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A guide to fixers - how they make things happen

If you’re filming abroad, especially in remote countries, chances are you’ll require the assistance of a fixer – someone who is familiar with a particular country, to help you with logistics, translation, location and crew sourcing. A fixer can be the real backbone of a production when filming abroad.
In this guide, we’ll explain exactly what a fixer does, and how they can help you on your foreign shoot.

What is a fixer, exactly?
An international fixer can scout great spots remotely, sending detailed information, including photos and film clips, back to the producer.
For example, have you ever wondered how TV and film crews get permission to film in places like Delhi Airport? Or how they manage to shoot on a completely deserted London Bridge in movies like 28 Days Later? Well these things are made possible with the help of fixers. This talented bunch of people are responsible for all the background preparation that lets amazing scenes like these happen.
Fixers sort out filming permits for special locations - like airports - while liaising with police, transport bodies and local authorities beforehand to make sure everything goes swimmingly on the day.
Of course, a film crew working abroad will need special visas - fixers can sort those too.

People Power
Fixers also source local actors and extras via casting agents, along with behind-the-scenes crew such as camera operators, directors, gaffers, and sound engineers.
How about a nice place for the visiting crew and actors to stay? Lunches and bottled water on location? And what about costumes? A good fixer is a little like a walking and talking country guide.
Your friendly fixer can sort those, too.

Hiring Equipment
A film crew can save a lot of cash and hassle by hiring equipment on location rather than taking all their own kit abroad with them. The fixer can help with this – as they’re the ones in the know when it comes to where to hire the right gear, near to the location.
It is up to the producer though to double check facts and the ultimate responsibility and liability rests on their shoulders.

Transport
There are two kinds of transport needs that a fixer can deal with: Firstly, they can make travel arrangements for the crew, cast and equipment to get around the country in relative comfort.
Secondly - for that scene-stealing vehicle money shot - a fixer knows where to hire the planes, cranes, boats, hard-to-find sports cars, or simply the humble old banger that you need to star in your production.

The Bottom Line
You need to work within a budget, and one of a fixer's services is to advise on costs from the location itself so that the production team can plan ahead and accurately price up filming in advance.
So a fixer is the person who deals with logistics and really makes things happen for film, TV and commercials crews. A multilingual, international fixer takes the worry out of the language barrier and uses their specialist local and cultural knowledge to deal quickly and efficiently with bureaucracy and paperwork - sourcing all the elements that a film team needs to work within the deadline and budget and create a sparkling result.

Projects as location scout

YearTitleGenredirectorProducerComment
2018Der letzte BulleFeature FilmPeter ThorwarthWestside Filmproduktion GmbH [de]Eckrestaurant und Strassen
2017Servus TV - Die FreeTV ÜberraschungCommercial Oliver HarounLeondi GmbH [de]
2016Nestlé - Carlos VCommercialGonzalo Oliveró Eitelsonnenschein GmbH
2016Nongfu Spring - Water nutrientsCommercialTomislav TomasPhoenix Digital
2016Wer liefert Was - Schnellste ErfolgsgeschichteCommercialNavid Abri Film Deluxe GmbHLocation Check
2015Brandt Zwieback - AlltagsautistenCommercialMona El Mansouri Palladium Commercial Productions GmbH
2014CollideFeature FilmEran CreevyAutobahn Film
2014Forbidden LoveTV Series, ARD [de]Multiple UFA Serial Drama GmbH
2014Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH - IntelliSenseCommercialSven StausbergPhoenix Digital
2014Adidas - All In or Nothing. SonCommercialYong LyeOZCAM Production [us]
2014Thalys - Explore MoreCommercialKiku OheControl Films [fr]Düsseldorf
2014Volksbanken Raifeisenbanken - BVR WetterCommercialWerner Klemm Rekorder GmbHDortmund
2014Adidas - All In or Nothing. The DreamCommercialMultipleSaville Productions [us]NRW
2014Germany´s Next Topmodel - by Heidi KlumTV-Show, ProSieben [de]Multiple Redseven Entertainment GmbHNRW
2013Head & Shoulders - World Cup (Mats Hummels)CommercialMartin HodaraLa Cosa de las Películas [es]
2013Granu Fink® - feminaCommercialBernard Wedig congaz visual media company GmbH
2011Heiter bis wolkigFeature Film Marco Petry Film1 GmbH & Co KGStraßen NRW
2011Bosch - Quigo 3D Cube IllusionCommercialSascha Haas V4 GmbH
2011VW Nutzfahrzeuge - Der neue CrafterCommercialMartin WernerCzar [de]Locationcheck NRW
2011Alfa Romeo - GiulettaCommercialMarkus StummerEndemol Shine Group Germany GmbH [de]

