Filming in Montana

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Montana’s characterful locations combined with a generous tax incentive and supportive film office has seen the state develop into a popular filming destination.

The Alec Baldwin action film Supercell is one of the most high-profile films to shoot in Montana. The film follows the story of a good-hearted teenager who always lived in hope of following in his father’s footsteps, a legendary storm chaser who was killed in a Tornado. According to Producer Nathan Klingher the production value from the landscapes is the major reason for choosing to shoot in Montana.

The film follows other high-profile shoots that capitalise on the landscapes such as Paramount network’s Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner, The Last Beyond, Useless, Yellowstone and Robert the Bruce.

Montana’s jewels are its national parks: Glacier and Yellowstone where immense plains and grasslands rise to meet the spine of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain ranges offer forested valleys, clear rivers and lakes, pristine wilderness areas and abundant wilderness. At the alpine level there is an abundance of highways and wide vistas that prove ideal for car work. Many working remote ranches provide access to Badlands and prairies that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. There are modern urban and historic towns across the state, and a territorial prison at Deer Lodge which is now a museum seeking Old West period looks.

Montana is magical. A state filled with stunning scenery, a massive range of amazing locations, production friendly locals, seasoned crews, talented actors...and a film commission that is second to none when it comes to ease, guidance and support. The fact that there is very generous tax incentive for productions is a huge bonus on top of what is already an absolute filmmakers dream for shooting at any budget level.

Travis Fine, Director of “Two Eyes"

Climate

Montana has a distinct four-season climate cycle which makes for a great diversity in the state’s weather.

The west side of the state tends to have a milder climate than the east, with warmer winters, cooler summers, lighter winds and rainfall that is more evenly distributed throughout the year.

The state has a generally low humidity, and average daytime temperatures vary from -2 degrees C in January to 29 degrees C in July.

Average snowfall in Montana reaches up to 7.5 meters in the Rocky Mountains, with a range of 30-50 inches in Montana cities. The heaviest snowfall occurs between November and March, but heavy snowstorms can occur as early as mid-September or as late as May in the higher elevations of the state.

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