Croatia is one of the most perfect choice for filming whether a movie, series or the most often commercial, if your goal is to get that unique Mediterranean looks, usually described as modern technology wrapped in a traditional ambient and easy-going way of life.
What makes Croatia perfect scenography are deserted white sand beaches with azure seas, rugged roads and picturesque coastal towns. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are the coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Korcula, Sibenik, Pula and Hvar.
When to shoot?
Coastal Croatia has hot, dry summers and mild winters. Coastal areas see plenty of sunshine from May to October. The peak tourist season is from July to August and is best avoided if you require exclusive use of locations. But to get the most of Croatia, to successfully transform all beauties, colors and smells into big or small screen, the best time to shot is September.
Croatia has played host to international productions including Star Wars Episode VIII, The Lake, Game of Thrones, Sophie’s Choice, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as a long list of TV commercial shoots, here are some of them:
Honda Civic: The other side
Café Royal – The Secret Agent – In the service of good taste – feat. Robbie Williams
Where to shot?
Dalmatia is the long coastal strip of the Adriatic Sea and its many islands, separated from the continent by a mountain range. The astonishing natural beauties of Dalmatia have much more to offer than just its legendary combination of white stone and blue sea. This region offers some of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches with rough cliffs or sandy shores; wild rapids that dissipate into scenic rivers; crystal-clear lakes and 5 of Croatia’s 8 Unesco protected cultural landscapes. The natural and architectural wonders make Dalmatia not only one of the most attractive tourist destinations, but also provide for a perfect shooting location. Filmmakers can choose from a range of different natural and architectural settings – perfectly preserved ancient ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace in Split; Roman and Medieval forts; Romanesque churches or Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.
The beauty of the Istrian landscape continues to inspire artists and travelers alike. The picturesque small towns of Istria with their narrow streets, towers, churches and old palaces are scattered among lush green hills and valleys. Indeed, the views are spectacular: vineyards, olive groves, valleys, mountains and streams that flow into the crystal blue sea.
Kvarner and the Highlands
Kvarner is a region that offers an ideal solution for those looking for a maximum diversity of locations, settings and climates over a small area surface – Kvarner offers the coast, the islands and the highlands, all within an area of 3582 km 2 . Pristine beaches, beautiful vistas of vineyards and olive groves, and numerous architectural examples of their rich history, sparkling springs that grow into beautiful rivers, streams and rivulets; dense, fairytale-like forests; soft grazing meadows; translucent lakes; magnificent hills and spectacular mountain landscapes overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Famous for its wide golden plains, oak forests and ancient wine cellars, Slavonia is Croatia’s most fertile region, where picturesque villages and the surrounding cultivated fields offer the ideal rustic setting. The reserve offers stunning scenery of nature in its most diverse and untamed form. The ample aesthetic appeal of Slavonia’s cultural, architectural and natural sites offer filmmakers an opportunity to create magical and captivating settings that are guaranteed to enrich the dramatic impact of their photography.
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is also its largest city and the country’s cultural, economic and cinematic hub. Zagreb is a typical Central European city with an old city center featuring classicist and secessionist facades in the Austro-Hungarian style, a Baroque Upper Town, a colorful open-air market in the vicinity of a beautiful Gothic cathedral, and magnificent green parks throughout the city. The city center, bustling with life, offers the majority of the city’s cultural and gastronomic venues, with museums, galleries, theaters, charming coffee houses, restaurants, and clubs. The commercial center of Zagreb features modern architecture with high-rise buildings that can stand in as any contemporary European city. Because of its architectural and geographical diversity, Zagreb and its surrounding areas provide filmmakers with a variety of looks, which makes it an ideal location for shooting various settings in a relatively small area.
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