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U.S.A – Montana

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

Film Locations. Montana is best known for its beautiful, expansive wilderness areas including mountains, canyons, buttes, glaciers, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, lush valleys and green fields. Of particular interest are the Rocky Mountains, Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Two Medicine Lake, Lake McDonald, Many Glacier Lodge, Grinnell Glacier), and Montana’s High Plains (Bighorn Canyon, Blackleaf Canyon, Terry Badlands, Makoshika State Park, Rock City, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Peck Lake).

Agricultural film locations of interest include wheat and barley fields. Montana also has many cattle and buffalo ranches.

Montana is ideal for car commercial shoots looking for spectacular American scenery: Small towns with snow-capped mountain backdrops, winding mountain roads and tunnels, long bridges, and infinity roads through vast plains.

Other locations of interest include Indian Reservations, the restored western town of Nevada City, and the restored gold rush era town of Virginia City.

Montana has hosted a long list of films including The Shining, Forrest Gump, The Patriot, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Montana Film Location Permits. Montana has a streamlined permitting process. Permitting fees and processing times depend on the location and other shoot specifics. Proof of insurance is required. Special permission is required for filming in national and state parks, highways and tribal lands. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Montana winters are snowy while the summers are hot and sunny. Montana is a large state so the climate varies considerably depending on the region. In general the area west of the Rocky Mountains has milder winters, cooler summers, less wind, and a longer growing season. The area east of the Rockies comprises mainly of plains and badlands and is more arid. The mountains have alpine weather with very cold snowy winters and mild summers.

Crew and Equipment. Montana has experienced crews around two-deep in most crew categories. Montana has all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available for hire. More specialized gear is also available including camera cars, camera stabilizers, helicopters and drones. Bozeman is the primary production hub, Missoula is secondary.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, or Helena 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 Montana.

Animal Actors. Montana offers a selection of animals available for shoots including a grizzly bear, mountain lion, grey wolf, Siberian tiger, snow leopard, black leopard, and a male African lion, to name a few.

Tax Incentives. Montana offers qualifying productions a 9% Tax Credit on all Montana expenditure, and a 14% Tax Credit on all Montana resident crew and talent hires. This also includes commercials and print work with over $80K local spend.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, Helena and other areas of Montana.

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 Montana, please see below:

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

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

Down Time. Take a few days to explore Montana’s natural wonders.