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Northern Ireland

Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern Ireland? See below for an introduction to Northern 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. Northern Ireland is known for its castles, glacial valleys, mountains and rugged coastal looks. The largest city, Belfast is known for the Grand Opera House, Botanic Gardens, Queens University, and Belfast Castle. Londonderry is the second-largest city. Other locations of note include Dunluce Castle, Carrickfergus Castle, Rathlin Island, Mourne Mountains, the Glens of Antrim, Downhill Strand, and the Giants Causeway.

The Game of Thrones series was filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast along with various locations around Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland covers a small geographic area. All locations can be reached within a 2 hour drive.

Belfast has some crews and equipment but productions often consist of a combination of local and Dublin based suppliers.

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Northern 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. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Northern Ireland has a predominately wet climate that can change in an instant. The winters are mild and the summers are relatively cool. June through September are the best months to film for sunny weather and long daylight hours. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in March.

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

Costs. Northern Ireland trades in the Great Britain Pound. It is similar in costs to the rest of Great Britain. Our Northern Irish fixer / service producer will negotiate local 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 Equity

Most talent in Northern Ireland is ethnically Irish but there are also some pools of African and Asian talent available.

For an example of locally available talent looks see:

Assets Model Agency
Rogue Models
Compton

Crews. Northern Ireland has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of a high international standard. There is some crew in Belfast and the rest of the crew is usually brought in from Dublin. Crews are also in unions however there is enough flexibility and our producer / fixer is able to package deals. Northern Ireland’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

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 Northern 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. Dublin in the closest establish film production service centre. Examples of equipment houses in Dublin include:

Lighthouse
Panavision Ireland

The Production Depot
Digi Rent

For productions looking to bring in film equipment Northern Ireland is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction. High quality art department and set construction can be brought in from London and Dublin.

Studios and backlots. Several good facilities including Titanic Studios and Linen Mill Studios.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Northern Ireland. Incentives exist for visiting films and TV series projects. For films with a total core expenditure of £20 million or less, the film production company can claim payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.

Post Production. Good post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Northern Ireland is a part of Great Britain and a member of the EU. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your local British High Commission for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to expected European standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Northern Ireland.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Belfast include:

Merchant Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Tara Lodge
Benedicts Hotel

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 Northern Ireland, please see below:

Down Time. For breakfast, try the Ulster fry – eggs, bacon, soda farls and potato bread.

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

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