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The Scandinavian countries are in general very film friendly places for productions.
In general, you can shoot almost everywhere with a simple set-up that doesn’t require any exclusive use of public spaces. If the production requires ground control as street closures, large light set-up, etc. the process of getting permits normally varies between 2-4 weeks. Of course, there are some local variations within the countries, but our service producers can help you to navigate in regulations, permits and local conditions for shooting.
Danish, Swedish and Norwegian crew are very professional and of a very high international standard.
We always use key crew with minimum 10 year’s experience and all of them are used to working with International directors and DPs. A typical Scandinavian crew size is often leaner than in most other countries. We have a long tradition for flexibility and for helping out where it’s needed, even across departments.
Let us know if you need local based film crew and we will make sure we give you a selection of our most recommended.
A standard shooting day for Scandinavian film crew is 8 hours.
If shooting days extend the 8-hour-work-day or on evenings and/or weekends, the Actors Union has a standard regulation for overwork and buy-outs.
For everybody, but the production unit’s fees, you pay an overtime fee which is a percentage of the basic hourly rate:
For the 9th and 10th hour, you pay 25 % of the basic hour rate.
For the 11th hour, you pay 100 % of the basic hour rate.
For the 12th hour, you pay 150 % of the basic hour rate.
For every hour past 12 hours, you pay 200 % of the basic hour rate.
When shooting in the evening, you pay a nuisance fee that various, but in general is about $20 per hour from 18 – 24 and $40 per hour from 24 – 06.
When shooting at the weekends (from Friday at 24.00 till Monday 06.00) you pay:
– 75 % of the fee for shooting on Saturdays or Sundays.
– 100 % of the fee for shooting both Saturday and Sunday
All Danish crew members understand and speak English fluently.
Unlike the rest of Europe, there are no regulation on length of days and productions involving kids.
In northern Europe the winters are cold, but among the Scandinavian countries it is important to know the specific local conditions, as that can mean snow 6 month a year, unpredictable weather, cold and sunny days, etc..
The summer is also characterized by different weather. The warmest days in July and/or August, when the summer is warmest, are normally about 30 degrees.
The length of the days also varies a lot within the countries. In Denmark, during the summer, the days are approx. 18 hours and during the winter 8-10 hours, but in some places in Norway you have only a couple of hours darkness during summer and a couple of hours daylight during winter.
For more specific information of when to shoot where, please contact us.
Most clients really like the special light we have in the Scandinavian countries. Especially spring or late summer, where the sun circles in a low angle across the sky. Others prefer being able to use our long days during summertime
In order to arrange a realistic schedule for shooting, it is always a good idea to count in rush hours.
A standard workday is often from 9AM to 17PM and rush hour should be expected from 7:30 – 9:00 and 15:30 – 17:00.
Denmark, Sweden and Norway are all part of the Schengen agreement which means that visitors from the Schengen countries can travel without a visa. Svalbard (in northern Norway) is the only exception.
As a EU-citizen you can work in a EU-country in 6 months without a visa.
For countries outside of the Schengen agreement, please contact us to specify whether or not a visa is required for working and travelling in Scandinavia.
None of the three countries trades in Euros, but in Norska Krona, Svenska Krona and Danske Kroner.
Social cost is 15% and a mandatory governmental tax on all salaries. The social cost is unavoidable when hiring staff from Scandinavia.
Neither special permits nor vets are required.
When working with animals we always recommend having an animal wrangler on set.
The Scandinavian architectural look in the streets cities. The Scandinavian furniture and interior design. The Coastline and nature of Denmark, Sweden and Norway and the modern architecture throughout the country.
The fees vary depending on the locations. A standard fee for private business is DKK 1.000 per hour with a minimum of 4 hours pay. Rates for private residences and apartments are typically around DKK 10.000 per day, but this amount can vary from 5.000 DDK to 20.000 DDK depending on the type of location.