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U.S.A – Michigan

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

Filming in Michigan

For an introduction to shooting in Michigan 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.

Michigan Film Locations

Detroit, the city that gave birth to the American automobile industry and Motown music, is the largest city in Michigan. The city’s skyline is home to a variety of impressive architectural styles. Structures of particular interest include the GM Renaissance Center, Penobscot Building, Cadillac Place, Detroit Athletic Club, Hart Plaza, David Stott Building, Wayne County Courthouse, Guardian Building, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Fisher Theater and Building, Old Detroit Free Press Building, Book Tower, Ambassador Bridge, and several large sport stadiums. Post-industrialism and economic decline has left entire neighborhoods abandoned and many buildings derelict. Architectural ruins of interest include Michigan Central Station, Harbor Terminal Building, Packard Plant, Old Michigan Theater, several abandoned skyscrapers, and the dilapidated mansions of Brush Park. Detroit’s recent rejuvenation is seeing urban farms and trendy neighborhoods popping up.

Outside of Detroit locations of interest include Lake Erie, Lake Sinclair, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, smaller lakes, beaches, rivers, forests, waterfalls, many different lighthouses, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, railroads and steam trains, covered bridges, colleges and university campuses, beautiful mansions, abandoned industrial looks, ski resorts, Terrace Point building, Michigan’s Adventure amusement park, Michigan State Capitol building, Livonia City Hall, Dutch Mill, golf courses, Colonial Michilimackinac, small town America looks, Broad Art Museum, Steelcase Inc building, USS Edson decommissioned destroyer.

Michigan’s agricultural looks of interest include dairy farms, cheese producers, corn fields, as well as apple, blueberry, and cherry orchards.

Michigan has hosted a long list of films including It Follows, Gran Torino, Robocop, Beverly Hills Cop and The Evil Dead.

Michigan Film Location Permits

Permits are required for filming on federal, state and tribal property. Special permits are required for highways, national parks and historical sites. Military sites will also require security clearances. Proof of insurance is also required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Southern and central Michigan has a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters. Northern Michigan has a more severe climate with warm, short summers and long very cold, snowy winters.

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.

Michigan Tax Incentives For Filming

Michigan does not offer a production incentive program.

Michigan Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Michigan has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

Contact us if you are looking for a Detroit, Grand Rapids, or Lansing 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 Michigan.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Film characters associated with Michigan include blue collar autoworkers and dairy farmers.

Michigan Film Equipment

Equipment. Michigan 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.

Michigan Studios & Post Production

Studios. Michigan has several studios to choose from including Michigan Motion Picture Studios which hosted Transformers: Age of Extinction and Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Michigan Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other areas of Michigan.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Explore Detroit.

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 Michigan, please see below:

Hire Michigan Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.