CREW AND EQUIPMENT
Knowledge of the local environment, contacts to local people and understanding of the prevailing conditions is an essential part of a successful production in Namibia. These are compelling reasons to use a reputable production service provider. Although it is possible to bring international crew to Namibia (your Namibian service facilitator will help with legalities and visas) we encourage the use of Namibian crew where possible. Many of the local crew have international experience and have worked locally on a wide variety of productions. The advantage of using professional local crew, that have knowledge of the local environment, culture, resources and conditions is priceless and adds savings to the visiting producer’s budget.
The Namibia Film Commission encourages all productions coming to Namibia to take on as many trainees as possible (without hindering the production) in various departments. Your local service provider can assist with a list of willing Namibians with various levels of experience.
Your Namibian service provider will assist with sourcing your equipment locally such as Arri cameras, Fischer dollies, Arri lights, 4×4 tracking vehicles, wind machines, generators, etc. All unit support equipment is easily obtainable through local suppliers. This helps to cut your transport and rental costs. Should you choose to bring in your own equipment from abroad, this can be done on an ATA carnet and cleared by a local agent.
Specialized Film Services
There are Namibian animal trainers and wranglers available, who can provide your set with stunning trained domestic and wild animals such as horses, goats, camels, monkeys, zebras, lions, cheetah to name but a few. Namibia has well-known local experts to undertake environmental impact assessments and rehabilitation of film locations to make sure that your team does not leave a harmful environmental footprint in Namibia. On-site accommodation, i.e. luxury tented camps, can be arranged even in the remotest areas of the country, including location catering! The rental of small aircraft, ultra-light planes and helicopters, for aerial scouts, photography and filming are available in many parts of Namibia. Your local service provider will assist you in finding the perfect locations and undertakes all the logistical and administrative arrangements (permits, visas etc.) for you! FAN – Filmmakers Association of Namibia Filmmakers, production companies and producers have founded this association to form a body representing their interests and to build up a data base providing qualified information about services and suppliers existing in Namibia today. A website is under construction and you will find a link here once the site is online. Please contact the Commission for a list of experienced and reputable companies who will supply local crew.
Download : Namibia Crew Database