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Norway

Norway 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 Norway? 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 Norway? See below for an introduction to Norway 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 of interest include Hardanger Fjord, Lofoten Islands, Kjeragbolten boulder, Vøringsfossen waterfall, Atlantic Ocean Road and Storseisundet Bridge, Europe’s largest glacier Jostedalsbreen, Arctic Circle and Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Lapland, ice hotels, Svalbard Islands with Polar Bears, Lofoten Islands, beautiful car roads through spectacular landscapes such as Trollstigen Mountain Road, colourful mining village of Røros, Winter Olympics venues at Lillehammer, fairytale Heddal Stave Church, Nidaros Cathedral, picturesque Art Nouveau city of Alesund, fort town of Fredrikstad, the cities of Trondheim and Bergen. Oslo is the capital offering several interesting film locations including the Opera House and intriguing Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Norway Film Location Permits. Norway has a film friendly and streamlined permitting process. Several different permits may be required depending on the location. Special permits are required for national parks, parking, shutting streets, etc. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Owing to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, coastal Norway is much warmer than what would otherwise be expected of a country so far north. Inland temperatures are more extreme with hotter summers and colder winters. The short spring (May to June) and summer (July to August) are the best times to film for long daylight hours and warm weather. Norway north of the Arctic Circle experiences continuous daylight during midsummer. Fall (September to October) sees colourful leaves. Winters (November to April) are long and very cold. These are the best months to film snowy landscapes. Daylight hours are very short with areas north of the Arctic Circle experiencing twilight all day long during midwinter. The best time for filming the Aurora Borealis is between September and March. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Norway hosts a variety of interesting festivals and events including:

• Midnight Sun Marathon in June.
• Ekstremsportveko extreme sports events in June.
• Viking Festival in June.
• Risor Wooden Boat Festival in August.
• Christmas markets in December.

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

Costs. For large, complex projects, Norway is a relatively expensive place to shoot. Our Norwegian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Norway offers mainly Nordic looks. Some Middle Eastern looks also exist. The Sami people are an indigenous minority living in Lapland. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Norway has a good but small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of the highest international standard. Norway has a good depth of key and support crew that speak fluent English. Should you need to look further, Norway is a short flight from other major European production centres.

Contact us if you are looking for an Oslo or Bergen 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 Norway.

Fringes and Premiums. Add 26% for social costs.

Equipment. Good depth and standard of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Some specialized equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Norway is an ATA carnet country.

In terms of communications, Norway has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.

Art department and set construction is of a high standard. Set construction is very expensive.

Studios. Norway has some good studio facilities.

Tax Incentives. Norway offers tax incentives. See here for more information.

Post Production. Impressive local facilities including editing, online, grading and sound design suites. Stockholm or Copenhagen are the closest places to process film.

Visas and Work Permits. Norway is a Schengen Area member state. Crews travelling on US passports do not require visas or work permits to enter and film in Norway for stays of up to 90 days.

Transportation Infrastructure. Norway has a comprehensive network of well maintained roads including 3 of the world’s top 10 longest tunnels. Smaller mountain passes are often blocked during winter snowfalls. The Hurtigruten ferry is a picturesque way to travel up the Norwegian coast. Norway’s size and mountainous roads make domestic flights a good, fast and cheap alternative to getting around. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Norway.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Oslo. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

The Thief

Safety. Norway is a very safe and reliable 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 Norway, please see below:

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

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