Think Big, Think Mexico
Mexico has State-of-the-Art studio infrastructure and a long tradition of studio filmmaking. Mexico's soundstages are ideally suited for grand scale productions. In Mexico filmmakers have the logistical and economic confidence to think and make big and the results they get are simply spectacular: Dune, Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Master and Commander, 007 James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies.
Mexico has two major film studios: Churubusco - Azteca Studios, in Mexico City, the Baja Film Studios, located in Rosarito, Baja California. Our studio complexes offer a range of stage sizes and excellent support services to meet the needs of any production.
Details of these studios are provided below. For further information, please contact Film-Friendly Mexico. We can also advise on alternative studio spaces should these be required for smaller scale or blue/green-screen-based film and audio-visual productions.
Mexico City, Mexico
Churubusco Studios is one of the oldest and largest movie studios in Latin America located in the Churubusco neighborhood of Mexico City. They were inaugurated in 1945 after a 1943 agreement between RKO Pictures and Mexican television and radio broadcast tycoon Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta. Most of the films known as the "Golden Age of the Mexican Cinema" were filmed in these studios including films where the set in itself has an essential role like Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel. In 1950 the studios were acquired by the Mexican government and merged with Estudios y Laboratorios Azteca to form Churubusco - Azteca Studios. Since 1958 the government has owned the studios, which are under direct management of cultural authority agency Conaculta. It is estimated that 95% of the films produced in Mexico since 2000 have used many of the services the studio provides.
Built in Rome's Cinecittà Studios fashion, Churubusco-Azteca Studios offers a production infrastructure of 9 soundstages, a chemical lab (certified by Image Care), with a digital postproduction facility, two re-recording and mixing rooms and a room for dubbing, in addition to warehouses and offices. Churubusco-Azteca Studios have also excelled in film-processing laboratories which have obtained the Eastman Kodak annual quality certification.
The THX-certified rooms of Churubusco Studios are ranked as one of the best and most modern postproduction facilities in the Latin American region. Churubusco Studios is also equipped with a unique projection room in Mexico screening in both 35 mm and digital 2k formats.
Churubusco Studios has 8 acoustically isolated soundstages of 1,400 square meters and one more of 1,000 square meters. Five of these stages are equipped with blue screen and production cabins, allowing the building of sets of any scale.
Churubusco Studios has provided production services for films like: Dune, Romeo + Juliet, Total Recall, The Devil's Rain, Under the Volcano, Frida, The Mask of Zorro, Conan the Destroyer , Honey I Shrunk the Kids and 007 James Bond License to Kill, among other films.
Churubusco Studios is currently finishing an ambitious remodeling process to provide a better service to local and foreign productions.
For further information on Churubusco-Azteca Studios please contact us at Film-Friendly Mexico or feel welcome to contact them directly at:
Manuel Gameros Hidalgo Monroy
Phone: 5549 3060 Ext. 141 y 143
Gina Bibiana Bechelany Fajer
Customer Service Manager
Phone: 01 800 8310961
Rosarito; Baja California, Mexico
Originally built for the 20th Century-Fox epic Titanic, Baja Film Studios is a completely self-contained production facility. Baja Film Studios gas the largest aquatic stage in the world, which make it unique for filming the walkways difficult marine scenes, under a technologically controlled environment.
Construction of the facility began on June 6, 1996 and since that time various films and other projects in addition to Titanic have used the facility. Site improvement and expansion is ongoing. The present complex is located on 35 acres overlooking the Pacific coast with more than 2,000 feet of ocean front near the Mexican resort community of Rosarito.
Unobstructed views of the ocean, a combined tank volume of over 20 million gallons and a modern filtration plant capable of delivering 9,000 gallons of filtered sea-water per minute makes Baja Studios the premiere facility for water-related work of any kind.
Tank 1 provides an additional 350,000 square feet of exterior shooting space, flooded or dry. Some of the world's largest stages and filming tanks work in concert with offices, scenery shops, dressing rooms, wardrobe facilities to accomplish most filming requirements.
The proximity of the studio to California, a varied assortment of location sites nearby, cost of construction and a favorable exchange rate combine with the other advantages of filming in México to make Baja Studios an excellent choice for any production. Freeway-close to Los Angeles, the studio is located near San Diego, just 30 minutes south of the U.S. / Mexican border, on a latitude N. 32 17' 173" and a longitude W. 117 02' 268".
The location provides access to the dynamic technical and artistic expertise of both nations. Numerous hotels, condominiums and restaurants serve the resort area.
Baja Studios has provided production services for films like Titanic, Master and Commander, Deep Blue Sea, 007 James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies, City of Ember, Pearl Harbor and All is Lost among other films.
You can download studio schematics at the Baja Studio website.
For further information on Baja Film Studios please contact us at Film-Friendly Mexico or feel welcome to contact them directly at:
US Phone number: (619) 428 9909
MX Phone: 011 52 (664) 231 5200 ext: 6303/1149
Fax: 011 52 (664) 231 5200