From the gritty inner city of HBO's The Wire, to the idyllic period towns of Disney's Tuck Everlasting,
From the urban landscape of Ladder 49, to the historic civil war battlefields of Gods and Generals,
From the Washington D.C. doubles of Enemy of the State, to the untouched Amish farmland doubles of For Richer or Poorer.
Maryland is indeed "America in Miniature."
Maryland offers a rich array of landscapes from which to choose - from the mountains in the west across the rolling hills and farmlands of central Maryland to the beautiful waterfront and sandy beaches of the Eastern Shore. Architecture that spans the centuries from colonial to modern and illustrates a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds can be found throughout the state.
Maryland has a deep crew base experienced in every guild
and trade. Over 650 IATSE members, over 3000 SAG members,
and film sensitive teamsters all make Maryland the place you're
shooting for. For information on our highly skilled creative
and technical crews, please use the following links: Maryland
Regional Production Guide Unions
Our office provides scouting for specific location needs. We break down scripts and prepare customized photo files. A preliminary photo package is usually supplied within 48 hours. We will coordinate your initial scouts and, at your request, will accompany you throughout your itinerary.
We have an extensive library of color photographs of locations throughout the state. In addition to the web based digital library easily accessible from this site, examples can usually be compiled and sent to clients via overnight delivery, or email.
Assistance is provided in finding production services, accommodations, production personnel, talent, information on state laws and regulations, weather and climate data and appropriate introductions to labor representatives.
Government and Community Liaison
We coordinate and facilitate introductions and help solicit cooperation with local, state and federal officials needed to fulfill client requests. We provide similar liaison services as needed with businesses, civic and institutional leaders and neighborhood associations and residents.
Full Service Throughout Production
Members of the Maryland Film Office are on call at all times during a production to address special needs, changes or other requirements that occur during production.
Jack Gerbes, Director
Jack was appointed Director of the Maryland Film Office in 2002. He began his career at the MFO in 1991 as its Location Manager. When named Deputy Director in 1994, he continued to manage the location scouting and production servicing of the films and television series that were shot in Maryland. Jack has worked on over 60 feature films, as well as many television series, and countless commercials. Some of his favorite credits include, Twelve Monkeys, Home for the Holiday's, Enemy of the State, Tuck Everlasting and Ladder 49. Jack is on the advisory board of the Maryland Chapter of Women in Film and Video and is Vice-Chair of FILM US. He recently received the Guardian Angel Award from the D.C. Chapter of WIFV.
Batavick, Deputy Director
Catherine has been Deputy Director of the Maryland Film
Office since January 2002. As Deputy Director, she handles
the marketing and administration for the office. She has
been a member of the marketing team since September of 1994
when she was hired as the Project Manager for Film and Television.
That position involved finding locations for productions,
conducting location surveys with filmmakers, and servicing
productions once filming began. Projects of note on which
she worked are The Wire, Blair Witch 2, Runaway
Bride and, still one of her personal favorites, Twelve
Monkeys. Catherine joined the Maryland Film Office staff
after 3 ˝ years with the Virginia Film Office. She was born
in Richmond, VA and is a graduate of Washington and Lee
University. She has two beautiful daughters that she counts
as her greatest accomplishments.
Ash, Project Manager - Film/TV
Kathi Ash joined the Maryland Film Office staff in 2002 after a successful career
as one of the top Location Managers in the Mid-Atlantic
region. She worked on numerous feature films and T.V. series.
Her credits include Tuck Everlasting, Blair Witch
2, Liberty Heights, Homicide (both feature
and T.V. series), Washington Square, Guarding
Tess. Kathi also worked as a Producer and Production
Manager on hundreds of television commercials and several
independent features which helped develop her broad knowledge
Cathryna Brown, Visual Communications Associate
One of the newest members of the Maryland Film Office staff, Cathryna Brown joined the team in 2008 after completing her BS of Interdisciplinary Studies in Media Marketing and Visual Communications at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She comes to us with a breadth of knowledge in photo/video editing and production after having worked for two years for the New Media Studio and Retirement Living Television Network while pursuing her degree.