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Bahamas

Bahamas Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the Bahamas? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in the Bahamas

For an introduction to shooting in the Bahamas see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Bahamas Film Locations

The Bahamas are an archipelago consisting of 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays. All the islands are low-lying and flat. The country is known for its paradise island looks of sand beaches, turquoise waters, English colonial looks, colourful Caribbean architecture, and historic buildings and forts. The Bahamas are also famous for their coral reefs and underwater photography options.

Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Eleuthera’s pink sand beach, French Leave Beach, Tahiti Beach, Cable Beach, Atlantis Paradise Island, Green Turtle Cay, Glass Window Bridge, Fort Fincastle, Old Fort of Nassau, National Art Gallery, and Nassau Harbour. Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known blue hole. It is said that the Bahamas has hundreds of blue holes, most of which have never been explored. Blue Lagoon Island is a private island located 5 km from Nassau. Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise Line ships. The Island House stands out among Nassau resorts. Pig Beach in Exuma is known for its feral pigs. Glass Window Bridge on the island of Eleuthera spans a sliver of land that separates the dark blue Atlantic Ocean from the turquoise blue waters of the Bight of Eleuthera. Bimini Airport featured in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

The Bahamas have serviced films including The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Wolf of Wall Street, Pirates of the Caribbean, Casino Royale and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Bahamas Film Location Permits

Permitting in the Bahamas is a very straightforward process requiring usually no more than one week for permits. For more information on permitting procedures please see here.

When To Shoot?

The Bahamas have beautiful weather all year round. The dry season, and best time to film for weather, runs from December to April. The wet season, which also experiences hurricanes, runs from May to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Family Island Regatta in George Town takes place in April.

Junkanoo is a colourful street parade that takes place at the end of December every year.

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

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists most key crew and equipment need to be brought in from abroad. Miami is the closest major film production centre and is only a short 1 hour flight away. Our Bahamian fixer / service producer 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 the Bahamas.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. The Bahamas have a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers including world class underwater photography support. Bahamas crews are non-union. Standard key crew is available locally. Miami is the closest major production centre should you need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bahamas based director, DP (underwater), 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 in the Bahamas.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. The Bahamas offers mainly Afro-Caribbean looks for featured talent and a diverse variety of international looks for background talent. Miami offers a nearby deep, multicultural pool of talent should you need to look further.

Bahamas Film Equipment

Equipment. Some basic grip and lighting equipment available locally. The Bahamas also offer good underwater photography support including camera housing. All other equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. The Bahamas is not an ATA carnet member country but bringing in gear is an easy process.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is basic beyond local looks. Major set construction is expensive. Miami has some very good art department teams.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Only basic post production facilities in the Bahamas. Miami is the closest major film production centre.

Visas & Work Permits

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 3 or 8 months, depending on the country. Contact your local Bahamas embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Several international airlines service flights to the Bahamas.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the Bahamas include:

Musha Cay Resort
February Point Resort
One & Only Ocean Club

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. The Bahamas are a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot the in the Bahamas, please see below:

Hire Bahamas Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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