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New Mexico Film “The Host” – New Trailer

Posted by on February 14, 2013 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film “The Host” – New Trailer

In theaters March 29

#NMFilm The Host [behind the scenes video]

Posted by on January 17, 2013 | Comments Off on #NMFilm The Host [behind the scenes video]


The Host – Behind the Scenes Clip No. 1

Teaser Tailer: Stephanie Meyer’s “The Host”

Posted by on March 22, 2012 | One comment

UPDATE 03/31/12: On Location Casting is Currently submitting photos to “The Host” film Director for the feature film shoot in Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico from 4/9/12-4/28/12.

“Director will picture pick every single extra, NO exceptions! He will NOT consider anyone with a black & white photo and is requesting one Head/Face shot and one Full Body shot of each person. If you don’t have both photos in your profile, you may not be considered. Bad quality, blurry, stretched, photos with more than one person – will NOT be considered. Check your profile if you want to work on this project!! UPDATE YOUR PHOTOS and CONTACT INFORMATION!! We are gearing up quickly and are actively submitting photos now!!

Female Seekers will be 5’9″ and taller. Male Seekers will be 6’0″ and taller. ALL Souls will be 5’4″ and taller. MUST be willing/able to wear colored contact lenses that will be provided by Production.”

Submit or update your FREE OLC talent profile here.

UPDATE 03/25/12: ON LOCATION CASTING IS CURRENTLY “PULLING PHOTOS” FOR THE APRIL/MAY NEW MEXICO SHOOT OF THE HOST!!! TALENT enter here to register and/or update your photos!!!

Filming in Louisiana is well under way on the young adult horror film adapted from Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer’s best selling novel of the same name, “The Host”.

As we’ve been following for you here, Saoirse Ronan stars as 20-year-old Melanie Stryder. Melanie lives in a not-too-distant future in which unseen parasite invaders are taking over people’s bodies, creating a bizarrely complacent group of people. Well, it’s not so bizarre to the ones who have been taken over, which is most of the population…except Melanie. When Melanie is captured and her body and mind invaded, she refuses to give in, retaining many of her human memories and fighting with the parasite for control.

Filming began last month in Louisiana and is/has been slated to shoot in NM before wrap, for release on March 29, 2013.

There’s sure to be a run on Grandma’s Glaucoma Rx now…

#LA/#NM Cast & Crew Call for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host

Posted by on December 8, 2011 | Comments Off on #LA/#NM Cast & Crew Call for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host

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 –
Mindy Marin
Casting Artists, Inc.
Bluewater Ranch, 1433 Sixth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401 –and/or–

Brent Caballero ‘Caballero Casting
9522 Brookline Ave Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Those interested in roles as extras (Louisiana) can register with Batherson Casting

If you are interested in a position as a crew member you can forward your resume to host.resumes@gmail.com

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Louisiana in February, moving to New Mexico thereafter. Check out our coverage of the lead actors and the synopsis here.

Confirmation and local New Mexico casting updates to follow…

The Host, NM Style

Posted by on June 27, 2011 | One comment

Open Road Films has announced that the film based on the 2008 best selling novel, The Host by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is set for release on March 23, 2013.

Of course before film hits reel production will get underway next winter in both Louisiana and right here in New Mexico!

The sci-fi thriller will center around a “lone human holdout trying to survive after a species of mysterious entities invades Earth and takes over the minds of their human hosts…”

Gattaca director Andrew Niccol will craft the movie expected to star Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones).

 

“Studios have been looking for another big-time franchise to replace the Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer’s own Twilight Saga franchises. The former will come to a close this year; the latter ends in summer 2012.”
– Zac Gille, Alt Film Guide

Thanks Chris

Open call for family-friendly series host

Posted by on October 2, 2013 | Comments Off on Open call for family-friendly series host

Casting for family friendly talk show host in New Mexico

CASTING CALL FOR SHOW HOSTS:

In partnership with the students of UNM & CNM Film Program as well as uPUBLIC (Channel 27), a new local production is holding auditions for co-hosts for a family-friendly series showcasing local food & music shooting on location in various places of Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

We are in search of individuals who are real members of our community with dynamic, unique, and impressionable character. The right fit would commit to the long-term success of the show.

