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SUMMER 2014

 
FILMING ON STATE OWNED PROPERTY

The state of Nebraska operates and manages many properties across the state. There are 14 agencies within state government that manage these public properties.   For example, often state parks are a request for location media activity.  If you are interested in the possibility of capturing a scene at a state-owned facility, please give us a call first. We will help you find the correct contact and liaison for that particular property.  

Getting to the right people in a timely fashion is essential.  Lead-times will vary depending on the request and location.  Certain fees may apply depending upon your physical needs and time of shoot. Filming on public property may require a valid certificate of insurance. Please fill out a registration form by clicking on the link “Project Registration” and we will help you through the process.  Please keep these actions in mind as you plan and develop your project and coordinate your locations and include plenty of lead time.

 

CASTING CALL!

CASTING FOR LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE!  THE NEBRASKA FILM OFFICE HAS RECEIVED THIS MISSIVE REQUESTING CASTING ASSISTANCE FOR THE LEAD ROLE IN A FEATURE MOTION PICTURE.  PLEASE READ BELOW AND CONTACT DEBBIE DELISI IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.  CONTACT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED HERE.  THE CASTING AGENCY IS LOOKING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN RURAL AREAS FOR GIRLS THAT FIT THEIR IDEAL FOR THIS LEAD. 

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Happy Spring!

Casting opportunity! My name is Debbie DeLisi. I'm working with Rachel Tenner/Columbia Pictures on a casting search for a GIRL (10 - 13) to play "Laura" in the film, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

We were part of the casting team that spearheaded the nationwide search for "Mattie Ross" in the film, TRUE GRIT. Like that search, we're excited to give ALL girls the opportunity to audition! You may fwd this notice and spread the word, far n' wide! We're open to all girls who want to give it a try! Girls do not need to have representation. 

For information & submission link, please go to: www.littlehousecasting.com 

 

[LAURA   INGALLS] - LEAD. Female,   10-13 years old, the smart and spirited middle child of Charles and Caroline   Ingalls.  Laura is a tomboy and adventure seeker living in the   Prairie Lands in 1870.  Laura is the type of girl who marches to   the beat of her own drum and prefers the outdoors to reading and   homework.  She has a close relationship with her family and dearly   loves her ''Pa'' and older sister Mary.  When her family moves from   their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin to Independence, Kansas, she embraces   the adventures she encounters on their journey.  Life is not easy,   but Laura rises to the challenge...LEAD
 
  NOTE: If you've   already taped for this role -- please do not resubmit. Script or info on   other roles is not available at this time.

 

Thank you! 

Yours,

Debbie DeLisi

Rachel Tenner Casting


 

April 2014

Welcome spring!  Finally!  Farmers are getting ready to plant their crops and you should be getting ready to shoot your project in Nebraska!  You've had all winter to finish the final draft of the screenplay and secure your financing, your actors and lock in those perfect locations from Scottsbluff to Plattsmouth.  Your crew is here, your transportation folks, your grip truck, your editing bay, your community support groups, all in place.  April is not the cruelest month!  It is the month to take action!!

Are you looking for networking opportunities in Nebraska?  Come to the monthly Nebraska Film Association meeting tomorrow evening in Omaha, Clancy's Pub, 114th and Dodge, 5-7.  The NFA group seeks to promote filmmaking in Nebraska at all levels.  This month's guest is gubernatorial candidate, Mike Foley and Association of Film Commissioner's staff representative, Nebraska's Amy Thompson. Come and listen to their reports on trends in the film industry and opinions about how to make this a viable part of our economic development plans.

Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Conference takes place this weekend at Mahoney State Park, April 11-12.  Registration is still available at www.nebraskawriters.org.

Shooting feature videos, commercials, music videos, in-house industrial informational and marketing pieces are all part of Nebraska's entertainment scene.  Get to know the territory!  Check out these images that will help you decide on Nebraska as the backdrop for your next film! http://nebraskalocation.com/author/jvesay/

See you soon.

 


 

March 2014

Well, hello MARCH! So glad it has finally arrived. We are through the awards season and now on to business.

But first, a big congratulations again to Alexander Payne and the 6 Academy Award nominations received for his most recent film, NEBRASKA. He is a contender and we will continue to look forward to has brilliance on the big screen. We eagerly await announcement of his next feature film project. Stay tuned.

