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.
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.