It's All About Location...that equates to $aving you money!

Why is Albany the best location for your film?


- Albany, NY is located approximately 2 1/2 hours away from New York City and Boston.  We are approximately 4 hours away from Washington and 3 1/2 hours away from Montreal.  From NYC you can drive or use Amtrak train service with Empire, Adirondack Corridor or Ethan Allen Express daily.  Easy Peasy.


- In downtown Albany, you will be surrounded by streets that mimic Manhattan, Boston, Brooklyn and Washington D.C.  Exciting scenes such as crashing vans, simulated gunfire and helicopter aerobatics have already found a home in downtown Albany.  See The Other Guys being shot in Albany, NY.  

- Four tired highways for great action scenes.  View the SALT car chase scene.

- Futuristic buildings at the Empire State Plaza.

- NYS Capitol has a very Gothic style.

- Parks & Recreation Areas.

- "Retired" power-plants.

- World's only floating and restored destroyer escort - USS Slater DE-766 Battle Under Orion shot aboard the Slater.   

- Albany International Airport and privately owned South Albany Airport.

- Farms, historical mansions, estates and theaters.   

- Rural areas and towns within driving distance right outside of Albany and still within Albany County to garner that tax credit.

- All styles of commercial and residential architecture.  

- Several government buildings, courthouses and the NYS Capitol (HBO documentary Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight filmed on the steps of the NYS Education Building - doubled for Washington, D.C.).

How We Can Help 

Film Albany completely understands that casting your location can turn a good film into a great film.  The right sense of place can make or break a film.  Many times your location often acts as a main character or contains the entirety of the action.  Your locations may not be as specific or detailed as an award-winning director yet, but they are as vitally important to your film as the screenplay or cast.  Send your professional images directly from the comfort of your office to us:

Unique location photos of roadways/tunnels, government buildings, etc. 

Additional location and event photos of Albany, New York and the surrounding region.



For personalized service and additional information, please contact Debby Goedeke Albany County Film Commissioner, Albany Film Commission (518) 434-1217 x100

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