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U.S.A – Minnesota

Minnesota Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Minnesota? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Minnesota? See below for an introduction to Minnesota locations, permits, when to shoot, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

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, Grumpy Old Men, The Good Son, 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.

Minnesota Film Crew & Equipment

Minnesota has a small pool of local crew as well as standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

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-Friendly Accommodation

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

Final Notes

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.