Maldives 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 the Maldives? 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 the Maldives? See below for an introduction to Maldives 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. The Maldives lie south-west of India. They consist of approximately 1,196 coral islands. The highest point is only 2.4 metres above sea level. The Maldives are famed for their paradise like locations; turquoise blue waters, coral reefs, white sand beaches, luxury resorts and wild tropical greenery. Malé is the capital and main entry point by air.
Maldives Film Location Permits are a quick and easy process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? The temperature of the Maldives is hot throughout the year and although the humidity is relatively high, the constant sea breezes help to keep the air moving. December to April is the dry season. This is the best time to shoot for sunny weather. The wet season runs between April and October, when strong winds can also be expected. November and April offer the best water visibility for underwater filming. June to August is the best time to film surfing. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Ramadan is observed so some services are closed during this period.
Costs. Overall the Maldives are quite an expensive place to shoot but the locations are second to none. Talent will likely need to be brought in from abroad. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must also be brought in from abroad. The Maldives have no local agriculture so most food needs to be imported and is expensive as a result. Local transport is expensive. The dry season is also the height of the tourist season when hotels are very expensive and often sold out. In any case, Our Maldivian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped in the Maldives. Street casting is possible. The largest ethnic group are the Dhivehis, an Indo-Aryan people. There are very few foreign looks available locally so those need to be brought in from abroad.
Crews and Equipment. The Maldives have a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some basic equipment is available locally but it’s best to bring in from abroad. Key crew are also best brought in from abroad. India and Sri Lanka are the closest film production centres.
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 the Maldives.
Art department and set construction are very minimal. Most likely need to bring in from abroad.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for shooting foreign feature films or commercials in the Maldives.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas and Work Permits. Visiting crews can get visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. There are no specific work permits required to film in the Maldives.
Transportation Infrastructure. Locally, getting around by boat and seaplane are the best options. Only a few of the islands are large enough to support automobiles. Roads in Malé and on the airport island well-maintained, as are dirt roads at the resorts. Several international airlines service flights to the Maldives.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the Maldives include:
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
The Maldives are a Muslim nation and as such alcohol is banned on the inhabited islands. Alcohol is available on the resort islands.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. The Maldives is a safe place to shoot. 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 the Maldives, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in the Maldives, please contact us.
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