Film Friendly Bastrop County

Bastrop County hosts many different types of productions each year from commercials, TV shows to full Film hospitality  Capital of Texaslength feature films. Bastrop County host three unique Texas cities in a 20 mile radius, which include Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin. All these cities offer a  vast range of filming locations including historic buildings, main streets, neighborhood parks, horse trails, lakes, cabins, athletic fields, open farm land and pine forest.

Located in Elgin is New Republic Studios, a complex of indoor studios which span on 200 acres along the Colorado River, offering three sound stages ranging from 1,200-sf to 6,500-sf, and over 2,700-sf of production office space, 2 private screening rooms, diverse production- friendly terrain, as well as on-site construction builders and set designers.

Bastrop County is also located in close proximity to 4 four major US cities. so there are always experienced, professional crews, actors and production resources within few hours reach.

Come see why location scouts find this part of Texas such a great place to for their productions and come experience our Texas hospitality right in the Heart of Texas.

New Republic Studios set and film crew
New Republic Studios indoor studio with set.



The Smithville Film Commission (SFC) was created in 2008 shortly after filming wrapped for Tree of Life. But our Film Friendly virtues started much earlier with the filming of “Hope Floats” in 1997. In January 2008, only five days after the introduction of the state program, Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Community in Texas by the Texas Film Commission. View productions filmed in Smithville.

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Home Floats House
The house used in the movie Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr.



Elgin is a Texas Film Friendly Community working regularly with movies, commercial photo shoots, music videos, commercials, and independent films.  From unique turn of the century brick craftsmanship through the Historic Downtown District to industrial structures, from farm land, to downtown loft spaces that feel like you’re in New York City, Elgin has great locations and can expedite permitting approvals.  View productions filmed in Elgin.

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Varsity Blues and Friday Night Lights filmed in Elgin, Tx.


City of Bastrop

Downtown Bastrop represents a unique blending of the old and new. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, the historic district is filled with a variety of shops and restaurants. The historic ambiance of downtown is complemented by nearby neighborhoods containing over 130 historical sites. View productions filmed in Bastrop.

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Bernie characters talking on street
“Bernie”, a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater


Bastrop County

Bastrop County is not only known for its  friendly nature, but for its diversity of landscape. From rivers, parks, farms, forests, resorts to its downtown historical buildings located in Elgin, Smithville and Bastrop.

The Gas Station
The original 1974 film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was filmed at a gas station along the highway.


For more information about filming in Bastrop County, please reach out to :

Adena Lewis, Director
Voice: (512) 581-4011