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U.S.A – Texas

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

Filming in Texas

For an introduction to shooting in Texas 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.

Texas Film Locations

Texas is America’s second largest state by both area and population. It is best known for its Lone Star Cowboy image of cattle ranches, cactus and canyons.

Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are the major production centers.

Dallas is a well established production and artistic center. The city offers a highrise skyline, unique modern architecture such as the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Dee & Charles Wyly Theater, The Bulls of Pioneer Plaza, The Mustangs of Las Colinas, Parkland Hospital, sport stadiums and more. Six Flags Over Texas amusement park is located in Arlington. Nearby Fort Worth is known for the Fort Worth Stock Yards rodeo and unique Water Gardens. East of Dallas you can find lush natural locations such as the Piney Woods and Caddo Lake. George W. Bush Presidential Library is located in Dallas.

Houston is the largest city in Texas. It offers a modern city skyline, diverse neighborhoods, NASA Space Center, oil production facilities, suburban gated communities, mega malls and giant supermarkets, busy highways and overpasses. Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is a unique location. River Oaks mansions. Houston has a vibrant Chinatown. The decommissioned WW1 battleship USS Texas is available for filming, as is the aircraft carrier USS Lexington located in Corpus Christi. Nearby Galveston has beaches. The picturesque small town of Brenham is located outside of Houston. George Bush Presidential Library is located in College Station.

Austin locations of interest include quirky neighborhoods, Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racecourse, the State Capitol building, Colorado River, Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, Congress Avenue Bridge Bats, and Enchanted Rock. The SXSW Festival takes place in March. Outside of Austin, the Texas Hill Country has beautiful forests, rivers and lakes. Dazed and Confused (1993) filmed mostly in Austin. LBJ Presidential Library is located in Austin.

San Antonio is known for its canals, the Alamo and old Spanish missions.

El Paso. The gateway to West Texas, El Paso is a drive away from beautiful natural locations such as Big Bend National Park and Huecos Tanks. West Texas has many infinity roads through rugged, desert landscapes. The artistic town of Marfa is also located in this part of Texas.

Amarillo is the largest city in the Texas Panhandle. Outside of Amarillo you can find Roscoe Wind Farm one of the largest wind farms in the world, oil industry facilities, and Palo Duro Canyon for Wild West looks. Robert Bruno’s UFO Steel House is located near Lubbock.

Just outside of Abilene you can find some of the world’s largest wind farms including Horse Hollow Wind Energy Centre, Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm, Sweetwater Wind Farm, and Buffalo Gap Wind Farm.

Texas has a long growing season. Agricultural locations of interest include cotton, corn, wheat, and sunflower fields. The state has many cattle ranches, dairy farms, hog farms, as well as oil and natural gas facilities.

Texas has hosted a long list of productions including Midnight Cowboy, RoboCop, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Dazed and Confused (1993), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Bernie, to name a few.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) filmed in locations including Denton, Georgetown, Lockhart, Manor, Pflugerville, and Austin.

Texas Film Location Permits

No state-wide permits required. Public location permits may be required on the local level. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Texas weather is good for year-round filming. The eastern half of Texas is humid subtropical, the western half is semi-arid. Summers are hot and winters are mild. The east coast is subject to hurricanes in the summer months.

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.

Texas Tax Incentives For Filming

Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) offers Film And TV projects cash grants of up to 22.5% of qualifying spend. Commercials may qualify for grants of up to 10%. Video game projects may qualify for grants of up to 20%. Reality TV Projects may qualify for grants of up to 10%.

Some cities offer incentives in addition to the above. The Supplemental San Antonio Film Incentive also offers qualifying projects a 7.5% rebate on approved San Antonio spend.

Texas Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Texas has a good pool of locally available film crew. Dallas, Houston and Austin are the main production service centers.

Contact us if you are looking for a Dallas, Houston, Austin, or San Antonio 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 Texas.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian, Latino and African American. Houston is a large and diverse city with talent from all ethnicities and walks of life available. Film characters associated with Texas include cowboys, oilmen, bull riders, country music musicians, Evangelical pastors, college football fans, storm chasers, Mexican families, and barbecue-eating-big-truck-driving-gun-owning types.

Texas Film Equipment

Equipment. Texas has a good pool of standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally.

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.

Texas Studios & Post Production

Studios. Texas has several impressive state of the art studio facilities. Texas also offers visiting productions permanent sets including Western towns, Spanish missions, ranches and corrals, a Mexican village, and a Middle Eastern town.

Texas Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and other areas of Texas.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Texas BBQ and Tex-mex.

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 Texas, please see below:

Hire Texas Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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