10 Things You Should Film with a Camera Crew in Cairo
Cairo is one of the world’s largest cities, and is both historic and modern, at the same time, and offers beauty beyond compare. Beverly Boy Productions knows that you will want to film some of these sites, so when you need a camera crew in Cairo,give us a call! Check out these top 10 things to see, do, and film in Cairo:
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One of the most recognizable sites in all of Egypt are the pyramids of Giza, which have been wowing travelers for centuries. There are several to see, and film, here, so find a film crew in Cairo and get to filming something incredible!
There is an insane amount of antiquities displayed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and it would take you years to see everything they have here. Founded in 1857 by French Egyptologist August Mariette, the museum has been at its current location in Downtown Cairo since 1897. If you want to see the treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, this is the place to be. You can view Tutankhamen’s death mask and sarcophagi, his lion throne, wardrobe collection, and more.
Film an impressive video production in Cairo- or rather, Old Cairo. Head to Old Babylon, where the Roman Emperor Trajan first built a fortress along the Nile. You will see parts of the Roman towers that still stand over the main street. Coptic (or Old) Cairo is a small church that contains a wealth of information on Egypt’s early Christian period. It was founded in the 4th century and originally built over the Roman gate towers. It is here that legend says that the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hid during King Herod’s massacre of male babies.
If you want some incredible shopping, you have to visit Khan el-Khalili. This is a veritable labyrinthine of narrow alleyways established as a shopping district in 1400 AD, and it is still going! You will find everything you could possibly imagine, from antiques to locally woven textiles and handmade lamps. You can get incredible street food here, too!
One of the most notable attractions is the beautiful and impressive Nile River. Stretching for 4,187 miles, the Nile is the longest river in the world and you can see and tour it (best with a guide) while on your trip to Cairo. It also makes great B-Roll!
6. Fort of Babylon
When you are searching for a Cairo camera crew for hire, ask them about sites to see and include the Fort of Babylon. First built by the Persians in 6th Century B.C., this fortress contains several Christian churches built into its walls, and many are still intact, standing, and used today.
When you are ready to book a camera crew in Cairo to get filming, make sure you have one that knows how to get the permits required. You will need a letter of introduction, explaining who you are and the details of your job. Then, you will need to supply documents, like a passport, dates of travel to Egypt, and more. You also have to give details about who will be in the film, working on the film, and what you want to film, so you need to have all of that worked out before you begin planning the shots in your film. The permitting can take weeks to finish, so having a professional work on this is the easiest way to make sure it gets done on time and properly.
One thing you should remember when filming in Cairo is that this place has a lot of history, so you will get a lot of historical sites to view and choose from and you can stay busy filming when you hire a camera crew in Cairo. The city was founded in 2,000 BC and ruled by King Menes. In the 1st century, the Romans built the Babylon fortress on the Nile, the oldest structure in the city, and one that makes an incredible place to film.
If you are traveling to Cairo for the food, you are in luck because there is a lot to try- and film- here! Check out these great foods you can film when you hire a videographer in Cairo:
A. Simit. After a long day of sightseeing, this classic Turkish sesame bread hits the spot for a quick snack. It looks like a cross between a bagel and a pretzel and has a soft inside. Get this treat from a street cart at one of the many marketplaces in Cairo.
B. Ful. When you need breakfast, bean stew might not pop into your head, especially if you are American, but in Cairo, spiced fava beans is the go-to breakfast of people all over the city. This incredible dish is flavored with cumin and olive oil, served with pita or French bread, and is popular just about everywhere, so you can easily find it.
C. Hamam Mahshi. If you want more than a quick on-the-go food, hamam mahshi—or cooked pigeon- is a dish worth celebrating and enjoying. These birds are plucked at six weeks, marinated and stuffed with rice, onions, cinnamon, cumin, nuts, and other spices, then grilled over a wood charcoal fire to be delicious and tender.
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While you might not be looking to get shots of the weather in Cairo, planning your filming schedule around the weather may be important to ensure that you get the footage you want. The hottest month in Cairo is July, with an average temperature of 82°F and the coldest is January at 56°F. January is also the wettest month. The longest days, if you need extra daylight for filming because you can only hire a camera crew in Cairo for a day, is in June, where the sun shines for about 14 hours a day.