If you are contemplating any sort of production in an extreme or remote environment we are happy to provide consultancy, training, equipment and personnel, as appropriate. We have unique access to some of the most inaccessible parts of the world and can organise any ground production projects big or small. We have significant experience working with high profile production companies across the globe. We have provided full planning and operations management for several documentaries such as a Channel 4 film about South Sudan and a BBC production in northern Afghanistan.
We can offer a full expedition package including all of the following services and more, or consult on certain aspects on a case by case basis. Particularly useful for production managers with a good in country fixer in place is our Security and Risk Assessment package which we can deliver in the UK:
Security and Risk Assessments.
Comprehensive risk assessments for Hostile Environments, High Risk Activities and High Risk Events.
• Comprehensive risk analysis and risk mitigation
• Communication Planning
• Contingency Planning
• In depth medical plans • Personal details and notification plans
• Crisis planning and management
• Security assessment if required
• UK based 24 hour Ops room if required
Complete location planning and management services.
• An experienced western guide
• Pre-expedition planning, co-ordination and information and in-country knowledge
• Consular liaison and visa support
• Climate specific training
• Contingency, incident and emergency/crisis planning and management
• Medical kit, cover and medical extraction plan
• Medical training if required
All logistical and organisational responsibilities:
v. Local permits and bureaucracy
vi. Local contacts, guides, translators
vii. Management of local national employees
Kit and equipment
Comprehensive kit and equipment advice, procurement and training.
• Advice on kit and equipment for different environments
• Specialist task specific kit and equipment • Kit and equipment procurement
• Training in specific kit and equipment
• Maintenance and equipment care
'Secret Compass organised the logistics for our recent shoot in the Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan, arranging all guides, transport, accommodation and looking after the day-to-day needs of the crew.
They were thoroughly professional from the word go. Their planning beforehand was faultless, as was their conduct on location. The three-week shoot was a great success because of their invaluable assistance.
I would have no hesitation in recommending their services as either expedition leaders or consultants.
Series Producer - Indus Films
Secret Compass provided invaluable logistic and high risk assessment services in facilitating our filming for a shoot in South Sudan as part of a landmark natural history series we are producing. Their team showed a fantastic understanding of the cultural, logistical, risk analysis, financial and editorial requirements of the shoot, providing more support than we were expecting.
The Secret Compass team were incredibly professional, working efficiently and to the highest standards at every turn. Our crew were very well looked after, & made as comfortable as possible in a difficult environment , and all aspects of the shoots were arranged impeccably. The budget was very reasonable and we were informed of any changes to the budget in plenty of time to make an informed editorial decision.
Not only this, but the Secret Compass team engaged fully with the story we were trying to tell, and helped to forge instrumental links with the local people during our time in Sudan, to give us unprecedented access. The shoot’s success is owed almost entirely to Secret Compass & we will certainly be employing their services again on shoots in the future.
Josh Pitt. Producer. Passion Planet 'Earth in the Age of Man'