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U.S.A – Washington

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

Filming in Washington

For an introduction to shooting in Washington 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.

Washington Film Locations

Washington is best known for Pacific North West rainforests, the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Peninsula’s black sand beaches and deep forests (Hall of Mosses, The Tree of Life in Kalaloch), fishing villages, lighthouses, snow-capped mountains (Mt Rainier, Mt Baker and Mt St Helens), quaint mountain towns, rivers (Snake, Columbia), dams (Bonneville, Chief Joseph, Diablo, Grand Coulee), waterfalls (Snoqualmie, Palouse, Bridal Veil, Christine, Sunset, Crystal), lakes, and bridges. Leavenworth is a charming town that looks like a Bavarian village. The largest Native Indian reservations are Yakama Indian Reservation and Colville Indian Reservation. 

Washington’s agricultural locations of interest include dairy farms, potato fields, vineyards, pear, apple and cherry orchards, and beautiful rolling wheat fields in Palouse.

Seattle is Washington’s largest city and main production center. The city offers a modern city skyline, busy harbor and mountain backdrop. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Pike Place Market, Amazon Spheres, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Public Library, Future of Flight Aviation Center, Gas Works Park, unique neighborhoods, city parks, luxury apartments, marinas, Tacoma shipping port, and the decommissioned destroyer USS Turner Joy. Kerry Park has impressive Seattle skyline views. Capitol Hill is a trendy neighborhood.

Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River. It is the largest suburb of Portland, Oregon. Just outside of Vancouver you can find the picturesque Cedar Creek Grist Mill.

Washington has hosted productions including Captain Fantastic (2016), Twilight (2008), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Twin Peaks (1990), The Hunt for Red October (1990), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1981), and The Deer Hunter (1978). 

Washington 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. A Seattle City Film Permit covers filming on all city owned property and costs $25/day. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Seattle has mild but very rainy winters and warm, pleasant summers with long daylight hours. East of the Cascade Mountain range is semi-arid. Some mountains are snow covered throughout the year. The best time of year to film the salmon varies on the location.

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.

Washington Tax Incentives For Filming

Washington offers qualifying productions a cash rebate of up to 35% for motion pictures and episodic series. Commercials may also qualify for a cash rebate of 15% for qualifying local spend or up to 25% if a first time visitor, working with a local production house. Some non-resident labor may qualify for a return of up to 15%. To qualify, minimum in-state spend is $500,000 for motion pictures, $300,000 for episodic series (per episode), and $150,000 for commercials. Visit Washington Filmworks for more information.

Washington Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Washington has a good pool of locally based film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Seattle, Spokane, or Walla Walla 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 Washington.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasian, Asian, African American, and Native Americans. Seattle is an ethnically diverse city. Film characters one might associate with Washington include tech billionaires, raincoat wearing pot smoking environmentalists hippies, coffee connoisseurs, craft beer brewers, lumberjacks, fishermen, and outdoorsy types like trail runners, mountain bikers, skiers, and rock climbers.

Washington Film Equipment

Equipment. Washington offers a good pool of 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.

Washington Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Seattle, Spokane, Walla Walla, Yakima and other areas of Washington.

Final Notes

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

Down Time. Visit the San Juan Islands.

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 Washington, please see below:

Hire Washington Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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