News Flash: Fremont, Nebraska. Stacy Heatherly and The Digg Site Productions, Inc. has begun to gather momentum in Fremont. A RED CARPET evening to celebrate Hollywood and the Oscars was held March 2 at the Love Larson Opera House in Fremont. A gala event sponsored by The Digg was attended by the Pathfinder horsemen who starred in the recent film, "The Lone Ranger." The additional 75 attendees watched moments of the Oscar ceremony and enjoyed learning more about the horsemen's participation in the film production. It was a good eye-opener for those unfamiliar with logistics of filming on location.

The community of Fremont has recently decided to embrace the use of LB 840 funds for film production, a step that will be qualified through the city at large. Stacy Heatherly and Sheryl Brown have also taken the necessary professional steps to become the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission. We are excited to have a real partner in place to help us continue to promote Nebraska to the industry. Stacy and Sheryl will be instrumental in bringing location scouts and production sources to the area to promote eastern Nebraska as your next stop for filming commercials and feature work. Read further to see the Commission's mission statement and how to reach them with questions and additional information:

The primary goal of the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission is to attract film and video production to the area. The office will assist in all aspects of hiring local crews and talent, renting local equipment, accommodations, rental cars, and catering services.

We will assist in the following:

•     Marketing of Locations

•     Marketing of Local Crew, Equipment & Expertise

•     Creation of Incentives Packages

•     Scouting Support Services

•     Assisting Inbound Productions / Troubleshooting Production Problems

•     Building a Film-Ready Workforce & Community

The office will also be working to provide economic incentives.

The Film Commission will encourage the development and distribution of local productions, develop the Fremont/ Eastern Nebraska film festival, encourage the study of film and the acquisition of film related skills, and support a climate of entrepreneurship within the area.

We are asking that questions and resumes be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Your name will be added to a distribution list and you will be contacted once a data base has been established. There you will be able to upload all credentials and contact information.


OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Tonight kicks off the Omaha Film Festival at the the Village Point Theatres on west Dodge. Follow the news release from festival creator and organizer, Mark Longbrake and join us tonight and the rest of this week!

The Ninth Annual Omaha Film Festival is thrilled to bring the city of Omaha another stellar line-up of independent films and conference panelists at our new home at the Village Pointe Theatre – 304 North 174th Street.

OFF '14 begins Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm with the Opening Night Film fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Obvious Child” starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, and Richard Kind. http://sched.co/1bLfK0J

Synopsis:
"Obvious Child" is an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life. Forever nudged by her parents to make better choices, Donna's forced to do just that when a one-night stand leads to a difficult decision that does and does not define the rest of her life. Though confident in her choice, Donna must gain the confidence to believe in her talent, herself, and the best in those around her, especially one surprisingly decent guy who just might make this the worst/best Valentine's Day ever.

This year’s festival features 92 films from 20 countries and includes 20 narrative feature films, 8 feature length documentaries, and 64 short films in 8 short film programs.

In addition to the films we’re excited to bring you this year’s conference which highlights our second annual Writer’s Theatre as well as conference panel sessions with writers Leslie Dixon (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Pay it Forward,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Hairspray,” and “Limitless”) and Steve Faber (“We’re the Millers,” “Wedding Crashers,” and “Married with Children”) in attendance. And you don’t have to be a screenwriter or filmmaker to enjoy the conference sessions! Everyone loves movies and hearing the behind the scenes tales of breaking in to the industry and doing what you love provide inspiration to all of us.

Be sure to check out our website at www.omahafilmfestival.org and click on the FILMS tab for an interactive look at all of the films, parties, conference panels, etc. and feel free to set up your own profile (for free!) and start creating your schedule.

All Access Pass: $90 - Includes all festival films, conference panels, the Writer’s Theatre, and after parties
All Films Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings or conference panels
Weekend Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings, the Writer’s Theatre, and conference panels on Saturday and Sunday
Individual Ticket prices: $8

Passes and tickets available at omahafilmfestival.org or at the theatre during festival events.

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WICKED BLOOD

Nebraska filmmaker, Craig Albrecht's "WICKED BLOOD" is now available on Blu-ray. "Wicked Blood," Starring Abigail Breslin, is the ultimate endgame, as “Breaking Bad” meets “Justified” in the new action thriller! Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah.

CAST
·Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland)
·Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills)
·Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes)
·James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad)
·Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable)

Way to go Craig!

