For the first time in the UAE, Korean-based Trinity Entertainment with the support of Lotte Entertainment touched down the capital to film scenes at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Emirates Palace. A few minor scenes were also shot at the Hilton Capital Grand, where the cast and crew were staying.
The idea to shoot in Abu Dhabi for the final scenes of the thriller, with the working title The Technicians, was a decision by Trinity Entertainment CEO Jimi Nam.
“We decided to shoot the final scenes of our movie in Abu Dhabi to bring flavour to our film, especially the unique and beautiful architecture of Abu Dhabi – the blending of the traditional and the new,” said Nam. “In a way, we also want to introduce the Arabian culture to our market.”
Nam brought a team of 21 from Korea to Abu Dhabi, including the actors Kim Woo Bin and Cho Youn Hee, the producer Kyung Sam Yook, the director and 17 additional crew members. His team was supported by Total Concepts International and its film production arm Cinescape Box Office with a local crew of 36, made up of 28 supporting actors and eight additional crew.
Kim enjoyed big-time success with the 2013 box-office hit Friend 2, while Cho was part of 2012’s revenge thriller Traffickers under the same director.
For the director, the film is his second major feature following the Traffickers, which attracted an audience of 1.7 million in South Korea and earned him the Best New Director gong at the Blue Dragon Awards.
Nam says the experience was a positive one, with support coming from across the board. “We are very fortunate to have Total Concepts International and its new film production arm, Cinescape Box Office on board. Our coordination was prompt and we had a fast turnaround given the short notice to the local production team. We got the utmost cooperation and support from the concerned government authorities for related licences and permissions from the Abu Dhabi Film Commission to the Media Council, and from our location management to getting the additional support-cast talent, skills and equipment.”
“I would definitely recommend Abu Dhabi as a filming destination. We had a wonderful experience. We wish our filming could have been longer because we really wanted to show the unique charm of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular, but just as in any other production, we have a schedule to follow and a budget to consider,” mentioned Nam.
“For Cinescape Box Office, this production was a good opportunity for us to extend and showcase our capability in film production. Cinescape may be a new venture for Total Concepts International in relation to filmed entertainment, nevertheless we managed and delivered the production and technical requirements on a short notice,” said Bilal Mansour, Total Concepts International Managing Director.
“Cinescape has clear and ambitious goals and this production proved we are heading in the right direction. We are excited and we look forward to supporting and collaborating with more international productions in the near future,” Mansour said in closing.
Filming for The Technicians began in early March in Korea. Final scenes were shot in Abu Dhabi from May 25th to 27th and the film is scheduled for a Korean and Asian release later this year. The producers hope to release the film in the UAE shortly thereafter.
Cinescape Box Office, the film-production arm of the events and productions company Total Concepts International, supports producers and international companies who want to shoot in the UAE. Cinescape highlights the UAE landmarks and locations as filming destinations. Cinescape organises all the permits and licences, and offers full production support and logistics services for filming. For more information, visit cinescapeboxoffice.com/production.