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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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    Rebecca Gibson

    January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Winnipeg! Not to brag, but there is about to be a BOOM here. The community is amazing, so welcoming to production (not burned). The architecture is glorious, there are four beautiful seasons, the crews are not only competent – but tenacious and deeply talented. There is a tax credit unparalleled in any other Canadian centre that was made permanent by the provincial government 2 days ago. Great hospitality, diverse people – strong and experienced producers. It’s the world’s best kept secret in film, and it’s only getting better.

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      Eric C Oveson

      January 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      That is interesting, had no idea.I am sensing there is going to be a big change overall in the industry too, like how many times can you see a film and it’s LA or New York ?

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    Pearl Spa KC

    January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Kansas City rocks!`

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    Michelle Daniels

    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Cumming, Georgia is a great film city too! There’s so much filming happening there and it’s a small suburb just north of Atlanta. Ozark called this city home – there’s other productions that have discovered it, too.

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    T. Bender

    August 27, 2019 at 6:46 am

    After working on such films as MI 3, Transformers 1 & 2, WindTalkers, Operation Dumbo Drop, Speed 2 and other films along with such TV series The Unit, Threshold, and Space Above and Beyond. My wife and I now call the Knoxville area home. I also had a great time doing commercials.
    Now retired for many years.
    The Knoxville area is a great place to shoot lending itself to all film genres be it action adventure, sci-fi, comedy or drama. One might call the Knoxville area a blend of old with the new.

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