Local Services and Locations

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Above: Mt. Burdell Open Space

Looking for that perfect location? Don't miss visiting our photo library for exceptional Marin visuals and for more images, view our Instagram account and Mustang Scout for road visuals. If you can't find what you want, please do not hesitate to ask us! We have local Marin County references and are here to help answer your questions!

Resource Guides

Reel DirectoryThe Reel Directory: Northern California's One-Stop Production Resource for Crews, Equipment & Support Services. Serving the Bay Area for 30+ years.

 

 

 

ProductionVilleSF is a Northern California production directory for props, wardrobe, gear, locations, crew and help. Representing equipment rental houses, locations, caterers and everything from props to motor coaches.
The best part? Live customer support at 415.454.1260. Call us with your questions!

 

Thousands of Production Professionals Professional's in the Entertainment Industry use the Creative Handbook and CreativeHandbook.com as their first choice for below-the-line production services.

The Creative Handbook is proud to work with major entertainment Guilds, Associations, and Groups to network our advertisers. Not only are we the major LA production resource guide, we promote resources that are located all over the world.

Feature Film producers and their production staff use the resources of the Creative Handbook when they are in the initial planning and budgeting stages of a production, whether it be a major studio release or the challenges of the independent filmmaker. Busy production freelancers on commercials and music videos use the handbook, whether they are in their production offices planning or out on location searching for an immediate need. Major Studio & TV Network employees have been using Creative Handbook for 18 years to find all the necessary products and services to complete their big budget projects.

Not sure which Marin jurisdiction your "location" falls under? Find out HERE and view a number of interactive GIS applications. Explore more than 80 different map layers including property boundaries, hazards, jurisdictions and natural features. Query by address or Assessor Parcel Number. Print maps too!    Please note: Best Viewed on  IE8/9 or FireFox 2 and up. If you have addtional questions, please feel free to give us a call for assistance.

California's Marine Sanctuary Foundation

California is the first state in the nation to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), similar to national parks, forests and wilderness areas on land, to protect and restore ocean habitats and increase the health, productivity and resilience of ocean ecosystems. California took a regional approach to the design and implementation of MPAs along its coast and divided the state into four coastal regions. The network has created over 120 underwater refuges along the California coast. These maps are provided to help understand which marine areas are protected areas.

Production Studios

32TEN Studios is located on the legendary lot in Marin County where Industrial Light & Magic built a state of the art production facility for the creation of ground-breaking visual effects. In fact, the current 32TEN Studios facility includes the shop where models for such legendary franchises as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean were imagined and created.
Led by Tim Partridge, Greg Maloney, Greg Beaumonte, Geoff Heron and Sean House, 32TEN Studios has the experience and knowledge needed to deliver the unique combination of realism and impact that practical effects add to any scene.

32TEN Studios includes a 6,000-square-foot soundstage with a 60-foot green screen, production offices, wardrobe and make-up rooms, model and set fabrication shops, special effects equipment, and a 135-seat screening room.

32Ten Studio Logo32TEN Studios - The studio at 3210 Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael, Marin, is where most of the major effects movies of the 80s and 90s shot their practical effects. As the home of ILM, it played host to the Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Pirates of the Caribbean and much, much more. As 32TEN Studios, it is now available to productions of all sizes and has recently hosted Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger as well as commercials for the likes of Sony, Tesla, and Google. The sound stage is 6000 square feet with 30 feet to the grid, has a 60-foot green screen and has also been used for music videos and industrials.

Contact Tim Partridge, CEO/co-founder | 800.717.3210 | cell: 415.205.4426
3210 Kerner Boulevard
San Rafael, CA 94901
www.32TEN.com

Projects done at 32TEN Studios

Film Locations and Scouts

Find Marin County locations now on Locationshub.com. We are currently building our library, so keep checking back for more. 
Pierce Point Ranch in Inverness was recently a Featured Location on Locations Hub's Blog. Visit it here! 

 

 


Baldwin Production Services scouts and catalogs locations for all commercial media, web/mobile/social, stills, motion, and is ready for the next platform, from glasses to buildings. We maintain the largest Location Library in Northern California, and scout daily for a wide variety of advertisers, including the automotive, technology, decor, lifestyle, fitness & healthcare, financial, fashion, and many other industries. Native New Yorker, scouting CA since 1986, shooting every day. Extensive blue highways and international travel, loving every minute, ready to rock. Permits and management a la carte.

Contact:  415.699.0729 cell 415.925.9262 studio  jim@baldwinproductions.com

Birdman, Inc.

BirdMan Inc is a full service location scouting business based in San Rafael that has provided unique and thorough location solutions for over 17 years.

Working with local and international photographers, art directors and producers, the team has developed a reputation as one of the best location services in Northern California. With a client list ranging from BMW to HP to Williams-Sonoma, BirdMan Inc has built and organized an extensive location library over the past several years.
The team of highly skilled photographers bring an exceptionally high level of vision, craft and creativity to all of their scouting assignments.

