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Bahamas

Bahamas 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 the Bahamas? 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 the Bahamas? See below for an introduction to Bahamas locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Bahamas Film Locations

The Bahamas are an archipelago consisting of 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays. All the islands are low-lying and flat. The country is known for its paradise island looks of sand beaches, turquoise waters, English colonial looks, colourful Caribbean architecture, and historic buildings and forts. The Bahamas are also famous for their coral reefs and underwater photography options.

Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Eleuthera’s pink sand beach, French Leave Beach, Tahiti Beach, Cable Beach, Atlantis Paradise Island, Green Turtle Cay, Glass Window Bridge, Fort Fincastle, Old Fort of Nassau, National Art Gallery, and Nassau Harbour. Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known blue hole. It is said that the Bahamas has hundreds of blue holes, most of which have never been explored. Blue Lagoon Island is a private island located 5 km from Nassau. Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise Line ships. The Island House stands out among Nassau resorts.

The Bahamas have serviced films including The Wolf of Wall Street, Pirates of the Caribbean, Casino Royale and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Bahamas Film Location Permits

Permitting in the Bahamas is a very straightforward process requiring usually no more than one week for permits. For more information on permitting procedures please see here.

When To Shoot?

The Bahamas have beautiful weather all year round. The dry season, and best time to film for weather, runs from December to April. The wet season, which also experiences hurricanes, runs from May to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Junkanoo is a colourful street parade that takes place at the end of December every year.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists most key crew and equipment need to be brought in from abroad. Miami is the closest major film production centre and is only a short 1 hour flight away. Our Bahamian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in the Bahamas.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. The Bahamas have a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers including world class underwater photography support. Bahamas crews are non-union. Standard key crew is available locally. Miami is the closest major production centre should you need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bahamas based director, DP (underwater), 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 the Bahamas.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. The Bahamas offers mainly Afro-Caribbean looks for featured talent and a diverse variety of international looks for background talent. Miami offers a nearby deep, multicultural pool of talent should you need to look further.

Bahamas Film Equipment

Some basic grip and lighting equipment available locally. The Bahamas also offer good underwater photography support including camera housing. All other equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. The Bahamas is not an ATA carnet member country but bringing in gear is an easy process.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is basic beyond local looks. Major set construction is expensive. Miami has some very good art department teams.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Only basic post production facilities in the Bahamas. Miami is the closest major film production centre.

Visas & Work Permits

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 3 or 8 months, depending on the country. Contact your local Bahamas embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Several international airlines service flights to the Bahamas.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the Bahamas include:

Musha Cay Resort
February Point Resort
One & Only Ocean Club

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. The Bahamas are a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

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

Hire Bahamas Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Bahamas, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.