Why West Michigan

We know that you can shoot anywhere and that you need a good reason to choose West Michigan. Actually, we can give you six.

Locations, Locations, Locations

We have a tremendous diversity of locations. When you’re in West Michigan, you’re just minutes from windswept beaches, gritty urban environments, dense forests, rivers, race tracks (stock car AND horse tracks) and period-ready storefronts and streetscapes. It’s all right here.

Service With A Smile

You have the West Michigan Film Office at your beck and call. Whatever you need: scouting, locations, permits, or hospitality, we can make it happen

All The Connections

We work with 41 counties and hundreds of municipalities, so your shoot goes as easily and efficiently as possible. We know you’re not here to waste time… you’re here to make a movie.

A Midwestern Work Ethic

Our crews, our carpenters, even our pizza guys have it. We’re smart, creative and not afraid of a little hard work. In fact, we feel most comfortable when we get to tackle a big challenge.

Easy Access

Five airports in West Michigan have flights that connect you to the world. Anywhere in West Michigan you’re never more than 2 hours from an airport.


Millions of people—people who aren’t shooting a movie—visit West Michigan. They visit our concert halls and museums, bowling alleys and bars, beaches and campgrounds, it’s all here. They ride bikes, go sport fishing and dine at restaurants featuring fresh local produce. Hopefully, you’ll have time to do the same.

State Film Resources

Handy links to resources provided by the State of Michigan Film Office.


Urban and Rural, gorgeous coast line and 11,000 lakes will make for a perfect back-drop for your next production. Check out the 80,000 photos we have on-line, or give us a call to put together a photo packet that is tailored made for your production.

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Production Guide

Check out the Michigan Production Guide full of crew and vendor ideas you will need as your project progresses. The West Michigan Film Office will also help guide you on finding the right local resources to fit your needs. We want to partner with you and your production to assure success.

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The West Michigan Film Video Alliance offers the only peer-reviewed crew list in West Michigan. It’s easy to find veteran pros with impressive resumes or newcomers who want entry level experience.

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