Filming in Upstate New York

The upstate New York region is no stranger to film. It has been the subject matter or host location to dozens of major movies, television shows and advertising productions. The Capital Region & Adirondack Film Alliance offers unique features and essential services to accommodate a number of film projects. From various types of terrain, period and futuristic settings, urban and small town backdrops this region has you covered. With a robust film community, various office and warehouse spaces available and a local government that supports and encourages filming, IT'S ALL HERE!

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Adirondack Film Commission

Serving Warren, Washington, and counties in the Adirondacks, this region boasts the best of lakes, mountains, cabins, quaint cities, great camps, farms, small towns, winter sports, and more.  Being a vacation area, there are many lodging options.  Steeped in history there are two standing Forts from the Revolutionary War!  This film-friendly region has multiple NYS Qualified Production Facilities and is near our film partners in the Capital Region.  

Albany County

Given Albany's convenient location to surrounding cities such as New York City, Boston, and Montreal, as well as numerous settings, government buildings, and streets that mimic Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C., it's no wonder that HBO, Disney, Showtime, Columbia Pictures, and indie filmmakers choose Albany.  Balancing the big city look with the small-town feel, Albany has the perfect location for any shot you may need.  

Rensselaer County

The City of Troy and the surrounding area have become a destination for film and television productions in upstate New York.  Rensselaer County is home to the world-famous "Uncle Sam" Wilson overlooking the Hudson River and boasting a beautifully intact historic downtown filled with 19th-century architecture, many examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained-glass artistry, authentic alleyways, and industrial sites - perfect for your next feature film or television series.  Our county also provides several rural, small-town main streets and untapped natural settings for filming.  

Saratoga County

Saratoga Springs is known throughout the world as an oasis in Upstate NY, offering rich history, spectacular outdoor locales and city streetscapes, and a variety of interior spaces--from the sumptuous to the simple.

Schenectady County

Known as the Electric City and birthplace of over-the-air television broadcast, Schenectady is synonymous with film and TV production. Showtime, HBOmax, Amazon Prime, and Discovery large, to indie small, have found their scenes in Schenectady. From our 1600s historic Stockade neighborhood and Hallmark-ready downtown featuring a beautifully restored vaudeville era theatre to our newly constructed casino and harbor, picturesque mountains and waterways, a variety of rural settings, to inner city environs and industrial sites, it is easy to find just the right location. Take advantage of the 35% NYS Film Tax Credit with Armory Studios NY, the Capital Region's largest dedicated qualified soundstage.          




For personalized service and additional information, please contact Debby Goedeke Albany County Film Commissioner,
Albany Film Commission, (518) 434-8191.

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