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U.S.A – Virginia

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

Filming in Virginia

For an introduction to shooting in Virginia 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.

Virginia Film Locations

Virginia is one of America’s most historic and scenic states.

The state has over 250 American Civil War sites, including the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond. Other historic locations include the Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia Air and Space Center, Chesapeake Bay, the decommissioned USS Wisconsin, and inactive U.S. Navy auxiliary ships of the James River Reserve Fleet. Virginia is also home to impressive historic hotels including the Williamsburg Inn, Cavalier Hotel, Jefferson Hotel, Omni Homestead Resort, and Hotel Roanoke. Charlottesville is a beautiful city known for the University of Virginia campus. Abingdon is a picturesque small town. Virginia is known for its estates and mansions including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is located at Mount Vernon. James Madison’s Montpelier is located in Orange County. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is located in Staunton.

State Farm is a 3000 acre historic backlot featuring a period farm, wharf, sailing ship, paddle wheeler, battlefields, jail, and pristine landscapes, a short 30 minute drive from Richmond.

The breathtaking Appalachian Mountains and Shenandoah Valley offer forests, rivers, covered bridges and scenic roads ideal for car commercials. The eastern part of the state has beaches.

Agricultural looks of interest include picturesque farms, green rolling fields, tobacco plantations, chicken farms, soybean fields, apple orchards, and vineyards.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is an interesting location used in Mission: Impossible III.

Films shot in Virginia include Argo, Lincoln, Dirty Dancing, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and The New World.

Virginia 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?

Virginia in the eastern and southern areas tends to be milder in the winter and warmer in the summer. Mountain areas and the western side of the state have snowy winter seasons and are cooler in the summer. October / November is the best time to find fall colors.

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.

Virginia Tax Incentives For Filming

Virginia offers a refundable tax credit of 15% on qualifying local spend. If the production is filmed in an economically distressed area of the Commonwealth the base credit is increased to 20% of qualifying expenses. An additional refundable credit equal to 10% of the total aggregate payroll for Virginia residents may be earned when total production costs in Virginia are between $250,000 and $1 million. This additional credit is increased to 20% of the aggregate payroll for Virginia residents when total production costs in Virginia exceed $1 million. A production may also earn an additional 10% of payroll paid to Virginia residents employed for the first time as actors or crew members. Virginia also offers a discretionary grant program, an exemption from the state sales & use tax, currently 4%, and a lodging tax exemption on hotel or motel stays after 90 consecutive days. Visit the Virginia Film Office for up to date information.

Virginia Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Virginia has a good pool of local film.

Contact us if you are looking for a Richmond, Charlottesville, or Norfolk 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 Virginia.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Film characters one might associate with Virginia include gentleman farmers, Historical tour guides, navy recruits, deer hunters, and DC suburbanites.

Virginia Film Equipment

Equipment. Virginia offers standard camera, grip, and lighting equipment 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.

Virginia Studios & Post Production

Studios. Virginia has several studios to choose from. There is a period wharf set available for filming.

Virginia Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk and other areas of Virginia.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Home to over 200 wineries, Virginia has a taste for everybody.

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 Virginia, please see below:

Hire Virginia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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