Wyoming beckons filmmakers looking for backdrops with adventure sports and a beautiful, rugged terrain
Snow-capped mountains, national parks, recreational areas and sparsely-populated towns… Wyoming is the ultimate getaway for adventurous travellers wanting to explore the unexplored. Located in the west of the United States, the state is mostly covered with mountain ranges and rangelands apart from the elevation prairie – the High Plains.
Cheyenne is the capital and largest city in the state and is home to well-known landmarks like the Lions Park and Cheyenne Botanical Gardens. Downtown Cheyenne is posh, with a multitude of office buildings. The City of Casper is home to many historic art and wildlife museums, of which Fort Casper is most visited.
The third most-populated city in the state is Laramie. Settled in the mid-19th century in the Laramie Valley between the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range, it draws hordes of tourists due to its outdoor sports. Nicknamed, Gem City Of The Plains, it is lined up with colourful porches apart from the Ames monument and City Hall.
Millions of tourists visit Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge every year. The winter scene of Yellowstone is picture perfect, while the John Moulton Barn and panoramic view of Grand Teton are breathtaking. In the city of Cody, one can sample the traditions of the Wild West and cowboy way of life. Old Trail Town is one of the many places reflecting this.
The state of Wyoming comprises much more than sightseeing. When these picturesque destinations are captured on camera, they form beautiful backdrops for umpteen films, commercials and videos. The government and the locals have attempted to make this state worthwhile for film shooting. What’s more, there is the amazing cash rebate program provided to production houses for filming here.
The Film Industry Financial Incentive (FIFI) program is a cash rebate program for production companies of up to 15 per cent on dollars spent in the state of Wyoming during a film shoot. The production company would have to spend a minimum $200,000 to qualify and then meet additional criteria to determine the rebate percentage between 12 per cent and 15 per cent.
Qualified expenditures generally include, but are not limited to, wages, salaries or other compensation for technical and production crews, directors, producers, performers and extras who are residents of this state
Expenditures on goods and services made in Wyoming for the following, provided that each company which provides goods or services is located and doing business in Wyoming:
Preproduction, production, post-production, digital media effects services, sets and set construction.
Rental equipment, including, but not limited to, cameras and grip or electrical equipment
Meals, travel, accommodations and goods used in producing filmed entertainment that is located and doing business in this state
Providing a storyline set in Wyoming (full 15 per cent rebate)
Providing additional Wyoming behind-the-scenes footage highlighting Wyoming locations used in the project (up to 14 per cent rebate)
Using Wyoming props and product placement (up to 13 per cent rebate)
Providing a clear statement in the credits that the product was filmed in Wyoming (minimum 12 per cent rebate)
Other promotional opportunities that provide Wyoming tourism value could be negotiated to determine rebate percentage
The film office in Wyoming can help the filmmakers get the permits, whether shooting the Teton Range on the national level, one of the many fee-free state-owned properties, or the native lands of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Since the state is known for its abundant wildlife, the use of trained animals in films requires permission. In Wyoming, work permits are no longer required for minors under the age of 16. Documents of age proof should be presented when employing a child.
Permits are required for all production companies doing work on federal lands including the national parks, forests, recreation areas and monuments. The price for motion pictures varies from $150 to $600 per day depending on the number of people.