Solomon Islands 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 Solomon Islands? 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 Solomon Islands
For an introduction to shooting in the Solomon Islands 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.
Solomon Islands Film Locations
The Solomon Islands are a nation in Melanesia, located east of Papua New Guinea. They consist of nearly one thousand islands. Rennel Island is the world’s largest uplifted coral island. Lake Tegano is found there, the largest fresh water lake in the South Pacific. The Solomon Islands are best known for Guadalcanal WWII sites, rainforests, beaches, lagoons, waterfalls including the spectacular double-sided Mataniko Falls, a long island bridge, several active and dormant volcanoes, reef and WWII wreck dives and surf breaks. Honiara is the capital and main entry point by air.
The Thin Red Line filmed in the Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
The Solomon Islands have a humid, equatorial climate with long shoot days all year round. The first dry season runs from December to February followed by the first wet season from March to May. The second dry season runs from June to September with the second wet season from October to November. The dry seasons are the best times to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Wogasia Spear Dancing Festival is held in May. The Lagoon Festival is held in October.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the Solomon Islands.
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. Locations and local talent costs in the Solomon Islands are inexpensive. Other local costs can be quite high given nearly all goods need to be imported. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Solomon Islander 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 the Solomon Islands.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Film and photography crews need 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 the Solomon Islands.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped so street casting is required. Each island group has its own unique language and customs. Solomon Islanders are ethnically Melanesian. Non-Melanesian looks will need to be brought in from abroad.
Solomon Islands Film Equipment
Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting gear needs to be brought in.
Communication. Slow and unreliable 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 are very minimal.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas & Work Permits
Crews travelling on Western passports can obtain a Visitor’s Permit on Arrival or visa-free access for stays of up to 3 months. Work permits are not required to film in the Solomon Islands.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Honiara are in an average condition. Travelling between islands is best done by boat or plane. Solomon Airlines is currently the only domestic carrier. Several international airlines service flights to Honiara.
Accommodation. Staying in established lodges can be quite expensive. See here for options. For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.
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 Solomon Islands, please see below:
Hire Solomon Islands Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in the Solomon Islands, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Solomon Islands, 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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