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U.S.A – Massachusetts

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

Filming in Massachusetts

For an introduction to shooting in Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts Film Locations

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Known for its historic harbor, Boston also has beautiful parks, several impressive museums, famous sport venues, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology campuses. Boston also has interesting neighborhoods ranging from Beacon Hill’s beautiful residences to Dorchester, the neighborhood portrayed in The Departed. Each April Boston hosts the Boston Marathon, the world’s most prestigious marathon.

Outside of Boston, locations of interest include picturesque New England small town looks and fishing villages, dairy farms, cranberry farms, apple orchards, picturesque leafy country roads perfect for car commercials, old churches, Berkshire Mountains, covered bridges, ski resorts, Williamstown, Rockport Harbor, many picturesque lighthouses, Nantucket mansions, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, Cape Cod beaches, and Battleship Cove in Fall River. Salem, famous for its witch trials, is also where much of Hocus Pocus (1993) was filmed.

Examples of films shot in Massachusetts include The Firm (1993), Hocus Pocus (1993), The Good Son (1993), Jaws, Moneyball, The Social Network, Shutter Island, The Departed, and Good Will Hunting.

Massachusetts Film Location Permits

For facilities, roads, parks, or any other locations which are owned or controlled by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, inquiries are made to the Massachusetts Film Office. All other permitting is handled locally by individual jurisdictions. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Massachusetts has a typical four-season climate. Winters can get very cold and snow covered. Summers are warm to mild with temperatures cooler in the west. Massachusetts is vulnerable to summer hurricanes and thunderstorms. Spring brings colors in full bloom. Fall creates the blanket of reds, yellows and oranges that New England is famous for.

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.

Massachusetts Tax Incentives For Filming

Massachusetts offers qualifying productions a 25% production credit, a 25% payroll credit and a sales tax exemption.

Massachusetts Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Massachusetts has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire. More specialized crew and gear can be brought in from the New York area, only a few hours drive away.

Contact us if you are looking for a Boston or Provincetown 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 Massachusetts.

Talent. Boston is a large and diverse city with talent from all ethnicities and walks of life available. The state is known for its large Irish-American community. Movie characters synonymous with Massachusetts include Irish gangsters, Ivy League intellectuals, and pastel wearing preppies out on the Vineyard.

Massachusetts Film Equipment

Equipment. Massachusetts offers a good range of standard and specialised camera, grip, and lighting equipment.

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.

Massachusetts Studios & Post Production

Studios. New England Studios are the largest facility with 4 purpose built sound stages.

Massachusetts Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Boston, Provincetown and other areas of Massachusetts.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Head on down to Fenway Park and catch a Red Sox game.

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 Massachusetts, please see below:

Hire Massachusetts Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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