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U.S.A – New Mexico

New Mexico Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in New Mexico? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in New Mexico? See below for an introduction to New Mexico locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.

New Mexico Film Locations

New Mexico is known for its spectacular Western landscapes of deserts, monuments, mountains, plains and forests. Natural locations of particular interest include White Sands National Monument, Rio Grande River, Box Canyon, Shiprock Mountain, Flat Top Rock, Bisti Badlands, Florida Mountains, Bandelier National Monument, Sierra Blanca Peak, Todilto Bowl Canyon and Venus Needle, Organ Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Bosque del Apache, tribal lands and cattle ranches.

New Mexico’s capital, Santa Fe is renowned for its Adobe architecture and large creative community. There are also several Western sets just outside of Santa Fe available for filming including Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, Cerro Pelon Ranch (Silverado Movie Town), and Eaves Movie Ranch. “Old Main” New Mexico State Penitentiary is also available for filming.

Taos Pueblo and Acoma Pueblo are historic Native American villages available for commercial filming.

Los Alamos was home to the Manhattan Project.

Spaceport America is the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

The Lightning Field is an artwork of 400 stainless steel poles by sculptor Walter De Maria.

New Mexico also has a selection of ski resorts from Albuquerque stretching north to Taos.

New Mexico also offers Route 66 looks with infinity roads cutting through vast arid landscapes, old motels and diners, and small town America looks as found in places like Las Vegas, Gallup and Tucumcari.

Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city. Sitting in the high desert of central New Mexico, its modern city skyline contrasts with its Old Town looks. Breaking Bad filmed in the Albuquerque suburbs. Other locations of interest in the city include its highway overpasses, modern mansions, desert golf courses, and Cliff’s Amusement Park.

New Mexico has hosted many well known feature films…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed on The Cumbres Toltec Railroad.

No Country for Old Men and Hell or Highwater both doubled New Mexico for West Texas. Lone Survivor doubled New Mexico for Afghanistan.

Very Large Array (VLA) satellite dishes feature in the movie Contact.

Terminator Salvation was partly filmed at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Roswell is not only known for its UFO sites but is home to New Mexico Military Institute where The Men Who Stare at Goats was filmed.

Other productions of note that filmed in New Mexico include True Grit, Wyatt Earp, City Slickers, and Young Guns.

New Mexico Film Location Permits

Permits are required for filming on federal, state, and tribal lands, as well as city properties, historic sites and highways. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

New Mexico has a semi-arid to arid climate with abundant sunshine and little year-round rainfall.

• Santa Fe residents burn Zozobra in September
• The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in October.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

New Mexico Tax Incentives For Filming

New Mexico offers qualifying productions a 25 – 30% refundable tax credit. Visit the New Mexico Film Office for more information.

New Mexico Film Crew & Talent

Crew. New Mexico has a good pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Albuquerque, ‎Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Farmington based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in New Mexico.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and Latino. New Mexico is also home to a large Native American population which includes nineteen Pueblos, three Apache tribes, and the Navajo Nation. Film characters associated with New Mexico include UFO enthusiasts, Zia worshippers, earth hippies, suntanned retiree artists, outdoorsy types, and cowboys.

New Mexico Film Equipment

Equipment. Standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. More specialised equipment needs to be brought it.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

New Mexico Studios & Post Production

Studios. New Mexico has a few studios to choose from.

New Mexico Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Albuquerque, ‎Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Farmington and other areas of New Mexico. Hotels of note include:

Candlewood Suites Albuquerque Midtown
Los Poblanos Inn, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Final Notes

Safety. New Mexico is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. New Mexico has many relaxing hot springs particularly around Santa Fe and Truth or Consequences. Santa Fe is also a world-class city for dining. Bring home some red and green chile salsa.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in New Mexico, please see below:

Hire New Mexico Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in New Mexico, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in New Mexico, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.