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LAS CRUCES, Sun-News report – Will Smith and his son, Jaden, star together in the film “After Earth” which is scheduled to open on May 31. On Friday, though, the father-and-son duo were in southern New Mexico at Spaceport America to help promote the film as well as promote a pact between Virgin Produced – the film and television arm of Virgin Group – with Overbrook Entertainment.
Virgin Galactic is a tenant at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, about 40 miles north of Las Cruces.
Overbrook Entertainment will support the “After Earth” franchise, according to a release. The movie’s plot involves a crash landing that leaves the two main characters stranded on earth 1,000 years after humanity left the planet.
Will Smith at Spaceport America – El Paso Times
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UPDATE FROM ELIZABETH GABEL: Need Hispanic men between 25 and 35 with NO tattoos for “Frontera”. IF you fit these specs please email a photo and your phone number to email@example.com
via Dirk Norris
Elizabeth Gabel is looking for an OLD LAZY dog for [the movie] “Frontera”.
Please email a photo with a phone number to
10/29/12 SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today that the independent feature film “Frontera” will start production early November through early December. Shooting will take place in and around Albuquerque. The production will employ at least ninety-five (95) New Mexico crew members and forty (40) principal talent from New Mexico. Directed by Michael Berry and produced by Mike Witherill (Drinking Buddies), Eric Williams (A Night in Old Mexico) and Juan Luis Moulinett III. “We are pleased to bring our project to the state of New Mexico. It is a great location for this film,” said Eric Williams. Starring Ed Harris (Game Change, Sweetwater, A Beautiful Mind), Michael Pena (Million Dollar Baby, Crash), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams, Gone Baby Gone), Frontera is a story about a Sheriff’s wife killed in a robbery by a Mexican man that has illegally crossed into the United States.
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Wahlberg in Albuquerque, NM last month for Lone Survivor
Study or no study, New Mexico banks on long running series like Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Crash and Longmire as the life’s blood of its film production jobs and statewide peripheral spending. Mega hits like The Avengers and the hotly anticipated, Lone Ranger film spike excitement and international recognition of the state.
Repeat appearances too, of stars like Ed Harris who’s heading back for a third run in NMFilm, boost awareness of the local industry. Following his turn as John McCain in the Emmy winning HBO movie “Game Change”, and work on the recently wrapped period western “Sweetwater” with January Jones, Harris is now making news with his latest NM project, “Frontera” – costarring the lovely Eva Longoria.
Superstar Mark Wahlberg is watched the world over, and as we told you here, is now a two-term NMFilm star. At OHI we hear nothing but praise from cast & crew who have worked with the actor/producer (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm/Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and proud family man, who is genuinely interested and concerned about those around him. The star has been quick to praise the state’s film crews and locales – he’s one of the good guys who are lending the state some positive notoriety with his return to local sets for his back-to-back turn in the NM productions, “2Guns” and “Lone Survivor”.
NMFILM PRODUCTIONS – KEEP ‘EM COMING & GET INTO IT!
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POINT via Ann Lerner, City of Albuquerque Film Liaison:
The film industry is alive and well in Albuquerque.
We’ve seen a variety of film activity in the area this year. “In Plain Sight” finished Season 5, filming out at I-25 Studios and on location around town. “Breaking Bad” shot eight episodes of Season 5, and will be back in December for eight more episodes. “The Last Stand,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, filmed in Downtown Albuquerque in January. (Watch the trailer to see an impressive stunt across the intersection of Fifth and Marquette.)
And, oh yes, the largest movie being made in the world this year, “The Lone Ranger,” chose Albuquerque Studios as its home for offices and sets and built two western towns out by the Rio Puerco, filming here for months.
“2 Guns” just wrapped, “Lone Survivor” starts filming in October for nine weeks. Two other films will be shooting this fall as well.
Numerous independent filmmakers are making low-budget projects – from features, to shorts, to webisodes.
So why do people like to film in Albuquerque? Besides the 310 days of sunshine, no natural disasters, close proximity to Los Angeles, an easy-to-use film tax incentive and a strong film crew base, we have a world-class infrastructure of stages, equipment companies, suppliers and businesses relating to the movie industry.
