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Filming in Norway

Coronavirus Update: Both national and international production has restarted in Norway. However, every production must follow the guidelines for filming that the local industry has developed. Incoming crew and cast, depending on their place of origin, may have to provide a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country. This could be followed by two new tests on arrival over the first 48 hours. Until results are clear a quarantine will need to be observed.

Since introducing a 25% rebate in 2016, the country regularly attracts big budget productions including James Bond’s No Time to Die which set up a snowy shoot on location in rural Norway.

The Mission Impossible franchise is also due to return shortly to film scenes for its seventh film. This follows on from filming a successful stunt sequence for Mission: Impossible – Fallout which saw Tom Cruise hang off the cliff face at Pulpit Rock. The cliff rises over 600 metres above one of Norway’s most breath-taking fjords.

Dramatic natural vistas and spectacular fjords are Norway’s obvious international selling points and attract as many high-end TV co-productions as international feature films. Netflix's Young Adult series The Innocents and 2020 Norwegian-language fantasy Ragnorok are some of the most recent series to draw on Norway’s rich scenery.

The 25% cash rebate administered by the Norway Film Institute applies to locally incurred costs for both domestic and international productions. The minimum spend needed to qualify varies between production types but is currently set at NOK25 million for feature films. The incentive can also be combined with regional funding.

One example of such a regional fund is the Zefyr Media Fund which provides support to audiovisual projects in the west and south of Norway. International co-productions with a Norwegian minority producer are eligible to apply for this funding.

Norway doubles brilliantly for the Colorado Rockies, Canada and Alaska. It felt a bit like Scotland, where I’m from, but Scotland on super drugs. It’s incredible; these vertical hills, waterfalls everywhere and deep, deep fjords and sea lochs.

Andrew Macdonald, Producer on Ex Machina

Climate

Despite its northern latitude, Norway’s coastline has a temperate climate due to the moderating effects of the Gulf Stream.

Winter weather on the coast is characterised by high winds and heavy rains. Further inland temperatures fall and conditions become arctic, although temperatures can still climb during the summer months.

The average annual temperature is about 6C and temperatures range from about -7C in winter to 22C in summer. Winters see heavy inland snow. The sun doesn’t set during the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and during the winter it is perpetually twilight.

Art and set construction departments are also very good quality but can be expensive. There are also good studio, back lot and post-production facilities available.

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