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Aruba

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

Aruba Film Locations

Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It lies only 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of Venezuela.

Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate with an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. The northern and eastern coasts are more rugged and untouched than the rest of the island. The island’s interior has rolling hills.

Aruba is best known for its palm-lined, white sand beaches and turquoise seas. Beaches of note include Eagle Beach, Rodgers Beach, Baby Beach, Palm Beach, Andicuri Beach, Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina, Dos Playa, Druif Beach, and Malmok Beach, to name a few. California Lighthouse is a beautiful film location. Arikok National Park is known for its ocean (Dos Playa beach, Natural Pool, Boca Prins turtle nesting beach), caves (Fontein Cave, Quadirikiri Cave), and Mount Jamanota (the highest point on the island). Aruba also has vast resort complexes, cruise-ship facilities, and an oil refinery for productions looking for those looks.

Aruba is home to some aloe plantations. Other than that, the island has very little of the agricultural looks common to other Caribbean countries.

Oranjestad is the capital and main entry point by air. It is known for its Dutch Colonial architecture including structures such as Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower.

Aruba 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 Arubian 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 Arikok National Park requires an extra level of permitting and additional costs. Please contact us for any more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Aruba lies outside Hurricane Alley. Its dry, arid climate means it offers visiting productions reliable warm, sunny weather, all year round. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Carnival runs from January to March.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Local costs are fairly expensive. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Similarly, since little is grown on the island, food imports are also relied on. Our Arubian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Aruba.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Aruba 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 Aruba.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. The population is mix of Dutch European, Amerindian, and African. It’s a very small country so the pool of talent is limited. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. English is widely spoken.

Aruba Film Equipment

There are no camera, lighting and grip equipment houses in Aruba. Some locals own basic gear they may be willing to rent. Aruba is an ATA carnet country. Our local fixer in Aruba is able to assist with gear and product importation if needed.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. None available locally. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crew travelling on Western passports (see countries coloured blue) are allowed visa-free travel to Aruba for stays of up to 90 days. There are no special work permits required for film crews. If necessary, to ensure ease of entry, our Arubian fixer / service producer will arrange for the Tourism Board to inform customs and immigration of your visit.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in an average condition. Several international airlines service direct flights.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Aruba. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. Aruba 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 Aruba, please see below:

Hire Aruba Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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