Shooting in Austria

Hiring Film Crew

The Availability and Experience of Professionals, as well as the Terms and Conditions of their Employment

In the last few years Austria has become one of the most favoured and on-demand European film shooting locations, thanks to its unique locations and splendid infrastructure. In the last few years many Hollywood super-productions were shot here, such as Spectre, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Woman in Gold, which were all partially filmed in Austria.


Austrian urban shooting locations are of high prestige, partially due to its unpaired beauty in the genre, as well as due to the fact that they have not been used a lot in many film productions so far. The natural locations are especially attractive due to its exceptional infrastructure and when it comes to budgeting, it can compete globally.


And yet it must be said that Austria is not a film production center, it does not cater regularly for international productions. It is mainly because of its inimitable locations, that international productions travel here to shoot. This is why during pre-production planning a regular question occurs: what quality and what kind of professionals are available in Austria for shooting?

In the last few years Austria has become one of the most favoured and on-demand European film shooting locations, thanks to its unique locations and splendid infrastructure. In the last few years many Hollywood super-productions were shot here, such as Spectre, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Woman in Gold, which were all partially filmed in Austria.


Austrian urban shooting locations are of high prestige, partially due to its unpaired beauty in the genre, as well as due to the fact that they have not been used a lot in many film productions so far. The natural locations are especially attractive due to its exceptional infrastructure and when it comes to budgeting, it can compete globally.


And yet it must be said that Austria is not a film production center, it does not cater regularly for international productions. It is mainly because of its inimitable locations, that international productions travel here to shoot. This is why during pre-production planning a regular question occurs: what quality and what kind of professionals are available in Austria for shooting?

The local film industry is outstandingly strong in TV serieses and documentaries, therefore it is easy to find professionals for these genres who have daily level of routine in such productions. Next to this there are local film productions as well, for which one can find the equipment and crew necessary for such productions, not to mention the world-class color grading and post-production studios that Austria can offer. The majority of the crew has international experience; it is common for them to firstly gain experience abroad and then find their place in the Austrian film industry. Many of them speak English fluently and on a high level. There is practically no one in the crew who can not speak English at least on a basic communication level.

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It is useful to know that when one is assembling a film crew, it comes in handy that there are countries near-by that count as centers of the film industry, such as Hungary or Germany. From these countries crews or any needed technical equipment can be brought to the production to fill in the gaps, although it is important to mention that the foreign crews have to take the Austrian film unions’ rules into consideration when working within Austria’s borders.

Camera and Lighting Equipment Rental

There are two prominent areas when it comes to renting camera and lighting equipment: Vienna and Innsbruck (in Tyrol).


Tyrol is best for equipment renting companies that are cost effective and are most suitable for smaller productions. They can mainly provide the equipment and professionals needed for documentaries, TV serieses and commercials.


For larger international productions it is recommended to get into contact with Viennese companies or for ones in Munich, which can offer a larger range of equipment. The Viennese ARRI Rental, as well as Ernst Dangl and Peter Dopplinger companies deal with equipment rental, and have a vast supply of cameras and electrotechnical gear, which can even meet the needs of large budget commercials. It is important to mention that the Austrian companies mainly amend their own shortage via Germany. The Viennese ARRI Rental works in close cooperation with the film industry center in Münich, so that they provide anything to meet your special needs.


The outstanding grip and special effects Austria can offer. Many special technical equipments are available that can be used for exciting camera movements on mountains, riverbanks or in wooded areas, for example rigging cameras to cars, helicopters or even connecting it to ropes tied between trees. Next to grip equipments, most special effects people have a variety of technical and pyrotechnical equipment ready for use, as well as often being able to provide stuntmen for the productions. Local professionals have worked on such American films as Spectre or By the Sea, written and directed by Angelina Jolie.

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Art Department

In Vienna it is easy to find experienced and creative production designers and art directors for every production, thanks not only to the film culture, but also the country’s serious theatre and opera culture. An independent organization forms a collective for the best professionals in Austria.


