Written by Murray Ashton on Nov 1, 2011. Posted in Interviews

Filming in Stockholm with Location Scout Susanne Karpati

Susanne has been working in the film industry as a freelancer for 20 years. She's been a Production Manager, Post-Production Co-Ordinator, Location Manager, Street Caster and, her favourite position of all, Location Scout. She's based in Stockholm.

Tell me about Stockholm.

I mostly cover the vibrant and historical city and its surrounding region. There are many special and unique locations here such as the medieval Old Town of Gamla Stan and the beautiful Stockholm archipelago with its 30,000 mostly uninhabited islands. There are also many large Swedish-style stately homes with well-maintained gardens, endless rolling fields and wonderful ancient forests. (Suzanne pictured below with former Sopranos actor Tony Sirico)

The region is about 27,152 sq km with a population of 2.9 million people; 30% of Swedes live here. Stockholm itself is a compact city with easy access to all metropolitan areas, surrounding coastline and the country’s interior.

Ljud & Bildmedia, Kameraten, Chimney Pot and Stop.pp are leading Stockholm rental houses that have just about everything you need for shooting film or stills, as well as a helpful attitude and good command of English.

Although most of my work is concentrated in Stockholm I'm able, and available, to cover all of Sweden.

What locations are most commonly used by film and TV crews in Stockholm?

In my experience the most asked-for locations are picturesque exteriors of the city which can change dramatically depending on the time of day; in Stockholm 'magic hour' really is magic!

What are the more unusual locations that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with Stockholm?

Skansen near the city centre, with its collection of traditional Swedish houses dating back to Viking times. Skansen is also the world’s oldest outdoor museum and is very popular. There's the Viking island of Birka with its reconstructed villages; Visby, Gotland, with its city limit walls, old town and marina; Fårö Island, with its ancient stone coastline and cliffs - it was a favourite spot of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

What has been your most difficult location assignment to date and why?

My hardest challenge was to match a southern location to a northern location that was going to stand up to a wide shot of a plane crash site for Wallander (pictured above) in the middle of winter… all within 30 minutes drive from the studio - not easy, I can assure you!

What types of production do you work on the most?

I mostly do commercials but sometimes film and still fashion shoots with production service. The most recent big film to have been shot in Stockholm was David Fincher´s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig.

Are there any particular tips that you would like to share with our audience about filming in Stockholm?

In Sweden we have a saying - “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” - so be warned shooting during the Swedish winter is no joke! In summer you have 19 hours of daylight for shooting and in winter you have 16 hours a day for night shoots.

I would also suggest trying to employ as many key crew members from Sweden as possible. I say this because coming from California to the north of Sweden in winter can be a shock to the system.

What are the most film-crew-friendly hotels in your region and what and where is your favourite wrap party venue?

Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Scandic Malmen, Lydmar Hotel, Diplomat Hotel and Clarion Sign hotel.

There are usually set costs for Public Liability cover for film units and costs for insuring locations. Can you tell us about location insurance and possibly examples of costs in your region?

All production companies have to have their own production insurance. Locations cost between SEK10,000 and SEK30,000 a day for a big private villa. To shoot in a city or town you will need a permit to block a street or to place a tripod in a public area. This can be easily obtained with sufficient prior notice.

When you are not location scouting or shooting what do you do when you have time off and what would you recommend film crew and cast to do to relax in your region?

There are many good clubs in SOFO (a region of the city) and restaurants on the island of Södermalm. I like to recharge my batteries by heading to the archipelago or out to the forest to pick lingon berries or yellow chanterelles! The waterways in Stockholm are also incredibly clean and great for swimming… they’ve actually built artificial beaches at some spots.

Thank you

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  • Susanne Karlsson


    Sweden and all these nice locations, good infrastructures and lovely Susannes. Lovely reading!
    All the best from/ Susanne Karlsson in Swedish Lapland


  • Berit Tilly


    Susanne, it was an great article! Yes Sweden is fantastic!
    All the best from
    Berit Tilly
    Swedish Lapland Film Commission


  • Susanne Karpati


    Hello north of Swede collegues!
    Thanks for your comments.Sweden has so much variety in nature and climate to offer for filming and still shoot.

    I just want to add, that I did not work with Fincher´s "The girl with the dragoon tatoo" , although I had the request from the producer.

    The question was; what has been filmed recently in your

    All the best from Susanne Karpati


  • Susanne Karpati


    Happy New Year!
    All collegues and producers all around the world!
    Looking forward to scout and manage locations for you this year 2013.
    Best regards Susanne Karpati


  • Susanne Karpati


    Spring is on its way to Sweden. There is still lost of snow up north to shoot for Vinterseason 2014/15. Welcome to Sweden.
    Location scout/manager, prod service - best Susanne Karpati


  • Susanne Karpati


    Sweden in the autumn is the most colorful nature! The lakes are calm and the sun is still up with long sunsets and blue hours....
    Welcome to shoot!