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U.S.A – North Dakota

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

Filming in North Dakota

For an introduction to shooting in North Dakota 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.

North Dakota Film Locations

One of America’s most rural states, North Dakota is famous for its Old West landscapes with Old Forts, Indian lands, vast northern plains, star-filled skies, lakes and forests, and the arid vistas of the Badlands. North Dakota has plenty of dairy farms, cattle ranches, and buffalo herds. Crops of interest include wheat, barley, corn and sunflowers. Of particular interest is the Nekoma Safeguard Complex, an abandoned anti-ballistic missile system. Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site is another Cold War era location available for filming.

Fargo was partially shot in North Dakota.

North Dakota Film Location Permits

There are no state-wide permits but depending on the location individual cities, counties, highways and parks may require location permits and proof of insurance. Filming on Indian Reservations requires the permission of tribal authorities. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

North Dakota has warm, pleasant summers with long daylight hours. Winters can be very cold. June to July are the best months to film wheat and barley fields. July to August are the best months to film corn and sunflower fields.

The United Tribes International PowWow takes place in September.

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.

North Dakota Tax Incentives For Filming

No film tax incentives in North Dakota at present.

North Dakota Film Crew & Talent

Crew. North Dakota has a very small pool of local crew and equipment. Best to bring in key crew and equipment with you.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bismarck or Fargo 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 North Dakota.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. North Dakota is home to Native American tribes including Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation). Film characters associated with North Dakota include cowboys, hunters, fisherman, oil industry workers, and missileers.

North Dakota Film Equipment

Equipment. North Dakota has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

North Dakota Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bismarck, Fargo and other areas of North Dakota.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Eat. Don’t leave without trying Juneberry Pie, Knoephla soup, Chippers, and Lefse.

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 North Dakota, please see below:

Hire North Dakota Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in North Dakota, 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.