Filming in your neighborhood

Information about filming in your neighborhood.

Lights. Camera. Action. And now what?

  • Can a production company film anywhere?

    No. Film Production companies must follow the City of Albuquerque Film Guidelines, which are available on-line at www.filmABQ.com.

  • Can a production company film at any time, night or day?

    Normal hours for filming are between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.. If a film production company wishes to film outside of those times, they must follow special notification guidelines with the neighborhood, and obtain a noise permit from the Department of Environmental Health.

  • What is a film permit?

    The City of Albuquerque offers filmmakers a one-stop film permitting process, where representatives from various city departments come together and discuss film requests, and sign off on a permit. City departments involved include the Film Office, Environmental Health, Police, Fire, Neighborhood Association, and Municipal Development.

  • What vehicles are allowed in the neighborhood?

    Only “working trucks” may park in a neighborhood. “Working trucks” are those defined as vehicles that are vital to the making of the film, such as Camera, Props, and Grip & Light.

  • What is "Base Camp"?

    All other vehicles that are not essential to the actual filming are located in a Base Camp. Base Camps house crew parking (which can be a significant number of cars), honeywagons (portable bathrooms), star trailers, and a catering tent. Examples of base camps around town include The Albuquerque Little Theatre, churches, and empty parking lots. Base camps do receive a location fee. ALT made $25,000 last year from film companies. That’s a true win win situation. Cars are kept off of the neighborhood streets, and a local cultural entity receives needed funding.

  • Why are there so many schedule changes for a film?

    It’s important to remember that making a film is a fluid process. Changes may be due to weather, talent availability or sickness, script rewrite, or the necessity to come back and do a reshoot.

  • Is it okay for a truck to block a driveway?

    Never. Unless it has been agreed upon by the property owner, who will then receive a location or usage fee.

  • Is it okay for a truck to block a fire hydrant?

    Never. Unless it’s a firetruck.

  • Is it okay for crew to stand in my front yard?

    Never. Unless it has been previously agreed upon by the property owner, who will then receive a location or usage fee.

  • What if I see the film crew doing something that is not permissible?

    Please contact the ABQ Film Office.

  • Can I watch the filming?

    Yes. Please turn off your cell phones, and be very quiet. Keep at a respectable distance. And never never ever stand in an actor’s eye line.

  • What is an "eye line"?

    Where the actor is looking as he delivers his line.

  • Can I talk to the star?

    No.

  • I have some questions about what's going on, who can I talk to?

    Seek out the Location Manager. You will see Production Assistants or Security with walkie-talkies. Quietly approach them and ask if they can help you locate the Location Manager or Assistant Location Manager.

  • I think I'd like to be in a movie. how do I get involved?

    A good way to experience what a film is like is to be an Extra on a film. It doesn’t pay well, and it can be quite boring, but it can also be fun. Who knows, you might get discovered by Kevin Costner, or Jessica Alba. Email Ann at alerner@cabq.gov for information about being an extra.

  • Why is the shoot day so long?

    A lot of crew and a lot of equipment are involved in setting up shots. A normal work day is 12 – 14 hours long. It makes economic sense to get as much shot in one day as possible. The crew gets overtime by the way – this is quite a lucrative industry.

  • I think I might want to work on the crew. What steps should I take?

    First, see a psychologist. (kidding) Email Ann and she’ll give you some pointers. But remember, it’s not a career. .it’s a lifestyle. A high-paying, non-polluting lifestyle.

  • How do I get my house in a movie?

    If you are interested in having your house used as a location, first, see a psychologist (kidding), then email Ann and she’ll give you some pointers.

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