About

History

Greater Reading already has a reputation as a cultural and artistic destination with its Pennsylvania Dutch and Lenape roots. It also is the center of many historic sites dating back to the 1700s, from Conrad Weiser, Daniel Boone and Abe Lincoln all enjoying what the area had to offer. With lush countryside and a beautiful, historic city, Reading offers any type of location you could be interested in. Once known for its railroad and its manufacturing industry, there are many spaces that still have that look and feel of the 1940s and the days of trolleys, mafia and old world glamour. Yet in comparison, many of its amenities have the charm of a vibrant, contemporary area.

Travel a few miles and you can be in a historic town with the old main street look and feel. The area is known for its outdoor recreational areas with hundreds of acres of parks, forests, lakes and a river that runs right along the city proper.

We have created a space that is vibrant and attractive to media artists and professionals in the local and global marketplace. They view Greater Reading as a fresh, economical and versatile location and home for TV, film and digital media projects; and, incubate and mentor future film talent. We are only 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Philadelphia allowing us to use their talent in a location that is less costly.

The ultimate outcome is that through these efforts, the quality and prosperity of the cultural and economic life of the Greater Reading region would flourish.


Our Mission

The Greater Reading Film Commission (GRFC) promotes the region as a location for film, TV, and digital media projects, facilitates production by connecting filmmakers and producers with locations, resources and services in the region, and cultivates the development of a regional film industry … GRFC is Making Movies Happen!


Our Vision

The vision of the Greater Reading Film Commission is three-fold:

  1. To be the central resource, hyper-simple, user-friendly, single point of contact for TV, film and digital projects and initiatives that originate both in and outside the Greater Reading region.
  2. To be the catalyst for working with the regional educational community (schools, colleges and universities) to grow and sustain a creative economy and the workforce to staff it.
  3. To host, promote and sponsor events which enhance the reputation and capabilities of the region as a film and digital media nexus.

Services Offered

For Filmmakers/Producers:

  1. Manage an up-to-date location photos database
  2. Assist with location scouting and permitting
  3. Provide production concierge service (i.e. hotel discounts, access to community resources)
  4. Promote talent and crew recruitment through GRFC production “calls” and the Production Resources Guide
  5. Support the following:
      • Establishing temporary office space
      • Equipment and supplies rental/sales vendors
      • Destination management while on location
      • Technical assistance
  6. Incubate and nurture indigenous filmmakers and motion media projects

For Talent & Crew:

  1. Provide educational and training workshops/programs
  2. Offer professional networking opportunities
  3. Promote employment and experience opportunities for talent and crew through GRFC production “calls” and the Production Resource Guide

Shot Here (the “short list”)

Filled – Sonata 7 Studios

A Convenient Truth – Living Daylights Pictures, Reclamation Entertainment

Good Intentions – Terrestrial Entertainment

Explore PA – WITF Public Broadcasting Station

E! True Hollywood Story – E! Entertainment Television

Freaky Eaters – Discovery Channel

Jump – Celima/Lange Production

Bite Nite – Telligys Production

Dancing with the Stars – BBC Worldwide Americas Productions

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Episode – ABC/Endemol USA

Jon & Kate plus 8 – Discovery Health/TLC Production

The Last Airbender – Paramount Pictures

Townies – Neo-Pangea Production

Girl Interrupted – Columbia Pictures

Rabbit Run – Warner Bros. Pictures