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U.S.A – Montana

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

Filming in Montana

For an introduction to shooting in Montana 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.

Montana Film Locations

Montana is best known for its beautiful, expansive wilderness areas including mountains, canyons, buttes, glaciers, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, lush valleys and green fields. Of particular interest are the Rocky Mountains, Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road, Two Medicine Lake, Lake McDonald, Many Glacier Lodge, Grinnell Glacier), and Montana’s High Plains (Bighorn Canyon, Blackleaf Canyon, Terry Badlands, Makoshika State Park, Rock City, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Peck Lake). Big Sky ski resort.

Agricultural film locations of interest include wheat and barley fields. Montana also has many cattle and buffalo ranches.

Montana is ideal for car commercial shoots looking for spectacular American scenery: Small towns with snow-capped mountain backdrops, winding mountain roads and tunnels, long bridges, and infinity roads through vast plains.

Other locations of interest include Indian Reservations, the restored western town of Nevada City, and the restored gold rush era town of Virginia City.

Montana has hosted a long list of films including The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017), The Revenant (2015), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Forrest Gump (1994), Far and Away (1992), A River Runs Through It (1992), The Untouchables (1987), and The Shining (1980).

Montana Film Location Permits

Montana has a streamlined permitting process. Permitting fees and processing times depend on the location and other shoot specifics. Proof of insurance is required. Special permission is required for filming in national and state parks, highways and tribal lands. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Montana winters are snowy while the summers are hot and sunny. Montana is a large state so the climate varies considerably depending on the region. In general the area west of the Rocky Mountains has milder winters, cooler summers, less wind, and a longer growing season. The area east of the Rockies comprises mainly of plains and badlands and is more arid. The mountains have alpine weather with very cold snowy winters and mild summers.

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.

Montana Tax Incentives For Filming

Montana Media Production tax credit program offers a 20% production expenditure tax credit, with additional components that can increase the transferable credit to a maximum of 35%.

Montana Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Montana has experienced crews around two-deep in most crew categories. Bozeman is the primary production hub, Missoula is secondary.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, or Helena 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 Montana.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Montana is also home to Native American tribes including Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Chippewa, Cree, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kootenai, Little Shell Chippewa, Northern Cheyenne, Pend d’Oreille, Salish and Sioux. Film characters associated with Montana include cowboys, wheat farmers, hunters, outdoorsmen, and skiers.

Animal Actors. Montana offers a selection of animals available for shoots including a grizzly bear, mountain lion, grey wolf, Siberian tiger, snow leopard, black leopard, and a male African lion, to name a few.

Montana Film Equipment

Equipment. Montana has all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available for hire. More specialized gear is also available including camera cars, camera stabilizers, helicopters and drones. Bozeman is the primary production hub, Missoula is secondary.

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.

Montana Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, Helena and other areas of Montana.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Take a few days to explore Montana’s natural wonders.

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 Montana, please see below:

Hire Montana Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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