Film Friendly Texas Community

The City of Round Rock is a Texas Friendly Film Community.

The Texas Film Commission’s Film Friendly Texas program connects media industry professionals with skilled community liaisons across the state to provide local expertise and production support. Participation in the FFTX program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering media production in their municipalities and sends a clear message to media industry professionals that Film Friendly certified communities are serious about attracting their business. 

With an emphasis on working with Texas’ rural and suburban communities, the Film Friendly Texas program provides an elevated platform for statewide certified communities to market their unique attributes and resources directly to media industry professionals working in Texas. 

City of Round Rock Texas Friendly Film Community Examples: Commercials, episodic television, feature films.  Prior to filing an application for film industry permit in Round Rock, the Office of the City Manager must be contacted to discuss the production’s specific filming requirements and the feasibility of filming in Round Rock, Texas.  Reimbursement for use of City of property is required. 

Contact Information:

Scot S. Wilkinson
Director for Arts and Culture
City of Round Rock
512-671-2705 (O)
737-775-5669 (C)



Email completed applications to:

Blanca Gillis
City Hall 221 East Main Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: 512-218-3230
Fax: 512-218-7097

Blanca Gillis 
Phone:  512-218-2007

Fee: $50 


Dozens of films and TV shows, from small indie passion projects to blockbusters with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars have been shot in and around Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto. These are just a few of the major and minor motion pictures and television shows that used Austin’s northern suburbs. 

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” 
Year released: 1974 
Location: Round Rock 
Director: Tobe Hooper 
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger 
Production notes: The original location of the film’s shoot was on Quick Hill Road just outside of Round Rock, south of where SH 45 N is today. The house used for the shoot has since been restored and moved to Kingsland. 

“Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” 
Year released: 1982 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Colin Higgins 
Stars: Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds 
Production notes: The main house in the movie, the Chicken Ranch, is a private residence in Pflugerville. 

“Blood Simple” 
Year released: 1984 
Locations: Round Rock, Pflugerville 
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen 
Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand 
Production notes: This is the first feature film from the Coen Brothers, who would return to Texas to shoot films, such as “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” 

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” 
Year released: 1993 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Lasse Hallström 
Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio 

“The Big Green” 
Year released: 1995 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan 
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Jay O. Sanders 

“The Newton Boys” 
Year released: 1998 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Richard Linklater 
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey 

“Miss Congeniality” 
Year released: 2000 
Location: Round Rock 
Director: Donald Petrie 
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, William Shatner 

“25th Hour” 
Year released: 2002 
Location: Hutto 
Director: Spike Lee 
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton 

“The Rookie” 
Year released: 2002 
Location: Round Rock 
Director: John Lee Hancock 
Stars: Dennis Quaid 
Production notes: The fictional Hurham Bulls home stadium was the recently completed Dell Diamond, home to the Round Rock Express. 

“Secondhand Lions” 
Year released: 2003 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Tim McCanlies 
Stars: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment 
Production notes: The shoot used nearby Cele Store in Manor as the location of a fight scene between Duvall and some locals. Janice Fuchs, who has worked at the store for 38 years after her parents bought it, said her father, who owned the store at the time, was an extra. The movie used a nearby farmhouse as the exterior for the character’s main residence. 

“Friday Night Lights” 
Year released: 2006 
Locations: Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto 
Directors: Various 
Stars: Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch 
Production notes: The Pflugerville Panthers’ football field served as the backdrop for the fictional Dillon Panthers in the pilot. The location moved to Del Valle when the real Panthers needed the field for practice. The show also incorporated game footage from the local team into the show. 

Year released: 2006 
Locations: Round Rock, Pflugerville 
Director: Mike Judge 
Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews 

“Friday the 13th” 
Year released: 2009 
Location: Round Rock 
Director: Marcus Nispel 
Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Jared Padalecki 

“From Dusk Till Dawn,” Season 1 
Year released: 2014 
Location: Hutto 
Directors: Various 
Stars: D.J. Cotrona, Eiza González, Zane Holtz 
Production notes: Hutto restaurant The Texan Café served as the backdrop of a scene. 

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” 
Year released: 2014 
Location: Pflugerville 
Director: Michael Bay 
Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg 
Production notes: Local firefighters rushed to the filming location after a fire broke out in a home the crew was using to shoot a scene. The 100-year-old home was saved. 

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