Guinea 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 Guinea? 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 Guinea? See below for an introduction to Guinea 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.
Guinea Film Locations
Guinea is mostly flat coastal plain with a hilly to mountainous interior. The three great West African rivers; the Gambia, the Senegal and the Niger originate in Guinea. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the capital Conakry, Katikan’s open air markets and Great Mosque, Le Voile de la Mariée waterfalls, Fouta Djalon highlands’ picturesque hills and traditional West African villages, and Îles de Los. The National Park of Upper Niger is the best place to film to hippos, chimpanzees, elephants and buffaloes.
Guinea Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and a good fixer. Filming or photography in public locations will attract attention, so make sure to have all relevant location permits to avoid any problems. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Guinea generally has a hot, humid climate. The dry season runs from December to March. The rainy season runs from April to November when the landscape becomes green and waterfalls are spectacular. November and December are the best months to film for weather; just after the rainy season but before the dusty harmattan winds strike and blur the views. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Most festivals and events are based on the Islamic calendar as well as ethnic traditions. Ramadan is widely observed with some services closed during this time.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Guinean 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 Guinea.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Guinea has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew must be brought in from abroad.
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 Guinea.
Talent day rates are very reasonable and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Guinea is home to 24 different ethnic groups of West African looking talent. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.
Guinea Film Equipment
Equipment. Bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Limited internet access is available in Conakry and Souleyman.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is very basic.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Western passport holders require a visa to enter and film in Guinea. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is also required for entry into Guinea. A project synopsis may also be asked for. US passport holders see here for more information on applying for a visa.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. Only major roads are paved. Travel by road during the rainy season is slow going or not possible. Avoid travelling by night. Our Guinean fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Guinea.
Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Conakry:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.
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 Guinea, please see below:
Hire Guinea Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Guinea, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Guinea, 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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