Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong? 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 Hong Kong? See below for an introduction to Hong Kong 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.
Hong Kong Film Locations
Film Locations of interest include Hong Kong’s world famous Victoria Harbour, Chinese street markets, modern city looks, contemporary architecture, British colonial architecture, Kowloon, Hong Kong Park, Happy Valley Horse Racecourse, golf courses, Buddhist temples, islands and beaches, and the terraced cemetery of Pok Fu Lam. The pastel hues and palm trees of Choi Hung Estate are a popular location for photography shoots. Tsuen Wan Cemetery offers an interesting contrast of new and traditional China. Montane Mansion is a colourful concrete structure that featured in Ghost in the Shell. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge connects Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.
Cinematic icons such as Jackie Chan and Wong Kar Wai are synonymous with Hong Kong’s rich history of film making. Examples of Hollywood films shot in Hong Kong include Ghost in the Shell, Doctor Strange, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pacific Rim, Contagion, and The Dark Knight.
Hong Kong Film Location Permits
Hong Kong is a busy business centre and one of the most densely populated areas in the world. As a result it can be quite restrictive to film in. Permission to film is determined on a case by case basis. For a standard shoot involving a junk sailing in front of the Victoria Harbour backdrop allow around 7 days for permits. For a basic street corner shot that does not restrict traffic allow around 3 days for permits. It is also possible to close some city streets as long as they are not major streets. Closing a street can take up to 3 weeks to permit as it needs to be cleared with the police and transport department. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Hong Kong’s climate is sub-tropical. November to December are the best months for filming with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. January to February are colder and more cloudy. March to April becomes more humid with occasional fog affecting visibility. May to October experience monsoon rains with hot, humid weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Colourful Hong Kong events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Chinese New Year in January / February.
• Spring Lantern Festival in February.
• Tin Hau Festival in April.
• Buddha Bathing Festival in April
• Dragon Boat Festival in June / July.
• Hungry Ghost Festival in August / September.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Hong Kong.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Hong Kong is generally a little more expensive than Shanghai or Beijing. Many local Hong Kong productions film in Guangzhou, China’s third largest production centre. Our Hong Kong based 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 Hong Kong.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Hong Kong has a good pool of Chinese and expat directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Hong Kong has a good depth of professional experienced crews that speak English.
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 Hong Kong.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Hong Kong offers a great depth of Asian and Eurasian looking talent. There is also a considerable pool of international models and actors who live and work in Hong Kong for extended periods of time.
Hong Kong Film Equipment
Equipment. Hong Kong has a range of standard and specialized camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally.
For productions looking to bring in film equipment Hong Kong is an ATA carnet country.
In terms of communications, Hong Kong has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are of a high standard but are expensive relative to most of the rest of Asia.
Studios and backlots. Shaw Moviecity and the Clarence Film Studio are the largest and best equipped studio facilities.
Post Production. Hong Kong has all of the standard facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Hong Kong maintains a different immigration policy to the Chinese mainland. Clients and agency personnel can enter Hong Kong on a holiday visa. Those travelling on western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 or 180 days, depending on the country. Filming crews are required to have a business visa to film in Hong Kong. Please check with the Hong Kong Immigration Department for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Roads are busy and parking is limited, so if you are doing a very small shoot and need to get around quickly, it is usually more efficient to use taxis (and even the subway) than to hire a driver.
Accommodation. Hong Kong has many film friendly hotels. Contact us for recommendations. For productions looking to stay longer we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Hong Kong is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Final Notes. Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife and great variety of delicious cuisine help make the filming experience an all-round great visit.
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 Hong Kong, please see below:
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