Venezuela 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 Venezuela? 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 Venezuela? See below for an introduction to Venezuela 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.
Venezuela Film Locations
Venezuela has some extraordinary undiscovered locations. Within an hour drive from the bustling capital of Caracas you will find beaches, mountains, tropical and cloud forest, unique architecture, affluent neighbourhoods and urban looks. The Tower of David in Caracas is the world’s tallest slum.
Beyond Caracas you will find Angel Falls (the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall dropping 1km), Isla Margarita’s tropical beaches and azure seas, sand dunes at Los Medanos de Coro National Park, the islands of Mochima National Park and Morrocoy National Park, snow covered mountains of Cordillera de Mérida, the spectacular Mount Roraima, the Orinoco Delta, Amazon jungle, salt flats, savanna, oil wells and fields, Spanish colonial architecture.
Venezuela Film Location Permits
Venezuela film location permits are generally easy to obtain and typically same day or within a couple of days. Most locations are possible. Shooting alcohol or cigarette commercials in National Parks is forbidden. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Although Venezuela is situated in the tropics, its climate varies substantially from the humid low-elevation plains to the cold glacial highlands. The dry season runs from December to April and is the best time to film for weather. The rainy season is between May and November. The end of the rainy season is best for filming Angel Falls at their finest. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Carnival celebrations take place in February.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Venezuela.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. The favorable exchange rate means that your currency goes far in Venezuela. Standard crew and equipment are available locally as are film processing facilities. Venezuela offers a similar price point to Cuba and Colombia. Our Venezuelan fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Note, Most ATMs do not accept US issued debit or credit cards.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials shooting in Venezuela.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Venezuela has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Crews are good, hard working, flexible with overtime and turn-around times. Heads of department all speak fluent English. Most visiting productions bring in their own key crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Caracas 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 Venezuela.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Venezuela offers great multicultural diversity similar to what you would find in Brazil or Cuba. Asian and East Indian looks are more difficult to find. The Wayuu people are an Amerindian minority found in Venezuela.
Venezuela Film Equipment
Equipment. All standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. More specialized equipment can be easily brought in from abroad.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are up to international standards.
Studios. Some options exist although studios are not Venezuela’s strong point.
Post Production. Some facilities exist.
Visas & Work Permits
Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Most crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. US passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to travel. See here for more information. Journalists must have the appropriate accreditation and working visa from the Venezuelan authorities before arriving in the country. Our local fixer / service producer will help arrange your application. Contact your local Venezuelan embassy / representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Several international carriers offer flights to Caracas. Major roads and roads in cities are paved but 4WD vehicles are recommended for rural roads especially during the rainy season from May to November. Avoid road travel by night, especially outside of major cities.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Caracas include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Venezuela, please see below:
Hire Venezuela Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Venezuela, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Venezuela, 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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