Samoa 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 Samoa? 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 Samoa? See below for an introduction to Samoa 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.
Samoa Film Locations
Samoa is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. Samoa consists of two large islands and eight small islets. Samoa is best known for its paradise island looks including beautiful white sand beaches, lagoons, surf reefs, rainforest and waterfalls.
Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve underwater photography options, Le Pupu-Pue National Park, Alofaaga Blowholes, Falefa Falls, Fuipisia Falls and Mafa Pass. Apia is the capital.
Lefaga Village is where Return to Paradise was filmed. Samoa has also hosted the TV show Survivor.
American Samoa is located to the southeast of Samoa. American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls.
Samoa Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Samoa’s equatorial location offers long shoot days all year round. Samoa has two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from May to October and the wet season runs from November to April. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Fautasi Outrigger Canoe competition takes place in June. Tafesilafa’i Festival takes place in July / August. Teuila Festival takes place in September.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Samoa.
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. On the whole Samoa is a relatively inexpensive place to shoot although imported goods tend to be expensive. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Samoan 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 Samoa.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Key crew needs to be brought in.
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 Samoa.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Samoa so street casting is required. There are very few non-Samoan looks available locally so those need to be brought in from abroad.
Samoa Film Equipment
Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting gear needs to be brought in to Samoa.
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 are very minimal.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas and Work Permits
Visas and Work Permits are not required to film in Samoa. All nationals can enter Samoa visa-free for stays of up to 60 or 90 days.
For American Samoa, US citizens can enter visa-free indefinitely and other western passport holders can obtain a 30 day entry permit on arrival. All other nationals need a visa to enter American Samoa.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Apia are in an average condition. Getting around is best done by land and boat. Several international airlines service regular flights to Samoa.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Samoa 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.
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 Samoa, please see below:
Hire Samoa Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Samoa, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Samoa, 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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