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Nauru 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 Nauru? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Nauru

For an introduction to shooting in Nauru 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.

Nauru Film Locations

Nauru is a small equatorial, oval-shaped island nation in Micronesia. It is the world’s smallest island nation, covering just 21km² (8.1 sq mi).

The main industries are phosphate mining, offshore banking, selling passports, and coconut products.

Yaren is the capital.

The main film location of interest is the lunar-like landscape of the island’s interior, left that way after phosphate reserves were depleted. Jagged limestone pinnacles rise up to 15m high.

Giant defunct metal phosphate cantilevers on a tropical beach make for an unusual film location.

Nauru is ringed by a beautiful coral reef although strong currents make underwater photography difficult.

Anibare Bay is the most beautiful beach on the island.

Command Ridge is Nauru’s highest point.

The underground freshwater lake of Moqua Well lies amid the limestone Moqua Caves.

A desalination plant provides freshwater for islanders.

The Nauru detention centre was established by the Australian government to detain asylum seekers.

Nauru Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Media access to the Nauru detention centre is tightly controlled by the Nauruan government. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The equatorial location means long shoot days all year round. Nauru has a wet season from November to October and dry season from March to October. The dry season is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

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. Nauru trades in the Australian Dollar. Locations and talent costs are inexpensive but since no filming infrastructure exists on the island all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. It is possible to get similar location looks in less expensive and better serviced production centres. Our Nauruan fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials shooting in Nauru.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. There are no film and photography crews based in Nauru.

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 Nauru.

Talent. There are only 14,000 people living on Nauru. English is widely spoken. Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Nauru offers a combination of Micronesian and Polynesian looks, with a Chinese and Caucasian minority also living on the island.

Nauru Film Equipment

Equipment. Needs to be brought in from abroad.

Communication. Limited, slow internet.

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. Bring in team from abroad. 

Studios. None.

Post Production. None available locally.

Visas & Work Permits

Visas are required to enter Nauru. There is no need for work permits to film in Nauru.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Nauru is so small that it takes less than one hour to drive right around it. Our Airline is the only airline offering flights to Nauru.

Accommodation. Not many options available. Contact us for special rates.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Aussie rules football is the nation’s most popular sport. Get in on a game.

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 Nauru, please see below:

Hire Nauru Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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