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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan? 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 Kazakhstan? See below for an introduction to Kazakhstan 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 of interest include: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakh Desert ancient Silk Road looks, Caspian Sea and beaches, snowy mountains and ski resorts including the winter sports complex of Chimbulak, Naurzum salt lakes surrounded by forests and pine trees in sand dunes, Altai Mountains, Tien Shan Mountains, Karagiye Depression, Picturesque Charyn Canyon looks like the Grand Canyon, Volga and Ural rivers. Lake Balkhash is one of the the world’s largest lakes. Kazakhstan has some interesting mosques, Orthodox churches and synagogues. Almaty is a regional economic hub for Central Asia as well as Kazakhstan’s main production service centre. It has a new metro available for filming. Astana is Kazakhstan’s capital offering striking, modern architecture. Agricultural locations include wheat, barley, sunflower and cotton fields, and vineyards.

Kazakhstan hosted the TV series Marco Polo.

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

When to shoot? Kazakhstan is a very large country so weather patterns vary by region. Generally speaking, winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy. Spring (April to May) is mild with desert flowers coming into bloom. Summer (June to August) is very hot and dry. Fall (September to October) is harvest time with mild, rainy conditions. May through to September are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Navroz, Islamic new year celebrations, take place in March. The Chabana (Cowboy) Festival, held in August, includes an event where cowboys chase women on horseback. The Khan Tengri Mountain festival is a grueling climbing event held in August.

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

Costs. Since only some filming infrastructure exists some key crew, equipment and talent may need to be brought in from abroad. This will add to cost of shooting. Shoots outside of Almaty incur additional travel costs. Our Kazakh service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Kazakhstan offers mainly ethnic Kazakh and Slavic looks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Casting facilities are basic and street casting is often required.

Crews. Kazakhstan has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some key crew should 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 Kazakhstan.

Equipment. Kazakhstan has some local camera, lighting and grip gear for rent including Red, Arri 35mm cameras, 16mm, high speed cameras, heads, lenses, dollies, cranes and jib arms. More specialized equipment needs to be brought in from abroad.

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 Kazakhstan.

Post Production. Basic facilities exist. Best to post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports do not need a visa to enter Kazakhstan for stays of up to 30 days. Contact your local Kazakh embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards but given the size of Kazakhstan, travel times can be very long (Almaty to the Caspian Sea is a 35hr non-stop drive, for instance). Rural roads are often in disrepair. Roads outside urban areas are often closed in winter months due to high winds and drifting snow. Planes are new so domestic flights are a safe and fast way to get around. Several international airlines service flights to Kazakhstan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Almaty include:

Intercontinental
Rixos Almaty
Holiday Inn

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.

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 Kazakhstan, please see below:

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

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