Romania 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 Romania? 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 Romania? See below for an introduction to Romania 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. Romania has a wealth of extraordinary, undiscovered locations in close proximity to each other. Bucharest is the capital and offers a diversity of looks ranging from gritty city streets through to old European grandeur. The Soviet era Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world. Outside of Bucharest you can find Transylvanian looks, castles and palaces, classic interiors, Byzantine monasteries, old Saxon villages, winding roads ideal for car commercials such as Transfagarasan Road, snowy mountains, white sand beaches, haunted forests such as Hoia Baciu, lakes and rivers, mud volcanoes, off-shore oil rigs and abandoned industrial estates. Agricultural looks include sunflower, corn and wheat fields.
Romania has played host to films such as Cold Mountain and the TV series Hatfields & McCoys where Romania doubled for 19th century West Virginia / Kentucky.
Romania Film Location Permits. No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. There are no blanket city-wide permits but permission to shoot on most public locations is generally a quick and easy process. Shutting streets in Bucharest can take up to one week to permit. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Romania has a four-season climate. Winters (November to March) are cold and rainy with snow on the mountains. Spring (April to May) has wildflowers in full bloom. Summer (June to August) is hot and sunny. Fall (September to October) is mild with leaves changing colour. The best months to film for warm, sunny weather are between April and October. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Sighisoara Medieval Festival in July.
• Sambra Oilor in October.
• Halloween in October.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Romania.
Costs. By European standards Romania offers a very cost competitive shoot day. Line item costs are low and a diversity of locations can be reached with little travel required. Of particular interest are Romania’s grand castles and palaces, which are much less expensive than options in Western Europe. Romania is also very well set up for cost efficient studio shoots. Compared to other East European nations Romania is generally less expensive than Croatia, Hungary or the Czech Republic, but more expensive than Bulgaria or the Ukraine. Romania does not yet trade in the Euro. Our Romanian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a case by case basis. There is a good pool of Caucasian looking local talent. Although there are plenty of women to choose from, there is a shortage of men with blonde hair. The local Roma community doubles well for Middle Eastern looking people. Otherwise, there is a rather limited selection of Indian, African and Asian looks. Romania’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Crews. Romania has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are also non-union. Crews are experienced, hard working and flexible with overtime and turn around times. Heads of department all speak fluent English. Most shoots are able to source key crew locally. Romania’s close proximity to other 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 Bucharest 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 Romania.
Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Romania works on a twelve-hour day including one hour break for lunch with overtime rates negotiated on a case by case basis. No 6th or 7th day, weekend, night or holiday premiums with crew or talent.
Equipment. Romania has a good offering of locally based film equipment ranging from new digital cameras such as Alexas and Reds through to lighting and grip equipment including a Technocrane. More specialised equipment such as Libra heads can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Romania is an ATA carnet country.
Art department and set construction are up to international standards.
Studios. Romania offers a high standard of studio work at very cost competitive prices. There are three main studio complexes with large sound stages, production offices, workshops, props and water tanks. Studio lands include forest and lake backlots available for set builds. Romania has the following standing sets: Western Town, French Street, Medieval Village, Urban Street, fully equipped contemporary houses.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials in Romania.
Post Production. All available locally including film processing. Romania has very good special effects services.
Visas and Work Permits. Although Romania is not a Schengen Area country, visiting crews travelling on western passports can enter Romania visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required.
Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Several international and European budget airlines service flights to Romania.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bucharest. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Romania is a safe and reliable shooting destination. 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 Romania, please see below:
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