Arizona Is THE Best Place to Shoot Your Production – Here Is Why

SNEAKY BIG Staff / 3.25.2021

When considering where to shoot a video production, Arizona is often overlooked in lieu of California, New York … and practically any other place on earth. Arizona is actually one of the best places to shoot a production. Don’t believe us? Read on!


When I say the word “Arizona,” I bet I can guess what image immediately comes to mind – Dry desert. Long stretches of dusty land with tumbleweeds rolling across them. Tall saguaro cacti dotting the horizon. (Are we close?) And sure, you say, that type of landscape is great … for a western film.

The thing is, Arizona is so much more than one of the most awe-inspiring deserts in the world (even if it was practically made to be a cinematographer’s paradise). No matter what kind of scenery you need for your production, Arizona has a place to match it.

Lake Prescott, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Monument Valley, Arizona


It’s true that Arizona is famous for being hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. But that’s only three months of the year. The other nine months, we rock an ideal average temperature of 75 and sunny.

Another neat weather fact – it stays dry 299 days out of the year. That means that the chances of canceling an on-location shoot because of the weather are slim to none. But don’t worry. Just because we’re dry doesn’t mean you’re going to dehydrate. Despite the low rains, we actually have water management, unlike some other popular filming states.

Film Affiliations

Something that tends to turn film folks off of bringing their productions to Arizona is our lack of tax incentives. And we agree – that stinks. But we have a lot of other types of film benefits.

Economic Living and A Growing Talent Pool

Everyone knows that the cost of living in Los Angeles is only getting more expensive. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is almost $2,368. When you compare that to the $1,228 it costs to live in the same apartment in Phoenix, there is no contest. More and more talented people in the film industry are choosing to live in Arizona as a result.

Arizona is growing a large pool of experienced talent and crew that would rather face the heat of the desert than spend their days in L.A. traffic. With experienced talent and crew migrating from L.A. to Phoenix, and fresh new faces graduating from our state’s great film schools, Arizona has all hands on deck to crew and talent your next production.


Sneaky what, now? SNEAKY BIG is a world-class production facility hidden in plain sight in north Scottsdale, Arizona. We offer cutting-edge technology in video and audio production, 3D and virtual reality animations and Post-Production. It’s a one-stop shop for all your production needs, offering the tools and talent to bring your production to fruition whether in the studio or on location.

Arizona has the location, tools, talent and relations to make any producer’s dreams come true. We’re a 45-minute flight, or a 5-hour drive, from L.A. and have just as much to offer and at a cheaper rate than our competing states. Ready to get started?

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