About Jake Productions
Jake Productions was founded in 2004, by vastly experienced British Producer John Bernard. The company’s entire raison d’être is to provide a vastly modernized and more competitive approach to Production Servicing in France.
Jake Productions boasts a formidable list of credits which includes “Munich”, “Devil Wears Prada”, “Iron Man 2”, “Entourage”, “Inception”, “Dom Hemingway”, “Edge of Tomorrow” “Inglorious Basterds” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”, as well as numerous TVCs for UK companies such as Partizan, RSA and Mad Cow Films.
In 2007, Jake Productions welcomed Xavier Wakefield, an established Producer from London, who’s own resume includes over 500 commercials, pop videos and photo shoots. Xavier’s Location Manager credits include “Iron Man 2”, “Dom Hemingway”, fashion shoots for Mario Testino, as well as having scouted locations on 2 Ridley Scott movies and The Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”. He has also worked extensively as 1st Assistant Director for Directors such as Michel Gondry, Tony Kaye, Michael Bay & James Toback. Xavier has shot in over 15 countries worldwide and now handles all commercials and photo shoots.
Both JB and Xavier’s careers have spanned over 20 years, both have worked internationally and both have risen through the ranks of Assistant Director and Location Manager culminating in an exceptional knowledge of film production and, most importantly, Production Servicing.
Why shoot in the South of France?
COST: France has a bit of a reputation for being an expensive shoot destination. Social charges on French technicians may be a bit higher than in neighboring countries, but the fact is that there are many solutions for making it possible to produce quality films here, without compromising on service.
WEATHER: 300 days of sunshine per year and a quality of light that Master Painters raved about. Summer can get very hot. Spring and Autumn are best. Winter should absolutely NOT be ruled out.
TRAVEL: 2 hours flight time from all London airports and over 20 flights per day. Nowhere is more accessible. Cannes and Monaco are less than 1 hour’s drive from Nice Airport, St Tropez or The Southern Alps can easily be reached in less than 2.
LOCATIONS: The South of France is renowned for the ultimate glamour and timeless elegance of the Côte d’Azur (hotels, casinos, villas, yachts, coastal roads), but it also offers the rustic charm of its back hills, provincial villages, secluded beaches & creeks, National parks & forests and, of course, the Southern Alps. The diversity of stunning locations is rich and astonishing.
LOCAL FACILITIES: There has been an active film industry since the construction of the Victorine Studios in the 1920’s. The studios have been recently modernised and host a 1st class construction crew. On top of this, some of the country’s finest technicians now live down here. Panavision are among our local suppliers. The standard here is very high. Lunch breaks last one hour, not longer.