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Brazil

Brazil Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Brazil? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Brazil? Contact us for referrals, questions, bids and references. See below for an introduction to Brazil locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. South America’s largest country, Brazil is famous for its depth of beautiful, iconic locations drawing filmmakers and photographers from all over the world to shoot its picturesque beaches, underwater photography options, surf breaks, sand dunes, rainforests, deciduous forests, rivers, waterfalls, cave systems, canyons, mountains, dramatic car commercial roads, wealth of architecture, city skylines, unique neighbourhoods, sporting venues, container ports, industrial and rural looks.

Locations of particular interest include:

The Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The city of Manaus is the gateway to the Amazon. The Pororoca tidal bore phenomenon offers surfing on the Amazon River every February / March.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the seventh largest in the world. The metropolis is known for its expansive high-rise skyline, rooftop heliports, traffic congestion, extensive metro network, football stadiums, city parks, museums and a variety of architectural styles including modernist, art nouveau, Portuguese colonial and contemporary. The Liberdade district is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. Sao Paulo hosts the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix in November. Just outside of Sao Paulo is Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island.

Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, built on the futuristic designs of Oscar Niemeyer, is home to some of the world’s most fascinating modernist architecture. The sprawling, sterile city rising out of the Brazilian savannah offers filmmakers many creative options. apada dos Veadeiros National Park is a 3 hour drive from Brasilia.

Rio de Janeiro. Beautiful people sunning themselves on Ipanema Beach. Christ the Redeemer. Sugar Loaf Mountain. Maracanã Stadium. Favelas. Carnival. These are all words synonymous with the iconic, vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.

Other Brazilian locations worth mentioning include: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park offering lagoons in the desert looks, Oscar Niemeyer’s modernist Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Iguaçu Waterfalls are one of the wonders of the Americas, the spectacular Mount Roraima, Portuguese colonial architecture in Paratay and Salvador da Bahia. Agricultural looks of interest in Brazil include cattle ranches, coffee, rice, wheat, corn and sugarcane plantations.

Brazil is home to a variety of new and upgraded sporting facilities having had hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Brazil has hosted films such as City of God, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Moonraker.

Brazil Film Location Permits. Applications for film permits can only be made by ANCINE approved production service companies / fixers. Generally speaking permits are not required for small footprint b-roll shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space. It is however, still a good idea to have the local service producer / fixer engage local authorities to make sure everything is covered. Larger projects requiring exclusive use of public space will require permits from one or multiple permitting authorities. Traffic control on a city street usually takes about a week to process and is recommended to shoot over the weekend. Filming in national parks requires permission on both the local and federal level. 

Drone filming is permitted and Brazil has experienced locally based drone operators. Although the practice is not strictly regulated, local permits are required. You will also need to get public liability insurance from home as local insurance companies to not cover drone filming yet.

Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Brazil is a huge country with several climate zones ranging from the arid interior to the wet Amazon. Except for the extreme south of Brazil, which has a four-season climate, the rest of Brazil has a semi-tropical climate with a wet summer season and a dry winter season. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Carnival events take place across Brazil in February. The most famous is Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival with a week of wild street parties and colourful samba schools competing in the Sambadrome. Other events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include: Festa de lemanja celebrated in Rio on January 1st, the Lapinha procession in Salvador held on January 5th, the Festival of St Benedict held in July, and Christmas of Light held throughout November and December.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Brazil.

Costs. Brazil is one of the more expensive countries in South America. That said, recent currency devaluations have made it a more cost competitive place to film. Our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is both union and non-union. However the union does not have strict rules regarding rates and deals are made through free negotiation. As such, talent day rates and buyouts vary considerably depending on the specifics of each project.

Brazil offers an impressive depth of talented actors and models. Talent is very multicultural, especially in the megacity of Sao Paulo, which is home to 22 million people. Many looks are represented including Latin and Southern European, Afro-Brazilians, Japanese and Korean, Nordic and German looks, Irish red-heads, Turkish and Arab looks.

Crews. Brazil has some world-class directors based locally as well as many good stills photographers. Brazil also has a very good depth of internationally experienced film crews. Crews are union.

Contact us if you are looking for a Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Brasilia based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Brazil.

Fringes. There are union fees and social charges amounting to 10%.

Premiums. Shooting day is twelve hours. There is overtime but no turnaround for commercials and costs are the same on weekends, nights, holidays, etc.

Equipment. Most camera equipment is Arri but there is also Panavison and Aaton as well as a wide range of HD cameras including the latest ALEXA STUDIO, RED SCARLET, RED EPIC, RED ONE, SONY F65 to name a few. There is a wide selections of cranes, dollies and remote heads. Stabilized heads, camera-cars and shot-makers are of the highest standard. Although some options exist for motion control and stabilized camera mounts, there is no Spacecam or real Moco gear. For drone filming check out CH8 Aerial Productions.

Brazil is not an ATA carnet country. Bringing in your own gear is an easy process handled by our local service producer / fixer who arranges all temporary import requests.

Art department and set construction. Excellent art department and construction available. Most work in Brazil tends to be location orientated rather than builds but there is a wide range of professional craftsmen and world-class art directors if needed.

Studios. Although locations are the main reason for filming in Brazil there are several state of the art studios.

Backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. Brazil has co-production agreements with several countries.

Post Production. Brazil has several good post production facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. EU nationals travelling to Brazil as tourists can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. US, Canadian and Australian nationals need to have for a visa before travelling.

For commercial productions, US crews are required to enter on business visas. This applies to the director and DP, but not the producers, agency and clients, who can enter as tourists. The process for obtaining a business visa for filming is as follows. Once the project contract is settled, an ANCINE approved Brazilian service company or fixer will register the project with ANCINE who will then contact your local consulate to approve the business visa. Each crew member needs to submit their passport to the consulate to have the visa stamped. The process takes up to a month but can generally be expedited to a week.

For co-productions ANCINE rules require that two-thirds of the crew are Brazilian. Journalistic projects are exempt.

Transportation Infrastructure. Road quality varies. Cities and federal highways are paved and relatively well maintained. More remote areas are slower going with boat travel often required in the Amazon. Brazil is well serviced by a network of domestic flights. Several international carriers service flights to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and other parts of Brazil. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. For those looking to stay with indigenous communities in the Amazon our Brazilian fixer / producer also organises hosted accommodation.

Communication. Extensive location and talent database. Web posted scouting, casting and videoconferencing.

Safety. As in most major cities around the world there are certain areas it would be sensible to avoid. On the whole though Brazil is a safe place for visiting productions. See here for up to date travel advice.

Final Notes. Fantastic locations, extensive talent choices, a high standard of production services and the vibrant Latin culture makes Brazil the kind of service centre that clients continue to return to.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Brazil, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Brazil, please contact us.