And Albuquerque can double for many different location looks – we can be Cincinnati (“Wild Hogs”); Munich (“Beer Fest”); Mexico border crossing (“2 Guns”); Los Angeles (“Crash TV”); New York (“The Resident”).
But I think a large part of the reason people like to film in Albuquerque is because of the open reception filmmakers receive from neighborhoods and businesses and the administration.
We offer one-stop film-permitting. We recognize that filming dates may change due to weather or illness or some other factor and are flexible.
Our filming guidelines require production companies to limit the number of large vehicles in a neighborhood and provide notification of filming dates and times. We have a program asking productions to give $100 to the neighborhood association for each day of filming. To date, over $60,000 has been raised.
We respect the production companies and welcome them for bringing in new money and providing well-paying and creative jobs for our citizens.
Production companies respect our highly skilled labor force and willingness to allow filming in the area.
Our reputation is strong. The Film Office is busy reading scripts and leading location scouts for potential future work. We’re issuing permits. Our phones are ringing.
Thank you for keeping Albuquerque film friendly!
COUNTERPOINT via Jon Hendry, President New Mexico Federation of Labor:
Our film liaisons are a hidden treasure.
The hard work of such great people as Ann Lerner in ABQ, Jan Wafful in Alamogordo, and Lisa Van Allen in Santa Fe, along with a dozen others around the state who back up the New Mexico Film Office and do great work in their communities, is a huge part of our industry success. I believe that Ann’s excellent editorial in today’s Journal speaks highly of her office, her pride in the community, and the effect that we in film have had on so many ancillary businesses. Bravo!
However, I respectfully disagree on the state of the NM film business. When 50/1 wraps, there will be slim pickings for NM crews through Breaking Bad‘s final eight episodes. While Lone Survivor is trying hard to employ as many locals as they can, for technical reasons they have to bring in more crew than we would like in fields where we are not strong. Hopefully, that is something we can all address in the future. One film can’t carry more than 1000 qualified technicians plus actors, stunt people, drivers, PA’s, and the host of others who have come to rely on this business. Rumors of an eminent super-hero movie only help a little, since we know that the vast majority of key or best boy positions will not go to locals. While they may fill hotel rooms, rent cars, and buy lumber, these kinds of movies don’t always help the working crew. We can’t expect micro budget pictures to pay comparable rates or the benefits we need; that’s ok, bring them on, we appreciate them, but it’s not the road to full employment.
As well as things are going, the warning lights are also flashing, and I believe we’re reaching that critical area where we need to deal with these situations in the upcoming legislative session. After two years we know what works and what doesn’t. My suggestions follow. On most I think you’ll find general industry consensus and on others some dissension, but I think we’ll find some suggestions that the legislature can agree with and that will allow the taxpayers to feel they are getting a good return on their investment.
1) We need to return to the original legislative intent of $50 million. In order to do that we need a cost of living increase as we’re the only “capped incentive”. That is going to seem extremely moderate now but we need the protection for the hyper inflation that may occur and could basically wipe us out of the business. By doing so we ensure that in real dollars the $50 million stays constant.
2) TV series employ more New Mexicans in all facets of the business than anything else, and we need to give them the certainty they will get their money when they make a commitment to us which could be up to five years. I’m open to suggestions on how we do this but I think the way is to exempt them from the cap.
3) We need to make some technical changes in the language of that rather rushed bill that allows a rollover of unused credits that we can accumulate as we already have a substantial balance from the last few years and a payout of $50 million. There is no reason for it to be staggered if we have the money. Sitting on it doesn’t help anyone, especially the state budget process.
4) We need to set up a system that, when Tax & Rev has approved a rebate, picture companies can monetize this. I believe the private banking system can look at doing this. I also believe some of us in NM might contribute to a fund that would not only give a return but help us get more pictures and, most importantly, ABQ, Bernalillo County, SF city & counties, Alamogordo, and Otero County could look to their bonding capacity to help this occur. It would be very useful if we could put this money in to the project while they are still here shooting and spending money and not two years down the road when they are long gone. Alaska is looking at a cash flow model, private funds can move much quicker than governmental entities, but Tax & Rev would have to come up with a certification program.
