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Award-winning crews for your Shanghai video production

When you’re expanding your company’s reach into mainland China, Shanghai can be an irresistible location for a corporate video shoot. This massive and ever-expanding city of 26 million residents is a business and financial hub, and home to an illuminated skyline that shows off its futuristic appeal — and can be a compelling video backdrop.

Shanghai’s sprawl encompasses vast parks and Buddhist temples, tourist-packed squares and ultra-modern glass skyscrapers that house corporate offices. As a historic port, the city sports an extended waterfront, and the northern Chongming Island is also considered part of the city. Amidst all this expanse, you can find numerous exciting locations and subjects for your video.

While Shanghai is an exciting place to film, it can also be a very hard place for overseas productions to get started, at least without expert assistance. Everything from language barriers and cultural differences to technology access will need to be dealt with for a Shanghai video production to go smoothly.

Expert video crews from Crews Control can serve as the steady hand guiding a Shanghai video shoot to completion. Collaboration between these seasoned professionals and your company’s personnel will help open up Shanghai as a fruitful filming location.

Why work with an experienced Shanghai video production company?

The need for assistance on a Shanghai video production starts at the very beginning, with the visa application process. Receiving permission to work on a corporate project in China requires a company that already has operations in the area to issue an invitation so that teams from outside the country can enter and get to work. The process can be lengthy and, depending on your country of origin, the timing can be inconvenient.

Getting started on your Shanghai video production is far easier when you partner with crew members who have handled similar work before. Simple communication can be a challenge for outsiders — every production should have an interpreter who speaks the local Shanghainese dialect or Mandarin, preferably both.

Navigation within Shanghai also demands expert assistance. The city is so large it takes two-plus hours to cross by car. Simply because two places are both in Shanghai city limits, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re close to each other. Issues with maps and directions are complicated by the fact that apps such as Google Maps don’t function in mainland China.

Even payments can be complex without assistance from an experienced local video crew. When businesses in Shanghai go cashless, accepted payment methods may include ones that are difficult for visitors from overseas to use, such as linking a bank account to the app Wechat. Approval of a new account takes time, and if it is not used for a period of time, it will be shuttered.

To spare your team from the logistical headaches and get down to business creating great video content, you can partner with Crews Control. We’ve spent 30 years providing video production services for corporate clients, and our crews are attuned to every local requirement, from languages and payments to the latest COVID-19 rules.

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Our video production services in Shanghai

Once you commit to using Shanghai as a location for your corporate video production, you can plan out an ambitious strategy to make the most of your time there. From extended executive interviews and client testimonials to short-form digital marketing clips and everything in between, experienced Crews Control directors of photography can get you the results you’re looking for.

Our video services in Shanghai include:

  • Interviews and B-roll
  • Event coverage
  • Presentations
  • Drone production
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Motion pictures
  • Live streaming
  • Panel discussion
  • Man on the street interviews
  • Corporate meetings
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Commercials
  • Broadcast television media
  • Employee training materials
  • Sizzle reels
  • Time-lapse videos
  • Happy-face videos
  • Focus group recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Video news releases
  • Documentaries
  • Web conferencing
  • Red carpet coverage
  • Action and sports video
  • Product demonstration clips
  • …and whatever else you can imagine!

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Filming in Shanghai: What you need to know

There’s plenty to keep in mind when managing a Shanghai video shoot. This is a prime reason to work with a Crews Control producer and crew, as these experienced professionals can bring the local and technical knowledge to keep the production moving along, even when conditions become challenging.

The following are a few of the key points our Shanghai video producers have noted over their years working in the region:

  • Get your visas lined up in advance: It’s important to apply for visas and permits that are clear about what type of video production you’re planning. Business visas are available for overseas companies that have Chinese offices, since those local branches can provide invitation letters. During the application process, your social media posts will be checked, so it’s best not to have any content about topics the Chinese government considers sensitive. If such matters aren’t worked out when you first apply for a visa, you may find your production shut down by the authorities, making it impossible to get a visa in the future.
  • Be ready to plan around the weather: Since the summer in Shanghai is both hot and rainy and the winter is bitterly cold, spring and fall are the ideal seasons for a video shoot in the area. The city is also prone to periodic pollution, meaning it can be hard to capture B-roll on a smoggy day — it’s worth including extra wiggle room in a shooting schedule.
  • Understand local transportation requirements: International driver’s licenses aren’t valid in China, so you’ll need a local driver if your shoot has a large amount of equipment. It’s also worth keeping in mind that you’ll likely need two vehicles for a truly large-scale shoot, as transporting people and gear calls for two different types of licenses. In smaller cases, you can work with taxis, the subway or the local rideshare service DiDi.
  • Be ready to work without the internet: Due to the barriers between the Chinese internet and the World Wide Web, some of the normal tasks associated with a video shoot, such as uploading completed footage to the cloud, are harder and more time-consuming. Furthermore, after a few days in the country, it will be hard to visit websites from a phone, even with an international SIM card. Having a virtual private network (VPN) installed on a PC is a way to access websites that would otherwise be blocked — it should be noted, however, that VPN use is against local law.

Crews of video professionals who know what they’re doing are the perfect allies for your Shanghai video production, as they’ve internalized these tips and more, and are ready to keep up as changes to regulations and technologies occur. This is where Crews Control teams can shine.

Our Shanghai video crews: Experience and gear

Crews Control teams have history in the video production space: Each of our directors of photography has worked in the industry for at least 10 years. With these long-tenured experts leading the way, you can get high-quality results from all your corporate video efforts.

In addition to long years of experience, Crews Control professionals do their jobs with the best and latest equipment, from lighting and sound gear to cameras and video editing software. This includes assets from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.


Check Out Our Extensive Camera List:

  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K
  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini
  • Vision Research Phantom v12.1
  • Vision Research Phantom v640

8K, 4K, UHD & 2k


  • Arriflex ALEXA

AVC Intra (NTSC)


  • Sony HXR-NX5U
  • Canon EOS C100


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX 900


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX900E



  • Panasonic AG-HVX200E
  • Panasonic AG-HPX 171E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200P


  • Sony PMW EX1
  • Sony PMW EX3
  • Sony PMW-EX1R
  • Sony PXW-X70
  • JVC GY-HM700U
  • Sony PMW 300
  • Sony PMW 320
  • Sony PMW-350
  • Sony PMW 400
  • Sony PMW-F3


  • Sony PDW-F355
  • Sony PDW-F350
  • Sony PDW-F330
  • Sony PDW-700
  • Sony PDW-F800
  • Sony PDW-335


  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C100

The pairing of the best video professionals with high-tech gear ensures any corporate video production, no matter how complex, is achievable on time and under budget. Request a free quote now.


By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time.


Some of our Happy Clients

Over the past 30-plus years, Crews Control has built strong relationships with companies ranging from ambitious start-ups to over half of the Fortune 500. When you need a professional and knowledgeable team to take the challenge out of complex Shanghai video production, Crews Control has the personnel for you.


Prepared, Creative, Professional and on the 10 scale an 11

I’ve been producing and directing videos for Broadcast (NBC/ABC/CNN/C-SPAN) and Corporate for over 30 years – and Matthew and Dan were one of the best crews I have EVER worked with.




The footage was well done.

Just got out of the edit. Tim did a great job. Considering the talent we gave him to work with, I would go as far as to say he’s a bit of a magician.

Thanks for the help!



Thanks for the great shoot yesterday.

Everything was great and I wanted to let you know that our Executive Producer said the footage we got from the different regions was the best footage he had ever seen come from remote crews that we didn’t have control over. That is a great compliment coming from him.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to working with you again!


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