Hire a local expert.
We recommend that you strike a relationship with a local production service and/or a location management specialist to help you scout, coordinate logistics and production services, and help procure crew, equipment, support, etc.
Safety first in the “scurry” of production. To that end we strongly suggest you don’t drive yourself – we drive on the left on narrow winding busy roads. You’ll save money and time by hiring local assistance.
Having said this we at the Film Office are here to work with you and/or a local coordinator.
Our locations are far more diverse than you would expect. With an advance review of the script, a treatment or storyboard, and an idea of the look you would like to use during shooting, the Film Office along with a location scout can make suggestions of distinct locations you can find throughout St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
From scouts and best boys to wardrobe/stylists, the USVI boasts an experienced film industry with professional crews, services and equipment. Prior to booking crew, travel and planning shipments of equipment, ask the Film Office for an updated inventory of local grip and electric equipment and crew or visit the website of one our appropriate vendors listed below. Logistics management including shipping and ground transportation are key areas in which you should enlist local experts that know the idiosyncrasies of the Islands. Submit your estimated requirements and ask for a proposal. Most providers work on all three islands, but be sure of their knowledge accordingly. Please know that location scouts often work along side your own scout or location manager.
There are a number of local production companies that can familiarize crews with various locations throughout the islands.
Location and Production Services
Universal Community Builders Intl. (UCBI)
Grip and Electric Rentals/Services
Production Houses and Camera Operators
Cane Bay Films L.L.C.
Cutting Edge Entertainment
340.626.9122 / 340.776.8613
Paul Cater Deaton
340. 774-4514 / 340.998.1330
Tropical Light Studios
Hair and Make-up
Casting is handled on an as-needed basis for both principals and extras. Within our multi-ethnic population you can employ fashion models, school children, character performers, as well as most ethnicities such as African, Latin American, Southern European, Scandinavian, East and West Indian, Polynesian and Asian heritage. Casting calls may be arranged on all three islands. Your location service providercan procure casting directors and/or execute casting calls.
Props and Art Direction
The USVI boasts an Oscar Award-winning art department and of one the best in the business. With advance notice, most props can be located in the islands or built to specs. . Many stores cooperate in lending props. There are experienced, skilled carpenters available on all islands and well-stocked lumber, paint, furniture and hardware stores including Home Depot.
No one knows the region’s waters and marine resources better than a local captain. In our case, those local marine experts happen to be A-list and among the best in the business with deep experience not only here but across the Caribbean and around the world. Your local production service can guide you to the right resource for this critical job.
Local stylists find wardrobes at designer shops and boutiques on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Clothing, jewelry, and leather goods with well known European labels are available and beachwear is plentiful. Because the U.S. Virgin Islands is a duty-free port, most European goods are less expensive than on the mainland. Additionally K-Mart operates several large stores on St. Thomas and Croix. Your location service provider can procure wardrobe and stylist services.
Experienced catering and craft services are available on all islands with the capability to provide breakfast in wee hours, full-course meals, onsite site grill menu, deli-style lunches, or boxed lunches. Your location service provider can procure craft services and caterers.
Off-duty policemen are available for filmmaking purposes. Contact the Film Promotion Office for more information.
The Fire Department is available to be on standby on a fee basis and must clear and/ or issue permits for pyrotechnic special effects, fireworks and/or explosives.
Experienced off-duty fully certified EMS Paramedics are readily available for filmmaking purposes. Your location service provider working with the Film Office can procure such services. Set physicians are also available.