5) Perhaps most controversially, I think we need to do much, much more to ensure that the companies generating the rebates for the production entities are NM based and the money stays in the state. It’s almost a game to figure out how to make out of state people and equipment and other purchases rebateable. We shouldn’t be asking Tax & Rev to play “whack a mole”. When we solve one issue another pops up and that’s not good. We thought the bricks and mortar requirement solved this but in some cases it made it worse. I want to be able to say with hand on my heart that we rebate no one from out of state and we keep the money here where it was generated and where it’s needed. Any perception that this is welfare for Hollywood isn’t good. This should be a legislative priority.
I’m open to other suggestions. What I can’t work with is a situation where on the top end we’re being squeezed by the amount of money we can put out and on the bottom end we are squeezed because these companies are employing fewer New Mexicans and spending more money with large chains who don’t pay taxes here or out of state companies are working through facilitators instate that help them get an undeserved rebate. If anyone else feels we’re doing sensationally well I am happy, after ensuring confidentiality, to share payroll figures with you – it’s not great.
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Images via New Mexico Film Office / Montana Film Office
A message from New Mexico IATSE Local 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry:
Having just returned from the LA Locations Expo, I have a few observations on where I believe we are going with our business here in NM. In LA, I also had the chance to talk to various people from around the country to confirm what I believe is happening nationally.
First, congratulations to everyone who attended the show and participated in the many events. Our Shoot Santa Fe partners reached into their own pockets to finance a booth, two parties, and several in-person meetings with possible clients, and they did an excellent job. Nick and Tobi from the NM Film Office along with Ann from ABQ, Jan from Otero County, and Lisa from Santa Fe did a great job at the NMFO booth which as usual looked spectacular. I can’t help but believe we had a large positive impact in allaying the many rumors I heard about NM’s demise. It’s just unfortunate that we only got to talk to the people who attended the show. Thanks to Santa Fe Studios and Santa Fe County for the full page ad in Variety which allowed us to reach a larger audience.
I had a frank discussion with a senior representative for a major studio and a production entity as well as a representative from one of our facilities about their belief that we need to rebate out-of-state crew members (particularly above the line) in order to remain competitive. It may surprise some to know that we have already done this on a couple of occasions for a limited amount of crew on major motion pictures. There is a provision whereby this can occur, but of course the taxes have to be paid and the circumstances have to be extraordinary. (On that note congratulations to NM Taxation & Revenue for auditing actors and loan-out companies to ensure they have paid their entire NM tax liabilities. It’s important that those of us who pay NM taxes know that everyone is being treated equally.)
If we were to expand our definitions… » Read the full post
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From Universal Home Entertainment: The Grey
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2012
RUNNING TIME: 117 Minutes
MPAA Rating: R
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SYNOPSIS: Liam Neeson stars as John Ottway, a sharpshooting wolf hunter who becomes an unlikely hero, leading a group of oilrig roughnecks on a death-defying backwoods trek through the Alaskan wilderness. When a plane transporting them to Anchorage crashes on a remote mountaintop, eight survivors must find their way back to civilization or perish in a frozen wasteland. With Ottway as their guide, the ravaged group faces hostile terrain with limited supplies. Most terrifyingly, they are stalked by a pack of fierce and cunning wolves. In order to survive, they will have to turn the tables on the ferocious predators in an unparalleled wilderness adventure.
Here’s your shot to win your OWN NEW MEXICO!!!
NOW between May 25 – If you live in New Mexico just go to our facebook page and enter “The Grey” on our wall! Multiple winners will be randomly drawn on May 26 to pick-up their copy in the ABQ metro area! Enter now!
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Albuquerque couple Alex & Arthur Beach, aunt and uncle to “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, are back home in New Mexico after surviving the horrific Costa Concordia Carnival Cruise liner crash near the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The Beach’s and other American survivors recount their experiences during tragedy to Good Morning America here. Sadly they echo details of Captain and Crew negligence leading to the fatal ship wreck.
Welcome home Alex & Arthur. The search and recovery efforts for the approx. two dozen still missing continues.
From ABC News: Last Spot On a Lifeboat, and a Hollywood Welcome Home
The cruise aboard the Costa Concordia was Alex Beach’s birthday present from her husband, Arthur.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico couple were resting comfortably in their cabin after a day of sightseeing in Rome followed by dinner onboard the ship when disaster struck.
