Nevada 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 Nevada? 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 Nevada? See below for an introduction to Nevada locations, permits, when to shoot, crew and equipment, studios, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.
Nevada Film Locations
Nevada is best known for Las Vegas, arid landscapes and canyons, lonely desert highways, tunnels, truck inns and rest stops, classic roadside diners, mountains, lakes, cattle ranches and abandoned mines.
Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and main film production centre. As well as the world famous casinos of the Vegas Strip, Las Vegas is also know for desert golf courses, mansions, gated communities, and modern architecture such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health designed by Frank Gehry. Museums of note include the Mob Museum, Nevada State Museum, and Neon Museum with its neon sign graveyard. Las Vegas Bunker is an usual privately owned location.
Outside of Las Vegas you can find picturesque locations including the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, El Dorado dry lake, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Area 51, and Sedan nuclear crater at the Nevada Test Site. Las Vegas is also the closest major city to access Utah’s Zion National Park.
The western part of Nevada is known for the old casino city of Reno, as well as Lake Tahoe, with its beautiful forested, mountain roads, ideal for car commercials. The V&T Railroad has as an old steam train running between Carson City and Virginia City. The city of Lovelock is known for Lover’s Lock Plaza.
In the east of the state you can find the Great Basin National Park and Cathedral Gorge State Park.
Nevada has hosted films including The Hangover, Transformers, Godfather II, Casino and Misery, as well as a long list of TV commercials, photography shoots and TV shows.
Nevada Film Location Permits
Nevada law requires productions to be registered with the Nevada Film Office. Proof of insurance is required. You will need a Film Permit Application and a Film Location Permit. These are applied for with relevant city and county authorities. For locations outside of their jurisdictions (highways, national parks, etc.) additional permits may also be required. Many city and county location permits are free but this depends on the size and scope of the shoot. Permission to film on the Las Vegas Strip is organized with private owners of each hotel. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Nevada is the driest state in the US. Summers are hot and sunny. Winters are long and cold in the north, and short and mild in the south.
Las Vegas hosts many different events and conventions throughout the year. Nevada’s annual events of note include Burning Man in September and National Finals Rodeo in December.
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.
Nevada Tax Incentives For Filming
Nevada offers qualifying productions a transferable tax credit of 12-25%. Visit the Nevada Film Office for more information.
Nevada Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Nevada has a small pool of local film crew. Los Angeles is a 6 hour drive away should you require additional crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Las Vegas or Reno 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 Nevada.
Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian, Latino and African American. Film characters associated with Nevada include casino entertainers, gamblers, cocktail waitresses, Elvis impersonators, burners, UFO enthusiasts, and cowboys.
Nevada Film Equipment
Equipment. Nevada has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire. More specialized gear can be brought in from Los Angeles, located a 6 hour drive away.
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.
Nevada Studios & Post Production
Studios. Nevada has a larger studio facility and a few smaller ones.
Nevada Film-Friendly Accommodation
Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Las Vegas, Reno and other areas of Nevada.
Safety. Nevada is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Las Vegas! Catch a show. Indulge by the pool. Try your luck at the tables.
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 Nevada, please see below:
Hire Nevada Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Nevada, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Nevada, 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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