Ultimate Places For Filmmakers In US

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Movie making is a profession that requires careful and meticulous selection of places for shooting with good value for money and the same time not too exorbitant. A movie crew works with a stipulated budget within a given time frame.

There are several criterion to consider when selecting a movie making decision which include:

Affordability of rent

Availability of intellectuals in the community

Tax holidays and/or other incentives available for movie makers in the area / state / city

Access and / or availability of cinemas

Price of equipment for hire or purchase among others.

Various cities in the USA have been found to be great destinations for movie makers.

Austin is the renowned film destination of Texas. It is well endowed with some of the best auteurs such as Richard Linklater. It also features the biggest screen in Texas. Movie makers in this filming destination enjoy tax exemptions and the availability of a creative filming community makes it easier for film makers, cutting on transport and rent costs. The topography is also diverse making it a desirable filming destination.

New York presents a myriad of opportunities for film crews with its diversity of culture and great atmosphere as well as its mixture of its historic and modern architecture. This makes the film makers have limitless options on locations to shoot films and people to involve in the production. Film makers can also enjoy countless tax incentives from the city as well as vendors such as hotels and the like where facility usage is involved. New York also has a pool of creative elite with lots of energy.

Los Angeles in the state of California is considered as the World’s capital when it comes to movie / film making and entertainment in general. Tax exemptions and credits are meant to attract more film makers to this film destination but they follow a certain criterion based on the production budgets. The main advantage of filming in this destination is that apart from vast facilities available for filming, there is also a network / pool of expertise and a creative crowd to work with, being the home of Hollywood, the world’s first destination in the filming industry.

Detroit in Michigan State is known for its unique atmosphere with picturesque lakefronts and landscapes. The city of Detroit offers some of the biggest tax incentives of up to 42% as well as assistance to film makers in locating the most appropriate sites for shooting their films as well as free access to directories. Film makers in this destination also enjoy huge discounts on accommodation for crew and cast during filming.

Seattle City is considered as a film maker’s destination for those with not so big budgets. The community here is also vibrant, creative and helpful and logistical challenges are minimized by the availability of filming and other equipment at a central location.

The city of Atlanta in Georgia is renowned for its support of upcoming and existing film makers with various incentives. It is an upcoming film destination.

Other important film making destinations across the US include


New Orleans


Portland and San Antonio


Film makers are advised to apply for ESTA as this helps them enjoy various tax deductions and / or exemption as they carry out their projects. These factors are considered by new movie makers as well as those looking to change their production environment.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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