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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico? 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 Puerto Rico? See below for an introduction to Puerto Rico 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. Puerto Rico is known for its colonial architecture, old forts, hotels and resorts, golf courses, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, reefs, lagoons, waterfalls, tropical rainforest, mountains, rivers, lakes, and caves. Locations of particular interest include colonial San Juan’s old town, Mona Island, El Yunque, Rincón surf beaches, and Arecibo observatory radio telescope which featured in the films GoldenEye and Contact.

Puerto Rico has hosted productions such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, GoldenEye, Act of Valor, Contact, Lord of the Flies and Homeland.

Puerto Rico Film Location Permits. Film-friendly government agencies. City-wide public location permits are possible for guerrilla-style exterior shoots. Allow at least 2 weeks for permitting. Proof of insurance is required. Allow longer lead time for more complicated shoots. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with warm, sunny days throughout the year. The dry season runs from November to April. This is the best time to film for weather. The hot, rainy season runs from May to October with storms and the possibility of hurricanes. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian in January.
• Carnival in February.
• Saborea Culinary Festival in April.

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

Costs. Puerto Rico is one of the more established and expensive film centres in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico trades in the USD. Our Puerto Rican 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. The majority of Puerto Ricans are a Caucasian mix with some African and Mulatto looks available too. All other looks are best cast abroad.

Crews. Puerto Rico has a small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are union (IATSE, DGA and SAG). Crews are of a high standard and speak fluent English. Puerto Rico’s close proximity to the US allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a San Juan 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 for your shoot in Puerto Rico.

Fringe and Premiums. Union rules apply.

Equipment. Puerto Rico has a variety of grip, lighting and camera equipment available locally including Alexa, Phantom, RED, 35mm, and various mounts. More specialized equipment can be easily brought in from major US production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Puerto Rico is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is of a good standard but on the expensive side.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. Puerto Rico offers qualifying productions a tax credit of up to 40% of local spend, 20% of nonresident above-the-line spend, and 25% infrastructure tax credit.

Post Production. Best to post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Puerto Rico follows United States visa policy. Visitors travelling on most Western passports can enter the US for stays of up to 90 days via the Visa Waiver Program. A valid ESTA is required prior to travel. Canadians can enter visa-free. Working media must enter under a Media Visa. Contact your local US embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Please note parking in San Juan is limited so small productions should consider a driver standing by. Several international airlines service flights to Puerto Rico.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Puerto Rico include:

Double Tree
Hix Island House
Horned Dorset Primavera

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Puerto Rico has some of the better internet connectivity in the Caribbean. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Puerto Rico is a very safe and reliable filming destination.

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 Puerto Rico, please see below:

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

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