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Old August 16th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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Matias from Uruguay

Hi,

I am Matias Baridon from Uruguay, South America.

I went to college in Missouri, USA for 3 years where I majored in Mass Comm. with enphais on video production.

I am now back in Uruguay and started my production company with 3 other associates. We shot a lot of concerts for a local network, and did various add spots.

I also worked in production for Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" for the scenes shot in Uruguay.

I encourage filmmakers to give Uruguay a shot, for various reasons, such as great weather, extremely low costs and excelent profesionalism.

Nice to meet everyone.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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Hi Matias, welcome aboard (H)DV Info Net, good to have you with us!
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Old September 1st, 2006, 04:00 PM   #3
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Hi Matias, I was just looking up info on Uruguay, sounds like a great place, almost like FL, but south of the equator. How is the infrastructure (Internet, roads, communciations...) Montevideo and Punte Del Este appear to be hoppin places.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 10:26 PM   #4
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Hey Joe,

Sorry for taking so long to get back here... I've been very busy this past month. We are shooting some commercials.

Internet - DSL connections with good speeds. Most common is 512Kb, but you can get faster if you want. Dial-up is rarely used. There are also lots of Wi-Fi hotspots at restaurants and hotels. You can also connect via cell phone GPRS using a laptop computer at almost any point of the country.

Roads - Nothing like US highways, but nice paved roads with a few tolls. The road from Montevideo to Punta del Este is excellent. It has public lighting almost all the way, very smooth pavement and good signals.

Communications - Pretty much the same as in any 1st World country. We have 3 major cell phone service providers, GSM cell phone system, worldwide connectivity, GPRS/EDGE WAP service.

Locations - Great, very accessible and diverse. We have almost everything but mountains, but we can arrange with partners at Argentina/Chile to shoot at the Andes mountain formations or any other location of interest.

Weather - Very nice and comfortable weather during the months of November-May while we are in summer. The opposite summer season is great to have summer seasons commercials shot during North-Hemisphere winter.

Health - No unusual vaccines or medicine required to enter the country. Its safe of epidemics.

Safety - People are very friendly and respectful. Safe to walk all around city at day, and night.

Hotels - Major hotels, such as Sheraton, and other top of the line hotels.

Crew - Very friendly and professional with flexible working hours. There are no work unions associated with the movie industry; therefore extra hours and long shooting schedules do not become highly expensive.

Equipment - A huge variety of professional equipment available at Musitelli (www.musitelli.com), and the possibility of bringing other specific equipment from Argentina.

Talent - The ethnically diverse population represents a huge range of looks and styles.

Any other specific information about shooting in Uruguay, please e-mail me at mbaridon@microtime.tv

Major North American and European companies have trusted their commercial shoots to Uruguay.

Michael Mann chose Uruguay for specific scenes of Miami Vice.

For sure, it is a good option to get a low cost production at an excellent pro level.
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