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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, Navajo 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.

New Mexico Film Crew & Equipment

New Mexico has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

New Mexico Studios & Post Production

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

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-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

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.

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.

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