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Arkansas 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 Arkansas? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Arkansas

For an introduction to shooting in Arkansas 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.

Arkansas Film Locations

Arkansas is a southern state known for Little Rock, Hot Springs, Ozark Mountains, Mississippi River, forests, cypress swamps, lakes, waterfalls, farmland, and bridges.

Agricultural film locations include cattle ranches, chicken farms, and fields of rice, wheat, corn and cotton. Energy locations include coal and gas fired power plants, hydroelectric dams, and nuclear power plants.

Arkansas has hosted productions including True Detective Season 3 (2014-2019), Mud (2012), Walk The Line (2005), The Firm (1993), and Gone with the Wind (1939).

Little Rock is the largest city and state capital. Film locations include the Capitol building, William J. Clinton Library and Museum, Old State House, War Memorial Stadium, MacArthur Museum, Big Dam Bridge, The Old Mill, Little Rock Central High School, and White Water Tavern.

Hot Springs is known for the hot springs of Bathhouse Row, The Arlington Hotel, Anthony Chapel, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, and the Gangster Museum of America.

Bentonville is known for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art designed by Moshe Safdie, and Museum of Native American History.

Eureka Springs is a small town with beautiful Victorian buildings. Thorncrown Chapel is also located in Eureka Springs.

The town of Batesville is known for its rural beauty.

The Firm (1993) filmed in Southland Greyhound Park, West Memphis.

The War Eagle Mill is a picturesque film location that includes an old bridge.

The University of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Air & Military Museum are located in Fayetteville.

Dogpatch USA is an abandoned theme park in Marble Falls Township.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is located in Dyess.

Blanchard Springs Caverns is located in Stone County.

Nature park locations include Hot Springs National Park, Petit Jean State Park, Mammoth Spring State Park, Buffalo National River, Crater of Diamonds State Park, Lake Catherine State Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Mount Magazine State Park, Lake Ouachita State Park, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Village Creek State Park, Mount Nebo State Park, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Lake Dardanelle State Park, Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, Wooly Hollow State Park, Cossatot River State Park, White Oak Lake State Park, Devil’s Den State Park, Bowers Hollow Falls, and Ozark–St. Francis National Forest. The White River National Wildlife Refuge is known for its cypress swamps.

Talimena Scenic Drive has beautiful forested winding roads ideal for car commercials.

Historical sites include Fort Smith National Historic Site, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Pea Ridge National Military Park, and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.

Arkansas Film Location Permits

Most public locations are possible and permits are generally not required. The Arkansas Film Commission requires an application to film on state property. Proof of insurance is also required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Arkansas has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The south of the state sees more rain than the north. Snowfall is rare. Arkansas experiences beautiful fall colors in the autumn months.

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.

Arkansas Tax Incentives For Filming

Arkansas offers qualifying productions a rebate of 20% on goods and services purchased in Arkansas, with an additional 10% for Arkansas resident cast/crew. Commercials with a minimum $200,000 in-state spend are also eligible for this incentive. Some city and county governments in Arkansas offer additional local incentives for visiting productions.

Arkansas Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Arkansas has a small pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Little Rock or Eureka Springs 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 Arkansas.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Movie character stereotypes include the All-American farmer and wild hog hunters.

Arkansas Film Equipment

Equipment. Arkansas has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

Arkansas Studios & Post Production

Arkansas has one studio of note.

Arkansas Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Little Rock, Eureka Springs and other areas of Arkansas.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Ozarks roadtrip.

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 Arkansas, please see below:

Hire Arkansas Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Arkansas, 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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