Netherlands 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 Netherlands? 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 Netherlands
For an introduction to shooting in the Netherlands 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.
Netherlands Film Locations
The Netherlands is a flat, low-lying country known for its windmills, dikes, farmland, and vibrant cities.
Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the main production centres and all needs to travel from there.
The Netherlands has hosted films including Dunkirk, The Fault in our Stars, The Windmill Massacre, Buena Vista Social Club, Ocean’s Twelve, and Diamonds Are Forever.
Film locations can be divided into the following regions:
The capital Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city known for its world famous museums, unique modern architecture, canals, leaning buildings, parks, coffee shops, and a vibrant Red Light District. Film locations of note include the Royal Palace, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Vondelpark, Oude Kerk, Cuypers Library, Efteling, NEMO Science Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, National Maritime Museum, RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, and the Floating Houses of IJburg. Just outside of the city you can find the Inntel Hotel in Zaandam, the fortified City of Naarden, and Muiderslot castle.
Rotterdam is known for its Central Station, Markthal Rotterdam, Euromast Tower, Erasmus Bridge, Europort, Maritime Museum, Witte Huis, and Cube House. Just outside of Rotterdam you can find Book Mountain in Spijkenisse, and the Windmills of Kinderdijk.
The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration. It is home to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Europol, and approximately 200 other international governmental organisations. Other locations of note in The Hague include Mauritshuis Museum, Palace Noordeinde, The Binnenhof parliament building, Peace Palace, Nieuwe Church, Duivenvoorde Castle, and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The Scheveningen Pier is located nearby.
Utrecht is a university city known for its medieval old town and canals. Locations of note include Domtoren Tower and De Haar Castle.
Other locations of note include Aqueduct Veluwemeer, the star-shaped Fort Bourtange, and the tulip farms around Lisse which offer spectacular, colourful aerial shots.
North Netherlands includes the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.
The area is known for its North Sea beaches, vast heathlands, and beautiful lakes.
The West Frisian Islands are located in this area.
The city of Groningen is known for the Martinitoren clock tower and futuristic Groninger Museum.
The Afsluitdijk is a major dam and causeway connecting North Netherlands with West Netherlands.
East Netherlands includes the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. This largely rural part of the Netherlands is known for its fields, forests, and small villages.
South Netherlands includes the provinces of Zeeland, Limburg and North-Brabant.
Zeeland is famous for its Delta Works and beach resorts.
The star-shaped fortified cities of Heusden and Willemstad are located in North-Brabant.
Unlike the rest of this flat low-lying country the far south of the Netherlands becomes hilly.
Maastricht is a beautiful university town located in the far south of the Netherlands. It is known for its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene.
The Netherlands Film Location Permits
Filming larger, more complex shoots in Amsterdam requires more lead time for permitting than small footprint guerrilla-style shoots.
Shoots that do not affect public use of space do not require permits, however you must register the shoot with the city district who will contact you within 2 working days to clear that your shoot does not conflict with any other activities.
Permits are required for productions that wish to close a road or path, place film props on public areas, play loud music, have at least 100 members of cast and crew at location, film at night between 10pm and 7am, film on the water, use special effects or weapons, film vehicle-to-vehicle, use camera drones, or use public transport. Permits can take 2 to 3 weeks to process depending on the specifics.
Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
The Netherlands has a maritime climate. Winter (December to February) is mild with occasional frost and snowfall. Spring (March to May) is dry, with tulip fields in full bloom. Summer (June to August) is relatively mild and the best time to film for weather. Fall (September to November) is rainy. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Dutch festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• New Year’s Dive at Scheveningen.
• Holland Indoor Flower Festival in February.
• Keukenhof flower gardens have tulips in full bloom in March.
• King’s Day celebrations blanket the country in Orange in April.
• Music festivals such as Sensations Amsterdam (July) and Lowlands (August).
• SAIL Amsterdam takes place every 5 years in August.
• Maastricht Christmas Market in November / December.
• Saint Nicholas Day falls on December 5th, when Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet bring children Christmas presents.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the Netherlands.
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. The Netherlands is a member of the EU and trades in the Euro. Local costs are similar to what you might expect in developed Western European countries such as England or Germany. Our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. The Netherlands Film Production Incentive offers a cash rebate of up to 30% for high-end TV projects, or up to 35% for films.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. The Netherlands has an impressive pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. There is a good depth of English speaking, very experienced, creative and technical crews. Amsterdam’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.
Contact us if you are looking for a Amsterdam or Rotterdam 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 the Netherlands.
Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable.
The Netherlands is a multicultural country offering featured talent of all looks. Other than Caucasian looks there are also significant pools of Indonesian, Surinamese, Moroccan, Turkish and Caribbean people. As an interesting tidbit, Dutch people are on average the tallest in the world.
The Netherlands’ close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to cast those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Fringes. No hidden extras. Crew members look after their own taxes.
Premiums. The Netherlands has a 10 hour shooting day (from call to wrap). Overtime is charged at time and a half for the next 4 hours and double time after that. Night shoots are charged 1 extra day for sleeping out. No holiday or weekend premiums apply.
Netherlands Film Equipment
Equipment. The Netherlands has an extensive supply of locally based standard and specialized camera, grip and lighting equipment including the Russian Arm. For productions looking to bring in film equipment the Netherlands 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. Very experienced and talented. Set construction is on the expensive side certainly compared to Eastern Europe prices. Jelier & Schaaf specialise in design and art department production.
Studios. The Netherlands has a great variety of options including sound studios and water tank facilities.
Backlots. At present there are no backlots in the Netherlands.
Post Production. The Netherlands has state of the art post production facilities offering VFX, 3D, editing, grading, sound design, and lab.
Visas & Work Permits
The Netherlands is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Film crews travelling on US passports can enter visa-free and stay for up to 90 days. Contact your local Dutch embassy / representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. The Netherlands is serviced well by many international airlines and regional budget carriers. The Netherlands is a very small country so domestic travel is best achieved by road. Peak hours including weekday mornings and evenings are best avoided as traffic becomes quite congested.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Amsterdam. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:
Safety. The Netherlands is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Amsterdam is a great centre for arts and culture. Explore.
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 the Netherlands, please see below:
Hire Netherlands Production Support & Shooting Crew
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