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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands 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 the Solomon Islands? 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 the Solomon Islands? See below for an introduction to Solomon Islands locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. The Solomon Islands are a nation in Melanesia, located east of Papua New Guinea. They consist of nearly one thousand islands. Rennel Island is the world’s largest uplifted coral island. Lake Tegano is found there, the largest fresh water lake in the South Pacific. The Solomon Islands are best known for Guadalcanal WWII sites, rainforests, beaches, lagoons, waterfalls including the spectacular double-sided Mataniko Falls, a long island bridge, several active and dormant volcanoes, reef and WWII wreck dives and surf breaks. Honiara is the capital and main entry point by air.

Solomon Islands Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? The Solomon Islands have a humid, equatorial climate with long shoot days all year round. The first dry season runs from December to February followed by the first wet season from March to May. The second dry season runs from June to September with the second wet season from October to November. The dry seasons are the best times to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Wogasia Spear Dancing Festival is held in May. The Lagoon Festival is held in October.

Costs. Locations and local talent costs in the Solomon Islands are inexpensive. Other local costs can be quite high given nearly all goods need to be imported. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Solomon Islander fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped so street casting is required. Each island group has its own unique language and customs. Solomon Islanders are ethnically Melanesian. Non-Melanesian looks will need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Film and photography crews need to be brought in.

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 the Solomon Islands.

Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting gear needs to be brought in.

Art department and set construction are very minimal.

Studios and Backlots don’t exist.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials shooting in the Solomon Islands.

Post Production. None available locally.

Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on Western passports can obtain a Visitor’s Permit on Arrival or visa-free access for stays of up to 3 months. Work permits are not required to film in the Solomon Islands.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Honiara are in an average condition. Travelling between islands is best done by boat or plane. Solomon Airlines is currently the only domestic carrier. Several international airlines service flights to Honiara. 

Accommodation. Staying in established lodges can be quite expensive. See here for options. For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

Communication. Slow and unreliable internet.

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 Solomon Islands, please see below:

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

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