So many films have been shot in New Mexico that the state can practically be called Hollywood’s backlot.
New Mexico’s Monument Valley and desert landscapes have hosted classics such as John Ford’s “Stagecoach” (1939), “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949) and “How the West Was Won” (1962).
Iconic films like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider” (1969), and Harold Ramis’ “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), and Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump” also shot in the Land of Enchantment.
In more recent years, New Mexico has lured films and TV shows with a generous incentive program, offering a 25% refundable tax credit on film projects on direct and post-production expenditures rendered in-state. For television, the refundable tax credit is 30%.
The program has no minimum spend and no project cap.
In addition to desertscapes, New Mexico towns such as Taos and Santa Fe can provide backgrounds of picturesque pueblo architecture, and Albuquerque can serve as the quintessential Western city.
For all these reasons, projects that have lately shot in New Mexico include: “Hell or High Water” (2016), “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Blood Father” (2016), “Independence Day: Resurgence” (2016), “Captain Fantastic” (2016),” and the TV series “Preacher,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Better Call Saul.”
|30%||Refundable tax credit for television|
|25%||Refundable tax credit for film|
|Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company|
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.