 


February 2014

We are saddened by the news of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one our most promising and talented individuals in the industry.  Our hearts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.  His next project, "Ezekiel Moss," screenplay by Keith Bunin was in pre-production.  The thriller is set in Prohibition-era rural Nebraska. However, the producers were not intending to film here.  It is uncertain if the project will move forward at this time.

Omaha Film Fesitval gears up for kick off party this Saturday in Omaha at NorthSea Films Studio this Saturday, February 8.  https://www.facebook.com/OmahaFilmFestival  Festival dates:  March 5-9, 2014.

Eastern TV is hoping to work with either Omaha, Lincoln or Kearney fire fighters for a reality television program to be aired later this year.  We have been in touch with the fire chiefs on these communities.  It is their prerogative to work with the production source.  However, these projects typically do not hire a large number of locals and equipment.  They are self-contained.  It remains to be seen if we host this potential project.  The community may see a benefit in branding and marketing their fine city to the world through this show.  

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Nebraskan Craig Albrecht has seen his most recent project on the big screen at the Santa Barbara Film Festival: "Wicked Blood;"
https://www.facebook.com/craig.albrecht.92/media_set?set=a.10152067383603283.1073741830.558148282&type=1

We seem to have a number of horror / thriller independent films taking off across the state.  "Fields of the Dead" a feature by Daniel Iske can be picked up at RED BOX. http://www.redbox.com/movies/fields-of-the-dead
Iske and team have also completed the third season of the web series, "The Dead Hour."  A launch party was held last night at Voodoo Lounge in Omaha.  For more information see: http://www.thedeadhour.com/  Way to go Daniel and team!

Auditions continue for Epic "O" productions:  http://www.epicoproductions.com/

Jeremy Lerman and "The Other Sister" had an L.A. premiere January 30th.  His second AFI thesis film screened to a large audience at the Mark Goodson Screening Room on Western Avenue.  Congratulations, Jeremy!
http://vimeo.com/80347579

For more information see our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Film-OfficeNebraska-Film-Commission/542853229132597
and
Nebraska Film Association Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/50324208155/

January 2014

Happy New Year!

Cold on the outside, but warm on the inside.  That's the Great Plains right now.  Exterior locations across Nebraska are well, cold.   But inside, it's nice and toasty, waiting for your next commercial shoot or feature film.  Nebraska is home to not only Academy Award winning writer/director/producer Alexander Payne and creator of the hit NBC thriller, THE BLACKLIST, Jon Bokenkamp but also lots of very talented independent filmmakers perfecting their craft and getting work done inside and out.  A hearty bunch we are.  We're open.  Most of us are inside so we can get lots of reading done including your screenplay. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you find the right location for your next project.  Pepsi for the Super Bowl, VISA, Prilosec OTC, Garmin Asus G60 and E-Z-Go 2Five are just a few of the national commercials we've had lensed here recently.  Connect with us and we will connect you with professionals across the state eager to make your life easier shooting on location in Nebraska.  Bonne Annee!


December 2013

Season's Greetings to all and happy holidays!

 We've had quite a year of film activity in Nebraska this year.  The independent film/digital media scene is alive and well across the state. Many of these films have been seen at various film festivals across the state and country.  We are very proud of our creative people who are pursuing their passion right here in Nebraska.  We wish you the best with your efforts and hope to see your next projects soon on the big screen!

Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA has had a tremendous roll out from Paramount Vantage Productions and Bona Fide Productions.  The movie has been screened worldwide and is receiving numerous accolades and awards.  The director, screenplay and actors have all been nominated by various media organizations and industry professionals. The film has had a major impact on branding for Nebraska.  The movie is not, however, about Nebraska.  It is the story of a young man's journey to find himself through learning to know his father.

Will Forte and Bruce Dern give exemplary performances that are not going unnoticed.  June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk add to the stellar quality with equally impressive interpretations of their characters.  Local reactions to the film have been up.  We eagerly await the most prized nominations and awards coming up in March, 2014.  Thank you Alexander and Paramount Vantage and Bona Fide Productions!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!


November 2013

The month is here!  The Paramount Pictures release of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska!"  You can see the film in Omaha at Film Streams.  www.filmstreams.org.  It begins Nov. 15, a week before NATIONAL theatrical release:  http://filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?View=10&ID=1193.  A special screening with Alexander, Bruce Dern and Kurt Andersen is November 24th at Film Streams, the theater's "Feature V Series."  This is a fundraiser for the theatre.  It will be a treat to see this with Nebraskans!  The film also has a special screening scheduled for Norfolk on November 25th.

