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Ireland

Ireland 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 Ireland? 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 Ireland? See below for an introduction to Ireland 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. Ireland is best known for its picturesque rural landscapes, green rolling hills, sleepy Irish villages with old Irish pubs, remote castles, country estates, Victorian terraced houses, dramatic coastline, lighthouses, and roads through spectacular and scenic settings ideal for car commercials.

Ireland has played host to films such as Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, and Star Wars Episode VII as well as the TV dramas including The Tudors, Penny Dreadful, and Vikings.

Dublin is Ireland’s capital and main film production centre. Galway and Cork have some crews and equipment but productions often consist of a combination of local and Dublin based suppliers.

Dublin is a very modern and vibrant city that has a wide variety of locations from modern to period. It has often been used to replicate London and many other European and North American cities. Locations of note include Trinity College Library, Dublin Castle, and Kilmainham Gaol. Dublin is a small city with free-flowing traffic. Ireland’s major studios are within a 30 minute drive. Coastal and rural locations can be reached within a couple of hours drive.

Galway is a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin. Galway is a unique city known for its bohemian attitude and colourful architecture. The surrounding countryside, know as Connemara, is famous for the movie The Quiet Man. The Cliffs of Moher can also be found in this part of Ireland.

Cork is a 3 hour drive from Dublin. Cork is a smaller, more quaint version of Dublin offering both period and modern locations. The countryside west of Cork is famous for the green Irish looks that one associates with Ireland such as the rural pub, green rolling hills, stone walls and country roads filled with sheep.

Agricultural looks of interest in Ireland include wheat and barley fields, and dairy farms.

Click here for filming in Northern Ireland.

Ireland Film Location Permits in the cities generally require a minimum of 2 weeks notice however in certain circumstances this process can be reduced to 7 days. Films are generally free to shoot anywhere however commercial shoots are restricted from shooting on certain national sites such as government buildings, Trinity College, etc. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Ireland has a temperate maritime climate with cold, wet winters (December to March) and warm, humid summers (June to September). Late spring (April to May) through to early fall (October to November) are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in March. Halloween is celebrated in October.

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

Costs. Ireland trades in the Euro. It is similar in costs to its Western European neighbours. Our Dublin based fixer / service producer will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent are generally union members so costs are based on those standards. That said, agents are flexible to negotiate rates. For more information see Irish EquityMost talent in Ireland is ethnically Irish but there are also a pool of multicultural talent available locally.

Crews. Ireland has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Irish crews are of a high international standard. There is a good depth of crew in Dublin. Crews are in unions however there is usually enough flexibility for our producer / fixer to package deals. Ireland’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further. 

Contact us if you are looking for a Dublin 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 Ireland.

Fringes. No hidden extras.

Premiums. The standard shoot day is 8 hours with 1 hour lunch included. Lunch penalties apply after 5 hours from unit call. For night shoots overtime is charged at 1.5 until midnight and double time after midnight. Weekend work is charged at 1.5 for Saturday and double time for Sunday. Bank Holiday work is charged at 1.5.

Equipment. Ireland has a good selection of standard and specialised camera, grip and lighting equipment. For productions looking to bring in camera, grip and lighting equipment, Ireland is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction. High quality art department and set construction.

Studios. Ireland offers sophisticated studio facilities including sound stages, backlots, workshops, props, wardrobe, dress rooms, make up, and production offices. Examples include Ardmore Studios and Ashford Studios. Smaller studios of note include Studio 14.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Ireland. Feature films, TV series, animations and documentaries have tax incentives. See here for more information.

Post Production. Ireland has several very good post-production houses. Examples include Screen Scene, Wind Millane, Egg, and Piranha Bar. London is the closest major film production centre for labs / film processing. 

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Ireland.

Visas and Work Permits. Although Ireland is not a Schengen Area country, visiting crews travelling on US passports can enter Ireland visa-free for stays of up to 90 days and work permits are not required.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Dublin and other parts of Ireland. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Ireland 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 Ireland, please see below:

Down Time. Enjoy a pint of Guiness and the warm Irish hospitality in one of Ireland’s many cozy pubs.

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

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