Kansas Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Kansas
For an introduction to shooting in Kansas 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.
Kansas Film Locations
Located in the Great Plains region, about 90% of the land area in Kansas is used for agricultural production including wheat, corn, soybean, and sunflower fields, as well as cattle and buffalo ranches. The Kansas River runs through the east and central part of the state. Kansas locations of specific interest to filmmakers and photographers can be divided into the following regions:
Eastern Kansas. The landscape is mostly forests and hills. Topeka is the state capital. Locations of note include the State Capitol Building, and the Kansas Museum of History. The western suburbs of Kansas City fall within the state line. Kansas is also known for its waterparks including Schlitterbahn.
Western Kansas. Dry and flat. This rural part of the state is known for its farming and small town America locations. Monument Rock is a natural wonder. The famous old-west town of Dodge City is also located here.
Central Kansas is mainly farmland and lakes. It is also home to the Smoky Hills. Wichita is the the state’s largest city. Old Cowtown Museum has 26 historic buildings ideal for a Wild West film shoot. Kansas Aviation Museum has a range of planes available for filming including the former Wichita Municipal Airport terminal. Cottonwood Falls is a great small town main street location complete with an old courthouse.
Flint Hills have some of the last living treeless tallgrass prairies of the true Great Plains. The Kansas State University campus is located in this part of the state.
Southeastern Kansas is part of the Ozarks region, with beautiful hills, coal mining, and endemic rural poverty.
Kansas has hosted films including Dances with Wolves, Mars Attacks! and Wichita.
Kansas Film Location Permits
There are no state-wide permits but depending on the location individual cities, counties, highways and parks may require location permits and proof of insurance. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Kansas has three main climate zones:
The eastern two-thirds of Kansas has a humid continental climate, with cool to cold winters and hot, humid summers.
The western third of the state has a semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers. Winters are highly changeable between warm and very cold.
The southern reaches of the state have a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers, milder winters and more precipitation than elsewhere in Kansas.
The state is prone to thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring and early summer.
Ice storms and blizzards are common during the winter, especially in the north of the state.
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.
Kansas Tax Incentives For Filming
Kansas does not offer a production incentive program.
Kansas Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Kansas has a small pool of local crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Kansas City or Wichita 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 Kansas.
Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Movie character stereotypes include wheat farmers and storm chasers.
Kansas Film Equipment
Equipment. Kansas 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.
Kansas Film-Friendly Accommodation
Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Kansas City, Wichita and other areas of Kansas.
Safety. Kansas is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Rural heartland road trip.
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 Kansas, please see below:
Hire Kansas Production Support & Shooting Crew
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