Somerville Media provided a behind the scenes cameraman to film for Netflix in Malaysia


Somerville Media was asked to provide a camera crew to film behind the scenes of the making of the hit TV show Marco Polo.

Shot and produced by Netflix and the Weinstein Company, parts of Series 1 and 2 were filmed at Pinewood Studios in Iskandar, Malaysia, and we were lucky enough to go there on several different occasions to film the key moments of the production.

Filming on a Canon C300, we filmed some of the main action sequences in the dojo as well as the enormous battle scenes held outdoors.
We also filmed sit-down interviews with lead cast members as well as episode directors and series creator John Fusco. The interviews were conducted mostly on sound stages and we used a mixture of set-lighting and our own Kino lights.

One of the major action sequences involved launching flaming rocks from catapults and we were able to capture the moment they sailed through the air and landed as planned. See the scene at the beginning of the featurette below.

Our camera crew travelled there for both seasons and spent up to a week at a time working to get the best possible footage to give viewers an idea of what it takes to put together a series of this calibre.

The footage was used in different teasers and featurettes to promote the shows and you can see some of the action and interview footage here (we didn’t film the interview with Gabriel Byrne or the martial arts training session in the gym).