Payne Omaha
http://www.omaha.com/article/20130912/GO/130919516#.UnkZn5Tk8aQ

Payne Dern
Alexander Payne and Bruce Dern on the set near Norfolk.

Payne Richards
Alexander Payne and Nebraska Film Officer, Laurie Richards, 2013 Telluride Film Festival

Dern Richards
Bruce Dern and Nebraska Film Officer, Laurie Richards, 2013 Tellluride Film Festival

Trailer
Official Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW_DmfKfSk


nfa

Nebraska Film Association continues to meet monthly in Omaha.  The current location is Clancy's Pub at 114th and Dodge.  The first Wednesday of the month, 5-7 pm.  These meet and greets are a networking opportunity to come in contact with like minds, filmmakers, producers, actors, writers, crew and support services.  This venue offers you the option of learning more about what's happening in the Metro area and across the state; projects that are in development, producers looking for crew and equipment and just good serious fun to meet and learn what others are working on right now.  https://www.facebook.com/events/702607553101815/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular


August 2013

Nebraska Educational Television and the Tourism Commission have completed a wonderful air borne video of the state.  For your viewing pleasure and interest in locations, please view the video below:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD_iSqmypfg&list=TLcch8cl5pB3g

 Let us know if you have any questions about Nebraska locations.  77,000 square miles offers a lot of opportunity.

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July - August 2013

CREW NEEDED!

Things are hopping in Nebraska.  Several film projects are in motion and crew is needed to fill a variety of positions.  Please make sure your entry on our searchable data base is current. (www.filmnebraska.org, click on "Search Services.")  Enter your name and check for content. Giving us your web address is great, but please include specifics in your associations and credits.

For more information regarding projects:

Feature film looking for crew.  Billy Mulligan, line producer for feature film, "Explosion" is looking for crew in the following areas:  

Grip & Electric (1 ton truck and crew) 
Sound Mixer  
Hair and Makeup  
Assistant Editor  
Set PAs  
Script Supervisor
Wardrobe Interns

Filming to take place in Ravenna area, based out of Loup City.  4 week- / 5 day shooting schedule to begin end of August.

If you are interested and want to know more about specifics, please contact Billy and send resume to:

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Production Manager for shoot in Lincoln, Nebraska on 24 July.  

Paid prep, shoot & wrap.
PM to source local crew (about 10 persons) and equipment. We are an ongoing production company based in Los Angeles.

Qualified PM’s (and those you would like to refer) please email me. Please put “PM-NFO-Lincoln” in the subject line.

Please do not contact for any other positions at this time. No phone calls please.

Hank Grover
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June 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEXANDER PAYNE AND BRUCE DERN

Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA has premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival.  The festival jury awarded BEST ACTOR to Bruce Dern.  Many KUDOS to Mr. Dern, Alexander and the entire cast and crew.  There were several Nebraskans there to cheer on Alexander and the group.  What a night, what a moment on the Red Carpet!  Congratulations to all!

Payne

Nebraska continues to be in the spot light for several small independent projects in development.  From Omaha to North Platte, we have requests for information for filming on location and community contacts.  Don't forget to send me your updated resume and please check out your entry on our searchable data base. 

Summer is here!  Make that movie happen in Nebraska!


Spring 2013

Where is spring?  Snow.  Rain.  Warm.  Cold.  People wonder why we talk about the weather so much in Nebraska.  If you are from here or live here, you know why.  It is all very important as the weather can determine your start and stop for filming on location.  We have FOUR full seasons in Nebraska and this one is starting out as a cold, soggy reminder of that fact.  I can promise you it will get better.  We will look back at today and wish for a little of this overwhelming moisture for our gardens and reservoirs.  Regardless, we are here to help you make your project happen, indoors or out!

This leads me to request your attention to upcoming projects this year.  We are in preparation for several projects this year that will need full crew complement and actors.  The Nebraska Film Office is happy to help with crew and resource information for pre-production and physical production.  Some of you are aware we keep a searchable data base on this site, "Search Services."  This database gives the non-Nebraskan a chance to see that we do indeed have people that work in this industry in the state. We also keep your Nebraska resume on file.  After the database has been seen by the producers, they often will want to have a resume in hand, or electronic file.  When we get that call, we forward that information to the production source.  If you have not sent your CURRENT resume to the Film Office, please do so at your earliest convenience.  If you are an actor, please forward your acting resume to your favorite Nebraska talent agency.

