Film location clearing in Israel
In addition, any disturbance of the public order must be pre-licensed, such as interference with traffic. We also have to clear and license the setting up of any temporary structures for the filming.
After each production we add the relevant location photos to our location photo library, consequently covering hundreds of locations throughout Israel. We capture each location by dozens and sometimes hundreds of specific photos. With this small treasure, our location managers can present their first suggestions in great detail to the production manager and the executive producers.
Our location experience
The greatest challenge we ever dealt with was the production of Jerusalem, an IMAX epic film. Principal filming took place during the peak of the Christian and Jewish holidays (Passover and Easter). We had to clear dozens of locations and get all necessary permissions to film in the crowded days of prayer. In the holiday days, tens of thousands of Christian and Jewish worshipers are attending ceremonies in the Old City of Jerusalem.
In addition, we had to suggest ways and means to bring our very heavy equipment into the small and busy alleys of the Old City. Often we pre-rigged the sets at night, and carefully planned our arrival routes and company moves in mid-day through the crowds. We coordinated the location clearance and the filming with dozens of authorities and land owners, including the Police and Municipality. With this production and dozens of others completed successfully, we therefore think we can handle any production challenge in Israel.
Location manager in Palestine
Many productions plan to film in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas in the West Bank. Our Palestinian location managers are responsible for all Palestinian locations, including parts of East Jerusalem. Most Palestinian locations outside Jerusalem are in Bethlehem, Ramallah and Hebron, where we have several experienced Palestinian location managers.