Mexico is a top choice filmmaker's country: Some of the most demanding master filmmakers have enjoyed The Mexico Film Experience over more than seventy years and they have made history using our world of locations, our talented crews and resources to create legendary films.
Mexico is a filmmaking tradition: Orson Welles filmed part of The Lady from Shanghai; John Huston returned to Mexico four times to film his masterpieces The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Unforgiven, The Night of the Iguana and Under the Volcano; Between 1960 and 1973 directors like John Sturges, Don Siegel, George Roy Hill, Howard Hawks and Sam Peckinpah chose Mexican locations and soundstages to film landmark westerns: The Magnificent Seven, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Rio Lobo, The Wild Bunch and Pat Garret and Billy the Kid.
Mexico creates worlds deemed impossible in its soundstages: Director Roland Joffé recreated in detail the entire Los Alamos military complex where the first nuclear bombs were created in a giant working village/set in Durango state for Fat Man and Little Boy; David Lynch created incredible planets and universes at Churubusco Studios for Dune and maverick director James Cameron recreated the most famous ship sinking in Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss at Baja Film Studios, the world's largest aquatic soundstage and the facilities have also been used by 007 James Bond productions and by director Michael Bay for key sequences of Pearl Harbor.
The scale and transcendence of these productions speak themselves of The Mexico Film Experience: total commitment, confidence, friendliness, human touch, unlimited creativity and resourcefulness, all combined to make possible the impossible with flexible costing.
Welcome to Mexico: The film-friendly country.
On shooting on location in Mexico:
"We were committed to shooting the movie in Mexico. There's an incredible film community down there and we were excited at what we could do."
Julia Pistor, Producer
"Jared chose Oaxaca on gut, It showcased Mexico's mountains and Mexican culture - it was a magical place. We had a charmed experience filming there."
Mike White, Producer
"It definitely helps to be immersed in the culture that you're portraying in the movie. Oaxaca is gorgeous. It has ancient pyramids, amazing architecture, and a rich flavor that adds to the whole experience. I don't think there's ever been a comedy with as many beautiful backdrops before as we have in this film."
"When I initially said yes to the project, I didn't realize how enormous it was going to be. But at the end of the shoot, when all the screaming, yelling, and grueling work was done, it was a truly unique experience."
Martin Campbell, Director
"I am very happy to be here in Campeche, we needed places that resemble as closely as possible to Havana, and here is where we found them. Besides being with the (Mexican production) team has been wonderful, because people are hard-working, in fact I already have the experience of having worked in Mexico (with 'Traffic') and it has always happened very well"
Steven Soderbergh, Director
"Durango has the spectacular outdoor locations including the high mountains, rock formations and deserts we required,"
Tim Van Rellim, Executive Producer
"The Baja tank was our Pacific and our Atlantic, our Brazilian Cost and our Galapagos Islands".
"The creation of a new, full service facility in close proximity to Los Angeles enabled us to film 'Titanic' in one location, an accomplishment that speaks for itself."