Key factors for optimal Mykonos filming

Wind in Mykonos

Mykonos, often referred to as the “Island of Winds,” experiences strong northern summer winds known as “meltemia.” These winds typically begin at the end of June and subside by mid-September, with wind speeds averaging 5-6 Beaufort.

Challenges for Outdoor Shoots:

Talent and Wardrobe: Strong winds can disrupt outdoor shoots, causing issues with hair and clothing that need constant adjustment.

Equipment Stability: Utilizing equipment such as butterflies, reflectors, and umbrellas becomes challenging. Drone operations are also affected, with viability often determined only three days before the shoot.

Shooting Locations: Filming in the alleys of Mykonos Town is generally feasible, as the historical center’s layout break the strong winds. For shoots outside the town, be prepared to change locations. The south parts of the island offer better protection from the winds.

Marine Considerations: The winds also cause waves, affecting boat and cruise ship rentals. The south part of the island is more sheltered, offering calmer seas for filming.

We possess extensive knowledge of these wind-related challenges and can facilitate a smoother production experience on Mykonos.

High Temperatures in Mykonos

When the winds subside, Mykonos can get very hot, which presents several challenges for production teams. High temperatures can complicate things and pose health risks.

Challenges and Precautions:

Energy and Health: The heat can drain the crew’s energy and cause health issues, especially for those from northern parts of Europe and the USA who may not be used to such conditions.

Shade and Hydration: Ensure there is ample shade at the shooting location and an abundant supply of water to keep everyone hydrated.

Makeup Concerns: High temperatures can cause sweat and melting makeup, requiring frequent touch-ups to keep talents looking their best.

Appropriate Clothing: Dress appropriately for the heat to stay comfortable and cool.

Schedule Adjustments: Consider taking breaks during the hottest part of the day (1-4 pm), or plan indoor shoots during these hours to avoid the peak heat.

By taking these precautions, you can mitigate the impact of high temperatures on your production, ensuring a safer and more efficient shoot. We are well-versed in managing these challenges and can provide expert guidance to ensure your production runs smoothly despite the heat.

Sunlight Conditions in Mykonos

From dusk to dawn, the locations and landmarks of Mykonos are illuminated in varying ways, primarily depending on their orientation. Morning light generally offers the best conditions for filming, but there are notable exceptions.

Considerations for Optimal Lighting

Orientation Impact: The orientation of a location significantly influences its lighting throughout the day. For example, Mykonos Town faces west, so landmarks like Little Venice are in shade during the morning, making them less appealing for filming.

Narrow Light Windows: Many iconic alleys in Mykonos Town have narrow windows of optimal lighting due to their orientation and narrow structure.

Scheduling Shoots: It’s crucial to schedule shoots considering the sunlight to enhance the visual appeal of scenes. Properly timed shoots can make a scene come alive or diminish its impact.

Our extensive knowledge of the sunlight conditions in Mykonos can help maximizing the visual quality and appeal of your footage in Mykonos.

Navigating Crowds in Mykonos

Mykonos, particularly during the June-August period, often exceeds its capacity in terms of visitors. The influx of tourists, especially from cruise ships, can lead to crowded conditions that can hinder filming efforts. By strategically planning your filming schedule and selecting less crowded locations, you can ensure a smoother production process in Mykonos.

Key Considerations for Managing Crowds

Cruise Ship Arrivals: Thousands of visitors from cruise ships can flood Mykonos Town. Knowing the cruise ship schedules is essential to avoid crowds, particularly around popular spots.

Hidden Gems: Despite the heavy tourist traffic, there are hidden spaces in Mykonos that remain less frequented. These can be excellent alternatives for filming.

Optimal Timing: Schedule shoots during times when the town is relatively quiet. Early mornings often offer the best conditions.

We know how to avoid crowds and can help ensure a smoother shooting experience.

Laws for Filming in Public Spaces

When planning a video production in Mykonos, it’s essential to understand the legal requirements for filming in various locations. There are four main categories to consider:

Ancient Ruins: Filming at ancient ruins requires a license from the Ministry of Culture. It’s advisable to start the application process at least three months in advance due to the complex bureaucracy involved. Having local connections can significantly streamline this process.

Orthodox Churches: Permission to film in front of Orthodox churches must be obtained from the head of the Orthodox Church in Athens. Mykonos boasts the highest density of churches per square kilometer in Greece, making them a prominent feature in many locations.

Mykonos Town Historical Center: To film in this area, we must obtain permission from the Municipality, Police, and local archaeological authority. This involves presenting a detailed shooting schedule, the scope of filming, and photos of each location.

Other Locations in Mykonos: Filming in other public areas requires approval from the Police and local archaeological authority. Similar to the historical center, you’ll need to submit a shooting schedule, the scope of filming, and photos of each location.

Journalist projects most of times need no papers.

We are well-versed in handling all production-related bureaucratic matters, ensuring that permits are secured efficiently.

Managing Costs in Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most expensive places in Europe, vastly different from the rest of Greece. Here are some tips to manage costs effectively:

Advance Booking: Book services as early as possible. Last-minute prices tend to skyrocket.

Language Advantage: Speaking native- level Greek often secures discounts. Even not fluent Greek (like many Greco-Americans) can place you in the “tourist” category, leading to higher charges.

Equipment Rentals: Consider renting video equipment and specialized production crew from Athens, which can be more cost-effective.

Venue Rentals: If renting a venue, consider doing so during non-working hours, typically in the morning, for better rates.

We have a deep understanding of local nuances and can significantly help in managing the high costs associated with filming in Mykonos.

Payments

All merchants in Mykonos use POS and bank apps for easy transactions. However, be prepared to pay in cash for some last-minute orders. We also accept Bitcoin, offering a modern and secure payment alternative for our clients. This ensures flexibility and convenience, especially for international transactions.

Well, if you need a helping hand in Mykonos, we’re your go-to fixers.