We are often asked: what makes Israel such an attractive country for film-makers? In short – location, location, location… and Jerusalem. Why film in Israel? See below…
Historical and religious locations
It all happened here. From Abraham to King David to Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad. The actual locations – in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee and elsewhere – are all available for filming. And with the guidance of local experienced producers – known here as “fixers”– camera crews can often get exclusive access and permits to certain sites.
Aerial stock footage of Jerusalem
For a producer who wants to film in Israel, the natural landscape of Israel presents a vast variety of landscapes, each one usually only a couple of hours drive from another. For example, from the winter snow-clad peeks of Mt. Hermon, to the Provence-like Galilee, the dry Jordan Valley, the Mediterranean coastal area accessible to filming on location almost year-long, the unique vistas of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, to the Negev desert and the bay of Eilat (with one of the most beautiful diving spots), Israel offers a plethora of awe-inspiring locations. In addition, Israel boasts ultra-modern urban environments, such as the cosmopolitan Tel Aviv city center, the Herzliya hi-tech center and others.
Aerial stock footage of Tel Aviv coast
Professional crews and gear
The local TV and video industry in Israel is very experienced in international productions coming to the country. Some of the veteran Israeli film professionals have worked on many American feature film productions in the 1980’s; therefore collaboration is their second-nature. We have all crew cameras, grip and light packages as well. Productions can be developed from pre to post in top-line facilities. Consequently, the final product can be delivered in a variety of formats, depending on the clients’ needs. Every type of production–from documentaries and broadcast journalism to corporate video and reality TV–can be serviced.
Proximity and transportation
so why film in Israel? it is a small country. It takes one hour to cross it from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, and six hours drive from the southernmost point of Eilat to the northernmost border with Lebanon. A good hotel is always less than an hour drive away, and a well planned production can save a fortune on transportation between locations and production centers.
If your production is considering filming in Israel and/or the Palestinian territories, give us a call! We’ll show you around.