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U.S.A – Nevada

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

Film Locations. Nevada is best known for Las Vegas, arid landscapes and canyons, lonely desert highways, tunnels, truck inns and rest stops, classic roadside diners, mountains, lakes, cattle ranches and abandoned mines.

Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and main film production centre. As well as the world famous casinos of the Vegas Strip, Las Vegas is also know for desert golf courses, mansions, gated communities, and modern architecture such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health designed by Frank Gehry. Museums of note include the Mob Museum, Nevada State Museum, and Neon Museum with its neon sign graveyard. Las Vegas Bunker is an usual privately owned location.

Outside of Las Vegas you can find picturesque locations including the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, El Dorado dry lake, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Sedan nuclear crater at the Nevada Test Site. Las Vegas is also the closest major city to access Utah’s Zion National Park.

The western part of Nevada is known for the old casino city of Reno, as well as Lake Tahoe, with its beautiful forested, mountain roads, ideal for car commercials. The V&T Railroad has as an old steam train running between Carson City and Virginia City. The city of Lovelock is known for Lover’s Lock Plaza.

In the east of the state you can find the Great Basin National Park and Cathedral Gorge State Park.

Nevada has hosted films including The Hangover, Transformers, Godfather II, Casino and Misery, as well as a long list of TV commercials, photography shoots and TV shows.

Nevada Film Location Permits. Nevada law requires productions to be registered with the Nevada Film Office. Proof of insurance is required. You will need a Film Permit Application and a Film Location Permit. These are applied for with relevant city and county authorities. For locations outside of their jurisdictions (highways, national parks, etc.) additional permits may also be required. Many city and county location permits are free but this depends on the size and scope of the shoot. Permission to film on the Las Vegas Strip is organized with private owners of each hotel. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Nevada is the driest state in the US. Summers are hot and sunny. Winters are long and cold in the north, and short and mild in the south.

Las Vegas hosts many different events and conventions throughout the year. Nevada’s annual events of note include Burning Man in September and National Finals Rodeo in December.

Crew and Equipment. Nevada has a small pool of local crew as well as some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire. More specialized crew and gear can be brought in from Los Angeles, only a few hours drive away.

Contact us if you are looking for a Las Vegas or Reno 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 Nevada.

Studios. Nevada has a larger studio facility and a few smaller ones.

Tax Incentives. Nevada transferable tax credits for qualifying productions include:

• 15% of the cumulative qualified production costs;
• 15% on wages, salaries, and fringe benefits to all Nevada resident personnel;
• 12% on wages, salaries, and fringe benefits to non-resident above the line personnel.

Bonuses include:

• Plus 5% of the cumulative qualified production costs if greater than 50% of below the line crew are Nevada residents
• Plus 5% of the cumulative qualified production costs if greater than 50% of the filming days occurred in a Nevada county in which in each of the two years immediately preceding the date of application, qualified productions incurred less than $10 million of direct expenditures

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Las Vegas, Reno and other areas of Nevada.

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 Nevada, please see below:

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

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

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