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U.S.A – Virginia

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

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. Charlottesville is a beautiful city known for the University of Virginia campus. Virginia is known for its estates and mansions including historic Monticello. Abingdon is a picturesque small town. The Greenbrier is a palatial luxury resort located in the Allegheny Mountains which has a Cold War survival bunker underneath.

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.

Virginia Film Crew & Equipment

Virginia has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

Virginia Studios & Post Production

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

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-Friendly Accommodation

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

Final Notes

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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