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U.S.A – Colorado

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

Colorado Film Locations

Colorado is a beautiful state known for its mountain ranges, national parks, great plains, ancient ruins, vibrant cities and luxury ski resorts.

Denver, the Mile-High city, offers a spectacular highrise skyline with a mountain backdrop. Locations of particular interest include the LoDo neighbourhood, State Capitol building, Denver Art Museum, Union Station, Denver Public Library, City and County Building, Colorado Convention Center, Pepsi Center, Red Rocks Amphitheater, sport stadiums, and Denver International Airport. Just outside of Denver you can find the university city of Boulder.

The Rocky Mountains National Park offers beautiful snow-capped mountains, forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers, bridges, tunnels and winding roads ideal for car commercials (such as Wolf Creek Pass). Picturesque mountain towns include Salida, Creede, Trinidad, Pueblo, Ouray, Frisco, Manitou Springs, and Crested Butte. Ski resorts of note include Apsen, Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, Beaver Creek, and Steamboat Springs. All are open to filming.

Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Great Sand Dunes National Park (tallest sand dunes in North America), Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado National Monument, Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Hot Springs, Dinosaur National Monument, Rattlesnake Canyon, Grand Mesa National Forest. Morgan County arid high plains, ruins of the Cliff Palace, Grand Lake, Eldorado Canyon, Collegiate Peaks, Colorado River, Bridal Veil Falls, and Hanging Lake. Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a secured facility located in Colorado Springs.

Farming towns of interest include Pritchett and Granada. Colorado has plenty of cattle ranches as well as apple orchards, corn and wheat fields. Cannabis production is also a major industry in Colorado.

Historic mining towns of interest include Bonanza, St Elmo, Victor, Cripple Creek, and Animas Forks.

Old West towns include Saguache and South Park City Museum.

Colorado has hosted productions including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, True Grit, Dumb and Dumber as well as a long list of beer and car commercials.

Colorado Film Location Permits

The permitting process varies depending upon what part of the state you are shooting in and the type of permit you require. In general, permitting is a quick, easy and inexpensive process. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Denver has one of the highest number of annual sunshine hours of any city in the United States. Spring is mild with warm days. Summer is hot and dry and can last right into November. Autumn brings bright fall colors. Winter is cold, sunny and crisp.

The eastern plains are hot and rainy during the warmer months, and dry and cold during the winter months. This part of the state is subject to tornadoes.

West of the plains, the climate varies significantly. Valleys have a semi-arid climate and mountains have an alpine climate. Winter is the wettest season and summer is the driest. The mountains have mild summers and snowy winters. Fall comes early in mountain areas, bringing beautiful foliage colors.

Desert wildflowers bloom in the Colorado Plateau usually around April.

The Leadville Race Series takes place in August.

Colorado Film Crew & Equipment

Colorado has a good but small pool of local crew as well as all of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available for hire.

Contact us if you are looking for a Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, or Aspen 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 Colorado.

Colorado Studios & Post Production

Some local options exist.

Colorado Tax Incentives For Filming

Colorado offers qualifying productions a cash rebate of up to 20%. The incentive applies to commercials, features and TV shows. An out-of-state production company must have at least $1 million in qualifying local spend. TV commercials and video game productions must have qualifying local spend of at least $250,000.

Colorado Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Aspen, Durango and other areas of Colorado.

Final Notes

Down Time. Take some time to enjoy the great outdoors. Visit Shooters Grill, in the town of Rifle, to experience US gun-culture and grab a bite to eat. Soak in the natural warmth of Valley View Hot Springs.

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 Colorado, please see below:

Hire Colorado Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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