The couple told “Good Morning America” that, at first, passengers were led to believe there was nothing wrong. Then, as the ship began to tilt and the lights went out, there was a mad rush to the ship’s life boats, the last line of escape from the sinking vessel.
“It took five tries to get in,” Alex Beach said on “GMA.” “We kept going to lifeboats and they were already full and people were pushing and shoving and screaming. They were jumping on lifeboats even though they were already full.”
“We got to the fifth one,” she said. “When we got to where we could get on, I heard someone say there were nine spots left.”
The couple’s long journey home took them to Barcelona, Spain before they finally made it back safely to the U.S. Once they arrived home in Albuquerque, the couple were greeted with a Hollywood welcome, a message from their nephew, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“When we got home on Sunday evening, we had a message from him,” Alex said of her famous nephew.
KOB, KRQE, KOAT
Thanks John McG (and CPV)
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on October 12, 2011 | 2 comments
TMZ OHI has obtained a copy of the letter drafted straight from the top of New Mexico State Government, inviting film and television productions to bring their projects here.
Being the fount of useless opinion that I am, I have to interject that film like enchiladas, New Mexico simply does better, and supplemental to this letter, maybe a NM goods gift bag, and demo reel would better serve this campaign.
But I defer to more intelligent, actual journalists who have pointed out here that most importantly omitted from this letter is an explanation or breakdown of the new, “bewildering” film incentive rebate structure (maybe it’s in an attachment).
Perhaps better than any paper attachment, armed with the letter NM’s Own Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis did recently trek to Los Angeles to meet with top film and television studio execs (next time also take chile).
We are assured that YOUR New Mexico Film Office Director and his team, under New Mexico’s Economic Development Department, are working for you in capably and fully representing the state’s best interests to bring film jobs and revenue home. Here in a clip from the NM Film Works radio program are Maniatis and NM Filmmakers Program Director, Trish Lopez explaining in detail the changes to the New Mexico Film Incentive Program.
With other states (NC, LA, TX, UT, GA) clamoring for and hammering out deals to the North, South, left and right of us, we better have barrels loaded and be at the ready to bring it full board to ensure we back our leadership in achieving “ongoing success” in New Mexico Film.
As evidenced by continual coverage in the national and international media, the world is watching New Mexico as a strong presence and contender in film production.
Pictured and transcribed here for all the world to see is the Governor’s letter to “Hollywood”. Below see the recent story featured in industry “bible”, Variety on top New Mexico studios.
The three-point punch here is that leadership is backing the industry, our top state film representative has put out the open call and YOU (statewide studios, talent, crews, youth & workforce training, local businesses, et al) are poised to put an everlasting shine on New Mexico Film. Get into it!
Dear Production Executives,
New Mexico like many states has been tasked with bringing certainty and predictability to its budgetary process under difficult economic time. New Mexico’s film incentive program was recently re- with great effort to maintain its success while balancing the needs of our state. I am happy with the compromise made during this past legislative session and I support the continued growth of the industry and the creation of more job opportunities for New Mexicans.
We continue to offer one of the most competitive industry incentive packages in the United States.In addition to the film incentives our job training program and low interest film loans are available for productions shooting in our state.
Our exceptional and experienced crew base is the largest between coasts. New Mexico currently has five studios containing 14 sound stages and over 200 film-related businesses including post production facilities. Direct flights from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Los Angeles are just another convenience for studio productions.
With over 300 days of sunshine annually, New Mexico [insures] some of the most [awe]-inspiring and diverse landscapes in the world. We have a film-friendly community [network] throughout the state and a dedicated film office whose staff will assist your production through its [entirety].
This industry is a very important sector of our state and I am committed to its ongoing success. I look forward to working together in bringing your next production to New Mexico.
By Kathy A. McDonald from the cyber pages of Variety:
Santa Fe Studios
Built by producers for producers. That’s how CEO Lance Hool describes the [now] completed Santa Fe Studios. Two 18,000-square-foot adjoining soundstages are the principal elements of phase one of the project that also includes 26,000 square-foot of adjacent office and support space. Located on a 65-acre campus 15 minutes from central Santa Fe, the facilities boast state-of-the-art specs.
