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England

England 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 England? 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 England? See below for an introduction to England 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. London is the main production centre and offers a wealth of unique looks including the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Thames River, Tower Bridge, London City skyline, London Underground stations, parks with manicured English gardens, unique neighbourhoods, council estates, modern and period architecture, football stadiums, Tate Modern, British Museum and many other museums and galleries, London 2012 Olympic Venues.

Outside of London you can find Manchester, Bath, Liverpool, Canterbury, Birmingham, Cornwall, Oxford and Cambridge, Cotswolds, Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, White Cliffs of Dover, picturesque coastal towns such as Whitstable and Broadstairs, small English hamlets, green rolling fields, country lanes with stone fences, canals, forests, palaces, castles and manors.

England regularly hosts major blockbusters and period dramas.

England Film Location Permits. London is one of the world’s most filmed in cities. As such, there is a very well established permitting process. Our producer / fixer arranges location permits for each Borough to be filmed in. There are no city-wide permits. B-roll shoots generally take about 1-2 weeks to permit depending on the locations. Permits are technically still required even if you’re just filming handheld with a small crew although in some cases you can get away with it. Insurance is an absolute must. Shoots requiring exclusive use of property involving laying track, larger lights, etc require about 2-3 weeks to permit. Larger, more complicated shoots involving traffic control, road closures, etc can take around 4 weeks to permit. Consultation with local authorities may also be required. If traffic control is required the best times to film are generally early summer mornings on the weekend. Location fees vary greatly depending if the location is publicly or privately owned. Some river views of the Houses of Parliament are free whereas a football stadium can cost £25,000. London landmarks are not subject to the same copyright issues as some other parts of Europe. Statues and paintings are copyrighted and may require permission from owners. England has an extensive network of locations agencies representing a large cross section of film locations. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? England’s summer months from June to September are usually sunny and mild. Rainfall occurs all year round and is heaviest in the winter months from November to January. Snowfall is rare. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place in August. The Glastonbury Music Festival is held in June.

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

Costs. England is a relatively expensive place to shoot due to the high cost of locations, talent and crews. Much of this is due to the strong Great Britain Pound, although devaluations in the currency have made England a more attractive place to film.

London and Manchester are the major production hubs so any locations requiring travel outside of these areas are an additional cost to filming. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Given the vast number of film professionals available, deals can always be made.

VAT applies in the UK. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent. England has a very deep, multicultural and multilingual pool of talent. Specialist agencies exist to supply every kind of possible talent ranging from high-end models to character actors. Many of the world’s celebrities also live in England.

Talent costs are negotiable but as a rough guideline for budgeting purposes a one year buyout for TV & Internet is:

Featured Artist Per Person Per Year:

Europe (excl UK): £8800.00
if split:
W.Europe: £6600
E.Europe: £4400

If UK is required as a stand-alone then: £4400
If its part of a whole of Europe package then: £11,500

North America: £14400
if split:
USA: £12000
Canada: £2400

Walk-on part: £270
Extra: £150
Background extra: £110

Crews. England has a very good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. English crews are of the highest international standard. England offers a great depth of world-renowned, experienced, professional technical crews. Manchester is a TV show city so if you are shooting a commercial or film, some crew may need to be brought in from London.

Contact us if you are looking for a London or Manchester 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 England.

England is home to a diversity of film industry specialists including companies like Secret Compass that lead expeditions to the most remote regions on earth.

Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Our English fixer / producer packages deals for local crew and talent.

Equipment. England offers both Panavision and Arri camera, grip and lighting equipment as well as many boutique equipment companies. All specialized equipment is available in England. For productions looking to bring in their own gear England is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is of the highest standard.

Studios and backlots. Many world-class options exist. English studios have hosted many iconic films. A few examples include Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Gladiator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Batman Begins and Interview with the Vampire. Studios of note include Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios, Ealing Studios, Elstree Studios, Three Mills Studios, Fountain Studios and The London Studios.

Tax Incentives. Films that pass the cultural test or qualify as a co-production are eligible for 25% UK Film Tax Relief of the qualifying UK production spend. The minimum level of UK spend required to access the tax credit is 10% of the overall budget. The relief can also be used for high-end TV, video games and animation. See here for more information.

Post Production. England offers the highest standard of post production facilities with companies such as The Mill, Smoke and Mirrors, and Framestore present. Processing facilities only exist in London.

Visas and Work Permits. England is not a Schengen Area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. US crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 6 months. Contact your local British embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Highly developed transportation infrastructure. Many international and low cost airlines service flights to and from English cities. The train system is extensive and often a faster alternative to flying.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in London, Manchester and other parts of England. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. England is a very safe 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 in England, please see below:

Down Time. London has a vibrant nightlife and food scene. Outside of the city you can find places to relax in the quaint Cotswolds, rugged Peak District, or quintessentially British coastal towns of Whitstable and Broadstairs.

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

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