Atlantic City Film Commission
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Introduction to Atlantic City
With a big city feel from the tall buildings and nightlife, Atlantic City offers so many possibilities for a wide array of genres and plotlines. The Steel Pier and boardwalk give off a summertime aesthetic that can bring you back in time or keep you in modern times. The natural surroundings of sandy beaches, ocean waves and greenery will give you a well-rounded area to work with for your production.
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About Atlantic City Film Commission
With a big city feel from the tall buildings and nightlife, Atlantic City offers so many possibilities for a wide array of genres and plotlines. The Steel Pier and boardwalk give off a summertime aesthetic that can bring you back in time or keep you in modern times. The natural surroundings of sandy beaches, ocean waves and greenery will give you a wellrounded area to work with for your production.
Atlantic City is a “Film-Friendly Community,” that can accommodate a smooth and enjoyable filmmaking process. Our four miles of white sandy beaches and the Atlantic Ocean offer a variety of amazing looks – from our historic Steel Pier, America’s first boardwalk and nine casino resorts to the back bays and marshes with all their flora and fauna. We allow cars and trucks on the beach and Boardwalk for driving shots, have ample free parking, and we’re the perfect spot to film a surf scene.
General Info for Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Film Commission is there to make sure your permit experience is easy and painless! Their FREE permits require a 10 day window for approvals and the insurance certificate must be submitted with the permit application. After your permit application is completed, email the form back to them and they will take it from there! Once the permit is approved the Film Commission will email it back to you and keep a copy just in case!
Heather Colache, CTIS
Atlantic City Film Commissioner
A Few Filming Locations in Atlantic City
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Atlantic City Boardwalk
The five-mile-long promenade along the Atlantic Ocean was the first of its kind and remains the most famous boardwalk on the East Coast. and it has developed into a major tourist hub. Whether your project’s setting is based in today’s era or one of the distant past, the classic boardwalk feel will give you stunning ocean views and charming storefront shots.
The Steel Pier has been a location for entertainment and amusement for generations. Originally built in 1898 and remodeled in 1904, the pier quickly became an exciting location for vacations. The carnival feel of the pier is the perfect location to capture summer activity and energy. The opportunity to incorporate the miles of beach and boardwalk all while sticking to one location is possible at the Steel Pier.
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Formerly known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has been the host of countless events throughout the 1900s. The beautiful arches and stonework give a unique and grandeur impression that will only continue when you step into the giant hall.
Category: Building; Hotel
This hotel gives you views of the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean while being minutes from popular tourist locations. The New Orleans-themed hotel is a great spot to find yourself in when trying to capture the feel of Atlantic City. The distinguished shape of the building will sell the big city feel you’re looking for and establish the tone of your project.
Atlantic City Casinos
Our casinos bring excitement at every turn, all while having that boardwalk charm right outside. With nine popular casinos in the area, there is plenty of space to create the setting for a high-stakes gambling scene or a fun night out on the town that will hook your audience. The casinos offer a variety of flash and exuberance to your project.
Incentives & Rebates
New Jersey offers productions that shoot in Atlantic City a tax incentive program of up to 35% in tax credit that allows them to open the door to filmmakers and create opportunities for productions who qualify with a spend up to 60% on in-state expenditures or spend more than $1 million in qualified production expenses. Productions that meet New Jersey’s diversity requirement are able to receive an additional 2% tax credit totaling 37%.
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Film Credits for Atlantic City
I had the pleasure of filming in Atlantic City in 2019 on a Netflix feature film. When I arrived, the film was foundering a bit due to production issues. Realizing we had a lot of catching up to do to make our filming date, we called upon Heather Colache, Tourism Account and Film Commission Director, for assistance. Heather helped us in innumerable ways – she coordinated film permits, fire permits, police support, neighborhood coordination and more – and without her assistance, we would have had a very difficult time making our schedule. Heather really gets it! She knows how to cut through the red tape and solve problems. I look forward to working in Atlantic City again, and I know Heather will pave the way for us.
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