District of Columbia Film & Photography Production Services
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the District of Columbia? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.
Want to know more about shooting in the District of Columbia? See below for an introduction to District of Columbia locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.
Film Locations. The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC, is home to the White House, United States Capitol, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Museums and monuments of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, and the most recently built Museum of African American History.
Washington DC is home to many impressive buildings including the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Archives, Carnegie Library, Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Georgetown University campus, Washington Union Station, Intelsat Headquarters, Newseum, Washington National Cathedral, and several impressive hotels including the Watergate.
Washington DC also offers filmmakers and photographers several impressive parks, the Potomac River, interesting neighborhoods, metro stations, and sport stadiums.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated around the city each spring in March and April.
The District of Columbia has hosted productions such as House of Cards, Homeland, Argo, Transformers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Syriana, Minority Report, The Exorcist, and A Few Good Men, to name a few.
District of Columbia Film Location Permits are required for filming on public property. Basic film permit requests are usually processed the same day. Cost of film permits depends on the number of crew and talent. Permits for stills shoots are $150 per project. Additional permits may be required by District agencies. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? District of Columbia has a typical four-season climate with warm springs, hot humid summers, fall colors, and cold winters with occasional snow.
Crews and equipment. The mid-Atlantic region has a good pool of crew and equipment to choose from.
Contact us if you are looking for a Washington DC based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in the District of Columbia.
Studios. There are several good facilities in the mid-Atlantic region.
Tax Incentives. The District of Columbia offers qualifying productions including movies, television shows, and other video productions a rebate of:
• Up to 35% of the company’s qualified production expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District;
• Up to 21% of the company’s qualified production expenditures spent in the District of Columbia with District of Columbia registered vendors, cast, or crew; but not subject to taxation in the District;
• Up to 30% of the company’s qualified personnel expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District (resident cast and crew);
• Up to 10% of the company’s qualified personnel expenditures that are not subject to taxation in the District (non-resident cast and crew);
• Up to 50% of the company’s qualified job training expenditures; and
• Up to 25% of the company’s base infrastructure investment; provided the facility is primarily used for business functions related to media production or postproduction activity.
To qualify, an approved applicant must spend at least $250,000 directly in the District of Columbia.
Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Washington DC.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Washington DC, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer anywhere in Washington DC, please contact us.
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Down Time. Explore America’s history at Washington DC’s many museums and monuments.