Research & Shooting

Are you planning to shoot a film or TV program in Poland? Looking for a good, English-speaking crew for a commercial shoot? Writing an article about the country issues and trying to contact a politician, a worker or an average Polish family? Running an investigation? Need a character for a documentary or a proper location? As a fixer in Poland I will get them for you!

My expertise consists in taking care of all necessary arrangements to assure that your work goes smoothly and without interruption. I plan and organize the whole stay in Poland, providing the relevant contacts, sources and permissions.

Good research is a key to success!

Why Poland, why here?

Chopin, Walesa, Solidarnosc, John Paul II, wodka, „kurwa mac” – these are the symbols of Poland that are recognizable all over the world. But this rapidly changing country has so much more to offer…

Poland is one of the most fascinating European countries – It’s history is stormy, it’s character full of contradictions and paradoxes. The large area, inhabited by 38 million people, lays from centuries between Russia and Germany – that’s the place where East meets West.

The traces of Poland’s fascinating history have been preserved in its renaissance castles, baroque churches and the wooden architecture of the Tatra mountains. The historical cities with their museums, art galleries, film & music festivals display a richness and dynamism of the Polish culture. The post-industrial landscapes of Silesia or Nowa Huta give an idea of its recent communist past. For the TV history show makers Poland is a never ending source of inspirations. Many stories have been already told, many still wait to be discovered.  

Thanks to the European funds the biggest Polish cities are economically thriving while some rural areas are among the poorest in the region. There is still a very strong tradition of small agricultural farms, but Poland is also the center of outsourcing companies that hire hundreds of thousands of workers and teach young Poles the logic of corporate reality.

 

Filming in Poland

Poland has a great film potential that was not exploited properly until recently. True – it’s original locations were appreciated by such great movie auteurs as Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Bridge of Spies), David Lynch (Inland Empire), Peter Greenaway (Nightwatching) or Mamoru Oshii (Avalon). The Polish landscapes are used by the big-budget Hollywood productions (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and by Bollywood studios (Fanaa). What Poland was lacking was the system of film incentives that could attract the producers from all over the world to move the production to Poland from more expensive countries. Eventually such incentive system was introduced at the beginning of 2019 – 30% cash rebate immediately made Poland an attractive destination for many film crews, opening the new chapter for the Polish film industry. What helps is a big number of professionals ready to be hired. 

There is also a growing number of European co-productions that get money from EU funds and from PISF – the Polish Film Institute that was created to stimulate film production.

Discover the gloomy industrial Lodz, the vibrant life of Warsaw, the traditional Polish countryside on the East or the Masurian Lakes Plateau – the scenic and serene “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. Visit hundreds of pubs in Krakow, mysterious medieval castles, Nazi German underground tunnels, ruined factories and restaurants with authentic Polish food (pierogi!).

Discover Poland, do it with the Fixer!

 

Poland today

The tragic 2010 Smolensk plane crash in which the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and some of the most important members of Polish government died, created a huge turmoil of controversies and disputes. Since then, the Polish nation has been dramatically divided. What unites all is football and the Euro 2012 was a great chance to verify that Poland was ready to host the events of the biggest importance.

In 2015, the populist Law and Justice party, led by enigmatic Jarosław Kaczyński, Lech’s brother came to power. Bored with the 8-year-old Civic Platform government (led for many years by Donald Tusk) , Poles let themselves be seduced by the promises of improving the quality of life. The scale of the victory allowed the party to rule independently. Quickly introduced social programs (including the famous 500 PLN for each child) definitely changed the economic situation of many families in poorer regions of the country (mainly in countryside and small towns). At the same time, Law and Justice began to take over, in an undemocratic manner and following Hungary’s example, other state institutions. Particular concern is related to the state of the media and the judiciary, and it is in these areas that the conflict with European Union institutions is taking place. The Law and Justice governments have emboldened far-right groups, and open attacks on the so-called LGBT ideology can be observed. The municipalities in which Law and Justice politicians are ruling declare themselves to be LGBT-free zones, which is of concern to international public opinion. Poland has begun to drift towards authoritarian states and is a divided country like never before.