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Canada – Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories 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 the Northwest Territories? 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 the Northwest Territories? See below for an introduction to Northwest Territories locations, permits, when to shoot, talent, crew, equipment, transport, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.

Northwest Territories Film Locations

The Northwest Territories are know for vast frozen landscapes, otherworldly looks such as the Mackenzie River Delta, thousands of lakes including Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake, the Arctic Ocean coast, ice roads, the picturesque Ingraham Trail highway, boreal forest, mountains, pingos, canyons, salt flats, waterfalls, and historic mines. National and Territorial parks are home to wildlife including Polar bears, and herds of wild bison and caribou. National Parks of note include Nahanni, Aulavik, Tuktut Nogait, and Wood Buffalo. The Tuktoyaktuk Pingos region is home to a quarter of the world’s pingos. Diavik Diamond Mine and Ekati Diamond Mine are located in the province. Yellowknife is the capital and largest community of the Northwest Territories.

The Northwest Territories have hosted productions including Ice Road Truckers, Arctic Air, and Ice Pilots.

The Snowking Winter Festival takes place in March every year.

Northwest Territories Film Location Permits

Northwest Territories Film Location Permits are required for filming in Territorial Parks and National Parks. Filming on First Nations lands also requires consultation and permission from local authorities. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Spring in the Northwest Territories brings colorful flowers. Summers are warm with areas above the Arctic Circle seeing 24 hours of sunlight. Summers have intense light conditions so camera filters may be required. Rainfall is uncommon. Note, summers see a lot of mosquitoes and black flies. Birch and poplar leaves change color in fall. Winter comes early with average temperatures well below freezing. Winter months above the Arctic Circle experience 24 hours of darkness. The Northwest Territories have the longest snow cover season in Canada. The Aurora Borealis is best photographed from September to March. The Northwest Territories experience the meteorological phenomenons Diamond Dust and Sun Dog.

Northwest Territories Tax Incentives For Filming

Tax Incentives. The Northwest Territories offer a 25 percent rebate for eligible productions on qualifying spend. An additional 15 percent rebate can be applied if residents receive on-set training or if shooting takes place outside of Yellowknife.

Northwest Territories Film Crew & Talent

Crew. There is a small pool of supporting crew and equipment in Yellowknife. The main crew and equipment can be brought in from Calgary and Vancouver. Canadian crews are very experienced in working in cold and challenging conditions.

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in the Northwest Territories.

Talent. About half of the population is Inuit and Dene.

Northwest Territories Film Equipment

Some standard camera, lighting, and grip equipment is available in Yellowknife. All else can be easily brought in from abroad or Western Canada production hubs such as Vancouver or Calgary.

Northwest Territories Transport & Accommodation

Transportation. Yellowknife is the main point of entry by air. Distances are vast and roads are very limited outside of Yellowknife. Long journeys are best done by air and shorter distances can be covered by ATV, snowmobile or dog sled.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Yellowknife and other areas of the Northwest Territories.

Final Notes

Down Time. Try the pickering at Bullocks Bistro, Yellowknife.

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 the Northwest Territories, please see below:

Hire Northwest Territories Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Northwest Territories, 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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