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U.S.A – Oklahoma

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

Filming in Oklahoma

For an introduction to shooting in Oklahoma 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.

Oklahoma Film Locations

The Sooner State is America’s heartland. Oklahoma’s landscape is made up of great plains, high mesas, rolling prairies, rocky bluffs, hardwood and pine forests, sand dunes, lakes and cypress swamps. The state has more diverse terrain per square mile than any other. About 73% of the state’s land area is used for agriculture including wheat, cotton, corn, and sunflower fields, as well as hog farms and cattle ranches. In terms of energy production film locations of note include oil and gas production facilities and wind farms. Oklahoma is also home to the longest drivable stretch of Route 66.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa are the state’s largest cities. Oklahoma City locations of interest include the city skyline, skydance bridge, Stockyard City, National Bombing Memorial, colourful city murals, sport stadiums, Will Rogers International Airport and the State Capitol building. Just outside of Oklahoma City you can find the historic town of Guthrie known for its Victorian architecture and small town charm. Pops in Arcadia is a Route 66 icon. Tulsa locations of interest include Philbrook Mansion and Boston Avenue Methodist Church. In the far northeastern corner of Oklahoma you can find the abandoned town of Picher.

Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park is an unusual and controversial roadside attraction that has hosted productions from all over the world. The park is home to hundreds of exotic animals including tigers, lions, ligers, hyenas, and many more.

Cowboy churches offer a unique cultural experience.

Oklahoma has hosted films including Killers of the Flower Moon (2021), Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020), Logan (2017), August: Osage County (2013), Twister (1996), The Frighteners (1996), Rain Main (1988), and The Outsiders (1983).

Oklahoma Film Location Permits

Most public property is available for filming. Fees and proof of insurance are required. Allow at least a week for permitting. Filming roads and public through-ways requires notification of local agencies and law enforcement. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Summers are hot, dry, and sunny. Winters are cold and snowy. Forests see fall colours. Weather extremes are known to change quickly even between relatively short distances. Oklahoma is prone to tornadoes.

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.

Oklahoma Tax Incentives For Filming

Oklahoma offers a 35% cash rebate with a 2% uplift if locally sourced music is used.

Oklahoma Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Oklahoma has a small pool of local crew. Best to bring in most key crew with you.

Contact us if you are looking for a Oklahoma City or Tulsa 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 Oklahoma.

Talent. Oklahoma has a predominately Caucasian population. The state also a large population of Native Americans with the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Chickasaw Nation being the largest groups. Other talent looks one might associate with the state include cowboy pastors, cattle ranchers, and storm chasers.

Oklahoma Film Equipment

Equipment. Oklahoma has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire locally. More specialised gear needs to be brought in.

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.

Oklahoma Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and other areas of Oklahoma. Hotels of note include:

Country Inn & Suites, Quail Springs

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Check out the Oklahoma City Stockyards cattle auctions, held twice a week, year-round. Attend a cowboy church service.

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 Oklahoma, please see below:

Hire Oklahoma Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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