Victor Barriga, "Quantum of Solace" James Bond feature film (2008) Production Manager in Panama City and Colon City for 12 weeks. PDF Print

 

Filming a James Bond movie is always a challenge and we fully surpassed it in Panama. It was the biggest blockbuster to be shot in Panama. Panamanians are really enthusiastic by the idea of cinema and glamour, which makes logistics really easy with the government and public in general. We worked hard and also enjoyed the process, but most importantly we did it on schedule. Because of Panama`s great geographic diversity, we were able to film two completely different sequences of the movie, in Panama City as La Paz, Bolivia and in Colon City as Haiti.
We contracted more than 350 professionals as crew from the Panamanian film industry, all of which performed a great job.

Panama is a great country with a very small but diverse territory, with very good infrastructure, diverse ethnicities, specialized professionals and a facilitating government system for the production of films. In only 77,000 sq Km. there are jungles, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and deserts, two oceans: the Caribbean and Pacific, beaches of many colors, modern and colonial cities. Panamanians are dynamic and hard working, with friendly and fun idiosyncrasies that make the experience of working in Panama very pleasant. The ethnic and cultural diversity is defined by the country´s history which has been fostered by its important representation of its multitude of races and a rich architectural manifestation.

The development of the tourism industry has provided the needed infrastructure throughout the country in order to facilitate the transportation of film equipment, as well as the infrastructure provided by the former US military bases that aid in the production process. The strategic geographic position of Panama also facilitates the country’s access and its function with commercial services also aids in the importation of necessary equipment for the film industry.

Finally, the most important aspect is that all of the aforementioned benefits are provided amidst a comfortable and modern lifestyle that is required by large, international productions.

 

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