Both locations and our schedule required to have 2 production units and also the transfer of the cast and part of the local and foreign crew, for this we have means of transport by land as well as air. Costa Rica has the advantage of having different landscapes, with different climates, vegetation and scenarios in general at short distances either by car, boat or airway. As usual, our clients were happy and we are pleased to say we made many new friends among their crew!.
Last year we had the pleasure of working with the Chanel team twice. They were preparing a video for their new amazing cream the Blue Serum, that brings elements from the world's blue zone into one cream that leaves your face looking amazing ( you can check it out here: www.chanel.com/en_MY/fragrance-beauty/skincare/c/blue-serum.html
From Costa Rica they use the essential oils of coffee, in the Peninsula of Nicoya where people leaves over 100 years old. The reason why this is a blue zone has been in discussion for many years, but in general terms everyone agrees it has to do with both their active lifestyle and their diet. We did a tv show with Jamie Oliver about this subject too, which we will post about later.
Going back to this project, we had a lot of fun. The crew, both from Chanel and the production company Suffraggettes was incredible nice and fun to work with, and we met beautiful people in the coffee plantations area, that actually accommodated us as it is. a very remote location. So not only everyone got amazing images, they also left with a very nice memory and experience the life in this kind of rural areas.
The crew as small and flexible, perfect for this kind of location: Director, Director of Photography, Assistant Camera, Executive Producer and the two Chanel representatives. From the Costa Rica team Costa Rica Filming Locations provided the local production services/ fixer , gaffer and production assistants and drivers.
We were very happy when we saw how great it ended up looking, have a look at it and enjoy:
Filming in Costa Rica it's easy and straight forward, but you will want to have you production services company working with you along the way to make sure that your projects runs smoothly.
One of the great things about filming here is that it's definitely cheaper than filming in the USA, Europe and even many other Latin American countries, and dollars are widely accepted which makes things very easy for a foreign production company coming here to shoot.
Another great thing about Costa Rica is that we have a very experienced and bilingual crew. Our crew has worked in all sort of productions: music videos, tv shows, feature films, corporate videos, photo shoots, and everyone is willing to give their best for each and every project.
Being close to the USA it's certainly a big plus, both for clients from that country and for bringing any gear that it's not possible to get locally ( the basics are here, but some specific things might need us to brig them from the USA or Panama).
On another hand, Costa Rica its a very small country but with incredible geographical changes with only short trips. We can take you from a very dry forest to the lush jungle within a couple of hours of driving.
Some of our client's favorites are the the Blue River, Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste's beaches or Monteverde. But we have shot in all sort of locations, from a high security prison to the most beautiful National Parks.
Contact us now to make any inquires about filming in Costa Rica: customs, filming permits, locations and crew, we will provide the production services that you are looking for from start to end.
our experience with paddington
Paddington was the first feature film project of Costa Rica Filming Locations ( see all of our projects here). We had worked as free lancers before and had created the company less than a year ago when we were contacted for this project. Feature films of this size do not get shot in Costa Rica that often (although we are trying to change that!) so we were very happy when it got confirmed.
We filmed in Monteverde, which is a wonderful location and it's cloud forest was exactly what they were looking for. If you have seen the movie then you will probably remember that Paddington lived in " The darkest Peru" so we had to find that here, and we did.
Have a look at this behind the scenes video!:
This is the trailer for the movie:
We are proud to have a newer and fresher website. A lot has been going on since we started Costa Rica Filming Locations and we have been traveling and filming more than ever!. Last year only we have had some great projects like 50 Ways to kill your Mammy , several episodes of House Hunters International, Stupid Man, Smart Phone , Blue Serum- Chanel, High And Low ( Empire of the Sun) , and much more. And we started this year working for Bunim/Murray in Keeping Up With the Kardashians, coming soon!.
We will be uploading our news and keeping you up to date with our never ending travels around the beaches, jungles, rivers and all sort of crazy locations of Costa Rica, many times in the company of our partner in crime: Coqueta the dog.