The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

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4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bolstered by a nearly 30-year-old Film Office that serves Pittsburgh and 10 counties in Western Pennsylvania with high enthusiasm, Steel City continues to be on an upswing as a film production hub. Netflix was in town shooting season two of Mindhunter while the Tom Hanks-starring Mr. Rogers film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood also began filming in the fall. CBS All-Access also recently chose Pittsburgh to film the pilot season of the rust-belt mystery series One Dollar.

“We’ve consistently been growing our crew base while increasing the amount of productions that choose to work in our region,” says Dawn M. Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. “I think those two—work and crew—go hand in hand, given when there’s more work there’s a need for more crew.” She adds that the Pittsburgh region continues to have sports teams and cultural institutions that are top 10-worthy: “The area is also affordable and is consistently ranked on every top 10 list imaginable, whether it’s ‘the best places to live,’ ‘the best places to start a business,’ ‘the best places to raise children,’ or ‘the best places to dine.’”

Tom Hanks as Mr. Rodgers in the Pittsburgh-shot A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Image Courtesy of Tristar Pictures.

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