With almost 20 years experience in international film and TV production, a vast network of contacts and as much local knowledge as a human brain can handle, Vapues Productions is your gateway to filming in Panama, Nicaragua and across Central America.
Our dedicated team are here to help with all aspects of your production, from film permits and logistics to professional crews and full-scale Producing. However big or small your project, we’re here to make it happen.
Maybe we're biased, but there aren't many places in the world with such an array of diverse and spectacular scenery for film and TV production.
Affordable, flexible and with a growing market for quality local actors and crew, Panama and Nicaragua provide filming opportunities to rival anywhere in the Latin America.
Our in-house team are experts in maximizing your production budget and enabling you to concentrate on what you do best. We can help you keep track of costs and plan your spending, as well accessing Tax Rebates and Location Fee Waivers wherever possible. We’re here to keep things on time and within budget.
We're locally based and have spent decades finding unique and spectacular locations in Panama, Nicaragua and across Central America. We'll work with you in pre-production to research and scout the perfect locations for your production, and we’ll be there to make sure you have everything you need in place for the day of the shoot.
We'll help you to navigate the paperwork and legal requirements for filming in Panama, Nicaragua and further afield, so you can avoid any unnecessary delays during your shoot. This includes ensuring airport clearance when you arrive, film permits and location permits, managing contracts and insurance, and any local legal requirements.
We have our own fleet of modern vehicles, including SUV’s suitable for rural terrain, and can arrange trucks, boats, helicopters and planes with minimal fuss. You’ll have a dedicated Travel Planner to make sure things run efficiently and cost-effectively, as well a fixer and translator to solve any unexpected problems along the way.
Over the years, we've built a network of the best English-speaking film professionals in the region, ready to join your crew as needed. Just let us know your requirements and we’ll find the best people for the job. We can also arrange production rooms and equipment rental locally, including drone rental and drone operators.
We can provide drivers, translators, catering, security, emergency medical technicians, nature experts, fixers, producers, directors, digital imaging technicians, camera assistants, stills photographers and pretty much anything else you could think of for your shoot. We can also help with casting for local actors and extras.
" Vapues Productions were a great asset to our production. I can recommend them without hesitation."
" With such a big crew as we have, it’s essential that you have a company who you can rely on, who speak the language, who have a big network in the country, who are flexible and ready for us 24/7. Vapues Productions have all these qualities."
"Worked with Vapues Productions earlier this year in Nicaragua on a unique show for Discovery Channel. Jan was efficient, friendly and he was able to provide us with everything we needed. Fixed problems as they arose with a positive attitude and was helpful with organizing the local crew and civilians."
"Vapues guided us through Panama for the Dutch TV production ‘Love is in the air’. Jan is very kind, speaks perfectly Dutch, English and Spanish, arranged all our permits on forehand and had everything under control, all the time. It was definitely a positive experience"
"Due to the pandemic, our team could not fly to Nicaragua, so we had to leave the project in the hands of Jan and Vapues. They not only did a great job filming, but also took a lot of stress and work off our plates, and the whole process went smoothly. I would definitely recommend them."
"Without Jan Strik and Vapues Productions, we could never have filmed this beautiful love story”
"Thank you so much for all the time and energy you put into our program.. We hope you are as happy with the finished episode as all of us here at Leopard Films are.”
"Vapues are real pros. I did an episode of Naked and Afraid in Honduras. Jan was not on site, but he organized a good team and knew the deal. When I had bigger problems I would call Jan and he would always get it sorted. He is the definition of a Producer/Fixer.”