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Film and Photography

The Dallas Film Commission

The Dallas Film Commission serves the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth region and serves as a liaison for filmmakers scouting sites for feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, and videos suitable to the North Texas area. It also provides production and talent services for the film industry.   North Texas offers a wide range of incentives to the film industry, including sales and hotel tax exemptions and rebates, local and state grants, a diverse talent pool and experienced crew base. To find out more about the Dallas Film Commission, visit their website at or contact them at 214.671.9821, 877.871-3456 or

The Irving Film Commission
The Irving, Texas Film Commission supports film industry needs for productions utilizing Irving as a destination.  For Irving-specific location inquiries, call 972-252-7476 or send an email to

 The Dallas Film Commision
 The Mustangs of Las Colinas  

The Mustangs of Las Colinas
One of the most popular areas for filming and photo shoots is at Williams Square in Las Colinas, which features the famous sculpture The Mustangs of Las Colinas by Robert Glen. This is the world's largest equestrian sculpture and provides a captivating backdrop. It is one of North Texas' most visited attractions.

Filming and photo shoots must be coordinated through Cousins Properties. For information about rules, rates, and other requirements, contact Cousins Properties at 972-869-5900. To view the sculpture and plaza, visit 5215 N. O'Connor Boulevard in Irving.

Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn
The other areas that are most frequently used for filming and photo shoots are the canals and waterways of Irving's Mandalay Canal area in Las Colinas, including Lake Carolyn in the Urban Center. These areas are overseen by DCURD (the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District). For a full list of fees, rules, regulations, insurance requirements, and the forms and permits needed to utilize these locations, review the Property Use Permits on the DCURD website at: This section also includes contact information for the privately-owned areas in the canal area. For more information, contact DCURD at 972.556.0625

 Mandalay Canal
 Gondolas on Lake Carolyn  

Gondolas on Lake Carolyn

The gondolas on Lake Carolyn are a unique option for filming and photo shoots. The narrow canals have some private inlets with refreshing waterfall views, and the gondolas are the only vessels that ply the waters.


In addition to coordinating permits with DCURD as noted above, more information about the gondolas on Lake Carolyn can be found at Or you can contact Gondola Adventures at 866-646-2064 or


Parks and Green Spaces
There are currently 43 parks with over 2,000 acres of land maintained by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department, which offer a wide variety of backdrops for filming activities like picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and more. To review information on all Irving parks, click here. For information about filming at any of these locations, contact the Irving Parks and Recreation Department at 972.721.2501.


Parks and Green Spaces

 Photo Shoots  


Photo Shoots
Irving/Las Colinas is an ideal location for photo shoots and is often featured in regional and national photography. The area offers countless opportunities for unique settings, including the Las Colinas urban area, the Irving Convention Center, the Mandalay Canals, several golf courses, large public sculpture, and a compelling skyline.

If you have needs beyond the resources noted above, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to assist. Contact us at 972.252.7476. For details or permit requirements, call 972-252-7476 or email us at

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