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Guyana

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

Film Locations. Guyana is known for its rich biodiversity, unexplored virgin rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, savannahs, mountains and beaches.

Rivers are the lifeblood of Guyana and one of the best ways to get around the country. Important rivers include the Essequibo River, Rupununi River, Potaro River and Mazaruni River.

Guyana boasts more than 300 impressive waterfalls. The Kaieteur Falls are one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.

The Rupununi is one of the world’s largest untouched open ranges of savannah. The Iwokrama Forest is one of the four last pristine tropical forests in the world.

Mountain areas of interest include the spectacular Mount Roraima located on the Brazil / Venezuela border, the Kanuku Mountains are one of the world’s last pristine Amazon habitats, and the Pakaraima Mountains are also rich with biodiversity.

Beaches of interest include Shell Beach (turtle nesting area), Saxacalli Beach, Almond Beach, No 63 Beach, Bartica Beach and Hamburg Beach.

Georgetown is the capital of Guyana. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include wooden stilt houses and British colonial architecture such as St George’s Cathedral, the Law Courts and State House.

Guyana Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Guyana has a year-round warm, tropical climate with high humidity and rainfall. Coastal areas are tempered by sea breezes. The two wet seasons are from May to July, and November to January. Guyana sits outside of the hurricane belt. The best months to film for weather are the dry seasons from January to April, and August to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Mashramani carnival takes place in February. Phagwah is a Hindu festival held in March where revellers throw abeer at one another.

Costs. The favorable exchange rate means that your currency goes far in Guyana. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Imported goods purchased in Guyana are also expensive. Our Guyanese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates are very reasonable and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are rather undeveloped in Guyana so street casting is often required. Most Guyanese are of East Indian and Afro-Caribbean decent. Some mixed and Amerindian looks also exists. All other looks need to be brought in from abroad. English is the official language. Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America.

Crews. Guyana has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew must be brought in from abroad.

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 Guyana.

Equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. Miami is the closest production centre to bring in standard and specialized camera, grip and lighting equipment.

Art department and set construction is very limited in Guyana.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

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

Post Production. No post production facilities exist at present.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western passport holders are able to enter Guyana visa-free for up to 30 days. Contact your local Guyanese embassy / representative for more information.Transportation. The road system is quite undeveloped with paved roads concentrated in the coastal areas. Given Guyana’s extensive network of rivers, much of the travel is best done by boat. Our local Guyanese film fixer organizes safe and reliable 4WD, boat, plane and helicopter transport. Georgetown is serviced internationally by the several international airlines.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Georgetown include:

Herdmanston Lodge
Le Meridien Pegasus

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Internet access is available in Georgetown.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Guyana.

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 Guyana, please see below:

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

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