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Macau

Macau 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 Macau? 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 Macau? See below for an introduction to Macau 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. Asia’s Las Vegas. Macau is famous for its Mega-casinos and hotels including the likes of MGM, Mandarin Oriental, Wynn, Banyan Tree and the Venetian (which is also the largest building in Asia). Filmmakers and photographers also come to Macau for Portuguese colonial looks including cobblestone streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings. Far East looks include Chinese gardens and temples, and the harbour area with its fishing boats. Macau is very small, so location moves require little travel.

Hong Kong is the closest major production centre, a 1 hour boat ride away.

Macau has hosted international productions such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Man with the Golden Gun.

Macau Film Location Permits. Macau is a busy, compact city that can be restrictive to film in. Permission to film is determined on a case by case basis. Permission to film or photography certain locations, such as casinos, is strictly enforced. Allow plenty of lead time for permits to be approved. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Macau’s climate is sub-tropical. November to December are the best months for filming with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. January to February are colder and more cloudy. March to April becomes more humid with occasional fog affecting visibility. May to October experience monsoon rains and hot, humid weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Chinese New Year celebrations take place in January or February. It’s best to avoid shooting in Macau at this time as hotels fill up and suppliers / crews go home to celebrate with family.

Other colourful events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Dragon Boat Festival in June, Feast of Hungry Ghosts in August, and Macau Food Festival in November.

Costs. Macau is generally a little more expensive than Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Our Macau fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Hong Kong is the closest major centre for casting talent looks. Hong Kong offers a great depth of Asian and Eurasian looking talent. There is also a considerable pool of international models and actors who live and work in Hong Kong for extended periods of time.

Please see here for examples of locally available talent:

Starzpeople Model Agency
Dream Models

Crews. Macau has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Most film crew needs to come from Hong Kong which has a good depth of experienced English speaking crews.

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 Macau.

Equipment. Some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment exists locally. Hong Kong has a good range of standard and specialized equipment available locally that can be brought in easily. Customs clearances for small kits are quick and easy but bringing in large amounts of equipment from Hong Kong can be expensive and requires more lead time. Macau is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction are of a high standard but are expensive compared to other parts of Asia. Most people do not come to Macau for set builds.

Studios and backlots. No established options exist. Closest studios are in Hong Kong.

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

Post Production. Best to post abroad. Hong Kong is the closest service centre with a lab and post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Macau maintains a different immigration policy to that of the Chinese mainland. Visitors travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free. For large-scale productions, visiting crews are required to have special work visas. For more information about visas contact the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force or the Chinese Embassy

Transportation Infrastructure. Macau has well maintained roads and plenty of transport options. Several international airlines service flights to Macau. The boat trip from Hong Kong to Macau takes about 1 hour.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Macau include:

Venetian Macao
Wynn Macau
Altira
MGM Grand

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Macau is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Final Notes. The romance of old world Portugal meets China, plus the vibrant casino nightlife offering plenty of entertainment options and world class cuisine helps make Macau a great film location.

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 Macau, please see below:

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

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