About Cojo-Jalama Ranches – Santa Barbara
The Cojo-Jalama Ranches lie in a truly unique geographical setting that surrounds Point Conception, the physical division between Southern and Northern California. The name “Conception” appropriately describes filming on the Ranches, as the property provides a natural canvas from which your concepts can spring to life. The Cojo-Jalama Ranches have been featured in Oscar-winning films, automotive commercials, and fashion magazines alike; promoting some of the most well-known brands in the world.
With 25,000 acres of unspoiled mountain and coastal terrain, the natural beauty of Central California permeates every inch of the Ranches. From rugged dirt roads, railroad tracks, jagged rock outcroppings, windswept pastures, native cattle herds, and weathered barns to rolling hills, lush oak forests, babbling brooks, majestic seaside cliffs, panoramic ocean vistas, deserted beaches, and a historic lighthouse, the Cojo-Jalama Ranches provide diverse backdrops for all types of media, including:
- Wedding Shoots
- Magazine Advertisements
- Television Commercials
- Music Videos
- Feature Films
Virtually every location on the property is already a closed set, free from pedestrian and onlooker interference, and there are miles of secluded beaches of varying sizes and compositions that can accommodate vehicles and equipment. You’ll be able to set your beach, swimming, and surfing scenes against rocky shores, sandy strands, tranquil coves, and world-class surf-breaks. Furthermore, the near absence of modern structures and vehicle traffic is conducive to filming period pieces, such as westerns, biopics, and war films. Transport your film project to the beaches of Normandy, English moors, Argentinian Pampas, Iberian coast, and many other foreign lands without ever leaving the state.
Our ranch staff has a wealth of experience working with the film industry. Not only will they help you identify your ideal film shoot location, but also meet your crew upon arrival and guide them through the Ranches. Our goal is to help you capture that perfect shot. We welcome all photographers and film makers—from students to seasoned professionals. We have a water truck on site that can be used to wet roads and create rain and other water effects. We also rent out props, including:
- Pick-up Trucks
- Heavy Equipment (Tractors, Bulldozers, Backhoes, etc.)
While scenic beauty abounds in California, it is rare to find such a pristine, private property that has primarily been shaped by the natural elements and time. We encourage you to visit us and take home a piece of this beauty through your lens. The Cojo-Jalama Ranches are located just three hours north of Los Angeles and an hour north of Santa Barbara, easily accessible via Highway 101. To obtain more information about shoots on the Cojo-Jalama Ranches, make a scouting appointment, or arrange your shoot, please contact us at (805) 736-7300 or email us at email@example.com.
Below is a pictorial tour of the Ranches, featuring just a few of the backdrops available for your shoot.