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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.