Tech highlights include 40-foot ceilings and acoustic design by Bastien and Associates Architecture, which lists Manhattan Beach Studios and Los Angeles Center Studios are among its credits. Hool expects Santa Fe Studios to open in the fall; negotiations are ongoing for the inaugural pic, as well as a camera house and grip and electric tenants.
Since Santa Fe Studios’ inception five years ago, much has improved in the area, says Hool: the local crew base has expanded significantly, and daily flights are available directly into Santa Fe from Los Angeles. Shuttling of above-the-line talent is kept to a minimum as most opt for digs in Santa Fe.
Other notable features: Pueblo-style architecture that echoes Santa Fe’s Native American heritage as well as eco-efforts, including a water catchment system and native plant/drought tolerant landscaping.
A stone’s throw from the airport, Albuquerque Studios is the state’s major purpose-built facility with eight full-service soundstages; the largest four are 24,000 square-foot each with heights up to 55 feet. Adjacent stages can be combined for more space as needed. A one-stop shop offering everything from grip and lighting to production trailer rentals to camera packages, the facility currently houses “The Avengers” and “Breaking Bad.”
Located on the Santa Fe U. of Art and Design’s campus, Garson Studios (founded by thesp Greer Garson) recently made major upgrades including new HVAC. Stage A is 14,000 square-foot with a permanent greenscreen cyc. Smaller Stage B (7,500 sq. ft.) is used for both production and prep. Production office space is adjacent. More than 30 films in 20 years have used facility, most recently “Bless Me, Ultima,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Paul.”
Fulcrum Building (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
Seeing potential in the defunct manufacturing plant, Lionsgate took over the converted facility for both its “Wildfire” and “Crash” skeins. Two soundstage-type spaces (50,400 and 63,000 square-foot) with 30-foot ceilings are the draw, plus 25,000 sq. ft. of adjacent office space. Colin Firth starrer “Gambit” recently booked it for greenscreen work.
Contact info: Brian Anderson, Roger Cox & Assoc., 505-379-6030
A former microchip processing plant, I-25 Studios consists of 505,000 sq. ft. on 60 acres. The largest soundstage is 29,000 square-foot with a 21-foot height. Utilized as home base for USA’s “In Plain Sight” for four seasons, the location has since hosted an unnamed TNT pilot, “Breaking Bad” and a Dolce & Gabbana spot featuring Scarlett Johansson. In October, three new soundstages and additional base camp space will double production capacity.
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New Mexico’s number one son is kicking butt, taking and naming names!
From his early years, in Hollywood, New Mexico (more commonly known as Ruidoso), to his shot to fame as Doogie Howser, M.D., Neil Patrick Harris’ star only continues to rise.
In a Sept. issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, New Mexico’s Own lends his writing skills to sharing a HOLLYWOOD survival guide with the world!
NPH says, reveal your personal life, not your private life and as to how to act on a set, “Never be a d-bag to the crew”.
More gems including these excerpts from NPH in his own words to here:
LEARN THE OBOE, GO TO DRAMA CAMP, AND PRAY LIKE HELL FOR A LUCKY BREAK
I was very musical at a young age. So much so that Churchill Cooke, our elementary school band and choir director, let me teach parts in the choir when I was in the fourth grade. First I played the xylophone, then marimba, cymbals, French horn, bassoon — I became a sort of jack-of-all-trades. It’s a mindset that I think never really left me. Mr. Cooke would say, “We need an oboe part for this piece, Neil. Learn oboe.” And I would say, “Sure, Mr. Cooke. Who needs friends?”
BRACE FOR THE WAVE(S)
Mr. Steven Bochco is a very wise man. After a many-monthed nationwide search to find a precocious teenage doctor, he hired me. But I suppose he’s wise for other reasons, too: Right when Doogie Howser, M.D. was beginning, he took my parents and me to a restaurant, sat us down, and said, “A career is like surfing. You paddle out and paddle out and get wet and hit by these waves. When you finally get out where you’re supposed to go, you have to sit on a surfboard for a long time, just waiting. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a wave, and it’ll be the most amazing feeling. But the key is that that wave will inevitably crash to the sand. Then what you have to do is paddle back out and get hit by a bunch of waves again. But trust that in the long term there will always be waves to catch.” To a young family from New Mexico, you can imagine our reaction: “What the hell is surfing?” But thinking back, it was a very impressive thing to hear as a kid and, as it turns out, absolutely accurate.
