Capturing NEBRASKA in a frame is indeed all those fields and farms and many clichés – but know there are many surprises. Poke around this site. Ask questions.
Filmmaking or media production happening in NEBRASKA might sound curious to you – especially if you reside near one of the coasts. But a production community does exist here.
The paying gigs come mostly from TV commercials and ample corporate stuff. We get the occasional feature film or large scale music video. There is also a nice cross-section of commercial photography being shot here weekly.
LOCATIONS are mostly film-friendly. Credit the people of Nebraska. Good people. PERMITS are easy – when needed. LOCATION FEES are comparable to a medium-sized city in the U.S.. If you are at least INSURED – deals can be had easier.
W E L C O M E
Western Nebraska at the Colorado border
NOTE: Locations on this site are available on a PER-PROJECT basis. You must CONFIRM with ANY location on AVAILABILITY and INTEREST - prior to getting excited about shooting there.
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A taste of the Nebraska landscape from the AIR.
Stock footage Produced by Skyworks for Nebraska Tourism, NET, and Nebraska Game & Parks. Permission from Skyworks August 2013.
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Wheat. Old-school pano
Crops. They are all around us out here. As one of our staple locations, in some areas of the State they are literally part of the neighborhood.
We shoot a fair amount of agriculture (AG) by default (tractors, combines, fertilizers) even if that’s not what the project is about. Regionally, many different non-AG clients (healthcare, banks, insurance) will use the crops and farms metaphorically. Nationally, the tie-in could be anything from potato chips to pick-up trucks.
From late April to November, seeing crops almost daily has grown into an appreciation of their colors and textures and contrast to the land and sky. A special point of respect has been learned about those who raise them.
But it’s just a field, what’s the big deal? Well. If you think that, please turn to the person near you that has a passion for capturing great photography and give them your job.
Since the easy perception of Nebraska is corn, an inquiry I often get is “What does the corn look like?” Well thanks for asking.
Here are some tips about photography and filming in and around CROPS:
- In Nebraska, the growing SEASON is roughly five months. That’s from the time anything starts to pop through harvest. If you want cut fields, you get an extra month.
- The CORN gets going in late June. This Spring was a tad later because of cool and wet weather. JULY is supposed to be prime-time but last year, we shot some stuff in August that was still holding up. The photo below was taken the second week of July.
- For corn HEIGHT, there’s an old saying, “Knee-high by Fourth of July.” This is a decent gauge but I’ve seen this defeated. In warmer springs on corn that gets an early start, it could be much higher. Ideally, six to eight feet is corn awesomeness.
- The LOOK of crops goes like this, speaking photographically - CORN looks best when it’s full on green, lush, big, with the tassel exposed but not dried out. BEANS start out green then go gold, then turn harvest ready brown. WHEAT is green before it’s golden blond (the photo above is from August). August is best for the latter, although wheat fields here have been sparse to non-existent in the past few years.
- PRICES of crops reflect what is mostly being grown.
- Here’s the most important thing. I speak often of RESPECT. I reiterate it here. A Farmer’s crop is money. Just as you wouldn’t want strangers rifling through your bank account, land owners deserve the respect of permission before you traipse across or into their field for the shot. Even if you’re shooting their fields from the road and it will be offered up as a sold image, PLEASE inform the crop owner. It’s the right thing to do.
Corn. Most years, it’s best in July.
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