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U.S.A – New York

New York 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 New York? 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 New York? See below for an introduction to New York locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

New York Film Locations

The third largest state in the union, New York is best known as the home of New York City. Outside of the Five Boroughs you can find a diversity of film locations ranging from industrial cities, through to beaches, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and small picturesque hamlets surrounded by fall colours. New York agricultural locations include dairy farms, apple orchards, and corn fields.

New York City itself has hosted a wide range of productions including Godfather I & II, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Midnight Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, Sex In The City, When Harry Met Sally, The Dark Knight Rises, Wall Street, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Ghostbusters, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and thousands of TV shows, commercials, and stills shoots.

New York City

New York City is one of the world’s most filmed cities. Locations of interest include the famous Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Broadway, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, The High Line, The Shed in the Hudson Yards, and New York’s world famous subway system. New York is home to modern and period buildings by a long list of famous architects including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, Woolworth Building, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Plaza, United Nations Building, World Trade Center, Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub. World famous museums include the MOMA, MET, Museum of Natural History, Whitney, and Guggenheim, to name a few. The Cloisters in upper Manhattan offer European medieval architecture. New York is also home to stadiums and concert halls, Hudson and East Rivers, fashionable neighborhoods, industrial looks, and the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.

Outside of New York City you can find:

Long Island

Beaches, Hamptons mansions, Fire Island, Old Westbury Gardens, villages, parks and rural landscapes.

South East

Westchester County mansions, Hudson Valley quaint small towns, Catskills lakes, valleys, mountains, streams, wineries and covered bridges. Callicoon is a pretty hamlet in the Catskill Mountains.

North East

Saratoga architecture, Adirondacks wilderness preserve, Thousand Islands forested coastline, Lake Placid Olympic venues.


New York State capitol building, Empire State Plaza, The Egg Performance Center.

Central Region

Lake Erie Canal Locks, Finger Lakes wilderness areas, waterfalls, canyons, and quaint small towns.

Western Region

Buffalo’s gritty urban neighborhoods, art deco skyscrapers, Niagara Falls, Allegany State Park, Chautauqua-Allegheny charming small towns, Verdant Amish farmland, and the Victorian Chautauqua Institute.

New York Film Location Permits

When filming in New York City, a permit is not required if filming does not assert exclusive use of city property. This includes small footprint hand-held camera or tripod shoots. A certificate of insurance is not required.

A permit is required for shoots that assert exclusive use of city property. This includes shoots with larger equipment setups (ie: anything more than hand-held camera, camera on tripod or hand-held items such as bounce-boards or boom mics). A permit is also required for shoots involving firearms or pyrotechnics, stunts, prop vehicles, actors in police uniform, and production vehicle parking privileges. A certificate of insurance and $300 application fee is required.

Permission to film in the rest of the state is organized with local authorities.

Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

New York has a four-season climate with spring in full bloom, hot humid summers, colorful fall leaves, and cold snowy winters. The winters are colder farther north and summers are cooler in the mountains and on the coast.

New York Film Crew & Equipment

New York City is home to many of the world’s top professional creative and technical film crews. There is a great depth of standard and specialized crew and equipment.

Contact us if you are looking for a New York City, Buffalo, Albany and the Hamptons 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 New York.

New York Studios & Post Production

Studios. New York has many state of the art studio facilities to choose from.

New York Tax Incentives For Filming

New York offers a 30% fully refundable tax credit on qualified in-state production expenses, as well as a refundable tax credit of up to 35% on qualified post-production expenses. An additional 10% of below-the-line labor costs for services performed in specified upstate counties is also available. Eligible productions include feature films, television series, relocated television series, television pilots, and films for television.

New York Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in New York City, the Hamptons, Buffalo, Albany and other areas of New York. Some accommodation options in New York City include:

The Carlton on Madison Avenue
Sutton Court Residences
Duane Street Hotel
NU Hotel Brooklyn

Final Notes

Down Time. Eat. Shop. See a show. Explore the five boroughs or take a break and head Upstate or east to the beaches of Long Island.

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 New York, please see below:

Hire New York Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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