Nadus Films' Top 3 Places in the World for Filmmaking
Of all the places in the world that we've traveled to, here are our top 3 places in the world for filmmaking. Filmmaking is our first love. Making a difference in the world is what gives us breath. Travel, adventure, and danger. That's what brings us joy. And our production team has traveled all over the globe — jumping off the highest peak in the world, trekking up dangerous mountains, joining security teams in terrorist hot spots, shooting crimes in progress, wrestling tigers. Okay, we've never wrestled tigers, but we've ridden camels. Same same. All this to say, we've been there, shot that. And we are here to say that out of all the places we've traveled around the world filmmaking, there are three places we think every filmmaker — now that travel is opening back up — should consider for the location for their next shoot. 1. INDIA I love filming in India! As storytellers, it has everything you need for both inspiration and beauty. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and the general chaos of the country fill me up to the point of sensory overload! Even without a camera in my hand, at the end of the day, I’m exhausted. Whether you’re in the city or the country you’re bombarded with colors and smells - for better or for worse. In one moment, you could smell the worst thing you’ve ever known and then you can walk 50 yards and turn a corner, and all of a sudden the air is filled with spices and the most amazing aromas. Which tends to lead to amazing food - another reason to love the country! For storytellers and filmmakers, India is perfect as there’s literally a story on every corner. The rich colors of the country look wonderful on film, and the people and the culture are gorgeous. India is a big country with lots of rich landscapes from the urban grit of the cities, through rural farmland to the stunning mountains. Coury particularly likes North East India towards the border of Nepal, “It’s the foothills of the Himalayas. It has cleaner air, tea fields, mountains, hills and it’s absolutely gorgeous… And you can see Everest.” All in all, India is the most self-contained unique culture in the world. If a project is looking for natural backdrops and doesn’t call for a lot of set designs and art department work, India is a natural organic set up to some of the richest content one could dream of capturing. 2. IRAQ Second on the list, Iraq! We have loved filming in Iraq, for reasons that, on the surface can seem negative: The devastation that decades of war and unrest has brought on the country make for incredible visuals. As a filmmaker, you’re not looking for everything polished and clean, you’re looking for grit and story, and for a story to be worthy, it’s got to have drama and conflict in it. From that story angle, Iraq is one of the greatest places to capture conflict drama in natural backdrops. There’s devastation all around, with blown-up buildings and burned churches. It’s very powerful imagery. It also offers the opportunity to show the transformation and redemption that’s happening all around. Coury continued, “Plus it’s dangerous, so we like to calculate those risks. But there can be living in that kind of adventure.” 3. Tanzania Finally, Tanzania is an incredible country teeming with beautiful cultures and amazing natural landscapes. It’s the only country in the world with all 7 ecosystems so you have the Desert, Grassland, Tropical Rainforest, Temperate forests, Tundra, Freshwater, and Marine, and all the animals and plant life that goes with them. In Tanzania, there’s plenty of adventure. It’s got animals out the wazoo! With 21 national parks and 19 game reserves, this is the place to see wildlife in their natural habitat, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast there’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (which Coury has jumped off). With Tanzania, it’s all there. For humanitarian projects, for adventure, for hiking… the people, the wildlife, the landscape… it’s check! Check! Check! It’s all there. Connect with us on socials to show us your team shooting in one of these beautiful places!