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Wales

Wales 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 Wales? 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 Wales? See below for an introduction to Wales 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.

Wales Film Locations

Wales is best known for the majestic Snowdonia National Park, the rugged hills and wild moors of Brecon Beacons, a beautiful coastline of beaches and limestone cliffs, scenic lighthouses, bridges over wild landscapes, sheep roaming rolling green pastures, rural towns nestled in deep valleys, and road signs with difficult-to-pronounce names. The landscape is dotted with hundreds of castles including the imposing Conwy Castle. Cardiff is the largest city and main production centre. It is a cosmopolitan city offering a variety of looks from the ruins of Cardiff Castle to modern design and architecture. Gregynog Hall in the village of Tregynon.

Wales has hosted productions including The Dark Knight Rises, Highlander, Robin Hood, and the BBC fantasy drama, Merlin. Wales is a favourite destination for TV commercials looking for beautiful rugged landscapes.

Wales Film Location Permits

Permitting is a straight forward process. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Wales has cold, dark and rainy winters (November to March) with occasional snow at higher elevations. Spring (April to May) has unpredictable weather. Summer (June to August) has warm conditions, particularly in coastal areas. This is the best time to film for weather. Fall (September to October) also has unpredictable weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here

The National Eisteddfod Festival celebrates Welsh culture in August.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Wales trades in the Great Britain Pound. As such it is a relatively expensive place to shoot, particularly for large, complex projects. That said, our Welsh 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.

Tax Incentives. The UK Film Tax Relief (FTR) is available to all UK qualifying film and high-end TV productions that shoot in Wales. The minimum level of UK expenditure required to access the tax credit is now 10% of the overall budget. The FTR is worth 25% of the qualifying UK production expenditure. There is also financing available from the Welsh government’s Media Investment Budget. For more information see Business Wales.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Wales has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Crews are of a high standard. London is a 3 hour drive from Cardiff should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Cardiff 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 Wales.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Wales is an ethnically diverse country. Wales’s close proximity to London allows easy access to that pool of talent should you ever need to look further.

Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Our Welsh producer / fixer packages deals for local crew and talent.

Wales Film Equipment

Good depth and standard of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Some specialized equipment needs to be brought in from London. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Wales is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is of a good standard. Set construction is expensive certainly compared to Eastern European options.

Studios and backlots. Roath Lock is the best known studio, and home to the Doctor Who TV show.

Post Production. Some post production facilities. Nearby London has more.

Visas & Work Permits

Wales is not a Schengen Area member state.  US film crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 6 months. There is no specific work permit required to film in Wales.

Transport & Accommodation

Roads are up to expected European standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Wales.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Cardiff include:

Park Plaza Cardiff
Lincoln House Hotel
Hilton Cardiff

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. Wales is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for more information.

Down Time. Explore castles, mountains, forests and beaches.

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 Wales, please see below:

Hire Wales Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Wales, 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.

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