Filming in Your Neighborhood
Lights. Camera. Action.
And now what?
Frequently Asked Questions about filming in your neighborhood.
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 Contact us 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.
What can I expect if my house is used as a location?
We'll cover that topic in the next neighborhood newsletter.