Film projects in other capacities

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2017Ford - Eco Sport. Outdoor in der StadtCommercialCadmo QuinteroErste Liebe Filmproduktion GmbH [de]location manager Suchen & Permit´s
2017VW - Economy Service (2 Spots)CommercialNico Beyer Cobblestone Filmproduktion GmbHlocation manager Strassen > Suche & Permit´s
2017Gatorade - Everything ChangesCommercialErnest Desumbila Markenfilm GmbH & Co. KGlocation manager Dortmund
2017Smartmobil - Lukas Podoski. Verein wechselnCommercialTim LöhrRabbicorn Films GmbH (formerly Jotz! Filmproduktion GmbH) [de]location manager
2016Maybelline - Glossy TalkImage SeriesRoman Stricker Frische Brise Film GmbHlocation manager Loft
2016Vodafone - CallYa Highspeed SpecialCommercialDavid LeinweberAnorak Film GmbH [de]location manager
2015Opel - Mokka. AutowäscheCommercialOtto Alexander Jahrreiss Tempomedia Filmproduktion GmbHlocation manager Deutschland
2015Oral B - 1. FC Oral-B. PodolskiCommercialColum Maguire Cobblestone Filmproduktion GmbHlocation manager Stadion & Fitness
2015Bitburger Alkoholfrei - We are the teamCommercialAgusto de Fraga Tempomedia Filmproduktion GmbHlocation manager Waldweg & Football
2015Kessler ist...TV-Show, ZDF [de] Michael Giehmann ITV Studios Germany GmbH (formerly Granada Produktion)location manager
2013Randstad - A Day In My Life. 2020Image Film Sven LützenkirchenGroße 8 Bildbewegungen GbR [de]location manager Maschinenbau
2013SCHÜCO - Die EntscheidungCommercialBaris AladagMarkenfilm Crossing GmbH (formerly BM8 GmbH) [de]location manager
2013Commerzbank - ImmobilienfinanzierungCommercialPhil Brown Markenfilm GmbH & Co. KGlocation manager Düsseldorf & NRW
2013Apollo Optik - Mit drei O!Commercial Stephen ManuelFullFeedback Productions GmbH [de]location manager Oberhausen
2013McDonald's - Los Wochos. GeorgCommercialNic & SuneEmbassy of Dreams Filmproduktion GmbH [de]location manager Strassen & Plätze in Köln
2013Nicht Nachmachen!TV-Show, ZDF [de] Martin PrzyborowskiPrime Productions GmbH [de]location manager
2013DB Regio NRW - Elf Freunde und ein VaterCommercial Thomas Wagner [3]Cineteam Mediaworks GmbH [de]location manager Privates Haus
2013Sky - Bundesliga (Intros Live Sendungen)Image FilmZuständige/r Producer/inSky Deutschland Fernsehen [de]location manager
2013Opel - PlacesCommercialMaciek Kowalczuk Bakery Films Filmproduktion GmbHlocation manager Dortmund
2012Ice AgeDocumentary SeriesTim WalkerBBC British Broadcast Corporation [uk]service producer Germany

Basic data

NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish (Basic knowledge), German (Native speaker), Korean (Basic knowledge)
Experience abroadEast Asia: South Korea
Southern Europe: Spain
Southeast Asia: Maldives
Western Europe: Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands
LicencesA (motorcycle) [eu], C1 (truck < 3,5t <= 7,5t) [eu], Press Card [de]
Immediate working areaDüsseldorf
1st residence (federal state or country)North Rhine-Westphalia
2nd residence (where applicablen)Seoul
Accommodation possibilitiesCologne, Goettingen, Majorca, Munich, Seoul