Taiwan 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 Taiwan? 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 Taiwan? See below for an introduction to Taiwan locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.
Taiwan Film Locations
Taiwan offers a great variety of location looks in close proximity to each other. Cities, ocean and mountains are all within a 1 hour drive of each other.
In terms of nature, Taiwan is home to luscious green mountains, the snow-capped Jade Mountain, Taroko Gorge, bamboo forests, rice paddies, tea plantations, lakes, volcanos, and Shifen waterfall. Beautiful beaches and coastal views can be found in Kenting National Park, Penghu archipelago and Orchid Island and Green Island.
Taiwan also offers traditional Japanese and Chinese architecture, from Buddhist temples to chaotic markets and quiet alleys. Cities offer everything from bustling streets to contemporary design.
Taipei is the capital and main production centre where everything must travel from. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers is the Taipei 101 Tower, night markets, baseball stadiums, Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Longshan Temple, Elephant Mountain views of the Taipei skyline, and Taipei Performing Arts Center. Taipei has an extensive metro system that’s also available for filming.
The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is located in Kaohsiung City.
The Taiwanese administered Kinmen archipelago is an interesting group of islands located very close to the coast of China.
Taiwan has hosted films such as Nowhere Man, Silence, Lucy, Life of Pi, and The Crossing.
Taiwan Film Location Permits
Rules depend on the locations and degree of control required. Small footprint projects such as filming b-roll around Taipei streets in most cases do not require permits. Landmarks such as the Taipei 101 building or national parks require special permission. More complicated jobs that need exclusive use of public space require permits from one or multiple private and government officials. The Taiwanese government is very open to assisting shoots that will help promote Taiwan, even those that need to lock down major streets. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Taipei has a tropical marine climate with average temperatures higher in the south and cooler in the north. The rainy season runs from January to March. Spring runs from April to May and is the best time to film cherry blossoms. The hot, humid season stretches from June to September. This is the best time to film for weather. The winter season from October to December can get quite cold, particularly in mountain areas. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Taiwan is home to many colourful festivals and events. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Chinese New Year Lantern Festival in February.
• Buddha Bathing Festival in April.
• Tomb Sweeping Day (Ching Ming Festival) in April.
• Dragon Boat Festival in June.
• Ghost Festival in September.
• Moon Festival in September / October.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Taiwan.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Taipei is at a similar price point to major cities in China. The short distances between a rich variety of locations offers considerable savings to travel related expenses. Our Taiwanese fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. Taiwan offers grants for international co-productions. Read more on Taiwanese production subsidies here.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Taiwan has a mature film industry with a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Its close proximity to China, Hong Kong and Japan allows easy access to those crews if need be. Local crews are non-union. Taiwan has a fairly good depth of crews. They are known to be experienced, fast working and resourceful. As a regional measure, Taiwanese crews are comparable to Thai crews in terms of the level of experience. Other than production staff most crew do not speak English.
Contact us if you are looking for a Taipei 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 for your shoot in Taiwan.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Chinese looks are easy to find but featured talent for all other looks usually needs to be brought in. Some agencies import East European talent providing a small pool of Caucasian talent. For unique cultures, Taiwan also has a small population of Taiwanese aborigines.
Fringes. No hidden extras.
Premiums. There are no night, holiday or weekend premiums. Crew members charge a day rate for the first 8 hours worked, then add that same day rate for the next 6 hours, then add again for the next 4 hours, then again for the next 4 hours, and every 2 hours hours after that. Some crews have been known to work over 36 hours straight. Although these premiums are the industry standard, they are ultimately just guidelines. Our Taiwanese fixer / producer will package costs based on the specific needs of your shoot.
Taiwan Film Equipment
Taiwan is Arri based. Most standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally including Steadicam, Red Dragon and a variety of cranes. More specialized equipment can be easily brought in from larger production centres such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, or Tokyo. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Taiwan is an ATA carnet country.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is among the best in Asia. Set construction teams are very experienced, fast working, resourceful and relatively inexpensive.
Studios. Taiwan has good local studio facilities. LAPCC has studio and post facilities. Hong Chen Film Studio has studio facilities and lighting equipment.
Backlots. There is a Qing Dynasty village that is used for TV dramas.
Post Production. Taiwan has professional post production facilities including LAPCC which has both studio and post facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Visiting crews travelling on passports from Western countries can enter Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Longer stays require visas. Work permits are not required to shoot in Taiwan.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Taiwan has an extensive network of roads and a high-speed rail link to the more beautiful beaches in the south. Taiwan is so well developed that catering crews do not exist; cooked food is available readily even in the most out of the way places.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Taipei include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Taiwan is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Taipei is a fantastic city for everything from street food to fine dining.
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 Taiwan, please see below:
Hire Taiwan Production Support & Shooting Crew
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