It’s Tim Hobert’s last day on set in Albuquerque.
He’s been busy for the past six months making “The Really Loud House” gets off the ground.
“We’ve got a great cast and crew,” says the creator of the Nickelodeon series. “It’s been my first time working in New Mexico. The last time I was in New Mexico was for a wedding. Starting the series marked the first time I’ve worked in Albuquerque.”
Hobert and his cast and crew wrapped in early December, nearly a month after the live action series debuted on Nov. 8. The series is currently airing on Nickelodeon, where new episodes are released on Thursday.
“The Really Loud House” is based on the Emmy Award-winning animated show “The Loud House.”
It follows Lincoln Loud, an 11-year-old boy with 10 sisters, as he navigates everyday life with such a large family.
Known as the “Man with a Plan,” Lincoln enlists the help of his best friend Clyde McBride to tackle the obstacles and mayhem that they encounter during their daily adventures.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ approximately 125 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico principal actors, and approximately 400 New Mexico background talent.
Cast members that are reprising their roles from the 2021 Christmas movie are Wolfgang Schaeffer as Lincoln Loud, Jahzir Bruno as Clyde McBride, Brian Stepanek as Lynn Loud Sr., Sophia Woodward as Luna Loud, Catherine Ashmore Bradley as Luan Loud, Aubin Bradley as Lucy Loud, Ella Allan as Lola Loud, Mia Allan as Lana Loud and Lexi Janicek as Lisa Loud.
New cast members set to join the series are Jolie Jenkins as Rita Loud, Eva Carlton as Leni Loud and Annaka Fourneret as Lynn Loud.
“They shot the movie in Atlanta,” Hobert says. “When we were looking for locations for the series, we looked at Vancouver and Los Angeles. We settled on Albuquerque because it doubles for Michigan really well. We’ve been filming at Journal Studios and it’s been a really nice experience.”
Hobert came into the live-action project only with the animated source material.
“The cast has been so good,” Hobert says. “There’s not a weak link. The storytelling is longer and we’re shooting 22-minute shows and the animated series does 11-minute shows.”
For director Jonathan Judge, the last week of filming was on set at Journal Studios and then going on location to an Albuquerque theater and hotel.
Over the last six months, Judge has not only enjoyed his time on the show, but in Albuquerque.
“It’s been incredible,” he says. “It’s a great show in general and it’s been a pleasure to bring to life.”
Judge says when the production landed in Albuquerque, he
didn’t know what to expect.
What he was greeted with was top-notch film crews.
“The crews take a lot of pride in their work and we have a very challenging show,” Judge says. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and there are so many locations. One episode had 75 scenes in 22 minutes.”
Judge says being able to be housed at Journal Studios gave the production the flexibility to make themselves at home.
“We were able to create the house on-site,” he says. “You have these gorgeous sets and they some of the best I’ve seen in my career. The space was really a one-stop shop for us as a production. We could transform it into exactly what needed.”
Judge says the journey to get the series to screen did have many obstacles.
He says the mission was to make the live-action series with just as much heart as the animated series – and they had to do it through a pandemic.
“They both have so much heart,” he says. “I’m the youngest of seven children and casting was really hard because we did it all through the pandemic. I didn’t see all the kids together until I saw them shooting together. Once that happened, it kept moving forward. Tim has fleshed out all the characters within his writing. It’s really a great experience.”
Hobert and Judge are looking forward to working in Albuquerque again as they await a second season.
“Everyone was super friendly,” Hobert says. “I was able to get in to UNM and play some tennis, which kept me in shape.”