 

Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is a headliner at the Cannes Film Festival this month.  How swell!  He is in competition with the movie for the Palme d'or award, the most prestigious award offered at this venue.  We wish him and Paramount Pictures and Albert and Ron with BonaFide Productions the best and much success with the film. The movie filmed on location in Nebraska last fall.   We EEEEagerly await the film's Nebraska premiere sometime soon.

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Winter 2013

Warm, cold, windy, clear, cloudy; all parts of Nebraska in the winter and the exciting background to complement your next project!

News on the street says Nebraska filmmakers are busy casting and shooting all sorts of projects.  "Larry the Cable Guy" just finished a commercial for Prilosec in Lincoln for the National Geographic Channel.  We are so pleased he enjoys not only living in Nebraska, but shooting here.  He knows we have the talent and the crew to make successful projects happen.  His desire to film commercials here is a good bellwether for all Nebraska businesses.  "You don't have to look any further than your own backyard," as Dorothy would say, to find a location to suit your filming needs.  Expense of travel and production resources are minimized by utilizing Nebraska's vast and varied look.  Film ON!

Darden Entertainment, LLC has just completed a short, "Curtain Closes."  Oberon Entertainment, LLC provided the production services for this drama based on selected scenes from the full-length screenplay MOVIE USHERS by Scott Darden.  This teaser was created to generate interest in producing the full feature film.  For more information contact Scott Darden or Mark Hoeger, 402-502-3456.  Tyler Schmid, Josh Weixleman and Dale Schumacher of Midnight Frights production company have been busy filming in Lincoln.  We wish them the best and look forward to the release of "Remission" later this year:  contact Tyler Schmid, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more informaiton.

The movie "Nebraska," filmed on location recently, is busy in post-production.  Alexander Payne's movie projected release is later this year and we are all very anxious to see this on the silver screen.

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December 2012

Season's Greetings to all! With 2012 almost behind us, we have much to be thankful for in Nebraska.

The year has been filled with independent filming of a variety of projects. The majority of them seem to be in the popular horror genre. There have been some very insightful works and documentaries to complement the well-rounded productions. As we receive the production information from the local producers, we include this information on our "Filmed In Nebraska" page. Please continue to send us your information so we might keep this page current. Hats off to those of you who have put the baby on the disc and entering festivals across the country and outside of the USA. Don't forget the Annual Omaha Film Festival, http://www.omahafilmfestival.org/. This has become a wonderful venue for local, regional and national filmmakers and screenwriters. Bloom where you are planted!

We couldn't complete a greeting without acknowledging our very own Alexander Payne, Bona Fide Productions and Paramount Pictures. The film "Nebraska" completed their physical production on location work in Nebraska on November 21. They moved on to Montana and Wyoming, and finished shooting in South Dakota two weeks later. We look forward to the screening of this film in about a year. Alexander is our golden guy and we do so appreciate his commitment to filming at home. He is from Nebraska. He knows Nebraska. He likes Nebraska. There are a lot more stories to come alive here for him. We can't wait for the next adventure! Hurry back!

If you have not had a chance to read the Leo Biga book he has edited with stories of Alexander and his film career, "Alexander Payne, His Journey In Film" you might want to get a copy for your library. It has some very good stories from personal encounters with Alexander and people we all know. Leo has done a fine job of organizing stories he

has written over the years combined with person interviews and comments from others who have known Alexander for these many years. It's worth the read.

We all have much to be thankful for. Friends, family and beautiful locations within a 60 mile radius for your production. Give us a call and we guarantee you will add Nebraska to your list full of film friendly people and locations.

Feliz ano nuevo!

October/November 2012

Alexander Payne and company have begun their filming journey in Nebraska for the movie, "Nebraska." Throughout the northeastern part of the state, you may see production vehicles and crew setting up the next scene for this major Hollywood motion picture. The film production office is set up in Norfolk, the host city for this spectacular event. The Norfolk community has been enthralled to be chosen by Alexander and producers as the hub of action. Members of the business and private sector have stepped forward to host events to benefit local establishments and community programs. The producers have been most gracious and attentive to this partnership and very giving of their spare, very spare time, to benefit various programs with their participation.

