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Barbados

Barbados 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 Barbados? 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 Barbados? See below for an introduction to Barbados 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.

Barbados Film Locations

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean. Much of the country is surrounded by coral reefs. Barbados is famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, surfing, underwater photography, luxury villas, golf courses, cruise ships, tropical gardens, unique pastoral landscapes, colonial architecture, plantation houses and sugarcane fields. Bridgetown is the capital and main population centre.

Specific locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Harrison’s Cave, George Washington House, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Garrison Savannah Racetrack, Paynes Bay, Carlisle Bay, Bottom Beach, Mullins Beach, Worthing Beach, and Miami Beach.

Barbados Film Location Permits

Permitting in Barbados is a quick and easy process. Shoots that require exclusive use of public space generally only take a couple of days to permit. Beaches are public access. Drone filming is permitted (with registered operators). Fees are minimal and often waived altogether. Barbados has a very film friendly attitude. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Barbados has good weather all year round. The high season from December to April is marked by warm, sunny days. The low season from May to November is marked by warmer temperatures and brief rain showers. Barbados is often spared the worst effects of the region’s hurricanes due to its far eastern location. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Crop Over Festival carnival celebrations take place on the first week in August.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Barbados is a relatively inexpensive Caribbean film destination. Good deals can be found for accommodation particularly in the low season. Experienced key crews are comparable to US prices. Imported goods are relatively expensive as is the case with much of the Caribbean. Some key crew and equipment may need to be brought in from abroad, which will add to those costs. Our Barbadian 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 Barbados. Visiting productions can apply for a VAT refund on local purchases.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Best to bring in directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Barbados has some local videographers and stills photographers suitable for smaller shoots. Key crew is available in Barbados and some neighbouring islands, such as art directors, grips, gaffers and sound operators and stylists.

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in Barbados.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most Barbadians are of Afro-Caribbean descent with some East Indian, Middle Eastern and Caucasian looks also available. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. English is the official language. Many celebrities travel to the island during the high season.

Barbados Film Equipment

Equipment. Some standard grip, lighting and camera equipment exists locally including ARRI HMI 4Ks, ARRI 6K, ARRI 575/ 1.2 HMI 2.5, ARRI Tungsten Kits and Frames, Matthew Dolly and track. Additional gear can be easily brought in from Miami, only a 3.5hr flight away. For productions intending to bring in equipment Barbados is not an ATA carnet country, but the process of bringing in gear is quick and easy. Our Barbadian fixer / service producer will provide you with an invitation letter and meet you at the airport to ensure quick and easy customs clearance.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is basic, although elaborate sets have been constructed in the past.

Studios. Locations are the main reason productions visit Barbados. The island has some small studio facilities suitable for basic product shots, for instance.

Post Production. Barbados has some basic post production facilities.

Visas & Work Permits

Most nationalities can enter visa-free for stays of 3 or 6 months, depending on the nationality. Our Barbadian service producer / fixer will provide you with an invitation letter to ensure quick and easy entry for your crew and equipment.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a good condition but side roads can be quite potholed. Several international airlines service flights to Barbados.

Accommodation. See here for recommended film friendly hotels in Barbados.

Final Notes

Safety. Barbados is a safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. Our local fixer / service producer can arrange additional security for those requesting it. 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 Barbados, please see below:

Hire Barbados Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Barbados, 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.

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