Location Scout Resource: Utah

Location scout resources for the western U.S. State of Utah

including film office information, facts, news, other references and data of interest to location scouts, location managers and other production personnel.

State of Utah

Location Scout Resource: Utah Film Commissions

Film commissions and film offices in the State of Utah.


Utah Film Commission

Formed in 1974, the Utah Film Commission is a part of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).

State of Utah Business Development – Film Commission

Utah Film Commission Alternate Link

You may or may not have been to Utah, but chances are you’ve seen Utah on the big screen, television, and print magazines all over the world. More than 800 films and TV movies have been filmed in the Beehive State.


Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission

including film office information, facts, news, other references and data of interest to location scouts, location managers and other production personnel.

In existence for 60 years, the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission holds the title of the longest running film commission in North America.


Moab, UT – Wikipedia

Moab is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States. The population was 4,779 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab hosts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers who ride the extensive network of trails including the famed Slickrock Trail, and off-roaders who come for the annual Moab Jeep Safari.

Monument Valley, UT – Wikipedia

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Bii Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor.


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Utah – Wikipedia

Utah is a state in the Western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th most extensive, the 34th most populous, and the 10th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately 80% of Utah’s 2,817,222 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the sixth most urbanized in the U.S. The name “Utah” is derived from the name of the Ute tribe and means “people of the mountains” in the Ute language. Utah is bordered by Arizona on the south, Colorado on the east, Wyoming on the northeast, Idaho on the north and Nevada on the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico.


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Utah Legislature Film Hike – Deseret News

Legislative panel OKs film-incentives hike – Deseret News

Marshall Moore, director of the Utah Film Commission, said Kevin Costner recently visited Moab and wants to shoot two large-budget westerns in Utah. …

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New York Magazine – Park City, UT / New York, NY

More Sundance Film Festival

ABC News – R Redford Interview – Sundance 2008

Robert Redford Interview – ABC News | Redford’s Sundance Direction

| Peter Travers talks with Sundance Film Festival Founder Robert Redford.

…in which Mr. Travers goes on location to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT to interview Robert Redford. Mr. Redford staunchly defends the festival’s stated mission of, in his own words, “bringing in new work – even rough” in response to a seemingly increasing public and industry outcry of commercialization of the festival.

You have to follow this link and watch the video on the ABC News site – no off site embedding url was provided by ABC News.

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Commercial Directors at Sundance Shoot Online | Neil Abramson Happy “To Be At The Dance”

Shoot Online news article briefly profiles a number of directors possibly more well-known for tv commercial work, or at least known to direct commercials as well as short films or features such as might be entered in the Sundance Film Festival.

Many artists of just about any discipline lead a lifestyle of working in the commercial end of their craft – read: bringing someone else’s vision to fruition (often in the name of monetary gain) in exchange for a lucrative fee to pay for the opportunity (read: cover living expenses, other uncontributed or unreimbursed costs) to create art of their own vision…that is, unless, perhaps, the artist is somehow independently wealthy?

Directors profiled in Neil Abramson Happy “To Be At The Dance” include:

  1. Neil Abramson
  2. Johan Renck
  3. Rawson Marshall Thurber
  4. Jens Jonsson
  5. Chris Waitt
  6. Jinx Godfrey(Editor)
  7. Michel Gondry
  8. Noam Murro
  9. Mark Pellington
  10. Catherine Owens
  11. Stacy Peralta
  12. Dan Beers
  13. Lauren Greenfield
  14. Randy Krallman
  15. Osbert Parker
  16. The Vikings
  17. Spencer Susser
  18. Sara St. Onge

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New York Magazine – Park City, UT / New York, NY


– It’s that time of year once again with the Sundance Film Festival coming up, beginning January 18th, but how many of you know about TromaDance!?

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About TromaDance

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art – in all its forms – is for the people!

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TromaDance 2008 is January 22nd – 25th in Salt Lake City, UT.


TromaDance | Wikipedia

TromaDance is an independent film festival organized by Troma Films and held annually in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. It was created as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival, because the organizers felt that Sundance had become too “Hollywood” by charging high entry fees, showing multi-million-dollar “independent” movies, and limiting attendance.

Located in both Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, it runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in an attempt to lure people away from that well known event. Troma President, Lloyd Kaufman got the idea from South Park co-creator Trey Parker while the two were discussing the elitist structure and selection process of the Sundance Film Festival and its involvement with celebrities such as Robert Redford. Parker encouraged Kaufman to create his own festival and thus resulted TromaDance. TromaDance requires no entry fee for filmmakers and does not charge people to see their films. All money comes from donations.

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