St Lucia 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 St Lucia? 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 St Lucia? See below for an introduction to St Lucia 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. St Lucia is a Caribbean island famous for the Pitons, white sand beaches, coral reef underwater photography, tropical flower-lined roadsides, paradise waterfalls, and lush rainforests. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Diamond Falls, Mount Soufriere Drive-In Volcano, Anse Chastanet Marine National Park, Pigeon Island National Park, Edmund Rainforest Reserve, and Marigot Bay where Dr Doolittle was filmed. Castries and Soufriere boast a mix of old British and French colonial architecture. Agricultural locations of interest include banana, sugarcane, and cocoa plantations.
St Lucia Film Location Permits. Although there is no official film permit, having a letter of support from relevant government authorities is helpful when seeking permission to film around the island. Our St Lucian fixer will require a project synopsis and crew details. The letter of support usually takes about a week to get. With this in hand small productions can film for free, without issue in most public locations as long as they are not taking exclusive use of public space. Larger productions that seek to control traffic, lay track or set up big lights, for instance, will require additional permits and consultation with police and local authorities. Filming in national parks such as Pigeon Island requires an extra level of permitting and additional costs. Please contact us for any more location specific information.
When to shoot? St Lucia has a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout the year. The dry season runs from December to May. This is the best time to film for weather. The wet season runs from June to November which is also the hurricane season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Carnival takes place in July. The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers transatlantic sailing competition ends in St Lucia in November.
Costs. Local costs are fairly expensive. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our St Lucian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are Afro-Caribbean. Some Indo-Caribbean and Caucasian talent is also available. It’s a very small country so the pool of talent is limited. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.
Crews. St Lucia has a very small pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew are best 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 St Lucia.
Equipment. There are no camera, lighting and grip equipment houses in St Lucia. Some locals own basic gear they may be willing to rent. Best to bring in your own. Miami is the closest major production centre. For productions intending to bring in equipment St Lucia is not an ATA carnet country. If you are bringing in more than a few small pieces of gear it is best to go through a customs broker. Our local fixer can arrange this to ensure you are not overcharged.
Art department and set construction is very basic.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in St Lucia.
Post Production. None available locally. Post abroad.
Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in St Lucia.
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in an average condition. Several international airlines service flights to St Lucia.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in St Lucia include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. St Lucia 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 St Lucia, please see below:
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