Iowa 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 Iowa? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Iowa
For an introduction to shooting in Iowa 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.
Iowa Film Locations
Des Moines is the capital and largest city in Iowa. As well as offering a small city skyline, Des Moines also has the State Capitol building, Tressle Trail Bridge and Grotto Arcade. Outside of Des Moines, locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Loess Hills, and covered bridges of Madison County. Manilla is an interesting film location for small town looks.
For shoots involving agriculture Iowa’s farms grow corn, soybeans, apples, oats, hogs, dairy and beef cattle.
Every four years, as US presidential elections loom, the world comes to Iowa for the Iowa caucuses, the first in the nation.
Iowa has hosted films including Election (1999), Twister (1996), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Field of Dreams (1989), and Children of the Corn (1984).
Iowa Film Location Permits
No general permits required for filming in Iowa. Location fees are typically modest. Filming in parks and closing streets requires permits and proof of insurance. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Spring is generally quite wet. Summers are hot and humid. Iowa experiences tornadoes in the spring and summer months. Fall brings colorful leaves on the ground. Winters are very cold and snow-covered.
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.
Iowa Tax Incentives For Filming
Iowa does not offer a production incentive program.
Iowa Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Iowa has a small pool of local crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Des Moines or Sioux City 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 Iowa.
Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Iowa is synonymous with farmers.
Iowa Film Equipment
Equipment. Iowa 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.
Iowa Film-Friendly Accommodation
Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Des Moines, Sioux City and other areas of Iowa.
Safety. Iowa is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. County Fairs and delicious farm to table meals.
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 Iowa, please see below:
Hire Iowa Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Iowa, 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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