Singapore 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 Singapore? 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 Singapore? See below for an introduction to Singapore 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.
Singapore Film Locations
Singapore is a small country where most locations can be reached within an hour drive. Singapore offers great modern city looks with locations of interest including a bustling downtown business district, impressive contemporary architecture, colonial-era buildings, Chinatown, Little India, shopping streets, and vibrant colourful night markets.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its famous SkyPark Observation Deck and rooftop infinity pool, overlooks the Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge, Singapore Flyer (giant ferris wheel), Esplanade Theatre, and The Float at Marina Bay Stadium. The luxurious high-rise Reignwood Hamilton Scotts building has apartments that come equipped with sky garages. The Interlace building and Sky Habitat building are two other impressive apartment buildings. Raffles Place has downtown business district views. Mount Faber Park offers shots of the Singapore city skyline. Colonial-era buildings of note include Raffles Hotel, Fort Canning, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, and Peranakan Museum. It is not possible to film at Parliament House. Orchard Road and Bugis Junction are popular shopping streets. Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Sentosa Island white sand beaches, Tiger Sky Tower, Universal Studios Singapore, Telok Ayer Market, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Pulau Ubin Island is the place to go to film village life. The Port of Singapore is the world’s busiest shipping port. Changi Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia.
Singapore Film Location Permits
Shoots that require exclusive use of public space, including something as simple as setting up a tripod, need to have permits. Traffic control, large setups, and drone filming is possible with enough lead time. As an example, shooting on a sidewalk with lights and dolly setup takes about a week to permit. Low footprint handheld shoots can generally get away without permits. Commercial shoots at the Gardens by the Bay are possible, although location fees can be very high and permitting takes at least 10 days for basic shoot approvals. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Singapore has a tropical climate with high year-round humidity and rainfall. Singapore has two distinct monsoon seasons; December to March and then June to September. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Given high rainfall throughout the year, there isn’t really a reliable month to film for weather. Filming schedules are often connected to local festivals and events including:
• Chinese New Year celebrations in January / February.
• Dragon Boat Races in May / June.
• Singapore F1 Grand Prix in September.
• Divali Festival “festival of lights” in November.
• Singapore Garden Festival held once every two years in December.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Singapore.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Singapore is a major business centre, and as such is one of the more expensive places to film in Asia. Our local producer / fixer is very cost competitive in their approach and will package deals that meet your budget requirements.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Singapore. MDA offers qualifying projects 40% cash rebate of total Singapore spend and a further 10% grant of the Singapore spend of current project can be used for next project.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Singapore offers a good pool of Singaporean and international directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Crews are very experienced, hard working and speak fluent English. There is usually no need to bring in crew from abroad. Best to bring in Steadicam operators from abroad. Crews are non-union.
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 Singapore.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable.
Much like Hong Kong and Tokyo, Singapore offers a good depth of local and international talent looks. The majority of the local talent looks are South East Asian, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. There are many talent agencies providing talent of all looks and levels.
Fringes. No hidden extras.
Premiums. Singapore works on a 10 hour day with overtime charged at time and a half. Work after midnight is also charged at time and a half. There are no weekend or holiday premiums.
Singapore Film Equipment
Equipment. Singapore offers a wide range of camera, grip and lighting equipment you would expect to find in any established service centre. RED, Alexa, and Blackmagic cameras are available, as are a range of drones and rigs. More specialised equipment such as Technocrane, Motion Control and Steadicam can also be rented locally. For drone aerial filming see Precision Art Systems.
For productions looking to bring in film equipment Singapore is an ATA carnet country.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is of a high international standard. To give you an example of the standard of local art department the films Krrish and Dance of the Dragon were shot in Singapore.
Studios. Singapore offers several fully equipped studios. As an example see Famegate Studios.
Post Production. Singapore has modern post and VFX facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports can enter Singapore visa free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Singaporean embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Singapore has a highly developed, well-maintained road and highway network. Changi Airport is a major airline hub servicing flights from many international carriers.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Singapore. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Singapore is a very safe and reliable 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 Singapore, please see below:
Hire Singapore Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Singapore, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Singapore, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.
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