WE are very excited for our native brother to be back here filming with Bona Fide Productions and Paramount Pictures producing. Despite production pressures to film the movie in another state, Alexander's credibility and influence over the system has brought us an awesome opportunity. We are very grateful for his interest in his home state and his interest in helping grow the film industry for Nebraska. We would not be on the map for filmmaking without his presence. Economic impact and soft spin-off of tourism will have far reaching effects while the crew is here and local establishments provide goods and services. It's a sweet deal! 

If you would like more information on this project, you can contact the production office in Norfolk at 402-316-1483.

August 2012

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Alexander Payne to begin filming "Nebraska" in October 
 
AUGUST 22, 2012 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Film Office announced today that native Nebraskan Alexander Payne will being filming his next feature film titled "Nebraska" in the state in October.
 
Produced by Bona Fide Productions and released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars Bruce Dern and Bill Forte. The road picture is the story of a father and estranged son on a journey from Montana to claim winnings from a sweepstakes ticket in Lincoln, Neb.
 
Nebraska Film Officer Laurie Richards has been identifying locations across the state for the project.  Nebraska Department of Economic Development staff and other contacts statewide have been instrumental in this quest. 
 
"We are so happy to have Alexander back in Nebraska for this project. We have been working on this for seven years, and now it will finally happen," said Richards. 
 
Two-time academy award winner, director and writer, Payne is famous for three previous films shot here, Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt. 
 
Filming will begin in October in northeast Nebraska, Lincoln, and several other key locations across the state. 
 
"Alexander is a huge fan of Nebraska, the small towns, the unique landscape and environs.  He is also hoping to hire local crew and actors.  There have been several casting calls and we will see familiar local faces in this film and know local crew and service providers will play a big role in all of this,” said Richards.  “It also means millions of dollars left behind in wages, lodging, rentals, food, and many services necessary to film on location. The economic impact is huge and the soft spinoff of tourism is palpable. 
 
“For this project, Alexander is particularly interested in rural towns that have kept their historic identity,” added Richards.  “We have many towns that fit his location descriptions; it's a challenge to find everything in a 60 mile radius or what we call "zone of production."
 
For more information, contact Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Office, 402-202-1905, www.filmnebraska.org

ANNOUNCEMENT!

July 26, 2012

Nebraska Film Association monthly gathering in Omaha/Alexander Payne
Exciting announcement about next week's networking event! The line producer for Alexander Payne's movie, Nebraska, will be accepting resumes for local crew positions! A representative for the film will be in attendance to accept resumes, so be sure to attend and BRING YOUR RESUMES!! Event will be Wednesday, August 1st from 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Fox and Hound at 120th and Dodge.

SUMMER 2012

Thanks for all of you who sent your new information for the search date base on this site. And particularly, thanks for those of you who updated your current information. This summer we will continue our efforts to cull those entries that have had no contact with us over the recent past. Please send us an "email" to let us know what you're up to, what projects you are working on, what interesting locations you have found in Nebraska or just to say "I'm still here." We like hearing from you.

Incentives for Filmmakers (2012's LB 863)

A municipal incentive to encourage and promote the film industry in Nebraska has emerged from this last legislative session. The passing of LB863, an amendment to LB 840 codifies the language of the film industry as eligible to receive funds from the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act of 1991. This is managed by the economic development office of those communities that participate with the LB 840 funds. 

They have the "option" to use these monies to help off-set production expenses with a direct payment to the local vendor who gave a reduced price for services to the production source in that particular community from this fund. Here is the list of communities that currently use these funds and may have an interest in film production:

Albion, Alliance, Arapahoe, Arnold, Atkinson, Bayard, Beatrice, Beaver City, Blair, Burwell, Cambridge, Central City Chadron, Clearwater, Columbus, Cozad, Crete, Crofton, Curtis, Doniphan, Fairbury, Falls CIty, Fremont, Geneva, Gering, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hartington, Holdrege, Imperial, McCook, Milford, Mitchell, Nebraska City, Neligh, Norfolk, North Platte, Ord, Oshkosh, Plattsmouth, Ravenna, Schuyler, Scottsbluff, Seward, Sidney, South Sioux City, St. Paul, Stromsburg, Superior, Sutton, Techumseh, Valentine, Wakefield and Wayne.

