BLUE023’S GUIDE TO SHOOTING IN BARCELONA

DO IT RIGHT

Shooting in Barcelona is a fantastic experience – if you get it right. There’s nothing worse than arriving to film in Barcelona only to realise you haven’t got the right permits, your hired crew doesn’t speak English, you’re short several cameras and the hotel you’re staying in is overbooked.

Thankfully, planning ahead and solving problems under pressure is what Blue023 does best. This is our fool-proof guide to shooting in Barcelona.

ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN

Film in Barcelona without a detailed plan and you risk wasting time and money, or worse, the failure of your production.

With no production plan, any number of mishaps may bring shooting in Barcelona to a standstill, from absent props to incorrect permits.

Thankfully, production planning is in Blue023’s DNA.

As a Barcelona production house, we deal with the nitty-gritty details of permits and local labour law every day.

Our production services are all-encompassing, meaning we coordinate everything down to the last detail, from casting, location management, lighting, pre-production and props to equipment rental and catering.

FIND THE PERFECT LOCATION

Why do so many brands choose to film in Barcelona? The number-one reason has to be its abundance of extraordinary, varied locations. (You can discover eight more reasons here.) Set your shoot in a sub-standard location and you’re missing out on one of the best things about shooting in Barcelona.

Our location scouts have extensive contacts and preferential access to some of the most exclusive locations to film in Spain. With your location brief – describing your ideal locations and practical information such as when you’ll be shooting – they will find the spots ideally suited to your production.

What’s more, our location scouts are skilled in the practical side of location management; they know how much filming permits will cost and how long they will take to process. As a result, you get all the variety of shooting in Barcelona, with none of the stress.

HIRE A LOCAL,
ENGLISH-SPEAKING CREW

The right crew can make all the difference when you film in Barcelona. Whether you bring your own key crew members and clients with you, or hire a whole new team, the success of your shoot relies on clear communication between everyone on set.

At Blue023 we have a local, English-speaking crew that works side-by-side with you and your team to facilitate every aspect of the shoot, from the sound and lighting down to the transport.

Many of our crew members have decades of experience shooting in Barcelona, and it’s this inherent local knowledge that gives you a competitive advantage. When your crew knows everything from what hour the light will be best in certain locations to the fastest route across the city at peak times, shooting in Barcelona is an exhilarating and productive experience.

BOOK THE RIGHT TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION

When you film in Barcelona, good logistics are crucial to wrapping your production on time. Your team needs to be well-located and – if your shoot has multiple locations – able to move around the city with ease.

At Blue023 we provide transportation of any kind for any number of people, whether that be minivans, cars to transport equipment, private cars or buses to shuttle entire crews. The same goes for accommodation: we can facilitate your hotel booking, and sort those tricky block bookings with ease. Need 30 hotel rooms at short notice? No problem.

STICK TO THE SCRIPT

When you film in Barcelona, the locations you choose, the actors you hire, in fact, every decision you make starts with one thing: the script.

So who’s writing yours?

As well as providing production services Barcelona-wide and beyond, Blue023 is also the production arm of 023 Content & Media, an audiovisual communication agency located in the heart of Barcelona. This allows us to offer scriptwriting services to all our clients, plus the many other services that 023 Content & Media provides.

CAST THE BEST TALENT

The right or wrong actor can make or break a production, and that doesn’t change when shooting in Barcelona.

There are thousands of actors, voice artists and performers working in and around the city, but finding the right one starts with using the right casting director.

With your casting brief, we work with local casting directors that have extensive portfolios not just in Barcelona, but across Europe. So however niche your need, we will find the right person for you.

COVER EVENTS WITH AN EXPERIENCED TEAM

When covering busy international events for your film in Barcelona, it helps to have an experienced team on hand to help the process run smoothly.

We have extensive experience covering international events such as the Mobile World Congress, enabling us to provide you with a seamless experience.

WHEN IT COMES TO EQUIPMENT, BE PREPARED

Whether you’re renting all the equipment you need to film in Barcelona, replacing that one broken camera or hiring a piece of specialist kit, it helps to do it in advance. Of course, in the world of production, “in advance” isn’t always possible.

At Blue023, we have our own top-of-the-range equipment and we can provide you with specialist items or large numbers of cameras with ease. We also have credit with all of the equipment rental providers in Barcelona, and many in Spain, meaning we can source equipment for you at the last minute, no questions asked.

FIND A SKILLED PHOTOGRAPHER

If you’re shooting in Barcelona for part of a wider, mixed campaign, you might need to hire a photographer to work alongside you on your shoot. As a richly artistic city, it’s no surprise that Barcelona is full of photographers, but how can you be certain you’re hiring the best?

At Blue023, we collaborate with local and international photographers who have extensive experience in advertising and commercial photography. We partner with full-service photography production providers that we know and trust, enabling us to work under one creative vision and shoot a seamless mixed campaign.

FLY HIGH, BUT KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Barcelona’s famous skyline and stunning coast and countryside are the stuff of epic aerial footage. But as drones have become more popular, the city has stepped up its drone-flight regulations, adding to the already stringent laws on helicopter flights. In other words, if you want to film in Barcelona using a drone or helicopter, it’s essential to play by the rules.

At Blue023, we have access to drones that support cameras of all sizes, from GoPros to full cinema cameras, and our certified drone pilots have the skills to capture exquisite aerial footage, plus extensive knowledge of the drone-flight laws specific to Barcelona.

When it comes to shooting in Barcelona from a helicopter, we have both experience and access to all the necessary equipment, not to mention indispensable knowledge of the flight restrictions such as when, where, what time and how close you can fly to certain areas of the city, and in what kind of helicopter.

LEAVE TIME FOR EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION

Shooting in Barcelona may feel like a climactic part of the creative process, but it’s by no means the end. After the shoot, it’s the turn of the editors and post-producers to take the reigns.

As the production services arm of 023 Content & Media, we provide full editing and post-production services, from sound design to animation. So if you choose us to shoot your film in Barcelona, you can also count on us to edit it.

DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN

It would be a shame to spend all your time shooting in Barcelona and none of your time exploring it.

As a Barcelona production house, we have all the insider knowledge you need to have fun after a long day’s shoot.

We can show you the exciting, off-the-beaten-track places loved by locals like us, giving you direct access to Catalan culture and authentic experiences.

CONTACT

We’d love to hear from you.
Get in touch using the details below or leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

Ryan Jamieson
Account Director
+34 934 341 044
info@blue023.com

Consell de Cent 314
Principal primera
08007 Barcelona