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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:14

Special Profile on the U.S. Virgin Islands

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The beauty shots you expect with the diversity of  locations you don’t.

The U.S. Virgin Islands offer more than a picturesque paradise for production. Of course, the USVI has beautiful beaches to rival any in the world. But diverse locations, such as rural farmland, lush forests, sprawling Southern estates, quaint European towns, military barracks and more allow producers to envision that the perfect shot/scene/film might just be in their Caribbean backyard.

Just as fascinating as the range of locations is an infrastructure that makes it easy for crews to work. Experienced and professional crews live and work in the USVI, as well as companies equipped to provide everything from lighting and electrical services to stylists and set designers. The Film Office can provide an updated roster of these companies, as well as direction on scheduling shipments, permitting, customs and travel documents.

Fellow Americans will feel right at home in the USVI. You will have traveled to your islands in the exotic Caribbean that flies the American flag and follows U.S. laws, speaks English, and requires no passport for U.S. Citizens for entry or departure. And with an average land temperature of 80° F, and bath water temps in the winter at 77° F, the conditions are ideal.

Choose from three main islands: St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Water Island, a fourth secluded inhabited cay is part of the St. Thomas - St. John district. And there are countless outer islands. Each island has its own character and unique locations. Scout within an hour by helicopter. Shoot a sunrise and sunset in a single day. On the surface, all of us of the West Indies may seem the same, but after scratching the surface, you‘ll see that no two of us are alike.

St. Croix
St. Croix is the largest of the islands, spanning 28 miles long and seven miles at its widest point. This island is considered the culture bearer, rich with ranches, scenic drives, historic ruins and breathtaking landscapes. Shot on St. Croix: Shawshank Redemption, Trading Places, Island of Dr. Moreau, Magic of David Copperfield, and numerous other commercials, fashion shoots and TV episodes.

St. John
St. John is the smallest of the islands, with nearly two-thirds of the island blanketed by a National Park with 95,000 acres of rolling green hills and underwater preserves. Famous for its pristine beaches, like Trunk Bay and Hawkesnest Bay, St. John is home to hundreds of historic ruins and rolling hills of lush, dense foliage. Shot on St. John: Four Seasons, The Big Blue, Good Morning America, and numerous other commercials, fashion shoots and TV episodes.

St. Thomas
St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the islands with an energetic, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the United States Virgin Islands, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most picturesque harbors in the world. More than half of the city’s buildings are greater than a hundred years old. St. Thomas also features centuries-old fortifications, mega yacht marinas and narrow, winding streets, as well as idyllic beaches, lush forests and more. Shot on St. Thomas: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Weekend at Bernie’s 11, Forces of Nature, Woman Named Jackie, AT&T, H&M, and numerous other commercials, fashion shoots and TV episodes.

The USVI Film Office was created in 1973 and is one of the oldest film commissions in America. Additionally, the office is a founding member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and was the first in the Caribbean. For more information, visit us at

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