Hungary is one of Europe’s top filming destinations thanks to its vibrant locations, affordable costs and highly competent English-speaking crew. In 2021 alone, productions spent a record $530m (huf227bn) shooting in the country. Major projects include Marvel series Moon Knight; Lionsgate and Starz’s The Continental, an event series expanding the John Wick universe; Mikael Hafstrom’s sci-fi Slingshot; Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool; Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things; and season four of Amazon and Paramount’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Budapest offers a wide variety of location palettes with stunning bridges over the river Danube and cityscapes that could easily be mistaken for any large European capital. The city is a treasure trove of beautiful and historic buildings that span a range of styles and eras, from classical to modern. Combined with the country’s rural landscapes and castles, the possibilities for your next film project are endless.
It’s important to go beyond the most obvious tourist spots and explore the lesser-known areas of the city. This will allow you to find the more authentic and evocative images of the city. Look for hidden corners and alleyways, crowded markets and local neighborhoods to find those shots that are uniquely Budapest.
Getting up close and personal with the city’s architecture will also allow you to capture its details and textures. Many of the landmarks have a unique way of reflecting light and shadow, which can add depth to your image. For example, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church are great for capturing the wide angle of the city skyline at sunset, or you can get up high on an overlooking hill to capture the building’s intricate detailing from below.
If you’re looking for a more active and immersive experience, try a shootout at Budapest Shooting, the city’s premier gun range. Here you’ll get the chance to shoot a selection of classic weapons that are reminiscent of action movies. You can even shoot the famed 9 mm Luger cartridge with eight different guns.
As a bonus, you’ll be getting to know your date in an exciting and memorable way. No awkward silences at a restaurant here, you’ll have plenty to talk about between loading up and firing your next round! shooting Budapest