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.

Clouds chasing Church road NE Jamie Vesay Spring 2011 IMG_0210 WM

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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Also, know there are a few serious 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.
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.
Snow early fall 4 seasons in one day.

There is only a ton I can tell you about Locations in Nebraska. Bounce around this site and check the CATEGORY list. There are many options depending on your needs, except for mountains – or an ocean.  For a few fun snippets of inspiration from around the State, visit these 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.

Western Nebraska
Western Nebraska

Finally, and most importantly, we want your experience to be a great success but we prefer it was also a very positive experience.  So have fun and hurry back!

Locations for Filming and Photography in Nebraska

When you think of capturing NEBRASKA in a frame, you might think of the many farm fields and the agricultural clichés.  Yes, we can get you those…

Field of glory southwestish of Norfolk

but know there are many surprises, including other types of fields.

College World Series 2011 TD Ameritrade Park

Motion pictures or media production happening here might sound curious to you. That’s okay. We’re used to it.

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LOCATIONS are mostly film-friendly. Credit the fine people of Nebraska for being nice. PERMITS are easy, when needed.  LOCATION FEES for any location of scope and scale are comparable to a medium-sized city in the U.S.

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Considerations include: how long you’ll be shooting, the disruption, subject matter, size of crew, etc. Whatever your budget is – please be INSURED.

Wander around this site. Scroll down the CATEGORIES list. Ask Jamie about anything. Reach out. All questions are good. WELCOME and thank you for visiting.

Nebraska enter Sign DeSoto April 2013 Jamie Vesay WM IMG_0392 2

Locations availability are on a PER-PROJECT basis. Please CONFIRM ANY location’s INTEREST – prior to getting excited about shooting there.