"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
-Laurel and Hardy
Scouting for a shoot? If you're looking for versatile locations, breathtaking scenery, and helpful locals, Phoenix, Arizona, is a diamond in the rough. It is the 12th largest metro area in the country, and it's one of the largest cities in the country by area. Phoenix features fantastic locations, a thriving infrastructure, and plenty of places for cast and crew to stay, eat, and work. With its proximity to deserts and mountains, historic Native American culture and bustling urban energy, Phoenix is a multi-faceted jewel of a location in American Southwest, and it just may be ideal for your next film project.
Before you can start shooting in Phoenix, however, you must first get the required permits and permissions. Luckily, Phoenix is very filmmaker-friendly! The city of Phoenix has its own Film Office (http://phoenix.gov/econdev/filmphx/index.html), and they provide plenty of information and assistance to those looking to shoot here. Phoenix requires a Film and Digital Media Permit (FDM) from anyone planning to film or take commercial still photos in city-owned parks, right-of-ways, and buildings. The permitting process is a fairly simple, three-step submission which includes a $100 permit fee. Different permits and fees will be required if you plan to shoot at any Native American locations or cities outside Phoenix, but if you intend to stay in the city, the FDM is where you should start.
There are additional rules, fees, and regulations in Phoenix if your location calls for private property, car-to-car filming, prop guns that are visible to the public, after-hour filming, use of certain facilities (stadiums, airports, etc.) and other circumstances. Fortunately, the Phoenix Film Office is happy to work with you on your needs so that you can achieve the best possible results for your film project.
Once you have the location details hammered out, what about the equipment and camera rental Phoenix offers? We've already talked about how rental gear is often a more cost-effective and flexible choice for videographers, and for Phoenix camera rental options, your best bet is Reel Men Rentals, Inc. We are based right here in Phoenix and provide an outstanding selection of quality cameras, lights, structures, and other equipment. For the best in gear and camera rental Phoenix can provide, look no further than Reel Men.
Don't forget: when you rent your cameras and equipment from Reel Men, you enjoy second-to-none customer service, expert advice and guaranteed quality. We maintain top-of-the-line standards for all of our rental gear so that you have the best tools at your disposal for whatever your project may be. Your success is how we measure our success; when choosing your partner in Phoenix camera rental providers, look no further than Reel Men!