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Milwaukee Film Office

Milwaukee Is Ready For Its Close-Up

Director Michael Mann shot part of his big budget “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp in Milwaukee. Director Michael Bay filmed key scenes in the third installment of his blockbuster “Transformers” series here. From major film and feature productions to commercials and small budget projects, Milwaukee has award-winning appeal.

The Milwaukee Film Office - How We Can Help You

Diverse, affordable and accessible locations, simple permit procedures and ample production resources make Milwaukee an ideal location for your next production.
We are your local resource for:
• Assistance on location scouting, transportation and accommodations
• Securing production assistance from area experts
• Directions on permits
• Establishing connections with local organizations that will help your production team accomplish its goals

Diverse Locations:

  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • Milwaukee Art Museum's Santiago Calatrava expansion, a stunning wing-like structure
  • Ethnic/Historic neighborhoods
  • Diverse architecture -  from mid-late 19th century to contemporary
  • Warehouse districts
  • Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan - shoreline, beaches, water shots
  • RiverWalk
  • Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Italian Renaissance Gardens
  • Miller Park - reflects the architectural heritage of the city and baseball's rich traditions
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (Domes)
  • Northpoint Lighthouse


Permits aren’t needed to shoot in Milwaukee except when closing streets and/or sidewalks or if your set up causes excess parking issues. Even then, the process is simple and we’re here to assist you.

Sample City Scenes:

  • The Milwaukee Art Museum
  • City view from Lake Michigan
  • Milwaukee River Walk
  • Historic Third Ward
  • Neighborhoods

Milwaukee is film-friendly! We invite you to contact us:

Margaret Casey
Communications Manager, VISIT Milwaukee
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