8 Incredible Places to Film a Western in New York
The classic western! Raw, grungy and known for their stunning landscapes, there’s an added sense of awe to their magnanimous shots. Be it the snowy valleys with spring creeks or golden dirt fields in summer peak, there’s plenty of natural elements that need to be on screen to bring out the true aesthetic of the film or photo-shoot. The shots need to be rustic. The entire frame needs to be able to take you back in time. Simply put, the location of filming can be the make or break for a western. To solve that in the Big Apple, we’ve come up with a list of the 8 best places you can rent for your film and photo projects in New York City.
8. Rustic Farmhouse with 2 Barns
Barns, haystacks and farmhouses … these are staple visuals in all Westerns. The old-school home really stands out in today’s modern world, adding a dated feel. And when it’s neglected, like this space, it really has all the makings of a location that is camera tuned. The property is spread over a large lot with a big dirt yard. There’s also 2 barns on site with the wood chipped in places. Not only does this greatly help with the visual, bit it also lets light streak it, adding those special moments of magic that your camera can capture. The interiors also look and feel dated, which really helps sell the overall effect of the space.Available on Giggster, starting at $750/hr.
7. Horse Ranch in Wildlife Sanctuary
A massive horse ranch with plenty of riding areas, there’s a lot more to this space that a single space can capture. The ranch by itself has 2 fenced riding areas, one outdoor and one closed, allowing you all kinds of control over the light. In adding to the riding areas, there’s also a reception and an entire row of stables. But the magic of this property is in the immediate surroundings. Located in a wildlife preserve with over 400 acres of trails, and 3 miles of beachfront riding property. This kind of backdrop diversity really makes it seem like you’re in different places without having to travel too much. Perfect if you’re looking to film or shoot with different visual tones!
6. Rabbit Run Farm Ranch
With several buildings and a eye-catching whitewashed barn with a silo, this listing is great if you’re looking at being outdoors more. The barn has 2 large rooms with copper lamps/overhead lighting and wide plank floorboards. There’s also other outbuildings and dwellings on the property which spans a massive 129 acres. With great views of the valley, especially from the patio, this rustic lot really has a lot of unhindered sky views.
5. NYC Ranch with Mountain Views
If you’re looking for seasonal western shots, especially if the season is fall or winter - then this is a listing you should look at closely. Housing a magical landscape of tall trees, sprawling fields and rolling meadows, the climate really transforms the look of the space. The trees cover the entire spectrum of shades of yellow and green in the fall, which makes the scene extremely “wallpaper worthy”. There’s also an industrial barn, 2 wood sheds, 2 ponds and a kidney shaped pool available on site.
4. Rustic Saloon with Wood & Brick Interiors
A Southern-cabin style saloon in NYC, this bar has been built on a Country Western motif. Plenty of dark and light wood has been used in the interior, and there’s also a wall of exposed brick. Tastefully decorated with ornate ceilings and booth seating with a photogenic bar, this is the ideal space for a drinking scene in a western. There’s also retro bow windows and wood-paneled walls, which really adds a special aesthetic to the footage your camera captures.
3. 11 Acre Americana Estate
A beautiful Americana home located atop an 11 acre hill property, this house and fields are extremely photo worthy. The views are scenic no matter which direction you look and the entire home and lot has an air of class to it. In the spring the flowers and fruits trees bloom brightly, in summer the hay grows 5 feet high before cutting, and blows gently in the mountain breeze. In autumn the foliage can be breathtaking, and in winter the snow is deep outside while the wood-burning stove glows warm inside. There’s chances that a deer, wild turkey or a variety of wildlife may just show-up really enhancing the overall visual.
2. Large Grounds with Rustic Stables
A humble equestrian ranch with a charming house, this property is very down to earth and simple. A long driveway, large grounds, a front porch with valley views, the exteriors are everything you’d expect out of a house farm in NYC. There’s also a pond on site which is surrounded by lush green foliage and trees all around. There’s also a stable and a dirtway on site adding a different location styles to your photos and film.
1. The Duchess
Lavish and one-of-a-kind, this space is a high end Western location built on a 260 acre farm. The site contains a luxury hotel built in a rustic dutch colonial style. Literally every inch of this space is photogenic, and with plenty of different landscapes and topographical features, you’re guaranteed to draw a lot of location value from this space. Some of the more noteworthy features include a sauna room, auditorium, helicopter pad, a bridge over a creek, a greenhouse and multiple fireplaces. Honestly, it’s pure camera joy.
And that’s our pick for the best locations for filming westerns in New York. Whether you’re looking to retain the old-school film cliches, or move them into a more modern space, that is a creative decision these locations serve. If you’re interested in knowing more, seeing more pictures, or just straight up sure you want to shoot at any of these locations, then please follow the links. Happy rolling!