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‘Produce Iowa’ asks public to upload photos of scenic Iowa locations

Posted October 15, 2013 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

DES MOINES – Do you have a home or property in Iowa that could be featured in a movie? Do you know of a scenic Iowa view that should be seen on the silver screen or as a backdrop in a catalog? If so, Produce Iowa–State Office of Media Production is asking you to submit photographs and information by visiting and clicking on “Register Locations.”

“In order to attract film and media projects to Iowa, we need to showcase what we have to offer,” said Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “We’re asking the general public to upload pictures of their properties, but also want municipalities to upload pictures of their main streets and unique buildings. All that information will help us present Iowa as an attractive location to industry producers looking to shoot a commercial, television series or movie.”

The request extends to all Iowans, including convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, homeowners, location scouts and others in all corners of the state. The submissions will be compiled and included in Produce Iowa’s Media Production Directory, a free, searchable database that will become available to film and media production companies online.

There is no cost to submit photographs and information for the Media Production Directory, but the home or property must be located within the state of Iowa. A list of guidelines and tips for submitting photographs follows:

  • Use a digital camera
  • Each photo submitted should be no larger than 1MB
  • Title each photograph
  • 10 total images per property
  • Include distinct features
  • Use wide angle lens or landscape view
  • Photograph the back and front of property, and view of street
  • Photograph rooms from opposite angles
  • Consider the time of day for appropriate light
  • Submit one property at a time

In addition to site locations, Produce Iowa is receiving submissions about Iowa’s media production workforce and support service companies. The call for that information went out in August, and Gilman continues to encourage local talent, production crews and hospitality businesses such as hotels, restaurants and caterers to register their services and round out the directory.

“Film and media production companies are looking to defray costs associated with crew travel, lodging and per diem,” Gilman said. “We want to build a robust directory that grabs their attention and shows them that Iowa has all the resources they could possibly need. In the end, this will be an exciting growth opportunity for Iowa in terms of job opportunities, economic development and tourism-related activities.”

Individuals and businesses that are available to support filmmaking and other media production in Iowa can register their services by visiting and clicking on “REGISTER Crew/Support Services.” Their information also will be included in the Media Production Directory.

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