These communities' economic development plans are all different. Some of them may be interested in embracing the new LB 863 as their plan is written, others may have to have a community vote. Let us know if you are interested in working with any of these communities for your film or video project and we will work on connecting you with the right person or group. Currently, Omaha and Lincoln do not participate with this fund.


LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

Check this out! If you are interested in more information about locations and filming in Nebraska, please visit:

http://www.visitnebraska.gov/travel-tools/photo-gallery
http://nebraskalocations.wordpress.com/

April 2012

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – UPDATE YOUR LISTING NOW!

We hope you will take a minute to go to our searchable database of crew and services, click on your entry, and send us your updated information! Follow instructions to update your current listing or to create your new listing. Under CREDITS, please “pair” your association with the respective project.

GROWING the film industry in Nebraska means providing the most accurate information for new producers who have not worked here and to remind those that do work here, we have an active and credible list of professionals who make their living working in this industry.

We reserve this production resource for in-state Nebraska crew and services. We do not print a production guide but you can download this file if necessary. If you are not from Nebraska, we can keep your resume on file. Send as an attachment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PLEASE note the deadline for updates is May 31, 2012.

Winter 2012

Kudos to Alexander Payne and his team for the Gold Globe(s)Ⓡ awards received this weekend in Hollywood! The Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationⓇ has just rewarded his film The Descendants with two salutes; Best Film and Best Actor to George Clooney. Way to go Alexander! Who doesn't want to be in his films? There isn't a person in the industry that does not want to work with him. The faces in the audience told all. WE are excited for him and look forward to his return to Nebraska for his next project.

In the Great Plains, January is typically the "cruelest month," not April, as written by T.S. Eliot in his poem, The Waste Land. The temperature is anything but cruel in the sense of four full seasons. The sky is a vibrant intense blue dotted with hawks and crows. The barren arms and fingers of trees reach up to offer perch. A wispy white cloud floats by. A light dusting of snow covers the ground. Sun angles low as our axis tips north of center. Can you see yourself here setting up that perfect scene with this back drop for your next film? WE can! Give us ring. See you soon!


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Nebraska has a rich heritage in the film industry. From the early work of Fred Niblo, 1920s silent film director from York, to actresses Marg Helgenberger, from North Bend and Hilary Swank from Lincoln, and director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne, from Omaha, the state knows how to grow and nurture talent. Keep your eyes on this site for future information related to the state’s presence in the film world.

Be sure to check out the Nebraska Independent Film Projects (http://www.nifp.org/), Film Streams (http://www.filmstreams.org/) and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (http://www.theross.org/). These entities represent a small part of the infrastructure that helps Nebraska’s independent industry flourish.

Economic Research Associates has completed a study of the film industry in Nebraska. An electronic version of the complete study and the executive summary is available as a PDF file, clicking here. It provides valuable information regarding the economic impact of the film industry at large and analysis of the industry in Nebraska.

Check out one of the many interactive photo galleries featuring some of the state's most scenic landscapes:

Thanks for stopping by. FILM NEBRASKA!
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Helpful hints:

  • The Web site offers wide ranging photos of many Nebraska locations. It's a common misperception that Nebraska is flat! The lowest point of elevation is in Richardson County, eastern end of the state, at 840 feet. The highest point is in Kimball County, western end at 5,424 feet higher than Denver!
  • From rolling fields of corn, beans, wheat and other crops in the east, to the cattle-grazing Sandhills in the mid-section and the beautiful Pine Ridge of the west, Nebraska’s topography is diverse. The state also experiences four full seasons. Crops are planted in the spring(April-May)mature through the summer (June-August), and are harvested in the fall (September-October). Check out our crop planting and weather information so you can better assist your company in preparing for upcoming commercial production. Plan ahead!
  • Nebraska history? It might be significant to know the facts so you can use 'em or lose 'em, depending on your approach to artistic license when creating!
  • How do I get to Nebraska? Direct flights to Omaha are available from coast to coast Nebraska is served by United, American, American West, TWA, Frontier, Delta, Southwest and soon)--Express Jet will have flights from Omaha to the California cities of Ontario and San Diego(Check with your travel agent.) .

So, that's just the beginning. Thanks for stopping. Let us know how we can help make your next production a success in Nebraska. See you soon...
Nebraska Film Officer

Nebraska Film Office
P.O. Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509-8907
402-471-3746
800-426-6505
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