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Film & Television                                            

Sandbags are iconic.

Nothing says conflict, siege, resistance and survival better... whether it's war, revolution, floods, mudslides, hurricanes, post-apocalyptic hell or the zombie apocalypse.

New Mexico filmAbout us: We're New Mexico's only full-service sandbag company, and our bags have been featured in several major motion pictures and television productions.

Being a small, homegrown company, and we'll bend over backwards to meet your needs while keeping within your budget & deadlines. Our filled bags are lovingly hand-filled to your specifications. We'd love to work with you.

Pricing: Variable according to quantity. As a rough guide, empty bags start at $0.75 each and filled bags start at $3.50 each. Discounting is available with volume purchase and we can deliver throughout the Southwest. Visit our  commercial and store pages for information about bag types & prices.

Rentals: Cost-effective, reasonable rates, and saves you the logistical hassles of disposal when you're striking the set. Just ask. Let us know the quantity you have in mind & your time frame.

Concierge service:
Not sure? We can come to you with samples & assist you in making selections.
We enjoy problem-solving and our experience can help you come up with cost-effective & innovative solutions.


Set Design, Dressing and Props

If you're looking for historical accuracy, sandbags started out as white cotton & linen bags (Revolutionary War - Civil War era). In the late 19th century, they shifted to burlap, and this remained the standard until the 1970s, when polypropylene ("poly") bags started to become available.

Modern poly bags are treated with UV inhibitors to extend their lives. White is the most common color and the most widely available; these are the bags most often associated with roadblocks, border fortifications, demonstrations & revolutions.

Colored bags have become more popular in the last few decades (especially green and tan for camouflage in the field). Likewise, treated burlap bags (bluish-green in color) remain popular.

Natural disasters: Every spring, snowmelt and flooding take front stage in the news, and sandbags are front & center. You see them being used in hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, tsunamis, and other examples of mankind's epic & eternal struggle against nature.

Props: In addition to our standard poly & burlap sandbags, we can source specialty bags: old faded burlap coffee & feed bags, cotton sacks, etc. These can be filled with lightweight material for wagon & cart loads, store shelves, dockside cargo bales... you get the idea. We've got the suppliers and the connections to get you what you need.


Physical / Mechanical Effects

Albuquerque is blessed with fine silt which is ideal for movie dust. Packed in loose-weave burlap bags, these make superb duster bags.

We can also provide wide varieties of sand, dirt, rock, scoria, concrete & asphalt rubble, etc., in any quantity you need. Our aggregate yard is an apocalyptic wasteland with mountains of rubble & debris which would be perfect for scavenging or for a shooting location. Contact us to arrange a visit.


Construction & Utility

Bags are multi-purpose and can be moved around on the lot for different applications. You can never have too many:

  • Anchoring & securing tarps and equipment in high winds.
  • Storm water and flood diversion & channeling for outdoor locations.
  • Erosion control & stabilization.
  • Skirting for trailers to block wind and provide insulation.
  • Blast barriers for live munitions and explosives.
  • Barricades, temporary enclosures and structures.
  • Rigging, counterweights & deadman anchors.
  • Ballast and traction for vehicles in snow, ice, sand and mud.


Credits to date

:                                                                                            Television:

Scorch Trials
                                                                                The Night Shift (NBC)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (working title: Fun House)                       The Brave (NBC)
Only the Brave (working title: Granite Mountain)
12 Strong (working title: Horse Soldiers)


What we offer:

We provide both filled and empty sandbags in any quantity - no minimum - and can deliver state-wide, or load your truck in our yard to ease your budget. Our most popular industrial-grade bags include:

  • Polypropylene (available in dark green, orange, white, black, or desert tan).
  • Burlap, both plain (natural untreated jute, tan) and treated (US Military specs, EPA-approved, green).
  • Pre-filled 10-lb and 20-lb saddle sandbags for light stands, booms, tripods, etc.
  • Rental bags (heavy-duty, black) can handle the worst your crew can dish out.
  • Bulk dirt and aggregate (sand, rocks, rubble, etc.), either in cubic-yard FIBC bags or dumped on location.

If you'd like bag samples, let us know. We carry or can source other kinds of bags as well. Give us an idea of
what you're looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we can get it... everything from Roscos to Hescos.

Special challenges? We love them. Give us a call & we'll see what we can do for you.



We're registered with the New Mexico Film Office as being 'eco-friendly'. What's this mean?

The term's widely overused & abused, but we're the real deal. The masonry sand used to fill our bags comes from recycled concrete. Our burlap bags are biodegradable & compostable, while our poly bags can be recycled with household plastic waste (resin ID code 5). We use recycled pallets. We produce minimal carbon emissions. We pick up our garbage. And we can help with your post-production cleanup.



We offer hiring preference to people with obstacles to employment, including veterans, minorities, women, folks with arrest records & felonies, people who are homeless, and those with disabilities. We pay above state minimum wage & provide hard workers with strong references & encouragement when they're ready to move on.

We source our supplies locally whenever possible, and sell at (or near) cost to non-profits and educational entities. Your support helps us support the community. And we're a member of the Film Business Alliance of New Mexico, which means that we also actively support your community.


Call us at 505.750.3478 and leave a message if we don't pick up.
We'll get back to you ASAP. Promise.

Alternatively, email us at info@nmdirtbags.com.

New Mexico Dirtbags                   Albuquerque,  New Mexico   87106                   (505) 750-3478  (DIRT)