Location Filming & Commercial Photography in NEBRASKA

WELCOME and thank you for considering a visit…  Information within is about on-location film production and commercial photography in Nebraska and  western Iowa.

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There are MANY locations available throughout this very large State. Most you are already assuming (gotcha) but there are plenty of surprises too.Location scouting on any given project is unique. Elements include: vision, budget, size of crew, logistics, travel, schedule, etc. *Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 10.59.08 AMHappy to help with answers. If your project is green-lit and fast-tracked—reach out ASAP for fast answers NebraskaLocation@gmail.com* All location information here is based on professional filmmaking and commercial photography. These processes encourage standards as permission to shoot on private property, location fees, insurance, safety, and legal logistics. 

 

Site curated by Jamie Vesay, experienced Locations Scout/Manager and often Creative Producer. An industry professional for 25 years.

 

The Dodge Street Subway

th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7653 copyOkay, let’s get the big answer out-of-the-way. No, it is NOT a real subway with train tracks and passengers… Nor is it the fast-food sandwich chain. Sorry, but the latter is where you’ll be aimed if you do an online search.

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Shooting north

The Dodge Street Subway is a short pedestrian walkway, which tunnels under Dodge street at 51st Street in Omaha. th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7656 copy

The underpass runs north and south, while (busy) Dodge street runs east and west. Dodge street here is also the Lincoln Highway.th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay IMG_7658 copy

Credit the Dundee-Memorial Park Association, the Dundee School, UNO, and local donations for the recent beautification with repairs to the concrete, added lighting, signage, and mural art (which sadly seems to be damaged (already)).th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7665 copyth_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7659 copy

It was constructed in 1934 to help kids from Dundee School cross Dodge Street.  On that note – I must scream this….  BE SAFE!   th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7663 copy

If you’re shooting here, note the width of the tunnel. It will be tough to shoot wide seeing the wall and subject together. SOUND will be a challenge because of TRAFFIC and it is (of course) echoey. There is the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” to balance. UNCONFIRMED if overhead lights are LED. The street lamps do work. Maybe fluorescent?th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7667 copy

Could be a fun shot of a BIKE RIDER being chased or followed by camera on another bike – or drone.  Please have the proper crew to do it SAFELY!th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7664 copy

It is a one-of-a-kind LOCATION in Omaha and is on the National Register of Historic Places.th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7673 copy

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Shooting south

If considering it as a commercial film or photo location ask me VesaysRep@gmail.com

Nebraska. The Big Picture

Nebraska is very filmable and we’re here to help. From local crew to diverse LOCATIONS that are happy to host, producing your project in Nebraska is – friendly.  If you’ve never shot here, creating your project here will be a pleasant surprise.

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Photographically, the open spaces and giant sky get much of the credit. If your project will include exteriors that feature the land or clouds or natural light: it will be good.

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If your location is locked and you know where you are going, great! A physical address should be found easily with any GPS or hand-held device. But be advised: rural addresses can confuse the satellite and they might take you to the wrong place. Double check this before your shoot.

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There are still a few cellular service holes in various parts of the State. Check your provider. It is critical to have at least cell coverage on the set.

Sunrise in Omaha
Sunrise in Omaha

The State is big. East to west it is about 400 plus miles. In travel time, if you drive straight through in a car, you’re talking about 8 hours.  There is a TIME ZONE change in west central Nebraska.

Dirt & stone. One lane tunnel. LOW CLEARANCE.

Be CAREFUL driving on GRAVEL roads and if you’re here in CONSTRUCTION season, check your routes to set. Here is one map of the State roads.

The WEATHER is the next thing to talk about right after you decide on locations. In Spring, it can be volatile. In Winter, well it’s just not fun. Here is a weather Category link. Please read if you’ll be working outside.

Snow in early fall. Four seasons in one day.
4 seasons in one day.

There is a ton more I can tell you about Locations in Nebraska. Bounce around this site. Check the CATEGORY list. There are many options depending on your needs, except for mountains or an ocean. For fun snippets of inspiration from around the State, visit Flickr sets from Jordan McAlister’s Nebraska.

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For additional intel about the big picture of filming in Nebraska, you can check out a post from KFTV.  “…These days it attracts the occasional feature film but mostly relies on TV commercials and corporate work.”  Read MORE here.

We want your experience to be a great success and prefer it be a positive experience. So have fun and hurry back! 

 

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