 

Another thing that excites me about this job is the opportunity to travel and shoot films abroad. Each time we travel somewhere new we learn about different cultures and experience filming new and challenging environments. Last year we went abroad a couple of times and one of the most enjoyable projects we worked on last year took us all the way to Malaysia.

"In effect there were 2 clients - The Chef of Kricket London and Malaysia Airlines, both of whom had different requirements"

Street food vendor in Penang, Malaysia

Malaysian Curry

Malaysia Airlines hostess

We worked alongside a London based PR agency, BBPR, to film a London based chef on a culinary adventure in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The idea being that he would sample the flavours of Malaysian cooking and combine what he learnt with his own signature style at a pop-up restaurant in London - the whole event being “The Malaysia AIrlines Taste Tour 2019”.

The first interesting part of this trip was the people involved. In effect there were 2 clients - The Chef of Kricket London and Malaysia Airlines, both of whom had different requirements in terms of content and so it was really interesting taking ideas from two sources and creating something that worked for both sides. Ultimately I was given a lot of freedom to capture what I needed over the 4 days.

"One of the special moments was taking a trip to a local fishing village by boat. Something a normal tourist wouldn’t usually get to experience."

Our documentary style approach worked really well for this trip as everything had to be captured as it happened - street food markets, cooking demonstrations and boat trips to fishing villages - concentrating on capturing what’s going on in front of you whilst also being aware of everything else that’s happening around you is a key skill in these situations.

 

One of the special moments was taking a trip to a local fishing village by boat. Something a normal tourist wouldn’t usually get to experience. I could have spent a couple of days there filming the fisherman going about their lives on this floating village - It was a really visually interesting place and the local fisherman had great character. The guard dogs were a little…. Feisty though, which as a cat person, was a bit scary. They calmed down quite quickly though!

Kricket London chef Will Bowlby with Malaysian chef in Penang

Kricket owner Rik Campbell enjoying Malaysian hospitality

It was great seeing Will and his business partner Rik immerse themselves into the culture and really get to know the cuisine, what flavours work and why. They indulged in beautifully cooked crab, while I sat back and enjoyed a plate of spring rolls… For a food-based project they couldn’t have chosen someone less adventurous when it comes to food!

The last thing that I wanted to mention that really stood out is the friendliness and hospitality of the Malaysian people. Whether it was hotel chefs, street food vendors or our local guides, everyone was so welcoming and excited to give us a great taste of Malay culture.

It’s quite amazing - no matter what the subject, great experiences will always come back to the people behind them. That’s why  building a comfortable relationship with everyone involved as quickly as possible is a high priority on every project we work on.

 

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