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U.S.A – Minnesota

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

Filming in Minnesota

For an introduction to shooting in Minnesota 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.

Minnesota Film Locations

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul are known for their modern city skyline, Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul’s Cathedral, American Swedish Institute, University of Minnesota, Weisman Art Museum, Mill City Museum, sport stadiums, bridges over the Mississippi River such as Stone Arch Bridge, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Minnehaha Falls, and the Mall Of America in Bloomington, and Lake Minnetonka.

Minnesota is home to almost 12000 lakes. Lake Superior is the largest. During especially cold winters Lake Superior’s cliffs become spectacular ice caves. Parks of note include Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minneopa State Park, Itasca State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, and Voyageurs National Park.

Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the port of Duluth, St Cloud, Silver Bay, and Split Rock Lighthouse.

Picturesque small towns of note include Excelsior, Northfield, Stillwater, Ely, New Ulm, and Red Wing.

Agricultural looks of interest include hog and dairy farms, corn and soybean fields, and apple orchards.

Minnesota has hosted films including Fargo (1996), Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Good Son (1993), and Mallrats.

Minnesota Film Location Permits

Film location permits are organized with cities, towns, roadways, waterways and parks. Proof of insurance is required. For the latest rules on drone filming, visit the FAA website. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Minnesota has climate extremes with very cold winters and very hot summers. Fall brings colorful leaves. Spring is in full bloom.

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.

Minnesota Tax Incentives For Filming

20 to 25% cash rebate on eligible Minnesota expenditures. The incentive is available to qualified feature films, documentaries, TV pilots, programs or series, TV commercials, music videos, internet and post production.

Minnesota Film Crew & Talent

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

Contact us if you are looking for a Minneapolis–Saint Paul or Duluth 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 Minnesota.

Talent. Minnesota’s population is predominately Caucasian. Film characters associated with the state include “Minnesota Nice” Fargo (1996) types, lake fishermen, and dairy farmers.

Minnesota Film Equipment

Equipment. Minnesota has a small pool of 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.

Minnesota Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Minneapolis–Saint Paul or and other areas of Minnesota.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Rent a lake house and take a break.

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 Minnesota, please see below:

Hire Minnesota Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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