Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Northern Ireland
For an introduction to shooting in Northern Ireland 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.
Northern Ireland Film Locations
Northern Ireland is known for its castles, glacial valleys, mountains and rugged coastal looks.
The largest city, Belfast is known for the Grand Opera House, Botanic Gardens, Queens University, Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle, Albert Memorial Clock, Ulster Hall, Ulster Museum, modern Waterfront Hall and Titanic Quarter, HM Prison Crumlin Road, and Crown Liquor Saloon which is an elegant Victorian era pub.
Given Nothern Ireland’s relatively small size, all locations can be reached within a 2 hour drive from Belfast. Locations of note outside of Belfast include:
County Antrim is home to the Giant’s Causeway, Carrickfergus Castle, The Dark Hedges of Gracehill House, Cairndhu House (great haunted house location), Old Bushmills Distillery, the Glens of Antrim, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Rathlin Island.
County Londonderry is home to Dunluce Castle ruins, Mussenden Temple, and Downhill Strand. Londonderry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.
County Down is home to Mount Stewart house and garden, Castlewellan Forest Park, Slieve Donard stone walls and burial mounds, and the Mourne Mountains.
The Game of Thrones series was filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast along with various locations around Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has also hosted films such as Lost City of Z, Philomena, and The Good Son.
Northern Ireland Film Location Permits
Northern Ireland film location permits costs, rules and timing vary depending on the location and extent of location control required. Shoots looking for exclusive use of public locations such as city streets generally take around 2 weeks to permit. Northern Ireland authorities are very film-friendly. Please contact us for more location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Northern Ireland has a predominately wet climate that can change in an instant. The winters are mild and the summers are relatively cool. June through September are the best months to film for sunny weather and long daylight hours. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in March.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Northern Ireland.
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. Northern Ireland trades in the Great Britain Pound. It is similar in costs to the rest of Great Britain. Our Northern Irish 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. Films that pass the cultural test or qualify as a co-production are eligible for 25% UK Film Tax Relief of the qualifying UK production spend. See here for more information. See Northern Ireland Screen for more information.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Northern Ireland has a small but good pool of locally based directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of a high international standard.
If need be, additional crew can drive in from Dublin. Specialists can easily be brought in from nearby European production centres.
Some crew are in unions, but there’s flexibility and our producer / fixer is able to package deals.
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 Northern Ireland.
Talent are generally union members so costs are based on those standards. That said, agents are flexible to negotiate rates. Most talent in Northern Ireland is ethnically Irish but there are also some pools of African and Asian looks available.
Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. The standard shoot day is 8 hours with 1 hour lunch included. Lunch penalties apply after 5 hours from unit call. For night shoots overtime is charged at 1.5 until midnight and double time after midnight. Weekend work is charged at 1.5 for Saturday and double time for Sunday. Bank Holiday work is charged at 1.5.
Northern Ireland Film Equipment
Equipment. Northern Ireland has several equipment houses and studios that service productions from all over the world. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Northern Ireland 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. Some teams available locally. Additional specialists can be brought in from London and Dublin.
Studios and backlots. Northern Ireland has several cutting edge studio facilities including Belfast Harbour Studios, Titanic Studios, Britvic, and the Linen Mill Studios.
Post Production. Post facilities exist locally.
Visas & Work Permits
Northern Ireland is a part of Great Britain and a member of the EU. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your local British High Commission for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to expected European standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Northern Ireland.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Belfast include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. For breakfast, try the Ulster Fry – eggs, bacon, soda farls and potato bread.
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 Northern Ireland, please see below:
Hire Northern Ireland Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Northern Ireland, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Northern Ireland, 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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