Welcome to Film-Friendly Monterey County

There’s a great history of filmmaking in Monterey County, and a wealth of film locations for features, commercials, TV, and other media productions. The Monterey County Film Commission is a nonprofit organization, which promotes our area’s locations, crew and businesses to the film industry, making it easy for filmmakers to take their projects from start to finish here. More than $111 million has come into local communities from film production since the film commission was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987.

Monterey County settings played starring roles in HBO’s Big Little Lies, in both season one and season two. Dozens of local locations appear in the episodes. The Monterey County Film Commission was happy to work with the production, and Monterey Peninsula communities, businesses and crew benefited. The estimated local spend during HBO’s filming sessions was nearly $6 million.

Production Resource Guide

When planning to film on-location in Monterey County, you can find help and the services you need here. Professional crew and support contacts listed are ready to roll.

 

Location, Location, Location

Our locations in Monterey County have been sought out by directors and cinematographers since 1897, when a cameraman working for Thomas Edison shot the pounding Monterey surf and filmed carriages arriving at the historic Hotel Del Monte. Filmmakers from Edward Weston to Ansel Adams to Clint Eastwood have flocked here ever since, seeking the perfect backdrops for their shots.