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St Martin

St Martin 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 St Martin? 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 St Martin? See below for an introduction to St Martin 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.

St Martin Film Locations

St Martin is partitioned between the French north and Dutch south of the island. Perhaps the island’s most famous location is Princess Juliana International Airport where large passenger planes fly very low over Maho Beach to land on the short landing strip. Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include white sand beaches, azure seas, dry forest, cruise ships and colonial architecture.

St Martin Film Location Permits

Permitting in St Martin is a very straightforward process requiring usually no more than one week for permits. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

St Martin has a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout the year. The driest period is from December to May. This is the best time to film for weather. The wetter period is from June to November which is also the hurricane season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Annual boating events such as the Regatta held in March and the Alliance Race are held in November, attracting filmmakers and photographers from around the world. Carnival celebrations take place through April / May.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Local costs are fairly expensive. The French side of the island trades in the Euro and the Dutch side trades in the Guilder. USD are also accepted. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our St Martiner fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. France offers a 20% tax rebate (TRIP) for qualifying foreign features and TV productions shooting in St Martin.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. St Martin has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew needs to be brought in. Miami is the closest major production centre should you need to look further.

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 St Martin.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are Afro-Caribbean with some Caucasian looks also available. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

St Martin Film Equipment

There are no camera, lighting and grip equipment houses in St Martin. Miami is the closest major production centre should you need to look further. For productions looking to bring in film equipment St Martin is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. None available locally. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Visiting crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. There is no work permit requirement for filming in St Martin. Contact your closest French or Dutch embassies for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Several international airlines service flights to St Martin.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in St Martin include:

La Samanna
Privilege Resort

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for more information.

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 St Martin, please see below:

Hire St Martin Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in St Martin, 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.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.