BAHAMAS DAYLIGHT STUDIOS
The Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 islands to the south east of Florida of which 17 are major island markets. The total sea area of the islands is 100,000 square miles. It was Columbus’ first landfall of the new world and was eventually settled by the English with settlers arriving to the island of Eleuthera in the 1640s.
Productions have been numerous in The Bahamas over many years including the TV series Flipper, Sean Connery as Bond in Thunderball and Never Say Never Again and recently Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Other productions in The Bahamas over the years include Pirates of The Caribbean 2 and 3 ( Freeport and Exuma) , The Silence of The Lambs (Bimini), Into The Blue (Eleuthera), Fool’s Gold (Eleuthera), The Insider (Abaco) and Why did I Get Married – 2 (Eleuthera).
Aside from major motion pictures being filmed in The Bahamas many more photo and commercial video productions are facilitated in the islands throughout the year. The Bahamas Government’s Bahamas Film Commission works closely with the industry to attract productions to the islands.
Eleuthera including Harbour Island is a major draw for productions in The Bahamas and boats Bahamas Daylight Studios primary locations. BDS’s associated company has premium beachfront accommodations which have housed productions with Tyler Perry, Ceelo Green, Neiman Marcus, Meskita Fashion and many others. BDS’ mobile operations allows productions to be set in all the major islands serviced by regular freight boats and include Freeport, Abaco, Andros, Exuma, Bimini, Long Island ( Columbus described as “the World’s Most Beautiful Island) and Cat Island. Outer islands can also be covered albeit with more lead time including San Salvador ( Columbus’ first landfall), Crooked Island, Inagua ( home of the Flamingos), Mayaguana, Aklins and the beautiful Ragged Island chain. Nassau, the capital, is also a major draw for productions with the Atlantis and soon to be opened (Dec. 2014) Baha Mar Resort.
The islands of Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Exuma, Long Island, San Salvador and others more southeastern border the Atlantic Ocean and boast the finest beaches in the world. Unique settlements scatter these islands and many ruins are found throughout dating back to the 1700s when plantations flourished. The flora and fauna provide lush backdrops and blue and ocean holes as well as large caves are found all through the islands. The people of the Bahamas Outer or “Family” Islands are very friendly and industrious. Extras and local assistants are not difficult to identify.
BDS’s managing producer in The Bahamas is Jonathan Simms, a Bahamas National. He has worked with productions in the islands for the past twenty years. He is a co-founder with BMI of the Nassau Songwriters Festival which is taped and televised each year on CMT. Other clients of note have included Heineken International and Meskita Fashion. Jonathan has an extensive network throughout The Bahamas in both private and public sectors. With the many last minute changes which can happen with production, this network insures positive outcomes and experiences.