What is a film fixer?

What is a film fixer?My business website reads:

Fix·er (fĭkˈsər)

1: One that fixes: a person or thing that fixes
2.Informal: A person who uses influence or makes arrangements for another

Asia Film fixers (ā′z̸hə, film, fĭkˈsər)

1. A film production ‘fixing’ and location management service that influences and makes arrangements throughout South East Asia and deals with problems or difficult situations creatively and effectively.

Asia Film Fixers

What do Fixers do?

A fixer provides logistical support, facilitates permits, arranges entry through customs and immigration, location management, talent acquisition, crew sourcing, equipment supply, accommodation and transport arrangements for film and television producers who wish to conduct filming abroad. A more apt title would be ‘Production Coordinator’ or ‘Local Producer’.
The Film Fixer at workIn my experience, it all starts at acquiring the legal permits and permissions – I hear so many great ideas, from potential clients, about their creative filming/photography projects, but just won’t accept that some countries you require permits and approval – or you will end up losing your stock, equipment and maybe even worse…
Producers, Directors, DOP’s, Photographers (Feature, documentary, tv, news) …pretty much any project worth doing well, requires some sort of ‘fixer’ – and it all starts at doing things legally, morally and efficiently. I know i’ve saved many of my clients time and money, by knowing my territory well, having good connections and knowing how to work more efficiently.

What skills do you need to be a fixer?

Well, this will be a subject of a future post, but one does need the following:  Commonsense – Connections – Committed – Organisation skills – Travel Management Skills – Knowledge (of one’s area) – Tenacity – Production experience – Understanding the needs of your client – Financial Management Skills – Negotiation Skills – Knowledge of filming and permit laws – and a Sense of Humour!