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Stanislaus County is "Picture Perfect"!  

If you are looking for the perfect place to shoot a feature film, a television series, or a commercial let us help you in your search for new and different locations to film. Discover the long and storied history Modesto (& Stanislaus County) has with the film industry and how we are working to expand that history. Finally discover the "refreshingly different" views of Central California that we offer. Stanislaus County has the ability to be "anywhere" USA. Modesto, a community of 200,000, is the seat of Stanislaus County one of the most diverse agricultural counties in the United States. Within just a few minutes from downtown Modesto are several small, rural and historic communities, farms and ranches and the wide-open spaces resembling the mid-west.

If your film needs include a train you've come to the right place. The Sierra Railroad calls Stanislaus County's Oakdale home. The railroad has been involved in over 300 productions ranging from classics to modern mega hits! When it comes to film production the Sierra Railroad understands the needs of the film industry and works with you to "get the shot" you need at the lowest possible cost.

Services Offered By The Modesto Film Commission

The staff of the Modesto Film Commission is here to help you with all of your production needs. We offer a wide variety of services and information to help make your production run smoothly. Click on the links to reach the photo library, the production guide, hotel accommodations, Modesto's film history, film-makers on-location in Modesto and The California Film Commission. If you don't see a service you need listed on this page, ask us anyway, and we'll do our best to help accommodate your needs. We offer:


  • Assistance in cutting red tape 
  • Clearing house for city and county filming regulations
  • Scouting assistance 
  • On-line photo library
  • Street closure assistance
  • Insurance requirements
  • Location consulting & assistance
  • Stage space and site information
  • Industry/Government liaison
  • Referrals to all city departments
  • Neighborhood group liaison
  • Lodging Assistance
We also offer the following brochures and information packets:
  • Modesto Film Production Guide
  • Photo Books (In-house)
  • Modesto community events calendar
  • Modesto & Stanislaus County Sites and Attractions
  • Film California First Information

California Film Commission
Association of Film Commissioners International


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