Tuvalu 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 Tuvalu? 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 Tuvalu? See below for an introduction to Tuvalu 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.
Tuvalu Film Locations
Tuvalu is a Polynesian island group located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. Comprising four reef islands and five true coral atolls it is the third-least populated independent country in the world. Tuvalu is low-lying with the highest point at 4.5 metres above sea level. The country has no streams or rivers. Locations of particular interest include underwater filming and palm-lined white sand beaches.
Tuvalu Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Tuvalu has a hot, humid tropical climate. The wet season experiences westerly gales and heavy rain from November to March. The dryer, cooler season runs from April to October. This is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Tuvalu.
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 talent costs are inexpensive but since no filming infrastructure exists on the island all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Tuvalu trades in the Australian dollar. Our Tuvaluan 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 in Tuvalu.
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 Tuvalu.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Tuvalu so street casting is required. There are very few non-Polynesian looks available locally so those need to be brought in from abroad.
Tuvalu Film Equipment
Equipment. No camera, grip or lighting rental available locally.
Communications. 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 enter Tuvalu visa-free or obtain visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. Work permits are not required to film in Tuvalu.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Local roads are few and basic. Travelling between islands is done by boat or plane. Air Pacific is the only airline that serves Tuvalu.
Accommodation. See here for film friendly accommodation in Tuvalu.
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 Tuvalu, please see below:
Hire Tuvalu Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Tuvalu, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Tuvalu, 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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