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U.S.A – Michigan

Michigan 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 Michigan? 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 Michigan? See below for an introduction to Michigan locations, permits, when to shoot, studios, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

Film Locations. Detroit, the city that gave birth to the American automobile industry and Motown music, is the largest city in Michigan. The city’s skyline is home to a variety of impressive architectural styles. Structures of particular interest include the GM Renaissance Center, Penobscot Building, Cadillac Place, Detroit Athletic Club, Hart Plaza, David Stott Building, Wayne County Courthouse, Guardian Building, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Fisher Theater and Building, Old Detroit Free Press Building, Book Tower, Ambassador Bridge, and several large sport stadiums. Post-industrialism and economic decline has left entire neighborhoods abandoned and many buildings derelict. Architectural ruins of interest include Michigan Central Station, Harbor Terminal Building, Packard Plant, Old Michigan Theater, several abandoned skyscrapers, and the dilapidated mansions of Brush Park. Detroit’s recent rejuvenation is seeing urban farms and trendy neighborhoods popping up.

Outside of Detroit locations of interest include Lake Erie, Lake Sinclair, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, smaller lakes, beaches, rivers, forests, waterfalls, many different lighthouses, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, railroads and steam trains, covered bridges, colleges and university campuses, beautiful mansions, abandoned industrial looks, ski resorts, Terrace Point building, Michigan’s Adventure amusement park, Michigan State Capitol building, Livonia City Hall, Dutch Mill, golf courses, Colonial Michilimackinac, small town America looks, Broad Art Museum, Steelcase Inc building, USS Edson decommissioned destroyer. Michigan’s agricultural looks of interest include dairy farms, cheese producers, vineyards, and apple / blueberry / cherry orchards.

Michigan has hosted a long list of films including It Follows, Gran Torino, Robocop, Beverly Hills Cop and The Evil Dead.

Michigan Film Location Permits. Permits are required for filming on federal, state and tribal property. Special permits are required for highways, national parks and historical sites. Military sites will also require security clearances. Proof of insurance is also required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Southern and central Michigan has a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters. Northern Michigan has a more severe climate with warm, short summers and long very cold, snowy winters.

Crew and Equipment. Michigan has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

Contact us if you are looking for a Detroit, Grand Rapids, or Lansing 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 Michigan.

Studios. Michigan has several studios to choose from including Michigan Motion Picture Studios which hosted Transformers: Age of Extinction and Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Tax Incentives. Michigan no longer offers a production incentive program.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other areas of Michigan.

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 Michigan, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer anywhere in Michigan, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.

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