Movie Shot In La Bufadora

Here’s how the caper went down

Whenever a town is blessed by being selected as a movie locale, that spot benefits not only from the immediate infusion of revenue and notoriety generated by the film company, but also from the residual effects of having been introduced to influential and creative people whose presence and extended exposure will enrich the area exponentially.

Rosarito has long been recognized as a movie location, but now, thanks to a movie shot here by Alonzo Rutzpalacios,  Ensenada’s La Bufadora is in the spotlight. Specifically, Rancho Casa Negra, a bed-and-breakfast the bottom of a steep hill just off the road to La Bufadora.

Producer Ramiro Ruiz instructed his location manager to select a beautiful, secluded house for scenes to be shot for his upcoming romantic comedy, “Everybody Loves Somebody”.

The film is a Mexican production with the dialog in both Spanish and English with appropriately inserted subtitles. Its release is scheduled for next February, although they have wrapped up filming here. 

The screenplay is the brainchild of Catalina Aguilar, who also directed the film. According to Sr. Ruiz, it is a fictional adaptation of real events revolving around a 32 year old woman who was born and raised in Rosarito, and educated and now working in the States. She’s preparing to attend a wedding in Rosarito. A love triangle sets the stage for situations both touching and comedic.

Whenever a film crew is shooting on location, its members must deal with whatever logistical problems arise. In this case, it’s how to get big trucks loaded with expensive equipment safely up the winding, narrow La Bufadora street. Having arrived, the even more harrowing challenge was how to get down to the coast on a very narrow private road, with turns so tight that even a normal sedan can barely make it. The house where it all happens is at the bottom of the road. There was a lot of jockeying back and forth. One of the trucks was an 18 wheeler. When filming was complete, the contents of that jumbo rig were hauled up in little chunks on smaller trucks, then reloaded onto the big one at the top of the hill.

The crew consisted of almost 100 people, and they had to swap out the furniture to furniture that fit the movie, and then return the house to the original condition.

The crew also made their own “improvements” to the property which they left.

During the shooting a helicopter illuminated with massive lights was used for aerial shots.  As it circled above and around La Bufadora, many residents were alarmed, fearing a police manhunt was underway. But the chopper, (leased from a company in San Diego), had the proper permits from the local authorities, although the public had not been notified. Sr. Ruiz apologized for the oversight.

The good news is that the film company was so happy with the warm welcome and cooperation they got here, they plan to return with another project.