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A Guide to Filming in Jamaica with Phase 3 Productions

Jamaica, with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, has long been a favorite destination for filmmakers seeking the perfect backdrop for their projects. From blockbuster movies to music videos and commercials, the island’s diverse scenery provides a rich tapestry for storytelling. At Phase 3 Productions, we understand the unique needs of international film crews and are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to ensure a seamless filming experience. Whether you’re shooting a Hollywood feature or an indie documentary, our team is here to guide you through every step of the process. Here’s a comprehensive guide to filming in Jamaica with Phase 3 Productions.

Let’s get you started! 

Any production, whether large or small, must register with the JAMPRO Film Commission. This will help provide government support to access locations and help to navigate any other hurdles you may encounter. They can help to connect you to a local fixer, or we, here at Phase 3 Productions, are geared to provide that service.

Customs Clearance/ Importation:

If not done properly, navigating customs regulations can be a challenge. Whether hand carrying your own equipment or shipping via air or sea freight, you must secure the services or a licensed customs broker. Our experienced team can handle all aspects of importation, including securing the broker and preparation of customs documentation, clearance and streamlining the process and minimizing delays so you can get straight to work upon arrival.

Permits:

Navigating the regulatory landscape is crucial for a successful shoot. We assist with obtaining all necessary permits and permissions, ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations every step of the way.

Insurance:

A network of local insurance companies and brokers with international linkages are a call away and can put together any package that can fit your needs and budget.

Hotel Bookings/Accommodations:

Relax and unwind in style after a long day of filming. We work closely with a network of trusted hotels and accommodations across the island to secure comfortable lodging options that meet your preferences and budget.

Transportation and Logistics:

From airport transfers to on-location transportation, Phase 3 Productions has you covered. We provide efficient logistics solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that the crew and equipment arrive safely and on time at every destination.

Safety and Security:

Your safety is our top priority. We work closely with local authorities and security experts to ensure a safe filming environment at all times, giving you peace of mind to focus on your creative vision.

Location Scouting:

With its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and historic landmarks, Jamaica offers an abundance of stunning filming locations, just ask the last film company who filmed here! Jamaica can provide the backdrop for just about any script, as our experienced scouts can help you find the perfect setting for your project, whether you’re shooting on the coast of Negril, amidst the Blue Mountains, or in a corporate office overlooking a bustling metropolis.

Talent Scouting:

Looking for local actors or extras to bring authenticity to your production? Our talent scouts have their finger on the pulse of Jamaica’s entertainment industry and can help you find the perfect cast for your project.

Equipment Rental:

No need to lug heavy equipment halfway across the world. Phase 3 Productions offers a wide range of state-of-the-art filming equipment available for rent, including cameras, lighting gear, sound equipment, and more to outfit any small to medium sized production. Our inventory is meticulously maintained to ensure reliability and performance, allowing you to focus on capturing the perfect shot, and if you’re looking for something special, we can source it locally or overseas.

Local Crew Support:

Tap into Jamaica’s rich pool of experienced and talented local crew. They’ve had the benefitted from working on small productions to large studio pictures, even leading some departments.From experienced line producers, fixers, to grips, gaffers, skilled production assistants and transportation captains. We can connect you with top-notch professionals who understand not only the nuances of your production but also the nuances of filming in Jamaica.

Make-Up and Wardrobe:

Have we got a Glam Squad for you! Our make-up artistes, costume and wardrobe teams are world-trained and world-class and will work with your department heads to help source and coordinate any look that will bring your vision to life, whether a period piece set in colonial Jamaica or a contemporary urban drama.

Upload Services:

In today’s digital age, secure and efficient upload services are essential for sharing footage and collaborating with remote teams. At Phase 3, we can provide fast and reliable upload services to keep your project on track, whether you’re sending dailies to your editor or sharing updates with stakeholders halfway across the world. Having collaborated with two major studios, we have built out key-coded facilities to ensure the safety of the material being uploaded.

Filming in Jamaica is a dream come true for many filmmakers, and with Phase 3 Productions by your side, it’s easier than ever to bring your vision to life in our little piece of paradise. From before you arrive, to ease of entry, logistics, equipment rentals to permits and our comprehensive range of services ensures a seamless and unforgettable filming experience. So, pack your bags, grab your gear, and catch your flight to an adventure like no other in the heart of the Caribbean. Jamaica awaits, and we’re here to make your cinematic dreams a reality. See you soon!

Clients talk about our excellent multimedia service

  • It’s a rare blessing when an external provider is able to grasp the heart and culture of the client organization. This is what Phase 3 has been for Jamaica Broilers Group. With each project, their entire unit becomes an extension of our internal team. Their willingness to tackle new challenges with innovative approaches to both audience experience and logistics have produced seamless outcomes time and again.

    Danah Cameron

    Group Public Relations Manager, Jamaica Broilers
  • YOU GUYS ROCK!! 

    Thank you for seeing the vision and adding to it, for always embracing my ideas. For being such a wonderful team to work with on an incredible event and for giving your ALL every step of the way!

    Nasma Chin

    Event & Marcomms Strategy, Ensquared 361
  • Phase 3, a cut above the rest. 

    Working with Phase 3 Production for nearly a decade has been an absolute pleasure and privilege for us (Nobox). Their team, from production assistants and gaffers to lead producers and the executive director, exemplifies professionalism and exceptional skill. Their agility in adapting to our needs and consistently delivering top-tier work has always exceeded our expectations.

    The quality of their work is unmatched, a testament to their highly trained and dedicated team members. Every project they undertake is handled with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that the final product is nothing short of exceptional. Their commitment to excellence shines through in every aspect of their service.

    Having the right production partner is crucial for success in our industry, and Phase 3 as our service partner has significantly enhanced our projects’ success and creativity. 

    We look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration and continued excellence. We wholeheartedly recommend Phase 3 Productions to anyone seeking a reliable, professional, and highly skilled production partner.

    Thank you, Phase 3, for being an indispensable part of our success. 

    Shanik Ramson

    Account Manager | Nobox | SAMY Alliance
  • The partnership with Phase Three and Downsound Entertainment is well over 15 years, with the relationship strengthening each passing year. They have not only collaborated with us on our premier event, Reggae Sumfest, but also on several DSR events and concerts.

    Whether it is Film and TV Broadcast production or LED Screens, AV and Multi Media related services, they are my ‘go to’ production company.

    The dynamic and creative team is responsive, reliable and flexible, and they are the best in the business at what they do.

    They understand what I need, and they get it done.”

    Joe Bogdanovich

    CEO, Downsound Entertainment
  • Phase 3 has been an exceptional partner for TBR since our inception in 2016. We have evolved significantly over time and the team at Phase 3 has grown with us, adapting to our changing needs and making us look good to our partners and audience. We have trusted Phase 3 with our most prized productions and would encourage anyone to do the same.

    Kirk Hamilton

    Co Founder TBR, EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2024