Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania? 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 Pennsylvania? See below for an introduction to Pennsylvania locations, permits, when to shoot, studios, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.
Pennsylvania Film Locations
Philadelphia is a historic American city known for its impressive Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival architecture. It offers a modern city skyline and some great car park rooftops ideal for car commercials. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building is famous for its stairs used in Rocky. Philadelphia City Hall is an impressive structure. Barnes Foundation is a beautiful modern building. The defunct Eastern State Penitentiary is open to filming. Philadelphia also has a large, vibrant Chinatown, the Germantown Cricket Club, and several large sport stadiums available for filming.
Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania’s second largest city. A modern city, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of two rivers, offering filmmakers an impressive skyline. See here for detailed notes on Pittsburgh as a film location.
Outside of the cities you can find picturesque Amish country looks including dairy farms, corn and wheat fields, lakes, rivers, green rolling hills, forests in fall colors, covered bridges, quaint villages and winding roads ideal for car commercials.
Other locations of interest in Pennsylvania include Lake Erie, the snow covered Alleghenies Mountains and the Pennsylvania Wilds, American Civil War battle sites such as Gettysburg, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces Fallingwater House and Kentuck Knob, Harrisburg state capitol building, Reading Pagoda, and the Johnstown funicular.
Industrial locations of note include Three Mile Island nuclear facility, coal mines, natural gas production facilities, and a variety of new and shuttered manufacturing plants. Bethlehem Steel plant is an impressive abandoned structure available for filming.
Pennsylvania has hosted many films including Split (2016), Creed (2015), Jack Reacher (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Lovely Bones (2009), The Wrestler (2008), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Rocky (1976), to name a few.
Pennsylvania 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?
Spring starts in March with bright green fields and cities in full bloom. Summer starts in May and is warm and pleasant through to the heat of August. Fall colors start in October. Winter is cold and snowy in parts of the state.
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.
Pennsylvania Tax Incentives For Filming
Pennsylvania offers a transferable tax credit of up to 30% on nearly all production expenses incurred in Pennsylvania. A stand-alone post production incentive program is also on offer.
Pennsylvania Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Pennsylvania has a good pool of local film crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton 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 Pennsylvania.
Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Pennsylvania is synonymous blue collar steel workers, Amish communities, and farmers.
Pennsylvania Film Equipment
Equipment. Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania Studios & Post Production
Pennsylvania has several studios to choose from.
Pennsylvania Film-Friendly Accommodation
Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and other areas of Pennsylvania.
Safety. Pennsylvania is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Philly Cheesesteak.
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 Pennsylvania, please see below:
Hire Pennsylvania Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Pennsylvania, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Pennsylvania, 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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