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U.S.A – Texas

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

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.

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. 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.

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.

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 vast wind farms, oil industry facilities, and Palo Duro Canyon for Wild West looks. Robert Bruno’s UFO Steel House is located near Lubbock.

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, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Bernie, to name a few.

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.

Crews and equipment. Many local options exist for camera, grip and lighting. 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.

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.

Tax Incentives. Texas offers qualifying projects 5% – 20% cash grants, depending on the local spend. An additional 2.5% incentive applies if filming in economically distressed areas. Qualifying productions include commercials, infomercials, interstitial advertising, music / educational / instructional videos.

The Supplemental San Antonio Film Incentive also offers qualifying projects a 7.5% rebate on approved San Antonio spend.

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

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:

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

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.

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