Judy Bell brings over thirty years film industry experience to the newly formed New Mexico casting company, Santa Fe Cinema Casting.
Partnered with Santa Fe businessman and producer Ord Morgan, Bell has launched a new casting registration database for New Mexico, online now.
The pair are currently developing a New Media Summit projected for the fall of 2012, centering on the latest in technology, new media experts and industry pros who are moving into that arena.
Regarding film production in New Mexico and beyond, Bell tells us, “We still have a ways to go to overcome the harm done by the administration, and the economy and declining box office are changing the face of the entire entertainment industry”, but goes on to share the sentiments of many saying, “I expect 2012 to see an upsurge in filming now that Santa Fe Studio is open and the furor over the rebate program has died down.”
Since starting the first Casting & Production Services company in San Diego as a native Californian, Bell has been ensconced in the world of film in every position from production to wardrobe and casting to craft service, on low budget/no budget projects to major studio productions, infomercials and commercials.
With Org, Bell is currently developing an NM web series and feature films. Santa Fe Cinema Casting company is online now and open for registration.
SFCC expects to hold its first open call sometime in the first quarter of 2012.
I’ve been acting and in love with the film biz since childhood and it seems that some people are just born into it. It has to be a passion in order to keep working, pushing, believing, suffering, and hoping, as it’s a tough business. Being a creative person is a gift but it also requires freedom from regimentation so you have to be willing to take risks and suffer the consequences.
I want to see the new studio stages filled and work opportunities for people in the Santa Fe area. This will improve tourism and global recognition as a vital economic center beyond its reputation as a world class art center.
- Judy Bell
The trailer for “The Avengers” has been out since mid-October — but thanks to a newly released alternate version, there are a few more scenes to chew on.
The Russian version of the trailer runs roughly the same length as the trailer released in the U.S. But it offers the first glimpses of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) encountering one another.
The trailer also features Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as their non-superhero selves, Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner.
(We’re still waiting on our Russian translator to figure out what they’re saying.)
Even with many highly anticipated New Mexico productions in the works for 2012, expected to revive our injured standings on the global film making stage, no topic is more requested or more widely read here on our little spot on the web than info. on NM’s Own Breaking Bad.
Now we’re just weeks away from the most anticipated pre-season pre-production start of the millenia, as the best show on television is set to return to New Mexico for what is scheduled to be its final season.
Just named the BEST SHOW of 2011 by both Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, we already know that there are no fans like Breaking Bad fans. All over the globe the Emmy winning AMC series captures and broadcasts amazing New Mexico visuals and showcases outstanding talent the world over and will for decades to come.
Fans from coast to coast and around the world clamor for its season premieres, chat about it online 24/7, fanboys and girls host specific message boards, forums and host fan sites all focused on every nuance of the expertly written and supremely acted drama.
The cast, crews and setting are one in a million and we’ll be heartbroken when the final wrap is called. But for now we and the rabid Br Ba-ers just look forward to the grand finale season start.
As we told you here now through January 16 you can enter to win a walk-on role to the best show on television and keep checking-in here for updates and info. on upcoming local casting calls!
In the meantime we present two of the most ambitious Breaking Bad auditions of the many from hopefuls that reach out to *us hoping for some tips on breaking-in to Breaking Bad…
“For your consideration”, here are OHI readers Trixie ConQueso and Sanel Budimlic:
Get ready for an eerie film that will begin the new year with a scare! THE DEVIL INSIDE – IN THEATRES JANUARY 6.
January 6, 2012
NR: Not Rated
Graphic Violence, Adult Situations, Adult Language
official website: http://www.devilinsidemovie.com/
ALBUQUERQUE, NM ADVANCE SCREENING
THURSDAY January 5, 2012
Cinemark Rio 24 X
4901 Pan American Pkwy
Albuquerque NM 87109
Twenty years after Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) brutally murdered three people, her daughter, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade), seeks the truth about that terrible night. Isabella travels to an Italian hospital for the criminally insane, where Maria is locked away, to find out if her mother is truly mentally ill, or demonically possessed. With the help of two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth), Isabella tries to cure Maria — and engages four demons in a battle for her mother’s soul.
To see it first just post, “DEVIL INSIDE” on our Facebook wall! The first 100+ to enter will get the code for an ‘admit-two’ pass to the advance screening for FREE!
As New Mexico barely lands on this summer’s top 10 ranking of United States of film production, North Carolina gets to work, while top ranked NOLA capitalizes.
Hollywood’s P3 Update published their list in July which ranked states on an “attractive combination of tax incentives, crew base, talent pool, infrastructure, accessibility, significant production revenue and overall popularity among filmmakers.”
Still no direct word or public appearances from your Governor in support of her purported turnaround in stance, now in favor of the New Mexico Film Industry.
The expected and admitted “hit” NM productions have suffered over the past year at the hands of political targeting by the sitting administration, during the Legislative session in January 2011, has been well in focus around the rest of the country, with even Variety spotlighting the downturn here as recently as October.
So as North Carolina Governor, Beverly Perdue took an active role in wrangling Iron Man 3 away from New Mexico, New Orleans builds tours around its premiere movie making prowess, Colorado is set to re-double efforts and incentives to keep film alive in their state, what say you New Mexico? Governor Susana Martinez remains mum, save her famous epistle to Hollywood and the voices of her cabinet.
The second most responsible Government Office in charge of the standings of our great state in relation to the rest of the nation, nay the world, is the State Tourism Department, which recently laid claims to a $4-5 million “direct overall impact” for their $640,000 spent on a recent campaign built around the long dead and once vilified lore of Billy the Kid – without question.
“the multi-media campaign was pumped right back into the economy and was spent at local hotels, businesses and restaurants”
While New Mexico presently sits on Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed and rabidly favored, globally followed, hit scripted television shows ever. The AMC production along with multimillion dollar films, other television productions, a continuous flow of incoming and homegrown independents generate worldwide interest and YES tourism above and beyond the work for local trades, talent and actual boost to multi-county economies.
The very perception of New Mexico to the rest of the world stands to benefit from the cinema scope maintaining a name for the state as a leader in production lends. Still New Mexico Film is given little recognition in that regard and remains in fact the proverbial “bird on a wire”. Subject to a bill calling for an unbiased study to measure the state’s film program’s economic impact – which can either be a blessing or a continued curse. In either case perhaps the standard of intense study should too be imposed on our 36th ranked tourism standing.
Given that the Governor’s chief of staff guarantees there will be no legislation “with an executive message” in the next session come January to alter the existing incentives, which with strong pro-film organization lobbying were left at 25% – however capped at $50M, perhaps an executive message to lift the cap or at least invest even more tangible support in the industry and its thousands of invested New Mexican talent, crews, businesses, support services and students is in order.
Because of the holidays, a touch of sickness, general busyness and a soupçon of laziness…posts may be flowing even slower than usual here.
But I am maintaining the effort addiction to the social net. So, between Christmas vacation funnery, recuperating and deleting gratuitous duckface and/or T-n-A and/or muscle flexing, bathroom self portrait offenders from my friends list…
It just so happens that these holly days and times of merriment are the most difficult for many.
You might have the notion that no one can or cares to understand what you’re going through. You may think that you can’t make a difference in someone else’s life. But two often underused pieces of very powerful information are these:
One, you are never alone and two, just a word or the smallest gesture can mean everything in changing or saving a life today. A tremendous resource for New Mexicans in need of emotional support and resource guidance is Agora Crisis Center.
Agora is a place that anyone can call when they have something to say. You don’t have to be in crisis…you can call to talk about good things, bad things, stress, anger, loneliness, or just to vent!
In case you or someone you know is having problems or difficulties including Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Sexual Assault, Suicide, Grief, Mental Health, Women’s Issues, GLBT or is in need of Support Groups, Senior Citizen Resources, and other assistance please check the updated Agora resource page here now.
Agora Help line, 9 a.m. – Midnight 365 days a year (505) 277-3013
WAG TV in the UK are filming a documentary for Discovery Channel about capital punishment in the United States, and we are looking for a white male actor, aged between 35-45 to work with us for between one and three days as we film in the New Mexico state penitentiary’s various disused execution facilities in Santa Fe.
This will be a non-speaking, straightforward role as a stand in for various reconstructed executions.
We are filming in January 2012 – sometime between the 12th and 20th – exact dates TBC.
