Pennsylvania has been home to many film, television and commercial productions— Rocky, The Dark Knight Rises, Silver Linings Playbook, Transformers, The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and more. That’s because our state offers an incredible variety of landscapes, locations, production services and talented crew members—and a great tax credit. And you won’t hear people grumbling about movie shoots because people here retain their sense of wonder and love for filmmaking.
The brass tax: PA offers a 25% tax credit to film and television productions that spend at least 60% of their total budget within the state.
You don’t have to shoot internationally. We’ve got cathedrals scattered across Pennsylvania. And we’ve got Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. And glass castles. And tiny hole-in-the-wall bars that seem to exist in a time warp.
We’ve got gritty small-town, but we’ve also got picturesque Presque Isle and skyscraping downtown Philadelphia. Whatever you need, Pennsylvania has it—and a great network of film offices and professionals ready to help.
Pennsylvania is filled with national-level talent—scouts who know the countryside like the back of their hands, postproduction companies and set designers. Artists of all kinds are attracted to this great state by the affordable workspace and stay for the incredible community and support that exist here.
Search our comprehensive guide to find the talent of PA.
Take a look through the online archive. Maybe you’ll see a place you recognize—maybe you’ll be inspired to look deeper into the films you watch and think about how many people work behind the scenes to create the realistic façade of a movie set.
Shot on location in and around Pittsburgh.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame.