London 2012 Olympics
Filming permission at Olympic venues is restricted to broadcasters and sponsors of the event. Access to film for those parties is therefore free of charge. There are a lot of security restrictions, health & safety issues and so forth so allow enough time for permits.
Examples of finished venues include Horse Guards Parade (beach volleyball), Wimbledon (tennis), Lords (archery), ExEL (huge conference centre on river where they holding judo, weightlifting, etc.). For a list of venues see here.
Main non-venue locations of interest include St Pancras Station (giant Olympic rings hung from ceiling), Trafalgar Square, Westminster Palace (Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, Parliament Square, Lambeth Embankment), Waterloo Bridge, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, St Pauls, The Mall, Greenwich Park. Most exterior locations need only a few days notice for small crews of less than 10 (tripod, etc) and are either free or require a small administration fee. Allow up to 2 weeks for larger shoots. St Pancras Station for instance is 250 per hour for a small shoot and we would need up to two weeks notice depending on the scale of the production. The Mall (or anywhere under Royal Parks – Green Park, Richmond Park, Regents Park, St James’ Park) require at least a week and attract higher fees of 350 p/h+. Wembley Stadium, which will host the football can also be accessed easily as it doesn’t belong to LOCOG and hasn’t been built specifically for London 2012. We can also shoot from rooftop locations that overlook Olympic venues.
If you are looking to shoot in London, England and require a film fixer or full production service support, please contact us. We also have shooting crew should you wish to save on travel and hire local.
Note: This information is current up to the publish date.