Pay rate is $150 per day plus travel expenses and you will be required to be available for a full 12 hour filming day.
Join these stars and thousands around the country in Scholastic’s “You Are What You Read” program. Do your part to help reach the 1 million book goal.
Create a “Bookprint” and Scholastic Books will donate a new book on your behalf to the Reach Out and Read organization.
Reach Out and Read provides new books to 3.9 million children every year. The evidence based non-profit organization partners with pediatric care doctors to deliver reading material and information to kids and their parents to promote early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age.
It’s so easy! Just go to Scholastic’s You Are What You Read page here and create your Bookprint – a list of five books that have made a lasting impact on your life.
Got nepotism? Show biz is full of it and many, many other things including over inflated egos. In today’s installment of ungrateful much, little known actress not Sophia Sandra Vergara recently made news when deciding and broadcasting that N. Mex, specifically ABQ was not up to her high standards (of rampant alcohol consumption).
Uh, wrong, wrong and wrong dummy. Twin Peaks is not a strip club it’s a restaurant chain, NM has more drink to offer than we know what to do with, and Albuquerque spans farther than the three block length you in your all knowing ways chose to slam.
‘Not Sophia’ has obviously yet to learn the Scoville Scale to New Mexico (see: six degrees to Kevin Bacon) because in her lack of gratitude for being a working actress she also managed to diss the hometown of one of her sister’s co-stars. Um, lil bully.
Get the full story here from KOB-TV and see the entire talk show appearance where Vergara pokes at the Q here.
Step to the back of the line b-rate. Bigger, far more recognizable stars have perpetrated worse digs against our beloved Nuevo México. Take a cue from ABQ friendly a-lister and star of the movie you were here filming and earning money for…the famously crass, heartthrob and actual celebrity – Irishman Colin Farrell, who had no trouble getting his anything on while in the Q.
Finally instead of letting “what’s-her-name’s” quotes lead the parade today, check the bigger digs, here, here, here and here. But I have to hand the Quote of the Day award to:
“I would not know that actress if i fell over her. Albuquerque rocks, she can go and DO ONE as we say in England!” – NM Actor by way of the UK
Update: More delusions from Vergara on how her sister’s fame has NOT helped her ~career and best of all a rationalization on why Colin Farrell DID NOT go for her on location here as told to the LatinoVoices edition of the Huffington Post…(thanks Cheryl)
On Location Casting is seeking BABIES for the upcoming fifth and final season of the USA Network television series “In Plain Sight ”which is filmed in the Albuquerque, NM area.
We are hoping that you might know someone or could possibly help us spread the word about our need for twins/triplets.
At the end of last season, our lead actress Mary McCormack’s character was pregnant. At the beginning of this season, she will have given birth to a baby girl. (Mary recently gave birth to her own baby girl in real life!)
Due to limitations in how many hours we can have a baby on set, we are hoping to find a couple sets of twins or triplets who will take turns playing our lead baby.
-Caucasian Identical TWINS or TRIPLETS who will be age 6 months beginning January 9th, 2012. Would have been born on or about 7/9/11. Can be male/male, female/female or male/female as long as they look similar. Blonde hair, light colored hair or no hair preferred.
-Caucasian Identical TWINS or TRIPLETS who will be age 5-7 weeks beginning January 9th, 2012. Would have been born on or about 11/28/11. Can be male/male, female/female or male/female as long as they look similar. Blonde hair, light colored hair or no hair preferred.
-Caucasian Identical TWINS or TRIPLETS who will be age 1-2 weeks (NEWBORN) beginning January 9th, 2012. Would have been born on or about 12/26/11. Can be male/male, female/female or male/female as long as they look similar. Blonde hair, light colored hair or no hair preferred.
Parents interested in this opportunity would need to be available to be on set with their babies and have flexible schedules to be able to work with our filming schedule. Filming is currently scheduled to take place from January 9th, 2012 until the first week of April in Albuquerque, NM.
Pay rate for babies is $250.00 per day for each baby.
If interested, please email us ASAP at: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with the subject line IPS Babies. Please include 2-3 photos of your babies, names, ages, weight, parent name and contact number. We will be scheduling in person meetings for the week on January 3rd-6th, 2012.
