Welcome to Germany, may I have your beer mug? In the land of festivals dedicated to the most famous beverage on earth, media production in Germany is quite often regarded as the safest bet around. You know the rules, therefore you know what to expect. Here’s how filming in Germany goes about.
Media production in Germany – the basics
If you’ve ever wondered what’s it like doing media production in Germany, the word to best describe is safe. One of the most developed European countries, Germany is offering ideal conditions for any production, be it movies, TV series, advertisements, or documentaries. In a country with such a rich history in filmmaking, as well as its tumultuous history, you won’t miss a thing while shooting here. Prices in Germany regarding filming are not cheap, but the quality is overall great. You will find equipment as well as professionals who will help you directly with production.
Media production in Germany starts with a good itinerary. When you think your schedule up, consider filming permits as well. While you can film in public places as much as you want, whoever you want, at any hour of the day, you can’t do that when you’re part of a larger production. Apply for a filming permit with the local authorities way in advance, requiring the date and time of the shooting, location, and other important details. Filming permits can start at a few hundred euros and can end up costing a few thousand based on what you’re filming, for how long, and the size of your crew.
Our best advice is to start by hiring a local guide, or fixer when you begin planning your production out. Germany is famous for being the place where movies like The Hunger Games or Captain America were filmed, so having a local showing you around is a great idea.
Best German places to film in
Media production in Germany is possible thanks to the many incredible filming locations from around the country. Thanks to great infrastructure both on roads and by train or plane, Germany is easily accessible no matter how large of a crew you’ve got. Actual filming locations range from amazing cities and villages to castles atop mountains, beaches, forests and waterfalls, caves, and other natural wonders. It’s all up to you where you want to point your cameras at.
Looking for a small, uneventful, but superb village in Germany? Trier is an option. This place looks like a postcard, and yet not many tourists know about it. This makes it the ideal place for a cultural or food-oriented documentary spot. If you’re into nature, go for the Black Forest National Park, the place where the river Danube starts from. And if history is your thing, Berlin is as best of a location as it can get. Especially when it comes to intense, somewhat dark but educational past-related events.