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US Virgin Islands

US Virgin 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 US Virgin 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 US Virgin Islands

For an introduction to shooting in the US Virgin 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.

US Virgin Islands Film Locations

The US Virgin Islands are a territory of the United States located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Film locations of interest include paradise white sand beaches, azure seas, coral reefs, underwater photography, mangrove lagoon, rugged hills, national parks, sugar mill ruins, old forts, colonial mansions, luxury villas, hotels and resorts, cruise ships, and golf courses.

The island of St Croix is home to the Very Long Baseline Array radio telescope.

The US Virgin Islands have hosted international productions such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Trading Places (1983).

US Virgin Islands Film Location Permits

Permitting in the US Virgin Islands is a very straightforward process requiring usually no more than one week for permits. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

US Virgin Islands have a tropical climate, tempered by easterly trade winds, with relatively low humidity and little seasonal temperature variation. The wet season is from June to November which is also the hurricane season. The dry season from December to May is the best time to film for weather and underwater photography conditions. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta is a prestigious yacht race taking place in March. St John Festival and Independence Day features calypso musicians, colorful mocko jumbies, and a lively parade, held in July.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the US Virgin 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. Local costs are fairly expensive especially for imported goods. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. The US Virgin Islands trade in the USD. Our US Virgin Islands fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no official tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in the US Virgin Islands.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. The US Virgin Islands have a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some supporting crews are available locally. Crews are non-union.

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 US Virgin Islands.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are Afro-Caribbean with Caucasian looks also available. All other talent looks need to be cast abroad.

US Virgin Islands Film Equipment

Equipment. The US Virgin Islands has some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally.

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. Luxury props and wardrobe available locally.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. None available locally. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

The US Virgin Islands follow United States visa policy. Visitors travelling on most Western passports can enter the US for stays of up to 90 days via the Visa Waiver Program. A valid ESTA is required prior to travel. Canadians can enter visa-free. Working media must enter under a Media Visa. Contact your local US embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Well maintained roads connect all major times. Ferries or hiring a private yacht is the best way to travel between islands. Several international airlines service flights to the US Virgin Islands.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the US Virgin Islands include:

The Palms at Pelican Cove
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Gallows Point Resort

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. The US Virgin Islands are a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit.

Down Time.

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 the US Virgin Islands, please see below:

Hire US Virgin 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 US Virgin Islands, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the US Virgin 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.

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