Troma Entertainment, Albania, 2018
In June, 2018, Pioneer Media arranged all filming permits, equipment, and a full Albanian film crew for legendary NYC film studio Troma Entertainment's (The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High) film shoot on Albania's Adriatic Sea, for its latest production, Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm. Directed by legendary auteur Lloyd Kaufman, the production marked the first time a major American film studio has utilized Albania as a location for a story set outside of the Albania. Additionally, Pioneer Media facilitated the film's VFX, also done at a post-production studio in Tirana, Albania.
Lloyd Kaufman, Founder of Troma Entertainment and Creator of the Toxic Avenger: When we reviewed the script for our new film, Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm, we knew that the complicated boat sequences we had planned could never be shot in New York City – or anywhere in the US – on a Troma budget. Pioneer Media delivered a professional crew, state-of-the-art equipment, and production value in Albania, not only on location but with the additional VFX done in post-production, all of which exceeded our expectations. Screw Hollywood! Viva Albania – and Pioneer Media!
Directed by John Maringouin, 2017
Pioneer Media provided logistics, planning and translation services for director John Maringouin's Ghostbox Cowboy, filmed in the Chinese ghost city of Ordos-Kangbashi. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and was picked up for distribution by Lightshow Pictures.
John Maringouin, Director of Ghostbox Cowboy: What can I say about Pioneer Media? We had a film plot that was somewhere between deep cover embedded journalism and shit show comedy — A lost cowboy ends up as a paid performer in a northern Chinese ghost city. We needed a producer to help us set up “situations” in a part of China that was basically off limits to filming. Someone who could essentially just roll with us, translate, keep us from safe, source decent lodging, coordinate travel, make sure crew was fed, actively work with us creatively, and get us in and out in just a few days because of our actor's schedule. In other words we needed the rarest goddamn location team on earth. You simply can not get that…period. But fate and ridiculous luck led us to Pioneer media and John Mc Govern. Not only was John down for our experiment but he had a PhD in China studies. So as we’re cruising the streets of Ordos we’re treated to detailed lectures about the socio-economic forces that created the place. When a wedding was thrown in our hotel lobby John suggested we crash it and he’d say that our actor was the wedding entertainment. And when the crew needed R&R after the shoot John flew us down to Xi'an and took us on a proper tour of the city and the Terra-cotta warriors. In short, I’ve never had as good an experience with any location manager on any shoot. Pioneer Media are scholars, extreme adventurers, and organized coordinators wrapped into one. Which makes them just absolutely amazing partners on a film production.
Not Far But Away: Cuba
TVB, Hong Kong, 2016
TVB Hong Kong's show in North Korea was so well received that in February of 2016, we arranged with our partners, Cuban Pioneers, a similar project with TVB in Cuba, shown later in 2016.
Not Far But Away: North Korea
TVB, Hong Kong, 2015
Hong Kong’s biggest television channel, TVB, went to North Korea to shoot an episode of the popular travelogue shows Not Far But Away hosted by Tony Hung. We arranged all permits, permissions, and logistics and accompanied the film crew internally to handle issues on the ground and assist with the filming.