BE A SLUT (PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING)
It’s good to have a lot of once-in-a-lifetimes in your lifetime. If you get the chance to skydive, go skydiving. If you’re offered a part in a weird Shakespeare play in San Diego, slap on some tights and rock out some iambic pentameter. If you’re offered the opportunity to have a swastika painted on your ass, glitter on your nipples, and to simulate sex with a man and a woman behind a curtain, go for it… provided it’s Cabaret on Broadway and not in some dude’s basement.
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Sheryl Roberts (In Plain Sight, Crash, The Dry Land) is casting a sold network television extravaganza for Del Rio Entertainment.
“This is a huge production that will air weekly. Eight shows, starting with the Pilot being
filmed on October 8th are planned.”
From Sheryl Roberts Casting:
We are looking for actors who are fluent in both Spanish and English (bi-lingual).
Female, Age range – early 20s to early 30s, Very attractive Latina / Hispanic, Bi-lingual, Come to the audition in sexy host style clothing.
Male, Age range – early 20s to early 40s, Very attractive Latino / Hispanic, Bi-lingual, Nice dress cloths (bring a jacket).
They should be familiar with music like Vincente Fernandez. The show will consist of BAnda, Ranchera, Mariachi, Cumbia, Salsa, Regaton, and Spanish Electronic House Music.
Both Hosts must be extremely good actors, very outgoing, and handle humor well. There will be segments where anything can be thrown at the Hosts, and they must be able to handle it (always in a funny way).
The pay for the Host and Co-Host is $200 for the pilot, salary negotiable for the remainder of the contract if hired.
Also needed are dancers, from babies to 12 years old. The children will be moving around the stage to Rancheras, etc…
Dancers may come to the audition in costumes. The dancers will be paid $50.
Please submit your picture, resume and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, as the auditions will be held on Thursday, September 29th.
If you are selected, we will call you to confirm your audition time and the location of the audition.
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on August 29, 2011 | Comments Off
This whole lotta good looks and drive is now OFFICIALLY the picture of health for Max Muscle!
You’ve seen him on “Crash the series” or guest starring as “Shank” on In Plain Sight – now NM’s Own Vince McDaniel will be making his first public appearance in his latest role as spokes
bodyperson for Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
Tuesday August 30, 2011
Max Muscle Albuquerque
4400 Wyoming N.E.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Come join him as he will be taking promotional pictures for his new Max Muscle Albuquerque campaign with friends and celebrity guests. The Albuquerque Journal will be on site interviewing Vince along with local TV stations.
“I realize how big this opportunity is. It allows me to be seen on a totally different level, one I have only dreamed of. I must follow the plan that has been laid out for me in order to be more healthy in every day life and to be more successful on film. Max Muscle Albuquerque is a great organization with a great philosophy, to look better naked! ” – Vince McDaniel
Go New Mexico! Support our local talent!
CONGRATULATIONS VINCE! Well deserved!
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on August 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Image via NM Biz Journals
In case you missed it our relatively new New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis guested with host and colleague NM Filmmakers Program Director, Trish Lopez on Saturday’s NM Film Works broadcast.
Along with valuable information such as a crash course on the true, current incentive breakdown here, Maniatis promises his “cheer leading” services, statewide canvassing, an “education summit” and more support of independents.
Recognizing the losses the past legislative handling and perception has dealt the state film program Maniatis and Lopez seem optimistic and extremely supportive of growing the industry from within while at the ready to take the message that, “we’re here, we’re ready to do business” to the nation to continue bringing productions home.
Maniatis heads to L.A. this week to meet with “basically all,” the major studios on both the film and television sides to encourage more productions to head our way.
Listen to the full broadcast including what a late 2011-Q1 2012 NM Film/Edu. Summit would entail and exactly how many ways Maniatis encourages NM “entrepreneurship” here.
