Since 2008, YPT have specialized in taking you to the most unique, remote and adventurous places on Earth. We have also made it possible for various media and film companies to visit and film – not only in North Korea, but to many other of our destinations. To meet increased demand in the area of production services for media, we have launched YPT’s dedicated media production partner, Pioneer Media.
Pioneer Media is a film production, location, and logistics company offering a full range of services from our offices in Bulgaria and China, throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. Whether yours is a narrative film, documentary or news media project, our experienced project coordinators can increase its production value by offering professional production services, crew, facilities, top-of-the-line equipment, one-of-a-kind locations and a wide range of post-production services, all at a fraction of the cost of major production hubs.
In 2014, we began our partnership with Aram Pan of DPRK360. Through 360 photography and video, this well-known project showcases the lesser-seen side of the DPRK. Our ongoing collaboration has seen world firsts in terms of what is allowed in North Korea, and will continue through 2016. Link
TVB (Hong Kong)
In 2015, Hong Kong’s biggest television channel arranged and implemented an extremely successful and popular travelogue show in North Korea. We arranged all permits, permissions and logistics and accompanied the film crew internally to handle issues on the ground and assist with the filming. The show was so well received that in February of 2016, ourselves and our partners Cuban Pioneers arranged a similar project with TVB in Cuba, shown later in 2016.
Atlas of Beauty
The Atlas of Beauty is a project by Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc to document the beauty and diversity of women from different parts of the world. In 2015 we arranged for Mihaela to visit North Korea for her project, taking care of her permits and arranging her itinerary in the country. The resulting photos were featured in various outlets including The Guardian and also went viral in China and Vietnam!
In 2013, travel filmmakers Overlander TV visited North Korea. We arranged logistics and permissions for the trip, which became one of their most popular pieces. The success of the collaboration opened doors and built trust in a time when it was much more difficult for media to visit. Link
Ordos-Kangbashi Ghost City Projects
In 2015, we provided logistics, planning and translation services for a movie project from a USA film company. The trip began in the Chinese ghost city of Ordos-Kangbashi, before continuing in the historical capital of China, Xi’an. The film is currently in post-production, and we look forward to the release of the final product.
In 2016, YPT worked with an Australian director and scriptwriter to arrange their two-week trip to Ordos-Kangbashi. We provided the settings for the film and took care of logistics and translation, helping with the early development of the film. We will be helping out again when it comes to the actual filming later in 2017.
YPT China has helped with various journalistic projects. With our wealth of contacts around the country as well as on the spot knowledge of the local environment and culture, YPT can help facilitate all kinds of journalistic projects in China, although due to the somewhat sensitive nature of the work, we won’t go into details here, so get in touch [email@example.com] for further details.
In 2017 YPT organised our first family project in China. We organized a trip for a family from the US who had adopted from Yanji, China, a decade previously. We organized the trip back to China and facilitated interpretation services between the family and the Chinese former foster family, providing a uniquely memorable and emotional experience for both sides.
With our expert local knowledge and bilingual western guides in China we can make almost any specific trip or project come to life. You just need to get in touch [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Eritrea and Somaliland
We are currently in the pre-planning process of bringing international media into Eritrea and Somaliland to film. That’s all we’ll say for now!