Filming in the Laurel Highlands

Outdoor wonders, luxury resorts, and historic locations ideal for movies and television

The Laurel Highlands is ready for the big screen! Located just outside of Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands region offers idyllic landscapes, picturesque rivers, soaring mountain ranges and historic architecture to serve as the stunning backdrop to your next film project or pilot.

Recent Productions


The Pale Blue Eye Compass Inn Museum

Netflix and Cross Creek's scripted adaptation of Louis Bayard's The Pale Blue Eye showcases The Compass Inn Museum & Ligonier Valley Historical Society as a major filming location. Starring Christian Bale and directed by Scott Cooper, filming took place in December 2021.

A League of Their Own

Amazon's upcoming series "A League of Their Own" filmed in Greensburg, PA, in October 2021. The city's iconic century-old train station served as the centerpiece for shots as it was transformed into an era-specific location for the television program.

The Bachelor at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Matt James

Season 25 of "The Bachelor" was shot entirely at Nemacolin in Farmington, PA. The season starred Matt James, the first black Bachelor in the show's history, as he searched for love at the incredible Chateau while enjoying luxurious accommodations, five-star dining and countless four-season activities.

American Rust - Showtime

American Rust, a Showtime series based on a novel of the same name, is filmed in the town of Donora, located in Fayette County. The series stars Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney in a compelling family drama set in PA. 

Out of the Woods: Battlefields of Western Pennsylvania

With fascinating photography and interviews, the WQED documentary "Out of the Woods: Battlefields of Western Pennsylvania" takes viewers to historic Laurel Highlands locations including Fort LigonierFort Necessity National BattlefieldBushy Run Battlefield and Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town.


Fiddle's Diner

Netflix drama "I Am Not Okay With This" filmed in the Laurel Highlands in 2019 at various Brownsville locations. Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, season one of the hit show stars Sophia Lillis as she deals with the typical girl problems of boys, school and supernatural powers.


The Great Ride WQED

In this WQED documentary, cyclists from all over the world share their experiences as they travel 335 miles of breathtaking scenery and fascinating history on the Great Allegheny Passage. Watch the full documentary online.

Filming Locations

Buffalo Bill's House

Bufflo Bill's House is a famous, historic vacation rental and cinematic destination where your enjoyment and comfort is our priority. This charming 1910 Victorian style home was featured extensively throughout the climactic finale of “The Silence of the Lambs” starring the Academy Award winning Best Actress, Jodie Foster (FBI Agent Clarice Starling) and featuring the deeply disturbing portrayal of serial killer Buffalo Bill played by veteran actor Ted Levine. The home still features many attributes that have remained unchanged since filming took place 30 years ago! Come and experience for yourself why all of our guests ratings are 5 stars since opening in 2021. Located in the scenic Laurel Highlands along the Youghiogheny River (across the street from Hazelbaker’s Canoe & Kayak River Trips), less than a 1/2 mile from the Great Allegheny Passage walking/biking trail and only 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Buffalo Bill's House is an ideal vacation rental for up to 8 guests. Enjoy over 2,500 sq ft of indoor space and 2 acres of lush green landscape.

Cucumber Falls

With 3,000 square miles of mountainous terrain, the Laurel Highlands has four seasons of unique filming locations. Ohiopyle State Park, just one of eight state parks in the region, has waterfalls, whitewater, natural water slides, rock climbing, scenic overlooks and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. The region's outdoor amenities can be showcased during mild summers, vibrant falls and snow-covered winters to fit any production need.

The Bachelorette - Nemacolin

Nemacolin, the region's pinnacle of luxury from accommodations and dining to spas and golf, was recently featured on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. This combination of outdoor wonder and five-star resorts make the Laurel Highlands the ideal place for reality tv shows, pilots and treating your stars and staff to the ultimate in comfort while you film.

Sharon Speelman, Historical Hanna, Somerset

Preserved forts, revived historic towns and battlefields also make the Laurel Highlands suitable for period pieces. Early colonial life and French & Indian War history is celebrated and preserved throughout the region. Plus, our region's historians can help make everything in your production as accurate as possible!

Use Our Experts

Douglas Education Center - Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program

Once you've chosen to film in the Laurel Highlands, the experts and amenities for film crews in our region are a fantastic added bonus. The soundstage at Douglas Education Center is one of the area's largest with a green screen, infinity wall, rooms for make-up, wardrobe and props, editing suites and a sound mixing studio, and was recently used by the WWE for their Firefly Fun House production.

Plus, Douglas Education Center boasts both the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program and George A. Romero Filmmaking Program, with graduates working on major productions like Avengers: Endgame, The Nun, The Predator and much more. To utilize these talented students or rent the soundstage, please contact Janelle Imbrescia or Alexandra Fleeman.

Close to Pittsburgh

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The Laurel Highlands region is just a short drive from Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport, so production teams of any size can find accommodations in the region or nearby.

The city contains the largest soundstage outside of LA and New York, and has shown a love of film since opening the world's first movie theatre in the early 1900s. Plus, the city gives back by hosting  independent and international film festivals every year. Learn more about the advantages of filming near Pittsburgh and in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Film Office

Pittsburgh Film Office

The Pittsburgh Film Office is the go-to resource for productions in the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region. Since its inception in 1990, the PFO has assisted more than 135 feature films and television productions in southwestern Pennsylvania from Silence of the Lambs to The Dark Knight Rises to The Fault in Our Stars. The PFO provides information on the region, locations, vendors and crew; and coordinates government and business offices in support of productions.

Start your film project by contacting the PFO directly or use the PFO website for additional information about filming in the Laurel Highlands, such as permits and incentives like tax credits for productions in the Commonwealth.

Contact Us

If you need additional help or want to know more about filming in the Laurel Highlands, please contact Eric Knopsnyder at Our staff are experts on the region and will work together with the Pittsburgh Film Office to ensure your production is a success.