The Scandinavian countries are in general very film friendly places for productions.
In general, you can shoot almost anywhere with a simple set-up that does not require any exclusive use of public spaces. If the production requires ground control, such 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 the 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 years’ experience and all of them are accustomed 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 of flexibility and cooperation between departments, making the process of working with us smooth and seamless.
Let us know if you need a local based film crew and we will make sure we give you a selection of our most recommended.
A standard shooting day for a Scandinavian film crew is 8 hours.
If shooting days extend beyond the 8-hour-work-day or occur in the evenings and/or weekends, the Actors Union has a standard regulation for overtime and buy-outs.
For everybody (apart from the production unit’s fees) you will be expected to pay an overtime fee which is a percentage of the basic hourly rate:
For the 9th and 10th hour, you will pay an additional 25 % of the basic hourly rate.
For the 11th hour, you will pay an additional 100 % of the basic hourly rate.
For the 12th hour, you will pay an additional 150 % of the basic hourly rate.
For every hour beyond 12 hours, you will pay an additional 200 % of the basic hourly rate.
When shooting in the evening, you are also required to pay a nuisance fee that varies, but in general is about $20 per hour from 18.00 – 24.00 and $40 per hour from 24.00 – 06.00.
When shooting at the weekends (from Friday at 24.00 till Monday 06.00) you will pay:
– an additional 75 % of the fee for shooting on a Saturday or Sunday.
– an additional 100 % of the fee for shooting on both Saturday and Sunday
All Danish crew members understand and speak English fluently.
Unlike the rest of Europe, there are no separate regulations on the length of days or productions involving under 18 year olds.
In northern Europe the winters are cold. However, the type of weather and how cold it gets varies greatly in the Scandinavian countries. It is therefore vital to know the specific local conditions, as that can mean snow six months a year, or grey, wet weather, or bright, sunny days that are freezing.
The summer is also characterized by variable weather and again varies depending on which Scandinavian country and the precise location. The warmest days tend to be in July and/or August, and can reach 30 degrees Celcius.
The length of the day also varies a lot within the countries. In Denmark during the summer, the daylight lasts 18 hours and during the winter, between 8-10 hours.
In some places in Norway, there are only a couple of hours of darkness during the summer and only a couple of hours of daylight during the 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 in the spring or late summer, when the sun circles in a low angle across the sky. Others prefer being able to use our long days during the summertime.
In order to arrange a realistic schedule for shooting, it is always a good idea to factor in rush hours.
A standard workday in Scandinavia is normally between 09.00 to 17.00 and rush hour should be expected from 07.30 – 09.00 and 15.30 – 17.00.
Denmark, Sweden and Norway are all part of the Schengen agreement which means that visitors from the European Union and Schengen countries can travel around Scandinavia without a visa. Svalbard (in northern Norway) is the only exception.
As a European Union citizen, you can work in a European Union country for 6 months without a visa.
For countries outside of European Union and the Schengen agreement, please contact us to specify whether or not a visa is required for working and travelling in Scandinavia.
All of the Scandinavian countries have their own national currency: Norska Krona, Svenska Krona and Danske Kroner. None of the three countries trades in Euros.
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.
When our costumers want to shoot in Scandinavia, it is usually because of the unique settings we can offer:
– The untouched, historical Scandinavian architecture in the cities’ streets;
– The cutting edge, modern architecture throughout all the countries.
– The Scandinavian furnitures and interior design;
– The coastline and diverse nature of Denmark Sweden and Norway.
The fees vary depending on the locations. A standard fee for a 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.