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

Filming in New York

For an introduction to shooting in New York 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.

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. The city is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

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 Rikers Island prison.

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.

Albany

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.

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.

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 Crew & Talent

Crew. New York City is home to many of the world’s top professional creative and technical film crews.

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.

Talent. New York City is a large and diverse state with talent from all ethnicities and walks of life available. New York City offers a limitless pool of talent ranging from high fashion runway models, to famous film and theatre actors, to thousands of extras.

New York Film Equipment

Equipment. New York has a great depth of standard and specialized camera, grip and lighting equipment.

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.

New York Studios & Post Production

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

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
Row NYC

Final Notes

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

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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