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Czech Republic

Czech Republic 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 Czech Republic? 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 Czech Republic? See below for an introduction to Czech Republic 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.

Czech Film Locations

Czech Republic’s well established film infrastructure and depth of locations means it continues to be a favourite destination for many international productions. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include old world architecture, castles and palaces, rustic countryside, winding roads ideal for car commercials, picturesque towns, beautiful landscapes such as lakes, deep forests, rolling hills and snow-capped mountains.

Prague is a very popular film destination both for its state of the art studio infrastructure as well as its wealth of magnificent gothic, baroque, art nouveau, cubist and contemporary architecture. Locations of particular interest include Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Týn, Strahov Monastery Library, Clementinum Library, Municipal House, Powder Tower, Loreto Church, National Museum, National Theatre, State Opera buildings, Frank Gehry’s Dancing House, Žižkov Tower, and Cross Club steampunk building, to name a few. Prague is the capital and main production centre where most crew and equipment are based.

Czech is a small country offering an impressive variety of locations within a short drive from the capital. Locations of note outside of Prague include the following:

Castles of interest include Bouzov Castle, Karlštejn Castle, Hluboká nad Vltavou, Pernštejn Castle, Křivoklát Castle, Loket Castle, Konopiště Castle, Veveří Castle, and Lednice-Valtice Complex.

Cesky Krumlov and Telc are picturesque towns.

Czech has several macabre locations including Sedlec Ossuary “Bone Church”, Melník Chapel of Bones, and Brno ossuary which is second only to the Catacombs in Paris. Velké Losiny Château was home to the famous witch hunter, Jindřich František Boblig.

St. Barbara’s Church is a gothic church in Kutna Hora.

Dolní Morava Sky Walk is a looping mountaintop viewing platform.

Pravčická brána is Europe’s largest natural bridge.

Hotel Ještěd is a futuristic tower sitting on top of a mountain peak.

Poledník Lookout Tower is a Cold War era military installation.

The city of Olomouc is known for its baroque fountains, Town Hall, Holy Trinity Column, Archbishop’s Palace, and Saint Wenceslas Cathedral. Photos of Horni Namesti from above are best taken from the Church of St. Maurice.

The city of Ostrava has the beautiful Masaryk Square. Outside of Ostrava you can find the sprawling Lower Vítkovice former heavy industrial site which is available as a film location.

Nature areas of Czech include Bohemian Paradise, Šumava National Park, Krkonoše National Park, Bohemian Switzerland, and Saxon Switzerland National Park.

Czech has hosted many Hollywood feature films including Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Peacemaker, Hostel and Hellboy, as well as a long list of TV series and commercial productions.

Czech Film Location Permits

Czech has a film-friendly and streamlined permitting process. Small, handheld shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space are not required to have permits. In Prague, larger productions are required to have permits from the relevant local administrative district and the roads authority. Permits typically take 10 days to process but this can be expedited at extra cost. Some historic locations have their own special restrictions and fees. Shoots outside of Prague usually take around 3 days to permit, depending on the location. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Czech has a four-season climate with hot summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to October are the best months to film for warm weather looks. November to April has snow on the mountains. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Although Czech is one of the more expensive former Eastern Bloc countries, the high standard of services makes it very good value for money, and a cost competitive alternative to Western Europe. Our Czech fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Tax Incentives. Czech offers a 20% rebate on qualifying Czech spend and 10% on qualifying international spend. The rebate is available to feature, TV, animation and documentary films with a runtime of at least 70 minute and to TV episodes with a runtime of at least 40 minutes per episode.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Czech has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative talent should you ever need to look further.

Czech is known for having exceptional English speaking crews with extensive experience in international productions. The quality is comparable to that of crews in Germany. Czech crews are non-union.

Contact us if you are looking for a Prague 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 Czech.

Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most local talent looks are central European of a Slavic background. Czech does not have a large pool of multicultural talent as you might find in the US or UK, but there are enough to fill extra roles. In any case, Prague’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

Fringes. Crew members are independent contractors. As far as crew fringes are concerned there is no workers compensation or payroll tax.

Premiums. Czech works on a 12 hour shoot day with 1 hour for lunch. Meal penalties apply. The working week is 6 days with shooting on the 7th day incurring double time fees. Turnaround is 10 hours between shifts. No premiums for weekends or public holidays.

Czech Film Equipment

Equipment. Czech has a deep range of standard and specialised camera, lighting and grip equipment with companies such as Arri, Vantage, Panther, Panavision and Panalux all present. Some specialised gyro heads and camera cars need to be brought in.

For productions looking to bring in film equipment Czech is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set constructionOne of the main areas that sets Czech apart from the rest of the world is its world renowned art department. Construction is the best in central Europe.

Studios. Czech has several large, state of the art studio facilities including sound stages, water tank, production offices, props, and backlot of rolling green terrain. Czech studios have hosted many Hollywood feature films including The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, A Knight’s Tale and The Brothers Grimm. Smaller studios of note include Letna Studios.

Post Production. Czech offers a variety of high standard post facilities including VFX, animation, editing, and film labs. Post companies of note include UPP.

Visas & Work Permits

Czech is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. US film crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Czech embassy / representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Czech is serviced well from many airports across Europe.

Accommodation. Contact us for film friendly hotels in Prague. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Hotel Josef
Buddha Bar Hotel
Aria Hotel
Design Hotel Neruda
Mamaison Residence Belgicka

Final Notes

Safety. Czech is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Czech has a great selection of local beers. Try some knedliky.

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 Czech, please see below:

Hire Czech Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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