Johnny Depp movie Transcendence films in New Mexico doubling for California
Johnny Depp’s new movie Transcendence is filming partly in New Mexico, doubling Albuquerque for Berkeley in California. Depp previously filmed The Lone Ranger in the south-west state and his new movie is directed by star cinematographer Wally Pfister.
Part of central Albuquerque has been designed to double for Berkeley and the production will be employing around 250 local crew members.
“I think the businesses really appreciate it,” Debbie Stover, of Albuquerque’s Downtown Action Team, told local CBS affiliate KRQE: “When the guys are scouting and doing their prep work, they eat here, they get their shoes fixed here and they use all of our downtown services so it's really nice for our downtown businesses."
When the guys are scouting and doing their prep work, they eat here, they get their shoes fixed here and they use all of our downtown services.
Debbie Stover, Albuquerque’s Downtown Action Team
“Albuquerque has a really good reputation for being a film-friendly city so lots of people are coming here to do their films,” Stover adds.
New Mexico offers a 25% refundable filming tax credit. Albuquerque has a higher profile as a result of The Lone Ranger and also because of TV drama Breaking Bad, which has boosted local film tourism and led to an increased 30% filming tax credit for television shows.
To find out more about filming in Albuquerque click here.
(Still: Albuquerque Film Office)
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