Czech Republic 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 Czech Republic? 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 Czech Republic
For an introduction to shooting in the Czech Republic see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, fringes, premiums, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Czech Film Locations
Czech Republic’s well established film infrastructure and depth of locations means it continues to be a favourite destination for many international productions. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include old world architecture, castles and palaces, rustic countryside, winding roads ideal for car commercials, picturesque towns, beautiful landscapes such as lakes, deep forests, rolling hills and snow-capped mountains.
Agricultural film locations include plantations of wheat, rye, barley, oats, and corn. Principal industries include high tech engineering, electronics and machine-building, steel production, transportation equipment, chemicals, advanced materials, and pharmaceuticals. Energy locations include coal and gas fired power plants, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric plants, as well as wind and solar power plants.
Czech is a small country offering an impressive variety of locations within a short drive from the capital.
Czech has hosted many Hollywood feature films including Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017), Snowpiercer (2013), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Wanted (2008), Casino Royale (2006), The Illusionist (2006), Hostel (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Alien vs. Predator (2004), and Hellboy (2004), Van Helsing (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mission: Impossible (1996), and Amadeus (1984), as well as a long list of TV series and commercial productions.
Film locations can be divided into the following regions:
Prague is a very popular film destination both for its state of the art studio infrastructure as well as its wealth of magnificent gothic, baroque, art nouveau, cubist and contemporary architecture. Locations of particular interest include Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Týn, Strahov Monastery Library, Clementinum Library, Municipal House, Powder Tower, Loreto Church, Charles University, National Museum, National Theatre, State Opera buildings, Frank Gehry’s Dancing House, Žižkov Tower, and Cross Club steampunk building, to name a few. Prague is the capital and main production centre where most crew and equipment are based.
Karlštejn Castle, Křivoklát Castle, Konopiště Castle. Czech has several macabre locations including Sedlec Ossuary “Bone Church” and Melník Chapel of Bones. St. Barbara’s Church is a gothic church in Kutna Hora.
Cesky Krumlov is a picturesque town. Castles and palaces of note include Hluboká nad Vltavou, Rožmberk Castle, Červená Lhota Castle, and Landštejn Castle. Temelín Nuclear Power Station.
Faith locations of interest include the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew and Great Synagogue. Castles of note include Kašperk Castle, Rabí Castle, and Švihov Castle. Poledník Lookout Tower is a Cold War era military installation. Natural locations of note include Šumava National Park and Krkonoše National Park.
Mill Colonnade, Klínovec, Diana observation tower. Kaiserbad Spa featured in Casino Royale (2006). Loket Castle featured in Casino Royale (2006).
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The regioin is best known for Bohemian Switzerland and Saxon Switzerland National Park. Pravčická brána is Europe’s largest natural bridge.
Hotel Ještěd is a futuristic tower sitting on top of a mountain peak. Natural areas of note include Bohemian Paradise, and Krkonoše National Park. Ploskovice and Sychrov are impressive castles.
The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks and Prachov Rocks are interesting sandstone formations. Castles of note include Hrádek u Nechanic, Humprecht, and Kost Castle. Talsperre Les Království is a dam built in the 1910’s.
Dolní Morava Sky Walk is a looping mountaintop viewing platform. Castles of note include Litomyšl Castle, Zámek Pardubice, Schloss Slatiňany, and Nové Hrady Castle.
Telc and Třebíč are two picturesque towns. Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk. Castle Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou. Dukovany Nuclear Power Station.
South Moravian has some of Czech’s most impressive castles including Pernštejn Castle, Veveří Castle, Lednice-Valtice Complex, Bítov Castle, and Mikulov Castle. Brno ossuary is second only to the Catacombs in Paris. The Church of Beatified Restituta is an interesting structure in Brno. Moravian Karst is known for its caves and gorges. The Napoleonic Battle of Austerlitz took place near Slavkov u Brna.
The city of Olomouc is known for its baroque fountains, Town Hall, Holy Trinity Column, Archbishop’s Palace, and Saint Wenceslas Cathedral. Photos of Horni Namesti from above are best taken from the Church of St. Maurice. Castles of note include Bouzov Castle, Helfštýn, and Jánský vrch. Velké Losiny Château was home to the famous witch hunter, Jindřich František Boblig.
Kroměříž Castle, Buchlov Castle, Buchlovice Castle.
The city of Ostrava has the beautiful Masaryk Square. Outside of Ostrava you can find the sprawling Lower Vítkovice is an interesting former heavy industry site available as a film location. Michal Mine is a preserved former coal mine. Sovinec Castle and Hukvaldy Castle.
Czech Film Location Permits
Czech has a film-friendly and streamlined permitting process. Small, handheld shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space are not required to have permits. In Prague, larger productions are required to have permits from the relevant local administrative district and the roads authority. Permits typically take 10 days to process but this can be expedited at extra cost. Some historic locations have their own special restrictions and fees. Shoots outside of Prague usually take around 3 days to permit, depending on the location. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Czech has a four-season climate with hot summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to October are the best months to film for warm weather looks. November to April has snow on the mountains. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Many Czechs are non-religious. Christianity is the largest religion so those holidays are observed.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Czech.
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. Although Czech is one of the more expensive former Eastern Bloc countries, the high standard of services makes it very good value for money, and a cost competitive alternative to Western Europe. Our Czech fixer / service producer 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. Czech offers a 20% rebate on qualifying Czech spend and 10% on qualifying international spend. The rebate is available to feature, TV, animation and documentary films with a runtime of at least 70 minute and to TV episodes with a runtime of at least 40 minutes per episode.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Czech has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative talent should you ever need to look further.
Czech is known for having exceptional English speaking crews with extensive experience in international productions. The quality is comparable to that of crews in Germany. Czech crews are non-union.
Contact us if you are looking for a Prague 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 in Czech.
Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable.
Czech is the official language.
The major ethnic group are Czechs, a Slavic people. Czech does not have a large pool of multicultural talent as you might find in the US or UK, but there are enough to fill extra roles. Prague’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Fringes. Crew members are independent contractors. As far as crew fringes are concerned there is no workers compensation or payroll tax.
Premiums. Czech works on a 12 hour shoot day with 1 hour for lunch. Meal penalties apply. The working week is 6 days with shooting on the 7th day incurring double time fees. Turnaround is 10 hours between shifts. No premiums for weekends or public holidays.
Czech Film Equipment
Equipment. Czech has a deep range of standard and specialised camera, lighting and grip equipment with companies such as Arri, Vantage, Panther, Panavision and Panalux all present. Some specialised gyro heads and camera cars need to be brought in.
For productions looking to bring in film equipment Czech is an ATA carnet country.
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. One of the main areas that sets Czech apart from the rest of the world is its world renowned art department. Construction is the best in central Europe.
Studios. Czech has several large, state of the art studio facilities including sound stages, water tank, production offices, props, and backlot of rolling green terrain. Czech studios have hosted many Hollywood feature films including The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, A Knight’s Tale and The Brothers Grimm. Smaller studios of note include Letna Studios.
Post Production. Czech offers a variety of high standard post facilities including VFX, animation, editing, and film labs. Post companies of note include UPP.
Visas & Work Permits
Czech is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. US film crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Czech embassy / representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Czech is serviced well from many airports across Europe.
Accommodation. Contact us for film friendly hotels in Prague. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:
Safety. Czech is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Czech has a great selection of local beers. Try some knedliky.
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 Czech, please see below:
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