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U.S.A – Maine

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

Filming in Maine

For an introduction to shooting in Maine 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.

Maine Film Locations

Maine is best known for its beautiful fall colors, rugged coastline and otherworldly national parks.

Portland is the largest city. It has a beautiful old New England waterfront with wharfs, fishing trawlers, red brick buildings and cobblestone streets.

Maine has many picturesque towns and fishing villages. The town of Kennebunkport, where to Bush family summer, is known for its waterfront mansions and rocky coastal looks. Heading farther north you can find Bar Harbor and Stonington. Maine has thousands of offshore islands. Of note are the Isles of Shoals and Isle au Haut.

Maine has fifty-seven active lighthouses including Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Portland Head Lighthouse, Mt Desert Rock Lighthouse, Whaleback lighthouse, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

National parks of note include Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, the latter being known for the stunning Mount Katahdin, the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. There are many beautiful lakes to be found with Moosehead Lake perhaps the most famous.

Agricultural locations of interest include dairy farms and apple orchards. Maine is known for its lobster fishing and Atlantic salmon fish farms. Commercial fishing boats are available for filming.

Films of note shot in Maine include Shutter Island, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, The Cider House Rules and Pet Sematary (the writer Stephen King is from Maine).

Maine Film Location Permits

Many of Maine’s State Parks and Lands are available fee-free. A Special Use Permit is required. Filming in parks is tightly regulated. Portland city requires permits to film on public land. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Maine has warm, humid summers. The winters are cold and snowy throughout the state. Maine has three main climate zones. The coastal zone has milder summers and less severe winters. The southern interior zone has warmer summers and colder winters. The northern zone has mild summers and the most severe winters. Maine is blanketed in fall colors starting as early as mid-September. Spring time brings colorful flowers and rushing rivers. Parks locations are best filmed outside of busy holiday periods.

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.

Maine Tax Incentives For Filming

Maine offers two incentive programs. The first is a cash rebate equal to 10% or 12% of the first $50,000 of wages paid. The second is a nonrefundable, nontransferable income tax credit equal to 5% of all non-wage production costs incurred in Maine. In order to participate in either program, the production company must spend at least $75,000 in Maine. Maine also offers a long-term lodging tax reimbursement on stays over 28 consecutive days.

Maine Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Maine has a small pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Portland, Bangor or Augusta 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 Maine.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Mainer stereotypes include lobster fisherman, lighthouse keepers, and flannel wearing outdoor types.

Maine Film Equipment

Equipment. Maine 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.

Maine Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Portland and other areas of Maine.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Indulge in a lobster sandwich for lunch, steamers for dinner and a whoppie pie for dessert.

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 Maine, please see below:

Hire Maine Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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