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U.S.A – South Dakota

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

South Dakota Film Locations

South Dakota is best known for its vast prairies, pristine lakes and rivers, waterfalls, deep canyons, the Rocky Mountains, Black Hills, Badlands, and Mount Rushmore. South Dakota has plenty of cattle ranches, dairy farms, and buffalo herds. Crops of interest include wheat, barley, soybeans, corn and sunflower fields. The state also has a 1880’s Town Old Western Film Set.

Cold War film locations of note include South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

South Dakota has hosted films including Dances With Wolves, Into the Wild, Wyatt Earp, and How the West Was Won.

South Dakota Film Location Permits

There are no state-wide permits. Permits are required for monuments, state parks, forests, and grasslands. Filming on Indian Reservations requires the permission of tribal authorities. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

South Dakota has a well defined four-season climate with spring in full bloom, hot summers, colorful fall leaves and white snowy winters. Low humidity and lack of pollutants makes for excellent visibility and crisp photography. 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.

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo takes place in January / February in Rapid City. Oglala Lakota Nation Annual Pow Wow takes place in August in Pine Ridge. Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup takes place in September.

South Dakota Film Crew & Equipment

South 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 Sioux Falls, or Pierre 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 South Dakota.

South Dakota Tax Incentives For Filming

No tax incentives for filming in South Dakota at present.

South Dakota Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Sioux Falls, Pierre and other areas of South Dakota.

Final Notes

Down Time. Try South Dakota’s official desert, Kuchen.

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 South Dakota, please see below:

Hire South 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 South Dakota, please contact us.

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

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