In addition to fresh scouting, BirdMan manages a 650,000 image digital library which swiftly cross-references subjects, names and descriptions. From homes to roads to offices Birdman Inc always provides a variety of great solutions.

BirdMan Inc Location Scouts: Contact Matt Reoch at 415.543.3830 | cell: 415.203.5975 | Fax: 415.459-.3830

www.birdmaninc.com
www.birdmaninc.net
637 Lindaro Street, Suite 201
San Rafael, CA 94901

Mint Locations: The Bay Area's location service representing one-of-a-kind environments that set the stage for exceptional film and photo shoots. The company's scouts mine the vast talent pool of Bay Area designers, architects, builders and visionaries to source unique and iconic properties. Mint specializes in private locations with 50 properties in Marin County: extraordinary homes, lofts, villas, ranches, and estates throughout Northern California.

Contact Cindi Osborn: 415.671.9091 | www.mintlocations.com

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The Straus Home Ranch is a 160 acre organic farm (complete with grazing cows) on Coastal Highway One in West Marin and only about a 1.25 hour drive from San Francisco/Berkeley. This is a restored 1864 two-story/four bedroom ranch house, with a big red (somewhat dilapidated) hay barn and a few other out buildings with lots of tall eucalyptus and cypress trees. There are rolling hills overlooking Tomales Bay with excellent night sky visibility when not foggy (no light pollution). View 360 video of area here!

 

Contact is Michael Straus, Owner of Straus Home Ranch.
22888 Highway 1 in Marshall, California 94940
Phone: 415.335.6630

Saint Mary Magdalen Church

Built in the 1870's as a missionary church, St. Mary Magdalen overlooks the Bolinas Lagoon and sits in the San Andreas Fault Rift Zone. From the outside it looks like the typical New England clapboard church. 
In 2016 the interior recently received fresh white paint. The grounds are fairly large, shaded and peaceful, and includes a still-in-use cemetary from the 19th Century. The Via Crucis are a series of prints likely from the 1930s. 
If interested in a photo or film shoot at this location, please contact the Marin Film Office for additional information and availability.

Vintage 1920’s Home 

This photographic property is located on four acres of woodland in Nicasio, CA with towering redwoods and two cabins with a footpath leading to a meadow.
The location has a charming two story 1920’s home originally built as a hunting lodge which maintains its enchantment and authenticity. The home features an expansive 800 square foot great room with a 25 foot trussed beamed ceiling, an all wood interior, and a manor stone fireplace. There is a completely separate and private caretaker’s dwelling below the main house.
If interested in a photo or film shoot, please contact the Marin Film Office for additional details.

The Falkirk Cultural Center

The Falkirk Cultural Center is a 1888 Queen Ann Victorian offering large sun-filled rooms, exquisite coffered ceilings, rich wood paneling, decorative fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. The Center is owned and operated by the City of San Rafael and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Centrally located in San Rafael and just minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Falkirk is the ideal place for a small crew doing photo and catalogue shoots and/or video interviews. The estate's eleven acres include wooded hillsides, lush rolling lawns, a ceremonial rose garden, private wedding lawn, and a spacious verandah for outdoor dining.

Falkirk is rented by the hour and is typically rented for a maximum of 12 hours (noon - midnight). This includes set-up and clean-up time, which usually require a minimum of 1.5 - 2 hours each. The center does not permit access to the interior of the Mansion prior to rental start time. 

 

Mindy Canter with All Location Properties: Creative, experienced, well-connected Location Scout/ Real Estate Broker with over 35 years experience for all media. Exclusive locations. Huge database of contacts. Estates, houses, interiors/exteriors, urban/suburban, commercial/ industrial properties, ranches, farms, forests, mountains, coast, views. Call 415.388.8059 / 415.420.8059 cell or email mcanter1@comcast.net

Guidelines for Listing Your Property

Your Property in a Starring Role! If you own a home in Marin County, have an old barn, or any interesting location that would be available as a film or photo shoot location, let us know. We can list it and refer inquires directly to you. For more detailed information, contact Deborah Albre, Film Liaison.

Services of the Marin County Film Resource Office
  • Free location photography and scouting

  • Referrals of local film crew availability

  • Facilitate the permitting process of film and television productions in Marin area

  • Crew room accommodations
    The Courtyard Marriott Novato has a great Film Industry Promotion in place that offers up to a 25% room discount and free breakfast. Included is also on-site complimentary parking and large open lobby perfect for production meetings.

Contact Deborah Albre, Film Liaison
Marin Film Resouce Office
1 Mitchell Blvd., STE B
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-925-2060
Email: deborah@visitmarin.org
Twitter: @filmMarin

 

The Marin County Film Resource Office is a current member of Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), a network of regional film offices and commissions that work cooperatively with the California Film Commission. Our objective is to retain, attract and facilitate feature film, television commercial and print media production in California.

The Marin County Film Resource Office is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). AFCI is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television, and video production across the globe. The AFCI is a non-profit educational association whose members serve as city, county, state, regional, provincial, or national film commissioners in their respective governmental jurisdictions. With more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions on six continents, you can almost always find an AFCI Member Film Commission to support your production.

 

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