In Austria there are multiple accessible prop stores. Some are completely digitalised, so that the renting of props can be done via online reservations. There are two large prop rental companies in Vienna, which can provide all sorts needed for any production, like furniture or film fakes.


Next to props, renting costumes can be organized fairly easily. For example, one of the biggest costume rental companies has 250 000 costumes from every period, ready for use. Next to being able to rent costumes, there are talented Austrian freelance costume designers, dressers and wardrobe stylists available to work with.

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The hair and makeup department of Austria is also of international quality which is proven by the fact that international productions filming in Austria mainly use Austrian makeup artists and hairdressers. The most acknowledged Austrian hair and makeup artist is Daniela Skala, who also works with making special makeup and has worked on films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and The Monuments Men.

Talents and Casting

Many Austria casting and model agencies provide and represent talents for television, commercial and film shoots alike.


Via the advertising of the casting agencies, even quite a few hundred extras, as well as ones with special looks and skills can be mobilized for a given production.


If there happens to be a shortage in a given type of talent, Hungarian talents can easily fill up the gaps. The diversity of the looks of Hungarian talents, as well as their globally renowned stuntmen can easily help out an Austrian production anytime. Due to the fact that Progressive has an office in Hungary as well, we will be able to easily provide you with your needed talent.

The Advocacy for the Interests of Filmmakers and their Collective Contracts

It is typical of Austria that for the development and preservation of their rights that they have created representational unions for this cause.


The Austrian Filmmakers Association unites the Austrian film representational unions, partially with the aim of turning Austria into an active film industry center, as well as to improve on the culture-political, social and financial situation of Austria workers who have jobs in film and television.


Directors (ADA), actors (VÖFS), DOPs (AAC), documentary-makers (dok.at) and mask and makeup artists (VFMÖ) all have their own associations. These associations find that it is important to cooperate closely with other unions with similar interests, let that be via national or international projects, or even regular events. The Austrian film unions, like the Professional Organisation of the Film and Music Industry and younion_Die Daseinsgewerkschaft have an important role in the Austrian job market and employment. Their role is a lot more influential than the ones other unions have in other countries.

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Next to representing the interests of the employed, they have yearly negotiations with their employers about the collective contracts protecting their rights. Everything stated in the filmmakers collective contract (for example drawing rules about payment and work hours) has to be kept to by any film production in Austria in all cases.

The tariff wage minimums given in the collective contract defines the minimum wage of the employed. Employment under this amount of payment is forbidden by law. The compulsory norm of work hours for filmmakers is weekly 40 hours, which can be changed based on personal agreements. A normal working day is 8 hours, without a lunch break, which can be extended by an extra hour, into which they also count the breaks. Concerning Austrian duty time, it can be said to be flexible, although there are special passages in the collective contract concerning overtime.


After the end of normal duty time, the wage of the first two hours of overtime is 50% more than the normal wage per hour. After more than two hours of overtime the employee gets 100% additional pay. The employer is obliged to give 100% compensation, next to the employee’s normal wage for work before 6AM in the morning or for working during night time after the end of the basic duty time. This is also relevant for working on Saturday after the fifth hour of work, as well as for work done on Sunday or on National Holidays, next to supplying them with a compulsory paid day of rest.

There are also special laws about paying for the travel needed during shooting. So called service journeys are when the employees have to do more than three hours of work away from their ordinary work location. In cases of traveling by train, the hours away count from when the train departs the station, and until arriving back there. In the case of traveling by car it counts from the time of leaving the company’s premises to the time of arriving back to that same place.

Additional Note

Austria is not the country of last minute productions. And all of this is not just due to the bureau deadlines (for example permit deadlines), but is also dependant of crew booking. Shooting from one day to the other is pretty much impossible. Ideally, for a larger commercial roughly 4 weeks of preparation is needed. If this amount of time is granted, then all needed permits will be guaranteed as well as the best available crew that will be ready for the shoot.

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