Washington 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 Washington? 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 Washington? See below for an introduction to Washington locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.
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.
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.
Washington has hosted productions including Twin Peaks, Twilight, Captain Fantastic, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Deer Hunter, The Hunt for Red October, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and An Officer and a Gentleman.
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.
Crews and equipment. Washington has a small pool of locally based camera, grip and lighting crew and gear.
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.
Tax Incentives. 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.
Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Seattle, Spokane, Walla Walla, Yakima and other areas of Washington.
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:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer anywhere in Washington, please contact us.
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Down Time. Visit the San Juan Islands.