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Video production in Grand Rapids: Work with the best crews

Creating corporate video productions of many kinds has become a key marketing and communications strategy today. Whether your business is most interested in filmed-on-location videos or studio productions, you need a reliable spot to film these clips.

If you’re based in the midwest U.S., the small and charming Michigan city of Grand Rapids could be that ideal location for you. Grand Rapids has become an in-demand destination for visitors due in part to its outdoor attractions and impressive natural landscapes. From museums and parks to mountains and rivers, these sights might  feature in your corporate videos. The city attracts tourists in both summer and winter (some like to watch it change character with the seasons), and your crews can take in the sights at any time of the year.

Between being supported by the state of Michigan’s film infrastructure and a relatively simple permitting process, there’s nothing standing between your company and a successful corporate video shoot in Grand Rapids. It’s especially easy to get started when you have help from local, experienced film production experts.

Why work with production experts in Grand Rapids?

When you team up with Crews Control video experts, you never have to wonder about where to go or what to do. Crews Control works with professionals who know their regions. From pulling permits to finding downtown parking, these crew members know their business and can help your production succeed.

In Michigan, this may mean advising you and your talent on the best times and locations to capture outdoor footage that shows the natural landscape at its best, without being shut down by the cold midwestern winters. If you’re looking for an impressive B-roll shot of the Grand River flowing right through the heart of Grand Rapids or one of its paddlewheel riverboats, a local crew will be sure to get you the best angles.

Today’s video audiences have higher expectations than ever, inundated as they are by digital media. Working with an expert video crew in Grand Rapids is a fantastic way to compete in the crowded content marketplace, as these professionals give you expertise without adding full-time salaries to your own budget.

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Our video production services in Grand Rapids

Once you’ve decided on a reliable location to create corporate video content, what type of videos will you produce? In the video-forward digital media landscape, you have plenty of options. Effective and valuable content can range from seconds-long social media marketing clips to extended videos produced from live event coverage.

With Crews Control videography professionals on your side, you can deliver effective videos for multiple audience segments, whether you’re focusing on internal training videos, public-facing TV commercials aimed at potential customers or anything in between. Working with skilled and knowledgeable video experts means the only limit is your imagination.

Our video services in Grand Rapids include:

  • Interviews and B-roll
  • Event coverage
  • Presentations
  • Drone production
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Motion pictures
  • Live streaming
  • Panel discussion
  • Man on the street interviews
  • Corporate meetings
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Commercials
  • Broadcast television media
  • Employee training materials
  • Sizzle reels
  • Time-lapse videos
  • Happy-face videos
  • Focus group recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Video news releases
  • Documentaries
  • Web conferencing
  • Red carpet coverage
  • Action and sports video
  • Product demonstration clips
  • …and whatever else you can imagine!

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What makes Grand Rapids, Michigan a distinct video location?

No matter where you shoot corporate video, you can take advantage of the area’s character. This might mean capturing an impressive landmark in B-roll, mastering the local parking infrastructure to get to a shoot on time or finding a studio that suits your needs perfectly. In Grand Rapids, you and your Crews Control team will find that:

  • Permitting is relatively easy: The permitting system in Grand Rapids involves applying for permission to film in public at least 15 days ahead of  the shoot at a fee of $25. You’ll have to map out your intended filming location. Permits are only required for shoots that are larger than handheld-camera operations, including any production that uses a tripod or dolly, or that interrupts foot or auto traffic.
  • Water is everywhere: The rapids in the city name aren’t just figurative. The Grand River flows right through Grand Rapids, and is fed by three tributaries, each of which may also provide impressive B-roll. Lake Michigan is also nearby, only 30 minutes west of the city by car.
  • Downtown provides unique views: Grand Rapids is surrounded by spots of natural interest on all sides, and it has an urban downtown, too. This area combines old-world charm with a few glass-sided skyscrapers, all key places to film if you’re trying to double for a bigger city or create a general “city” feel.
  • Locations change identity season to season: While filming in Michigan in winter may bring difficulties due to the cold, snowy B-roll can also be exceptionally beautiful when captured at places like the well-known Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Once you get started discovering Grand Rapids with the help of a Crews Control expert team, you’ll find even more exciting locations to film and opportunities to create impressive content.

Our Grand Rapids video crews: Experience and gear

Teaming up with an experienced video crew is one way to keep your corporate video shoot on track. Professionals who have seen it all will be able to provide important leadership and insights, even when unexpected circumstances arise. Every Crews Control director of photography brings at least 10 years of experience to the job, helping them complete video productions on time and under budget.

Another component of a successful video shoot is having the right gear for the job. With our high-quality video and audio equipment, paired with the best in editing and post production facilities, you and your production team can create a video that will look and sound great for years to come. Crews Control personnel come to each job with the latest and greatest in technology, including recent offerings from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.


Check Out Our Extensive Camera List:

  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K
  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini
  • Vision Research Phantom v12.1
  • Vision Research Phantom v640

8K, 4K, UHD & 2k


  • Arriflex ALEXA

AVC Intra (NTSC)


  • Sony HXR-NX5U
  • Canon EOS C100


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX 900


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX900E



  • Panasonic AG-HVX200E
  • Panasonic AG-HPX 171E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200P


  • Sony PMW EX1
  • Sony PMW EX3
  • Sony PMW-EX1R
  • Sony PXW-X70
  • JVC GY-HM700U
  • Sony PMW 300
  • Sony PMW 320
  • Sony PMW-350
  • Sony PMW 400
  • Sony PMW-F3


  • Sony PDW-F355
  • Sony PDW-F350
  • Sony PDW-F330
  • Sony PDW-700
  • Sony PDW-F800
  • Sony PDW-335


  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C100

From the minute your team and talent arrive in Grand Rapids, you’ll all be in good hands with Crews Control on your side. By combining a video producer’s industry experience with highly capable gear, Crews Control teams can deliver impressive results that meet and exceed your corporate video needs. Request a free quote now!


By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time.


Some of our Happy Clients

For over 30 years, Crews Control has served as a leading video production company for clients of all types, from ambitious start-ups to over half of the Fortune 500. In this time, Crews Control’s teams of video professionals have spread across the country and around the world. Your Grand Rapids video production can go more smoothly with these experts on your side.


Prepared, Creative, Professional and on the 10 scale an 11

I’ve been producing and directing videos for Broadcast (NBC/ABC/CNN/C-SPAN) and Corporate for over 30 years – and Matthew and Dan were one of the best crews I have EVER worked with.




The footage was well done.

Just got out of the edit. Tim did a great job. Considering the talent we gave him to work with, I would go as far as to say he’s a bit of a magician.

Thanks for the help!



Thanks for the great shoot yesterday.

Everything was great and I wanted to let you know that our Executive Producer said the footage we got from the different regions was the best footage he had ever seen come from remote crews that we didn’t have control over. That is a great compliment coming from him.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to working with you again!


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