Filming and Photography in Island County


Welcome to
Our Islands!

Filming on Whidbey and Camano islands is a creative and rewarding experience. Welcome to our beautiful islands! This community is home to a vibrant network of artists, and offers stunning scenery as well as many unusual locations. You may find many unexpected resources here, if you know where to look.



Contact
Sherrye Wyatt

Before filming , film makers are encouraged to contact our film liaison, Sherrye Wyatt. Sherrye is a wealth of local knowledge and has many useful contacts; please reach out to her for any guidance or assistance you may need, or simply to let her know you’re bringing a crew to the islands.
Email: sherrye@whidbey.com
Phone: 360.929.9924
All productions are also encouraged to contact Washington Filmworks in Seattle.


Let’s make
a movie!

We welcome film crews here, and look forward to working with you. The following links are full of information to help your location coordinating go as smoothly as possible. Because we want this to be a good experience for locals as well as filmmakers, you will also find our guidelines and expectations here. Please review the following information carefully to see if this is a good fit for your project, and whether you need a permit to proceed.


Filming on Whidbey and Camano Islands

Whidbey Island is accessible by a short, scenic ferry ride from the south end, or iconic Deception Pass Bridge from the north. Here you will find a huge diversity of locations, from quaint seaside villages to a world class Navy base, winding country roads and sweeping beach vistas. There are three incorporated towns on Whidbey, each with their own film permit. There are also several unincorporated communities, which are included in the county permit. Here you will also find information on how to film at public properties that don’t fall under either of these jurisdictions, such as State Parks, ferries, and ports. Please consult the interactive map to find the appropriate permit or contact for the area you are interested in, or contact the film liaison if you are unsure.

Local Film Information and Permits

lighthouse_dsc_3857-2Many of the island’s roads offer unique and beautiful scenery and are a filmmaker’s and photographer’s paradise. This agreement is needed to film along the highways and in the parks. Please note, this process can take up to two weeks or more to complete.
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coupeville-waterside_pix7653Located on Penn Cove, the historic city of Coupeville is a special seaside community where the downtown is filled with buildings more than 100 years old. Please download this form to begin the process of shooting your film within Coupeville’s city limits.
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langley_pix5959The picturesque ‘Village by the Sea’ is one of Whidbey Island’s most popular tourist destinations with quaint shops and an artistic vibe. Please download these instructions and agreement to begin shooting your film within Langley’s city limits.
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oak-harbor-marina_pix8420The town of Oak Harbor is filled with wonderful locations for filming ranging from waterfront parks to a small town main street to small town residential areas. Download this event form to start the process and read the necessary agreements.
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Port Authority Local Film Information

Coupevill Wharf dsc_6925The Port of Coupeville operates two of Whidbey Island’s most scenic locations — the Coupeville Wharf and Greenbank Farm.

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The Port of South Whidbey operates 9 properties including the South Whidbey Harbor at Langley and the Island County Fairgrounds.
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State Parks and Ferries Film Information

Deception Pass State Park is an amazing chasm that separates Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands.  The park is much more with 4000+ acres of forest, lakes, shoreline, hiking paths, and a marina.
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Towering 18 stories above the water the Deception Pass Bridge is an irresistible draw for amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers.
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The two Camano Island state parks offer commanding views of the waters of Saratoga Passage.  Cama Beach state park is a throwback to the Northwest Tourist camps popular from 1930 to the ’60’s.
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Six other state parks offer, among other things, a lighthouse, two old military forts, wide open spaces for hang-gliding and deeply-forested trails for hikes, trail bikes and horseback riding.  Many have remarkable water and sunset views from the west side of Whidbey Island.
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The iconic Washington state ferries operate two runs that include Whidbey Island. One is a short but pretty run between the mainland and Whidbey Island. The other is the longest run in the system, traveling from the island to the Olympic Peninsula – the “thumb” of the state.
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Federal Film Information

Many of the island’s roads offer unique and beautiful scenery and are a filmmaker’s and photographer’s paradise. This agreement is needed to film along the highways and in the parks. Please note, this process can take up to two weeks or more to complete.
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Located on Penn Cove, the historic city of Coupeville is a special seaside community where the downtown is filled with buildings more than 100 years old. Please download this form to begin the process of shooting your film within Coupeville’s city limits.
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