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Now THIS is confirmation. Days after speculation ran rampant that Swedish star Alexander Skarsgård would replace young Garrett Hedlund to lead John Michael McDonagh’s, “War On Everyone” with Michael Peña, the production has released the above set pic…along with McDonagh’s exuberant announcement of the commencement of filming, now underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“It gives me great pleasure to declareWar on Everyonewith my fellow combatants, Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård. We look forward to the battles ahead, and we will go on with a spirit that fears nothing. That’s Homer, by the way.”
The film, shooting in New Mexico through at least mid-May also stars, Caleb Landry Jones, David Wilmot, Paul Reiser, Tessa Thompson and just announced Theo James. “War On Everyone” is a jet-black comedy about two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he…
On Saturday, the Las Cruces Sun News published a story as part of “an occasional series about the film industry in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico”, titled “Officials discuss plans for film industry in Las Cruces”, which says in part, “With new tax incentives for filmmakers passed by the New Mexico Legislature this year and money being gathered to build a soundstage in the Las Cruces area to attract more big-name productions, local film advocates are searching for a way to get a piece of New Mexico’s growing film industry, which spent more than $1 billion over the past five years.” Going on to cite a “bill passed in the 2015 legislative session, specific to Las Cruces, is the reappropriation of $555,000 for the construction of a soundstage, or studio, that would provide production companies with a fixed facility to shoot films or television shows in Doña Ana County.” All in support of spurring film and television growth in the southern region of the state the likes of which both Albuquerque and Santa Fe already benefit from.
Santa Fe based business agent for the state’s film workers union issued the following retort to the piece via his Facebook page on Sunday night.
“First I love that there’s a conversation on the future of Film in Las Cruces but as always I believe that conversation is happening in a vacuum. Those of us who actually talk to picture companies daily ( like me, I talk to at least 10 to 15 companies a week who are either here, thinking of coming here or were here and are in the rebate process ) have never heard that pictures bypass LC for Abq or SF because of lack of stage space. The number one reason is lack of crew. Number two is lack of something unique or at least better than the other options. We had a good start on crew when Mike Lawrence was there. He was 100% with us on the best way to learn how to make movies is to work on a movie set and learn from real technicians and we shot multiple projects including (my favorite filmmaker ever ) the multiple award winning “Red Mesa ” with Union funds. Now [they’re] back to theory and classroom at DACC and your best assets Mark and Ross and shooting with kids who will leave the state and take [their] knowledge elsewhere ( which is ironic since the best thing you have going is Mark staying home ). You build crews from the strong, the willing and the invested. Give me someone who loves movies and I will give you a film technician. Like Dan or Pepper.
On infrastructure me and the NMFO are 100% in agreement. The investment needs to be private so there’s skin in the game. But the seed and the field comes from the government. Again find me a place and we can build you enough of a set that we can hang our hats in and we can do the rest. Can’t find a western backdrop? Close a street and let us haul in dirt. Or a hacienda. Whatever. Build it and they will come (note the big hoopty the paper missed is designed to kick start the production of commercials a natural for Southern NM) Finally you need a hook. Not sure it’s good that the WSFF went away but honestly I’m the last couple of years it wasn’t the national fest you deserve. Let’s build a great one around Mark’s big whoop. I will lend you the best fest planner in the state who works for us. And put some other resources in if I’m matched. But it just doesn’t take competence it takes [concern] and cash, which we can find if there’s a real commitment from the community.
You can’t wait till you figure out sound stages. We had a business in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for 40 years based on locations crew and sets before we built stages. That’s the end game. That’s where [they’re] at in GA now and were in Nola 5 years ago and ABQ 8 years ago. If “build it they will come ” won’t work and you’re walking away from years of work, health Insurance and pension contributions while you wait to see if it works. My plan, the industries plan is quicker and cheaper. Plus it’s proven. Your call”
Commentary by IATSE Local 480, Business Agent, Jon Hendry
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And the hits just keep on coming…
New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis, Local 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry, Representative Brian Egolf and many more local industry advocates fight the good fight day in and day out, year round to create opportunities for New Mexicans in the Film Industry and beyond. From blockbusters to hit television series and upwardly mobile indie productions it seems that the state can barely keep up with opportunities being afforded to us all.
As the “Tina Fey Project” is set to wrap, “The Ridiculous Six” rolls on and many major motion pictures are gearing up to shoot here in the Land of Enchantment, including “Independence Day Forever: Part 1″, “Gold”, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, and a remake of “The Magnificent Seven”. These feature films will be staffing up with New Mexico cast and crew at the same time as returning and pilot television series are also filming. “Better Call Saul” returns in a matter of weeks, “Longmire” is currently in production as is the second season of “Manhattan” and at least two series pilots are slated for production over the summer.
Of the above cast and crew calls on the horizon there is another wave currently in progress and yet another following closely behind. The years of successful film training and production that have exposed New Mexico talent and know-how to the world lends to the need for continued education and participation in the industry and its wide ranging support services.
With accolades from the likes of Bryan Cranston (above), Author George R.R. Martin, an ever broadening global presence and the continued influx of new projects there is a clear and present need for more converts and participants in all film related fields across the state. A particular area of need is currently the background talent pool. After much hard work, dedication and training several success stories of well-known locals moving into another level or their acting career leaves a void for anew. Then there is the sheer volume of productions which is lending to more “RUSH CALLS” and need for “NEW FACES”, as well as the flat out cry, “we just can’t find anyone,” as more than one local casting director has admitted to One Headlight Ink upon submitting calls. As of late, whole segments of talent or even just the general public is “booked”. Large scale groups of men in particular seem to be tough to cast with the scarcity of new talent signing on with local Casting Directors.
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