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U.S.A – Alabama

Alabama Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Alabama? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Alabama

For an introduction to shooting in Alabama see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Alabama Film Locations

Stretching from the Gulf Coast to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Alabama is known for its beaches, bayous, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caverns, forests, wildflowers, farmland, covered bridges, Antebellum mansions, and small towns nestled in rolling hills.

Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, and Huntsville offer small city skylines.

Natural locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Oak Mountain State Park, Lookout Mountain (DeSoto State Park), Little River Canyon, Sipsey Wilderness, Cathedral Caverns State Park, Ruffner Mountain, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Chewacla State Park, Monte Sano State Park, Bankhead National Forest, Noccalula Falls, and Dauphin Island.

The US Space and Rocket Center is located in Huntsville. The Gulf Coast city of Mobile has the USS Alabama decommissioned battleship and Mobile Convention Center. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is located in the state capital of Montgomery. Selma is a famous civil rights city. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House is located in Florence. Eufaula has a tree-lined main street and beautiful southern homes. Monroeville offers an American small town square with a courthouse and store fronts. Birmingham is the state’s largest city, offering unique locations such as the Sloss Furnaces and Civil Rights Institute.

Agricultural film locations include corn, cotton, and peach plantations.

Alabama has hosted films including The Fanatic (2019), The Death of Dick Long (2019), Get Out (2017), Gerald’s Game (2017), Hush (2016), Selma (2014), Oculus (2013), Mississippi Burning (1988), Close Encounters of The Third Kind (1977), and To Kill A Mockingbird (1962).

Alabama Film Location Permits

No state-wide permits apply. Individual public locations may require permits depending on the size and scope of the production. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Alabama has very hot summers and mild winters with plenty of rainfall throughout the year making for a lengthy crop growing season. Temperatures tend to be warmer in the south of the state. Fall colors occur in north. Thunderstorms occur throughout the year and are most common during the summer hurricane season.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Alabama Tax Incentives For Filming

The state offers productions a 25% refundable tax credit on qualifying spend and 35% on payroll paid to residents of Alabama.

Alabama Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Alabama has a good pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Birmingham, Montgomery or Mobile 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 Alabama.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasians and African Americans speaking in a Deep-Southern drawl. Movie characters synonymous with the state include cotton farmers, shrimp fisherman, good ole boys, and Southern Baptist preachers.

Alabama Film Equipment

Equipment. Standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. More specialised equipment may need to be brought in from more established production centers.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Alabama Studios & Post Production

Alabama has a few smaller facilities to choose from.

Alabama Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and other areas of Alabama.

Final Notes

Safety. Alabama is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Take an afternoon to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

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 Alabama, please see below:

Hire Alabama Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Alabama, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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