Go further into getting involved with YOUR NM Film Office by contacting them here and check cast, crew and other employment opportunities – including two current openings with the office for internships and a VP Marketing position now open with Reelz Channel NM.
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on August 6, 2011 | One comment
UPDATE 8/9/11: Fallen return home – Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Latest
31 US troops, 7 Afghans killed in Taliban attack on NATO helicopter
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UPDATE 8/31/11: EXCLUSIVE – BANSHEE CHAPTER CASTING:
Background for Thursday 9/1 and Friday 9/2 click here.
German producer Christian Arnole-Beutel (Penelope, Battle in Seattle, Razor) and New York based Sunchaser Entertainment (The Standbys, Break Free) have officially partnered with Zachary Quinto‘s production company, Before the Door Pictures for The Banchee Chapter.
The movie centers on a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. According to Before the Door, the project is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling…We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. ‘The Banshe Chapter’ is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”
- Zachary Quinto, Executive Producer
Banshee writer Blair Erickson will make his directorial debut with the film which is scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico within weeks.
Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Before the Door’s Corey Moosa will produce. Quinto will executive produce with Arnold-Beutel, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers.
Erickson is creative director of the interactive marketing agency “Millions of Us,” where, acording to Behind the Door, he “created breakthrough interactive stories, transmedia experiences and live action stories in virtual worlds, short films and online communities.” [Reuters]
His work includes an online thriller for the “Terminator” franchise, several 3D projects for Sony’s PlayStation Home, among others.
Further information and casting details to follow as soon as they become available!
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on October 29, 2010 | One comment
As heard on Coyote 102.5 on October 29, 2010
CLICK to hear Today’s Q Spot in the RAW
ROCK SHOW! An Albuquerque-based, half-hour, weekly television show about the rock music scene in New Mexico. Casting director SHERYL ROBERTS (The Dry Land, Crash, In Plain Sight) is looking for:
- MALE, 18-35, for Host; must be extremely knowledgeable about rock music (from soft rock thru death metal) and local NM bands, have great screen presence and speaking voice.
- FEMALE, 18-25, for Spokesmodel/Co-Host; must have great screen presence and speaking voice, attractive well-toned body.
AUDITIONS IN THE Q TODAY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – CALL PRODUCER DEREK SMITH @ expired NOW!!!
Tonight at Cosmo Tapas – Jack and Jill Halloween Party! Food, drinks, costumes, prizes and lots & lots of DANCING! Costume party & Dance competition!
SaturDAY ZOO BOO 22 at the Rio Grande Zoo 11-4.
For night time play…
DOWNTOWN Demons & Angels at the Hyatt Regency 2 parties in 1 DJS, LIVE PERFORMANCES, HIP HOP AND R&B ON ONE SIDE / DANCE MUSIC ON THE OTHER…$2,000 IN PRIZES AND CASH FOR BEST, SEXIEST, FUNNIEST, AND SCARIEST. TICKETS on sale now 21 AND
On the West Side The Chupacabras – at Sidelines Halloween Bash
Hallow’s Eve Havoc at Elliott’s in Corrales w/ the Duke City Darlins, great elliots atmosphere, food, drink specials costume contests & prizes!!
And on the E. Side in Hotel Circle – Devil’s Night Hallow’s Eve at Malarky’s! A ghoulish night of music, fun, costumes and donations to help feed the hungry!!! And a safe nights stay over at the many area hotels…
Sunday night if you missed the mighty Zozobra or you just have more evil to burn away El Kookooee Burns at Rio Bravo Park in the valley Give your fears and regrets to Kookooee and watch them burn. Belly dancers and an Aztec dance troupe will start the show. DJ Genius of Love will provide the fire music as the 30 foot effigy BURNS in this South Valley tradition. DRESS WARM & BE SAFE!
SunDAY the official start of the holiday giving season – Thunderbird Harley-Davidson is kicking things off with a Toy Run starting Sunday running through Dec. 5 that’s at 5000 Alameda Blvd N.E.
Giving and getting with continues at:
Archetype Dermigraphic Studios with their “Tatts for Cans” Bring in 5 cans of nonperishable foods and you’re in the running for a $300 certificate for professional ink. Winner will be announced at the Duke…City Darlins calendar release party at Burt’s Tiki Lounge Nov. 20th – all donations go to United Methodist Food Ministries for the Homeless.
