Parallel to the establishment of private and public parks and nature reserves, infrastructure has also grown in lodging, roads and communications - but in a sustainable manner. For filmmakers this translates into accessible, tropical locations cross-country with the logistical support required.
Rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and volcanoes populate the exotic landscapes that today make Costa Rica one of the most important destinations in the world. Few countries can boast the network of eco-destinations that Costa Rica offers filmmakers.
Within this natural setting, Costa Rica has evolved and perfected the art of adventure, luxury and learning. Adventure sports abound in all corners of the country with world class surfing, ziplines, hanging bridges, rappelling, ATV vehicles, horseback riding and much more offering additional production value for commercials, photo shoots and reality television. Hospitality services continue to grow, particularly in the luxury category, offering a wide range of options that go from jungle lodges to 5-star beach and mountain resorts.
Few places in the tropics are so well documented since the magic of Costa Rica’s ecosystems has made it one of the world’s best open-air laboratories with hundreds of international universities that conduct ongoing research in many areas of tropical biology and ecosystems.
Costa Rica is also a regional film hub that is home to equipment and bilingual crew working across Central America. From Panama to Belize, traversing Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, our team knows the charms and challenges of shooting across the extreme landscapes of this diamond in the rough. Producers of reality programming for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, MTV, NBC, Facebook have explored and filmed from the depths of the jungles and oceans to the peaks of volcanos with our team’s support.
Our team has hosted many respected television and film producers and directors including Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, M. Night Shyamalan, John Singleton on productions for major studios like Columbia Pictures, Warner, Paramount , and Disney. Commercial agencies like Denstu and production houses including Supply & Demand, Humble and Bacon have also filmed with us successfully.
This experience has fostered the experienced, film-friendly culture of Costa Rica’s public and private sector. Two international airports have direct flights from many US and European cities with average flight time from the US being 5.5 hours. English is the second language and although Costa Rica is a tropical location, weather patterns invite you to film here all year around.
Luis Valderrama is an award-winning international producer with a 25-year career producing throughout the Caribbean, Central & South America. He is credited with work on more than 200 commercials, music videos, and TV series. Luis has produced for the general as well as Hispanic market in the US and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. His experience producing for the North American and Latin American markets has honed his skills and resourcefulness at completing projects within budget and on time for clients including Disney, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, ITT Tech, Colgate, Budweiser, AT&T, Publix, ESPN, and Marriott.
Sergio Miranda was the first Costa Rican to actively promote Costa Rica as a destination for international film and television producers. He feels privileged to have worked on projects for just about every major production company and network in the United States and Europe alongside directors like Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson, M. Night Shyamalan, Robert Rodriguez, David Ayre and Frank Marshall. More recently, in the world of documentaries, he worked with Oscar and Emmy-award winning directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin.
By working across all genres such as commercials, feature films, realities, photo shoots and corporate videos, Sergio has developed a keen sense of how to comply with the creative and logistical needs of film and television production in Costa Rica. Over many years of experience, he has also brought together a unique team of professionals to assist him in delivering world class production services.
Sergio co-founded and is currently President of the Chamber of the Costa Rican Audiovisual Industry (CAIAC). He also contributes toward grassroots development of the industry as member of the steering committee that oversees the Costa Rica Film Commission. Sergio was born in raised in Costa Rica, where he is married and has 3 children.
Executive VP of Production at Fox FX, Gigi Causey.