Video Production Budapest, Hungary
Andy Vajna, the world famous Hungarian film producer died a week ago, Sunday, January 20th 2019 at his home in Budapest. He was 74. Vajna was behind such blockbusters as the Rambo films with Sylvester Stallone, Basic Instinct with Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas or the Terminator films with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Vajna remained connected to Hungary his entire life and oversaw a revival of the local film business. He was among the first investors to build a world class film studio, Korda Studios together with the late Sándor Demján close to Budapest, in Etyek. The other investors of the project included the late Canadian magnate Peter Munk and Nathanial Rothschild.
Since 2007, when the studio opened it’s gates such films were shot here as the Hellboy II., The Borgias, The Martian, Inferno, Robin Hood:Origins, Blade Runner 2049, Emerald City, The Last Kingdom, Spectral, Houdini, Season of the Witch, World without End.
Video Production Budapest’s Hungarian offices are just 15 km away from Korda Studios and we filmed there quite a few times for Showtime and NatGeo. Showtime trusted us with filming EPK-s of every season of the “The Borgias” and for NatGeo we filmed behind the scenes of the “Genius: Picasso” starring Antonia Banderas. Both Showtime and NatGeo producers are praised our video crews (3 video crews on “The Borgias” and one camera crew on “Picasso”) for being absolutely invisible on sets, but still getting the best shots of the action possible. Gear wise “The Borgias” behind the scenes films were recorded first with Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM cameras using HD tapes. From the second season we were using Sony PMW-500 Solid State memory camcorders. Today both cameras are discontinued by Sony. As for “Picasso” our video crew was using the Canon C300 Mark II. digital cinema camera with cinema zooms and primes.