Watch for postings on the hallowed day of the dead celebrations during the upcoming week & on that note I just gotta say – Happy Anniversary Big Daddy!
Happy everything else to the rest of y’all!
Keep up with me online all the time at oneheadlightink.com and every Friday in the Q Spot with Erica Viking on COYOTE 102.5
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on October 14, 2010 | One comment
NM’s Own Neil Patrick Harris does it all! We could’ve seen this one coming…
Just a few months ago Harris won raves for his directorial debut of the stage production of RENT at the famed Hollywood Bowl.
The acclaimed and uber accomplished actor (host, performer, humanitarian, etc., etc.) will take his inaugural turn as a feature film director in the romantic/comedy Aaron and Sarah.
The film will star Josh Hutcherson and Emma Roberts – who also has ties to NM with Super Star aunt Julia being a resident and Dad Eric having starred in the NM TV production Crash.
Fly your Red and Yellow flags and cross your digits that the film may too be made in New Mexico
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on August 31, 2010 | One comment
Sheryl Roberts Casting (The Dry Land, Crash, In Plain Sight) is casting the feature film (allegedly titled) “Psyche” (sounds like a code name to me…)
What: PAID ROLES in this NON-UNION film.
Who: Specific looking types. Previous acting experience is not necessary.
“If you feel you look right for a part, please submit.
We are looking for people with a strong desire to play the role. Our coaches will work with you.
The film will premiere at the Century Rio 24 Theater in Albuquerque. Every actor will receive a DVD and will have their credit listed.
When: Starting September 3rd. Locations are in and around Albuquerque. We will make arrangements to film children on the weekend.
Send your Pictures/Headshots to Jennifer at:
Kindly specify which part you are submitting for.
YOU MUST INCLUDE A PHONE NUMBER SO THAT WE CAN BOOK YOU IMMEDIATELY!!!
WE ARE CASTING IMMEDIATELY!!! Shooting dates have been moved up!!!”
- Sheryl Roberts Casting
According to the New Mexico Film Office the following roles are casting NOW:
Josephine’s Mother (age 45-50) – Prefer Boston accent, possibly New York, dark hair and dark eyes.
Peter* (age 6)- Caucasian, light blue eyes, dirty blond/light brown hair. Always blamed for everything.
Peter’s brother* (age 9-10) – Caucasian, Light blue eyes, can have darker brown hair. Picks on Peter and always wants the attention.
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on May 29, 2010 | One comment
Legendary Actor Dennis Hopper has passed away.
Just over a week after his 74th birthday, on what Governor Bill Richardson officially declared Dennis Hopper day in New Mexico the beloved actor, director and accomplished artist has succumbed to the cancer he’s been battling since last fall.
Hopper commemorated the fortieth anniversary of his iconic film Easy Rider and celebrated his longtime love of New Mexico at 2009′s Taos Summer of Love where his artwork was showcased in the gallery showing, Hopper at the Harwood.
The actor was promoting his Albuquerque filmed television series Crash in NYC when he first fell ill last September.
He will be greatly missed the world over.
The AP reports:
“Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” died Saturday in Venice, Calif., of prostate cancer. He was 74.
Hopper’s roller coaster career also included “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Blue Velvet,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Hoosiers” as well as flops such as “The Last Movie.”
But the improbable success of the 1969 hippie-biker epic “Easy Rider” remained his biggest triumph. He not only co-starred but directed and co-wrote the film, which also starred Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.
Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern were nominated for Oscars for best screenplay.”
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on May 14, 2010 | 3 comments
Via Sci Fi Wire
This is the first official movie still released where we get to see the contemporary, bicep-bulging, Chris Hemsworth going classic comic book hero as Kenneth Branagh’s THOR.
Another sweet peek into the latest of what will likely be a mega, blockbuster comic book franchise from Marvel, as previously glimpsed in the leaked bunny dropping we first showed you here of the New Mexico production.
“The epic adventure “Thor” spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.” – Marvel.com
Thor is scheduled to crash into theaters on May 6 2011.