With an open mind and always curious - we are aware of the importance to fully understand a creative brief, and how to match outstanding ideas with financial limitations. When estimating the production costs we are coming up with creative solutions on how to stretch the production budget when it comes to locations, casting, props, accommodation, logistics, equipment rentals, catering and crews.
On each island we find the best local Caribbean Crews and save so our customer money on travel and accommodation costs – as a first step.
While producing and supporting film, video productions and photo shootings for international clients on Caribbean Islands for over 20 years, we collected valuable knowledge about the needs of foreign production companies and the diverse possibilities as well as limitations when filming on Caribbean Islands.
Maybe size matters sometimes, but we believe first of all in the design principle of ‘form follows function’. That’s why we try to keep it simple and therefore - on our website thecaribbeanproduction.com, we list all clients that we had worked for, but we only show a limited amount of project samples in smaller sizes.
We focus on precise, true and reliable information on locations, production possibilities and costs for shoots in the Caribbean. Our client list has grown long and our productions in the Caribbean had been so many over the last twenty years that we are unable to present samples of all productions on our website, especially not in the recently favored large formats on new websites.
In order to give you the maximum on information without wasting your valuable time while waiting until all elements of our website are downloaded, we stick to mostly smaller images and detailed text information.
The Caribbean official hurricane season is from 1st of June to end of November. However the Caribbean islands stretch over 2.754,000 sq. km (1,063,000 sq. miles) and the weather is not the same in the South as in the North. Barbados for instance in the South and further out in the Atlantic is safe and has not been hit by a hurricane over 50 years. Northern Islands like Antigua, St. Martin, US Virgin Islands, BVI and also the Bahamas etc. are not so lucky.
They are in the hurricane belt and severe storms here are frequent. The tropical storms start in West Africa and they grow in intensity as the air warms up the further they move into the Northern Caribbean region. That is why Barbados has the geographical advantage and film productions and photo shoots can take place all year round. Image shows commercial shoot for Tombras Agency /USA in June with fabulous weather.
Being on a Cruise ship through the Caribbean region is a great experience, but the ship stops in different ports on Caribbean Islands and then comes the question: How to make the most of that day?
For the Royal Caribbean Cruise line we produced a video with CAM partners/Jaunt with ideas for their cruise line passenger on how to best spend the day in Jamaica on the North Coast. Starting from Ochio Rios, the suggestions were from rafting in the Blue Hole, visiting Dunn River to beach excursions with horse riding to diving to sunken ships, to name a few.
Supported by a friendly Jamaican production crew, the production went smooth and pleasant.
A very different kind of editorial shoot we had for the magazine 032c - because it is a very different kind of magazine. It was called the magazine with a brutal elegance, and according to the New York Times, “the magazine fuses art and architecture, literature, urban studies in ways that can make one forget how depressing a visit to a newsstand has become.” INDUSTRIE Magazine credited 032c with setting "the most significant editorial agenda since The Face.” 032c was awarded the German media award Lead Magazine of the Year in 2008. Its fashion editorials have been awarded Lead Mood and Fashion Photography awards in 2014 and 2015. Even Barbados’ own goddess of music, Rihanna was on a cover of 032c
Our way of producing matched the PYRATE STYLE clothes collection that we were photographing in Barbados. It was a guerilla style shoot with a very small crew – from the German 032c team came Leah Miriam Hess as Stylist/ Art director and Marc Goehring as photographer for 032c, Troy Burgess was the local PA-all rounder - casting director, props organizer, set dresser, location finder, etc. With only the location idea in mind, we were finding local people and props on the spot. It was a fun shoot especially to see how everybody played along. The result is a lively refreshing editorial photo series – like snap shots of young Barbados’ weekend life.
For the POETRY Summer fashion shoots, we moved to the Bahamas, to find the most stunning location scenery on a deserted pure white beach, pristine clear water and stunning white rock formations. It wasn’t exactly around the corner from the hotel, but it was definitively worth the drive. UK Producer Claudie gave the thumps up - not only to the location, but also to the cooking of caterer Shauna, who spoiled the production team with delicious local food.
Next shoot day took place on the white hotel beach with beautiful pool, delicious cuisine and all amenities of a luxury boutique hotel. It is obvious that there is someone who knows what media crews need. Former New York photo studio owner Tom Marazza is the very relaxed and friendly owner of this gem ‘La Bougainvillea’, as well as of the spacious ‘team’ villa next door. In fact he has turned the spacious, beautiful terrain almost into an out door Studio location.
I guess, everybody in the media business knows those productions that are starting like a little mouse-sized video shoot and then start growing and growing along the way. That can happen once the foreign team has arrived and director and clients see the wealth of beautiful locations and all the visual opportunities those places offer. Our ‘Caribbean International Production Service Company’ was contracted by Smuggler Production/London to organize the Virgin Holiday SALE commercial with 200, all locally casted talents – a mix of all ethnic groups and ages - and 50 local crew. Shoot locations were two beaches on the East and the West coast of Barbados. Two shoot days, and only 2 weeks of pre-production for locations, equipment, logistics, permits, customs, catering, casting, wardrobe and not to forget to organize and build all the props – all together was a bit of a challenge for a shoot on a small Caribbean island.
September 7, 2016
The island of St. Martin, which is half French and still part of France and as such a member of the EU (European Union), and the other half – Dutch Sint Maarten, which is now independent, but used to be a Dutch colony, is a melting pot, not only of people and languages (by the way - everybody speaks English in addition), but also of architecture and the hustle and bustle of the picturesque street scenes. French St. Martin with its narrow streets and colorful markets, chic bistros and boutiques reminds of coastal towns in the Southern part of France like Cassis and St. Tropez – just Caribbean style. Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin both are popular for their harbors with luxury international yachts on massive piers, modern speedboats and colorful fishing boats tied to small wooden jetties.
August 16, 2016
Wild grassland and rough Atlantic sea locations were chosen as backdrops for the Zara Spring/Summer advertising fashion campaign this year. The location feels were more like wild British coast lines and Scottish hills than tropical paradises.
Apart from the locations, the Caribbean Island was selected for the photo shoots and the video production this year because of its good weather in January, the favorable production conditions and the easy access for client, agency and teams from Spain, the UK and the US. Photographer was Mario Sorrenti, Director for video shoot: Gorden von Steiner.
The "Caribbean Production Company" provided full service: estimates, budgeting, location scouting, prop scouting, crew, catering, production equipment, villa-accommodation, transportation, permits, customs...
We had once again a great photo shoot for Macy’s in the Caribbean. This time together with Producer Léonard Cuinet-Petit from Brachfeld/Paris the young Macy’s fashion brand “Maison Jules” was perfectly ‘mise en scene’ by Australian photographer Brooke Coffey.
June 15, 2014
David Guberts’ photographs definitively add ‘drama’ to each page. Australian born, NY photographer David Gubert and his team came to Barbados recently to photograph several fashion and beauty series for the UK fashion magazine RED.
March 31, 2014
A recent scouting trip for a US production company brought me to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia again. I am always surprised to see the fabulous mix of architecture that is equally influenced by the former French, Spanish and English colonialists.