Location Scout Resource: Texas

Location scout resources for the southwestern U.S. State of Texas

including film office information and other data / info of interest to location scouts, location managers and other production personnel.

Texas Film Commission

Location Scout Resource: Texas Film Commission

Welcome to the Texas Film Commission. Whether you are an industry professional or new to the business, we are here to help with your film, television, commercial, animation and video game projects. Since 1971 our office has supported the media industries of Texas, maintaining the state’s competitive position worldwide as a production destination. We are ready to show you what Texas—and Texans—have to offer!

Write a Letter!

Texas Film Office’s sample Location Scouting Letter of Intent

is a good general example of a letter of intent (or resident / business letter as it is sometimes known) you could use as a guide for your own letter…

Location Scout Letter of Intent

Texas Film CommissionLocation Scouting Letter of Intent (Word .doc) (link removed – problems opening locally – RH)

Production Company Letterhead


June 14, 2006

Dear Neighbor:

My name is Joe Smith and I am a Location Scout for the upcoming movie, “THE MOVIE”. Shooting will be taking place in Providence beginning in August 2006 and continuing through November 2006.

Dallas Film Commission

Location Scout Resource: Dallas Film Commission

Official Film Commission for the Dallas / Fort Worth Area

About Dallas Film Commission

The Dallas Film Commission is the official film commission for the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Region and is a member of the Association of Film Commissions International. The film commission is a department of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is a non-profit organization and is also supported by the City of Dallas.

Lake Country Sun

Lake Country Sun | Palo Pinto, home of film makers?

Thursday, July 31, 2008 | …via Google Alerts

It would seem that Palo Pinto County has a lot to offer film makers.

Since October, there have been at least three, perhaps four, crews that visited the area to shoot scenes for some type of movie or the other.

Big Houses Big D – USA Today

USATODAY.com | Big houses in Big D

By Binnie Fisher, special for USATODAY.com

Just how Dallas got the nickname, Big D, is debatable. One theory holds that since everything is big in Texas, Dallas had to be a big old city worthy of the nickname, Big D. One thing is certain, though, Dallas is big on big. Dallas has always loved big cars. The city deftly made the transition from Cadillac to Chevy Suburban as the SUV era dawned.

read the rest

everything’s BIG in Texas, huh? 😉


Dallas, TX at Amazon

Women in Film / Dallas

Location Scout Spotlight – Women in the film and production industry:

WomenInFilm.Dallas – Location Scout Workshop | About the Workshop

The Workshop is a one-day course, taught by experienced Locations department professionals, that gives you the skills needed to hit the ground running and find locations for productions to shoot in Texas.

  • WHAT: Workforce Training Program – Locations Scout Workshop
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Women in Film / Dallas

Over twenty years ago, a team of production professionals formed an organization that would evolve to become Women In Film.Dallas, a non-profit organization committed to empowering, promoting, and mentoring women and men in the entertainment, communication, and media industries.

New York Women in Film & TV Website

New York Women in Film and Television | About NYWIFT | Mission Statement

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women’s rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.

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CraigsList Dallas

Interesting Location Scout Post …via dallas craigslist

crew gigs | Location Scout Annual Rip Off (TEXAS) | Date: 2008-04-05, 2:13PM CDT

This guy is a liar and a rip off.

He asks for possible locations to review declines them all and then YOUR LOCATIONS end up on a K**** W*nghouse C*lendar.

Of course, the above posting could easily disappear into the ether (?) after its allotted uptime, so I have taken the liberty of flagging it for Best of Craig’s List.

If you think the posting is deserving of preservation for future generations to enjoy, visit the link (before it expires! 😉 and while you are on the posting page look on the upper right hand corner of the page where it says, “please flag with care…” and click the bottom link in that box that says “best of craigslist“.

BTW Best of Craig’s List usually makes for entertaining reading.

BTW (IMHO) the jury is still out if CraigsList is a viable source of employment as a location scout or other production services person – I guess a lot depends on where you are in your career? I can only speak for myself, but I would feel much more comfortable looking for a great deal on a used refrigerator than I would feel optimistic of finding gainful freelance employment on Craigslist, if you catch my drift….however, if I was just starting out and looking to get some experience any which way I could, Craigslist seems like it would be a GREAT resource.

On that note, The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) maintains a job board. I can’t imagine Columbia Film School, NYU Film School and / or the film program at Montclair State University not having similar job boards.

Dallas News

Shot in Texas: More wrangling over film incentives – Dallas Morning News

One proposal has a little bump for films shot here and deemed family-friendly, says Bob Hudgins, head of the Texas Film Commission. …

…read more…


Texas – Wikipedia

Texas is the second most populous and the second most extensive of the 50 United States, and the most extensive state of the 48 contiguous United States. The name, based on the Caddo word “Tejas” meaning “friends” or “allies”, was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas. Located in the South Central United States, Texas shares an international border with the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the south, and borders the US states of New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east. Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2), and a growing population of 25.7 million residents.


Texas at Amazon

Women in Film at Amazon

Location scout resources for the capital and eastern Texas city of Austin

in the southwestern U.S. State of Texas; including film office information, facts, news, other references and data of interest to location scouts, location managers and other production personnel.

Thumbnail photo of Lou Neff Point, Austin, TX by LoneStarMike / Wikimedia

Austin, TX

Austin, TX Film Commission

Location Scout Resource: Austin, Texas Film Commission

Film Commission: Blockbuster Location, Indie Spirit

MovieMaker magazine consistently names Austin in their list of “Top 10 Cities to Live and Make Movies.”

Our community celebrates its creative side, and has the infrastructure in place to support it. From incentive programs to an experienced crew base, abundant studio space to topography that can look like almost anywhere, Austin is more than filmmaker friendly. And has played host to 350-plus major feature films, TV shows, commercials and more over the past 20 years.

South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival - Austin, TX thumb

Austin, TX is home to South by Southwest (SXSW)

  • South by Southwest Festivals + Conferences (SXSW)
  • About SXSW | History of SXSW

    South by Southwest (SXSW, Inc.) is a private company based in Austin, Texas, with a year-round staff of professionals dedicated to building and delivering conference and festival events for entertainment and related media industry professionals. Since 1987, SXSW has produced the internationally recognized Music and Media Conference & Festival.



New York Times

New York Times | SXSW | 1,700 Bands, Rocking as the CD Industry Reels


AUSTIN, Tex. — ‘I don’t want to feel like I don’t have a future,’ sang the Shout Out Louds, one of more than 1,700 bands that have been performing day and night at Austin’s clubs, halls, meeting rooms, parking lots and street corners since Wednesday.

New York Times

ArtsBeat Blog / New York Times – South by Southwest

Times critics and reporters post — in words and video — from the annual music festival in Austin, Tex.


Austin, Texas – Wikipedia

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 14th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin has a population of 790,390 (2010 U.S. Census). The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, which has a population of over 1,716,291 (2010 U.S. Census), making it the 35th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Thumbnail photo of Lou Neff Point, Austin, TX by LoneStarMike / Wikimedia


South by Southwest (SXSW) at Amazon

Austin Texas at Amazon