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U.S.A – District of Columbia

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

Filming in District of Columbia

For an introduction to shooting in District of Columbia 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.

District of Columbia Film Locations

The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC, is home to the White House, United States Capitol, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Museums and monuments of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, and the most recently built Museum of African American History.

Washington DC is home to many impressive buildings including the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Archives, Carnegie Library, Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Georgetown University campus, Washington Union Station, Intelsat Headquarters, Newseum, Washington National Cathedral, and several impressive hotels including the Watergate.

Washington DC also offers filmmakers and photographers several impressive parks, the Potomac River, interesting neighborhoods, metro stations, and sport stadiums.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated around the city each spring in March and April.

The District of Columbia has hosted productions such as House of Cards, Homeland, Argo, Transformers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Syriana, Minority Report, The Exorcist, Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Firm (1993), Patriot Games (1992), and A Few Good Men (1992), to name a few.

District of Columbia Film Location Permits

District of Columbia Film Location Permits are required for filming on public property. Basic film permit requests are usually processed the same day. Cost of film permits depends on the number of crew and talent. Permits for stills shoots are $150 per project. Additional permits may be required by District agencies. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

District of Columbia has a typical four-season climate with warm springs, hot humid summers, fall colors, and cold winters with occasional snow.

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.

District of Columbia Tax Incentives For Filming

The District of Columbia offers qualifying productions including movies, television shows, and other video productions a rebate of:

• Up to 35% of the company’s qualified production expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District;
• Up to 21% of the company’s qualified production expenditures spent in the District of Columbia with District of Columbia registered vendors, cast, or crew; but not subject to taxation in the District;
• Up to 30% of the company’s qualified personnel expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District (resident cast and crew);
• Up to 10% of the company’s qualified personnel expenditures that are not subject to taxation in the District (non-resident cast and crew);
• Up to 50% of the company’s qualified job training expenditures; and
• Up to 25% of the company’s base infrastructure investment; provided the facility is primarily used for business functions related to media production or postproduction activity.

To qualify, an approved applicant must spend at least $250,000 directly in the District of Columbia.

District of Columbia Film Crew & Talent

Crew. The mid-Atlantic region has a good pool of crew to choose from.

Contact us if you are looking for a Washington DC 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 the District of Columbia.

Talent. District of Columbia has a majority African American population. As the nation’s capital, Washington DC is the place to come to film lawmakers and historical spaces.

District of Columbia Film Equipment

Equipment. Washington DC offers locally based standard camera, grip and lighting gear.

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.

District of Columbia Studios & Post Production

There are several good facilities in the mid-Atlantic region.

District of Columbia Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Washington DC.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Explore America’s history at Washington DC’s many museums and monuments.

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 Washington DC, please see below:

Hire District of Columbia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in District of Columbia, 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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