While Tom Cruise was jumping off bridges, slithering down poles and getting run over by a truck, equally unlikely feats were being accomplished behind the scenes on the set of "Mission: Impossible III." During the filming of the high-octane action film, global express carrier DHL was busy not fighting bad guys, but arranging a dizzying array of complex transcontinental shipments.
Over the course of the project, DHL arranged charter flights to Beijing and packed, crated and shipped movie sets and technical equipment to filming locations in Italy, the United States, China and Germany. By the end, the DHL team had delivered six pallets of cars, camera gear, film material and props by land, sea and air—a task that required team members to be available 24/7. "Time is money—and that's never more true than in the movie business," says Mark Bakshi, president of feature production management for Paramount Pictures, which produced the movie. "Even the smallest delay can result in significant costs."