Operating in Kenya, with networks in neighbouring countries, RedEarth Fixers provides a full range of services for Broadcast, Corporate, Advertising, Natural History and Documentary Productions. We do not work on a fixed price menu, preferring rather to meet the needs of each client individually.
We can get the best deals with various hotels and lodges and can help with building temporary camps for any productions out in the bush.
We can source experienced Casting Directors and can organise call outs, video castings, talent negotiations, interpreters and translators. Day rates and buy-outs are negotiable and we are well placed to support you with these negotiations.
We can help with your catering needs, whether it is managing meals in the bush over several weeks or a couple of days in a studio.
COSTUME AND STYLING
Kenya is full of creative and talented people, namely costume designers that have worked on a whole range of different projects.
Kenya has a talented pool of professional and experienced crew to support your production. Day rates are negotiable dependent on the nature of the production. Foreign crew will need to secure a temporary work permit which typically takes between 2 weeks to a month to process therefore applications must be sent well in advance of crew arrival. We are on hand to assist with this process.
If you don’t want the hassle of bringing out equipment we can locate, negotiate and source any extra equipment requirements you might have. Kenya offers all of the modern grip and gaffer equipment as well as most mainstream cameras such as RED Epic and RED Dragons, Alexa’s, Scarlet, C300, Canon 5D, Sony F7’s and various HD kits and lenses. If you plan to import equipment we can manage customs clearance on your behalf.
Securing a location permit usually takes between 1-7 days, though can be longer for more complex assignments. Often in remote regions, it is required that a location manager travels to negotiate permits in person prior to the arrival of the crew. There is seldom a set fee structure making it essential to have a strong locally experienced fixer to assist with the process. Filming in Nairobi City can take up to 2 weeks to acquire permits as various clearances are required for security reasons.
LOCATION SCOUTING AND MANAGEMENT
We have an extensive location library and will scout unique and interesting locations all around Kenya to suit your requirements. Click hereClick here to see some of the amazing locations we have to offer.
RedEarth can facilitate the edit. Kenya has internationally trained and experiences editors that can work on offline edits.
PRODUCTION AND PRE-PRODUCTION SUPPORT
We can help with research and scripting, scheduling, budget management and all paperwork and documentation.
We can organise security according to the location and requirements, whether it’s company armed guards or just local security.
SET BUILD AND ART DEPARTMENT
We have some very experiences and talented Art Directors and Set builders that are extremely capable.
We can organise all airport transfers, safe and reliable 4x4 car hire, guide/driver hire and internal flights all around Kenya and East Africa.
Kenya’s bustling and colourful capital Nairobi is the main point of entry, and the filming hub for all of East Africa. The cosmopolitan capital is buzzing with colourful african energy. Within an hour of Nairobi you can find the most beautiful, unique and interesting locations such as mountains, lakes, desert, savannah, slums, farms and colonial houses. The rest of Kenya offers snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, the dramatic great rift valley, rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, savannah, deserts, archaeological wonders, cultural towns and cities, fascinating cultures and tribes and national parks teeming with wildlife. The country offers incredible variety with not only the landscapes but the people, the culture, the history, here there are so many stories to tell that haven’t been told. The country is well placed for filming, it’s one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with a growing infrastructure and advancement in facilities and amenities making it the perfect place to produce good quality film content.
The country is 580, 000km2 and has a population if 44.5 million people.
Kenya is a multilingual country, Kiswahili and English are widely spoken and serve as the two official working languages.
The currency is Kenya Shillings (/- or KES).
Kenya sits on the Equator so the temperatures do not fluctuate massively during the year. The long rains come in March and can go on for up to 3 months and the short rains are due in October and November. Both rainy seasons, however, are quite unpredictable. It is good to take them into consideration though as they can cause flooding, power cuts, major traffic jams and other travel delays.
There are three main international airports: Jomo Kenyatta International in Nairobi being the main one, Moi international in Mombasa, Kisumu International Airport (Western Kenya) and Wilson Airport in Nairobi (mostly domestic flights but some international).
Airlines that fly into Kenya: Air France, Air Mauritius, British Airways, China Southern, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines.
VISAS AND MONEY
Tourist Visas can be obtained on entry, however, we can organise special passes for each crew member which acts as a temporary work permit and makes entry into the country and work within the country much easier. Kenya is a cost effective place to film, especially as it has a good local film infrastructure. Payments can be done not just with cash but with cards, cheques, and mobile money transfers so you don’t have to carry cash on you.
By Air: Kenya has an extensive system of airports and internal airlines so flying is a viable option.
AirKenya, Fly 540, Fly SAX, Kenya Airways, JamboJet, Safarilink.
We can also assist with chartering airplanes or helicopters around the country should you need it.
By Road: Road conditions can vary greatly. Most major roads are paved but once you start leaving Nairobi the quality of the roads can drastically deteriorate which can really affect travel times.
Car Hire: We can organise safe car hire, whether it’s a run around city car or a reliable 4x4.
Buses: This is a cheap option but can be dangerous in some areas or at night, especially if you are carrying equipment.
Taxis: Taxis are safe and reliable if you order them through us or from your hotel.
Uber is also available in the city.