location scouting


I'm a location manager and scout based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I've been working in the the film industry since 2011 when I was an intern on an independent movie filming here. My experience as a location manager includes preliminary scouting, budgeting, contracts, permits and everything a production needs from prep to wrap. As a native New Mexican, I'm able to have a unique perspective on filming within the state, especially as we have so many beautiful locations including a lot of land owned by Native American Tribes (and many of them are open to filming). I primarily work on commercials and feature films with a variety of budgets. I enjoy the opportunity to see all corners of a diverse state.

I am also available to consult on lower budget and independent projects to help you to understand what you need into order to film, and what the permitting process is for various jurisdictions. The sooner you are able to start getting this in order, the better it will be for your production.

In my non-existent free time I enjoy traveling, fostering kittens for local animal rescue groups, and yoga nidra meditation. I am a proud member of the Location Managers Guild International since 2015.

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Feel free to see gallery for a taste of what New Mexico has to offer.

Ariel Lopez in London after paddleboarding with yellow yoga pants and white flip flops
Ariel Lopez holding LMGI award for Sicario in 2015

Recent Projects: 

  • The television series The Curse from Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie coming soon to Showtime
  • The feature film Trigger Warning coming soon to Netflix

Select experience (full resume at IMDb )

Ariel Resume