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True-life firefighter drama filming in New Mexico

New Mexico rural locationTrue-life firefighting drama Granite Mountain has started filming on location in New Mexico, using the state as a double for Arizona.

The film will tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of firefighters who took on a horrific Arizona wildfire in June 2013. Filming locations will include Santa Fe and Los Alamos between now and early September.

New Mexico is a top US location for desert settings, offering generous filming incentive support, experienced crew and world-class studio facilities. Arizona offers no financial production assistance of its own and as a result has limited appeal as a filming location.

Other high-profile productions to have shot in New Mexico in recent months have included comedy movie Ideal Home and TV drama From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which relocated to Albuquerque after two seasons in Texas.

California is New Mexico’s main regional competitor and now has more money available through its annual film tax credit programme. The Golden State’s main focus is TV series and shows are specifically incentivised to relocate to the west coast if they have shot previous seasons elsewhere in the country.

Cities like New Orleans, New York and Atlanta remain the top US locations for feature productions.

For more on filming in New Mexico see our production guide.