Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar – these fascinating countries have been captivating people from around the world for centuries. It is a world of great beauty, vivid colours and sensational landscapes, but also one of mysterious cultural codes. We will explore the soul of the South East Asians and capture the region’s top sights from a bird’s eye view – using the world’s best helicopter camera, the Cineflex.
The countries of the Southeast Asian Mainland have a lot in common: a tropical climate, with a lush vegetation and rainforests. A huge richness in species with primates, tigers, river dolphins and elephants. A dazzling past, with huge temples, pagodas, and palaces still tangible today. Deliciously seasoned food which is now being cooked all over the world. River deltas with floating villages and markets. An ever-present Buddhism with massive golden statues and monks in orange robes. The meditative calm of the rice paddies contrasts with the noisy and colourful excitement of the business districts of Bangkok and Saigon.
Each film will portray a South East Asian country by taking viewers on a journey along an old, historic road. The film moves forward on elephant back, old train lines, tuk-tuks, rickshaws, derelict buses and on foot. We travel with locals who we get to know in brief encounters as backpack travellers do. We stop at interesting places where we do in-depth portrays of people like a Buddhist monk, a rice farmer, a geologist discovering a cave. By travelling through the country we get to know the soul of its people. The subjects include everyday life, animals, traditional crafts, culture, cuisine and exploration.
On the way, we will stop at the most impressive sights: The ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the old city of Hanoi, the golden domes of Bagan in Myanmar, the floating markets in the Mekong delta and the bizarre rock formations of the Ha-Long bay. We expect to capture unforgettable images. The shots of the Cineflex, the world’s superior helicopter camera, have already created a strong audience appeal in many other series we have worked on. Backed by this knowledge and experience we now take the leap into Southeast Asia.
5x 55′, 2015