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U.S.A – Utah

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

Filming in Utah

For an introduction to shooting in Utah 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.

Utah Film Locations

Utah is best known for beautiful otherworldly red rock landscapes, snow-capped mountains, sand dunes, canyons, lakes and rivers, contemporary architecture, and infinity roads ideal for car commercials.

Located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is the state capital and Utah’s main production centre. Salt Lake City is the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake Temple is home to the Tabernacle Choir.

On the outskirts of Salt Lake City you can find Utah Olympic Park, Park City Mountain, the Natural History Museum of Utah, Bingham Canyon Kennecott Copper Mine, Provo and Ogden.

1.5hr drive west from Salt Lake City you can find Bonneville Salt Flats, one of the best locations in the world for filming dry and wet salt flats. The flat open expanse makes it a popular location for land speed record attempts.

Heading south is where you find Utah’s natural majesty. World famous parks include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Canyon State Park, and Bears Ears National Monument. The Pando Grove (Trembling Giant) in the Fishlake National Forest is one of the largest living single organisms in the world. The Moab Highway is one of the world’s most scenic drives.

Utah’s agricultural landscapes include cattle ranches, hay, wheat, barley, and corn fields.

Utah has hosted a long list of productions including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Mission: Impossible II, Independence Day, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Forrest Gump, Planet of the Apes, Octopussy, Star Trek, Thelma & Louise, and Big Love, to name a few.

Utah 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. Special permits are required for federal, state and tribal lands. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Utah has a semiarid to arid climate, so be sure to plan for a dry climate. Higher elevations receive plenty of winter snowfall. Events of note include:

• Sundance Film Festival (January)
• The Latter-Day Saints celebration of Pioneer Day (24th of July)
• Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats (August)
• The Moab Jeep Jamboree (October)

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.

Utah Tax Incentives For Filming

Utah offers qualifying productions up to 25% tax credit or cash rebate on in state spend. Visit the Utah Film Commission for more information.

Utah Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Utah has a small pool of locally based filmed crews. Salt Lake City is the main production service center.

Contact us if you are looking for a Salt Lake City, Moab, or Cedar City 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 Utah.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian. Film characters associated with Utah include Mormons, park rangers, and outdoorsy types such as skiers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers.

Utah Film Equipment

Equipment. Standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. More specialised equipment needs to be brought it.

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.

Utah Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Salt Lake City, Moab, Cedar City and other areas of Utah. Hotels of note include:

Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Moab
Hyatt House Downtown, Salt Lake City

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking… Utah is paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors. If you’re filming near Kanab in the south of the state, stop into the Wild Thyme Cafe for a delicious meal.

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 Utah, please see below:

Hire Utah Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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