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Honduras

Honduras 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 Honduras? 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 Honduras? See below for an introduction to Honduras 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. Honduras is predominately mountainous jungle with beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coast. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

Biodiversity. The La Moskitia region has tropical cloud forests, waterfalls, rivers, swamps and mangroves. It’s here you can find the UNESCO World Heritage site Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, home to a wealth of biodiversity including jaguars, pumas, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, giant anteaters and manatees. Pico Bonito National Park and La Tigra National Park are also rich with biodiversity. Lake Yojoa is Honduras’ largest freshwater lake and home to a variety of bird life. Honduras also has many dry forests, pine forests, as well as banana, coffee and tobacco plantations.

Mayan Ruins. The most well known locations are the Copán Ruins Archaeological Park and the Cuyamel Caves.

Coastal Honduras. The Islas de las Bahia (Bay Islands) including Roatan Island are famous for their Carribbean white sand beaches and underwater photography looks. The islands are an English speaking area of Honduras.

Spanish Colonial Architecture. Cities of note include Trujillo, Comayagua, and Tegucigalpa.

Tegucigalpa is the capital, main entry point by air, and Honduras’ production service center where crew and equipment are based.

Honduras Film Location Permits are a quick and easy process. Negotiations and donations often need to be done in person, so it’s essential to hire a capable and well connected fixer. Permits for Mayan ruins usually take about two weeks to process, which is a much better alternative to the restrictive laws of filming Mayan ruins in Mexico. Permits for national parks take about 10 days. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Honduras has a tropical climate. The Caribbean coast is hot and humid, the central highlands are mild, the Pacific coast is hot and dry, and the Bay Islands are hot and humid. In the interior and the highlands, the rainy season runs from May to November, whereas along the Caribbean coast and the Bay Islands, the rainy season comes between September and January. The dry season runs from December to April. Generally speaking, this is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Semana Santa takes place in March / April in Santa Rose de Copan. Punta Gorda Festival takes place in Roatan in April. Feria de San Isidro takes place in La Ceiba in May.

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

Costs. Honduran locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive. Costs on the islands are slightly higher than the mainland. Key crew and specialized equipment may need to be brought in from abroad. Our Honduran fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Honduras but our fixer can arrange in-house casting. Honduras offers mostly Mestizo looks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Honduras has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Honduras also has a limited selection of good, freelance local crew. The most experienced crew are often already full-time employees at TV companies. It is best to bring in specialized crew from abroad. It is common to add extra local crew members to ensure the shoot runs quickly.

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 Honduras.

Equipment. Honduras some some standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally such as the Canon 5D, Blackmagic 4K, RED Scarlet, and Arri Alexa. Specialized equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. Miami is the closest major production center, a short 2 hour flight away. Honduras is not an ATA carnet country however bringing in gear is a fast, easy and inexpensive process. Please send us your gear list so we can advise accordingly on the best approach for your project.

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

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

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. US, EU and other Western passport holders can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Projects that require crews to stay longer will need to apply for visas. Contact your local Honduran embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation. Main cities are linked by paved roads. Otherwise, the road system is quite undeveloped. Travel is slower going during the rainy season when even major roads may be affected by floods and rockslides. Best to avoid travelling by night. Our local Honduran film fixer organizes safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Honduras.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Honduras include:

InterContinental Real San Pedro Sula
InterContinental Real Tegucigalpa
Barefoot Cay
Marriott Tegucigalpa

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. Theft can be an issue on the mainland, so our fixer always arranges an armed guard to patrol the set. The Bay Islands are much safer and do not require an armed guard on set.

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 Honduras, please see below:

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

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