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U.S.A – Ohio

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

Ohio Film Locations

Ohio captures the landscape of both the east coast and midwest. A short drive in Ohio will take you from modern city skylines, to abandoned and working industry, to quaint small towns, to Amish country looks with green rolling hills, forests, streams, farmhouses and covered bridges.

Agricultural looks of interest include dairy farms, corn fields, apple orchards, soybean fields, and hog farms.

Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Cleveland offers filmmakers and photographers interesting neighborhoods and architecture including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, historic Terminal Tower and Public Square, and several large sports stadiums.

Cincinnati is Ohio’s largest city. You can get great shots of its modern city skyline with the Roebling Suspension Bridge crossing the Ohio River. Cincinnati Music Hall is an impressive interior and exterior location available for filming. Union Terminal is a fine example of Art Deco architecture. Cincinnati also has an unfinished subway tunnel that makes for an interesting film location.

Columbus is the state capital. The city is home to Ohio State University and several other colleges. Columbus hosts the Ohio State Fair every July / August. Outside of Columbus you can find the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.

Examples of films shot in Ohio include The Deer Hunter, The Shawshank Redemption, The Ides of March, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Ohio Film Location Permits

The permitting process varies depending upon what part of the state you are shooting in and the type of permit you require. In general, permitting is a quick, easy and inexpensive process. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Ohio has a temperate climate with cold, snowy winters and mild summers. Temperatures drop the farther north you go. September and October are the peak months for filming fall colors in Ohio.

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.

Ohio Tax Incentives For Filming

Ohio offers an up to 30% refundable tax credit on qualifying local spend spend. Visiting productions must spend a minimum of $300,000 in-state. Eligible production types include commercials, digital media, documentaries, feature films, interactive games, interactive TV, interactive website, interstitial TV programming, long-form specials, mini-series, music video, pilot series, sound recording, trailers, and video games. See here for more information.

Ohio Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Ohio has a good pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Columbus 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 Ohio.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Ohio is synonymous with blue collar workers, corn farmers, Amish communities, and hillbillies.

Ohio Film Equipment

Equipment. Ohio 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.

Ohio Studios & Post Production

Studios. Ohio has several studios to choose from.

Ohio Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and other areas of Ohio. Hotels of note include:

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Cleveland
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Streetsboro
Marriott Cleveland East
Fairfield Inn & Suites in Streetsboro
Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Center
Westin Cleveland Downtown

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Eat! Cincinnati-style chili. Chocolate buckeyes. Beef-cheek pierogi.

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 Ohio, please see below:

Hire Ohio Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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