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Palm Springs Filming

Filming in Palm Springs is a popular choice for many filmmakers due to its stunning scenery and warm climate. The process of filming in Palm Springs typically begins with obtaining the appropriate permits and licenses from the city or county. This includes securing location permits, parking permits, and any necessary insurance.

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Find a Location

The next step is scouting for locations that fit the vision of the film or project. Palm Springs and the surrounding area offer a variety of unique locations such as modern architecture, desert landscapes, and vintage buildings.

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Once the locations are selected, the production crew can begin set up and preparation. This includes hiring local crew members, renting equipment, and creating a shooting schedule.

During filming, it’s important to be mindful of the weather as temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months. It’s also important to be respectful of the community and local residents by minimizing disruptions and adhering to noise ordinances.

After filming is complete, the production crew must clean up and restore any locations used back to their original condition. Finally, all necessary paperwork and permits should be filed and any necessary fees paid before leaving the area.

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Film Permit Information

The City of Palm Springs requires a film permit  for a motion picture or still photography within the City. The Film Permit Officer can process your film permit and assist with location recommendations and resources. Please visit the City of Palm Springs film page for all of the details. 

Liability Insurance: Before a permit is issued, a certificate of insurance will be required in an amount of a least $1,000,000 naming the City of Palm Springs as a co-insured for protection against claims of third persons for personal injuries, wrongful death, and property damage. The city and employees shall be named as additional insured. The certificate shall not be subject to cancellation or modification until after 30 days written notice to the city. A copy of the certificate will remain on file.

Other resourceful websites include:

Riverside County Film Commission

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian Properties

Bureau of Land Management

Palm Springs Historical Society

California Film Commission

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