January 31, 2020 – MovieMaker’s “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” list for 2020 has Albuquerque coming in first again. See a little of what they had to say about New Mexico’s largest city, and read the full list at their website:
Albuquerque repeats at the top of our list. It has some built-in advantages, including 310 days of sunshine a year, four seasons, and mild winters—plus vistas stunning enough to distract you from the twists on Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and the first Breaking Bad film, El Camino, released in 2019.
New Mexico’s film industry generated $525 million locally in 2019, according to Albuquerque film liaison Amber Dodson. Tax incentives include a 25 to 35% production tax credit for film, TV, commercials, documentaries, music videos, video games, animation, post-production and more.
In addition to those incentives, New Mexico is helping train local crews with its Film Crew Advancement Program, which provides 50% wage reimbursement for up to 1,040 hours of on-the-job training of New Mexico residents. “Albuquerque is a place with open doors and open minds,” says Dodson. “We embrace respect, diversity, opportunity and equality. We welcome creators and stories of all kinds and can support everything from a short film to a studio tent-pole with our competitive incentive, deep crew base, impressive production facilities and support businesses, large talent pool, diverse locations and landscapes, proximity to L.A., great weather, network of film offices, and overall film-friendly community.”