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Find an award-winning San Francisco video crew

San Francisco is a truly unique place to run a business — or to film a corporate video. If your company is based in the City by the Bay or you’ve chosen it as the filming location for your next remote video or film production, you need to find a video production company that will let you make the most of the city’s hilly views and foggy vistas.

San Francisco has been many things over the years: A boom town on the frontier, an inclusive hub of bohemian culture, an incubator for tech-driven innovation. To properly capture the ever-changing nature of this city on video or film, you can turn to an experienced and skilled local camera crew.

Crews Control production managers and camera crew professionals understand their area, and have the expertise needed to complete your corporate video or related digital media project on time and under budget. From working with the Teamsters union to ensuring compliance with COVID-19 regulations, these crews can ensure all the behind-the-scenes processes go smoothly.

We’ve been active in San Francisco for over 30 years. Working with a Crews Control production manager means harnessing that history to improve your corporate video production.

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Why hire a San Francisco video crew?

San Francisco offers versatile filming locations, from historic and quirky buildings and well-tended green spaces to extremely modern new construction. It can also deliver vistas you won’t see anywhere else, such as hillsides lined with colorful row houses or the city’s iconic cable cars. Showing off the city to its fullest extent is a job for expert video crews who know the area.

Even if your corporate video is relatively simple in nature, for example a talking-head executive interview interspersed with b-roll, it still pays to work with experienced professionals. These crew members know the most efficient and effective ways to complete a production in San Francisco, whether that means renting equipment, applying for permits or even something as seemingly basic as finding a parking space.

Insider knowledge makes every step of a San Francisco video production run more smoothly. A shooting schedule could be held up by a missing insurance rider for access to a downtown building or a failure to plan for the notoriously foggy and damp weather. When all possible contingencies are planned for, you can complete each project more quickly, potentially releasing more videos.

When you work with Crews Control to find the best San Francisco video crew for your purposes, it frees up your own employees to get more done, while also ensuring the job is handled by professionals with relevant experience.


Video production services available in San Francisco

From a live product announcement broadcast to a quick-hit social media video, a motion graphic to a lengthy filmed presentation with full production values, your San Francisco video production can take many forms. When you work with a Crews Control team, you can pick and choose a style that appeals to you — our experts can handle any job.

Our Video Production Services In San Francisco 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 San Francisco a unique video filming location?

There’s no other city quite like San Francisco, in Northern California or anywhere else. When you and your video crew know the particulars of filming in San Francisco, your production is primed for success. Over the years filming by the bay, our production managers have built up insights including the following:

  • Always check with the unions: San Francisco has a strong union presence, and access to many popular locations in the city comes with union requirements. Your production staff will have to work with IATSE Local 16 to make appropriate arrangements.
  • Apply for a permit: Outdoor shoots in public places require permits in San Francisco. Even a simple shot such as an outdoor setup on a public street requires a permit. Famous areas such as the Golden Gate Bridge are strictly policed. Fortunately, the San Francisco Film Commission has an easily accessible permitting and incentives site.
  • Plan for the weather: The Bay Area microclimate is famous — cool summers, mild winters and fog all year round are a few of the elements you’ll have to consider when planning outdoor shooting. Crew members and on-camera talent should expect ever-changing wind patterns and temperatures very different from the rest of California.
  • Think about parking: San Francisco’s rolling hills and extremely dense downtown core make parking a challenge. If your production involves multiple large vehicles and you haven’t made parking arrangements in advance, you could end up wasting significant time finding a place to leave the cars. Planning ahead is essential to stick to a tight schedule.

Once you’ve overcome the challenges of shooting video in San Francisco, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking natural and manmade backdrops. An expert San Francisco video crew arranged through a Crews Control production manager can take pressure off your in-house personnel and keep your project running smoothly from start to finish.

Our crews: Experience and gear list

Every Crews Control video crew comes with years of industry experience, to make sure your San Francisco video production is completed with confidence and professionalism. Every director of photography we work with has at least a 10-year history working in video production. These seasoned experts will use their know-how to represent your brand in the best possible light.

To help the camera crews complete their work on time and under budget, they are equipped with the latest and most advanced gear available. You can be sure the finished product will look and sound great when your team consists of experts using top-quality tools. The available equipment includes assets 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

By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time. Request a free quote now!


Crews Control camera crews understand the ins and outs of effective video production and know their area. There’s no need to waste any time — you can get started arranging your San Francisco video production right away.


Some of our Happy Clients

Whatever the size of your company and no matter the type of corporate video project you’re working on, Crews Control production managers can match you with the perfect camera crew for your needs. Our client list spans from ambitious start-ups to the world’s largest companies, including over 250 of the Fortune 500.


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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