If you are expecting twins to be born on or about 12/26/11 and are interested in this opportunity, please send us an email expressing interest (since you probably don’t have photos of the babies yet!) and we will contact you on 1/3/11 to follow-up and set up a meeting.
For further questions – please CALL us at 505-366-9863
UPDATE 12/21/11: Want Exec. Producer credit? Award winning #NM web series, “Enter the Dojo” has a chance to get the legendary Bob Wall to guest star next month!!! Dojo producers must cover the fees to get him to New Mexico. Anyone able to finance for an Executive Producer credit? They’ll even put you in the episode if you’d like :) Contact Enter The Dojo: The Web Series
NM’s Own Riff Raff New Media, headed by Matt Page reaps accolades and acclaim snagging the Judges’ Choice and Audience Favorite awards at NYC’s Iron Mule Comedy Festival earlier this month.
Let us all place palm to palm and bow to “Ameri-Do-Te”. More importantly spread the news of this New Mexico based hit which is open to investors for further development and distribution to reach the masses!
The hit web series centers around a fictional American karate school, in mockumentary style, reminiscent of feature length Christopher Guest greats.
Boasting an all New Mexico cast & crew Dojo stars writer/co-director Matt Page as the too sexy Master Ken, who is the embodiment of all that Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle Rico wishes he could be and the “sweet baby Jesus” loving Ricky Bobby of Talladega nights.
Page and Adam Rottler direct, with music by Kevin MacLeod. The acclaimed cast also includes Alex Knight, Rachel Hroncich, Ben Ziegler, Zach Dulin and Juliet Lopez.
You can Enter the Dojo here to pick-up your series swag and help further the cause! On IndieGoGo and Facebook.
UPDATE 2/3/12: Independent Source PAC Video explains Dirty Downs Dealings
UPDATE 1/13/12: KRQE reports that Laguna Development company has filed a formal protest regarding the process in which the state contract to operate the racetrack at the Albuquerque State Fair Grounds. After what many have called a possible “sweetheart deal”, heavily influenced by acts of the Governor, the contract was swiftly awarded to the Downs. Laguna is citing multiple issues with the hasty procedure and practices therein, further claiming that the State Fair Grounds Committee may currently be in violation of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act. Full story here.
I’m always up for reviewing our Governor’s stance on NM Film and where her actions lie otherwise.
Fortunately I’m not the only one keeping one eye on the Gov. Democracy for New Mexico headlined Saturday with, “US Attorney Alerts FBI to Martinez Expo Deal”.
The must see post outlines how a bid-rigging complaint filed by political action group, Independent Source PAC has been forwarded to the FBI by US Attorney Kenneth Gonzales.
Democracy for NM implores readers to take action saying: Today’s news is big news, and we need you to help spread the word, New Mexicans won’t stand for “pay-to-play” deals and back-room gambles with our money!
Pictured left to right, actors James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson (confirmed female lead), Tom Wilkinson (confirmed villian) and Helena Bonham Carter are set or in talks to round out the lead cast, under Johnny Depp’s Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role for the confirmed New Mexico shoot of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”.
With recent and upcoming casting calls for “Silver Bullet” being held in New Mexico, neither Disney or the local casting director have confirmed or denied any association between the two titles – however Disney has released the following preliminary synopsis for the NM shoot…
“Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto (Johnny Depp). He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evil doers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers – the same mine that affords him an endless supply of his trademark silver bullets.”
Per the popular, Farmington New Mexico edition of The Daily-Times, Silver Bullet casting director Elizabeth Gabel says, “besides the large numbers, we are also looking for some very specific roles, like a trapeze artist and circus performers.”
Furthermore Gabel tells the publication that she is “looking for both males and females with American Indian heritage, men with lots of facial hair and people that could be of Irish descent” adding that casting will go on over the entire production process which is slated through August 2012.
According to LeadCastingCall.com, casting directors in California and Louisiana are preparing to fill supporting roles for the upcoming Louisiana/New Mexico shoot of “The Host“, saying:
If you are interested in a supporting role in this film please forward your headshot and resume info to -
Casting Artists, Inc.
Bluewater Ranch, 1433 Sixth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401 –and/or–