We are not necessarily looking for well-groomed actors, but rather people with real personality and a beautiful spirit who would love the opportunity to support local businesses and arts. However, actors are also welcome to audition.

The pilot is scheduled to shoot during early November. Potential for national to international exposure.

Please submit the following information to burque.show@gmail. com:

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Best contact phone number(s)
  • Current Profession (or student concentration)
  • 1-2 Recent photos or headshots

Also, please include a few words on why are you interested in being a host for a local food & music show.

You may follow up with your submission by contacting us at (505) 410-6883.
All ages welcome.

We look forward to hearing from you!

NMSFO to host Town Hall Casting Call in Carlsbad and Clovis

Posted by on October 13, 2012 | Comments Off on NMSFO to host Town Hall Casting Call in Carlsbad and Clovis

SANTA FE—The New Mexico State Film Office announced Thursday that two (2) Town Hall meetings are scheduled to take place in Carlsbad, NM on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 and in Clovis, NM on Thursday, October 25, 2012. These Town Halls continue the series of meetings that took place in Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Roswell, Raton, Gallup and Farmington earlier this year. The NM Film Office anticipates holding other town hall meetings in Silver City and Taos.

The Town Halls are intended to provide an open forum for each community to share information about their educational programs, film related businesses, and issues of concern. Attending from the NM Film Office are Director Nick Maniatis; Outreach Programs Manager Dirk Norris and contract Locations Coordinator Don Gray.

Prior to each Town Hall meeting, participants will have an opportunity to have their head shot (photograph) taken which will be given to casting agents in New Mexico. Those who already have a headshot are encouraged to bring them to the Town Hall meeting and fill out the casting call registration form.

The Town Halls are free and open to all, including students, local filmmakers, businesses, and the public. The NM Film Office is collaborating with local film liaisons, schools, and chambers of commerce in conducting these events. The schedule is as follows:

CARLSBAD TOWN HALL

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Location: NMSU Carlsbad Campus Auditorium (room 153) – 1500 University Drive,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Contact: Shaye Coats, Carlsbad Department of Development (575) 887-6562

Agenda:
6:00 pm – Submit your headshot & resume for disto. to local casting directors
7:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions
7:15 pm – State of the NM Film Industry
7:30 pm – Question and Answer session

CLOVIS TOWN HALL

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Location: Clovis Civic Center,
801 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101

Contact: Nick Mondragon, Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce (575) 763-3435

Agenda:
5:00 pm – Submit your headshot & resume for disto. to local casting directors
6:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions
6:15 pm – State of the NM Film Industry
6:30 pm – Question and Answer session

There is no RSVP necessary and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the discussion. The expected time frame for each town hall is approximately two (2) hours. For more information on the 2012 Film Industry Town Hall meetings and other NM Film Office announcements, please visit www.nmfilm.com or call (505) 476-5600.

READ MORE FROM CARLSBAD CURRENT-ARGUS – HERE

“NEW MEXICO MEDIA MAKERS” SHOW HOST CASTING CALL

Posted by on August 1, 2012 | Comments Off on “NEW MEXICO MEDIA MAKERS” SHOW HOST CASTING CALL

Magic Salad Productions is casting for a television show host for a weekly episodic interview show called New Mexico Media Makers. Host should have strong foundation and knowledge of the film, television and new media industry in New Mexico. Journalism background a plus. Host will be responsible for creating, directing and carrying an interview conversation within a precisely timed half hour television format using teleprompter, three cameras with tricaster and floor director cues.

Casting Call

When: Monday, August 13, 2012
Time: Afternoon by appointment
Where: UPublic Studio, 519 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque

“New Mexico Media Makers”
Genre – Television Interview/Profile Show

Host: A non-union person with excellent interview and conversational skills who can write and improvise intelligent, thought-provoking questions and possesses confidence and a friendly attitude. Good foundation and knowledge of film/media industry in New Mexico preferred and journalism or television background a plus. Ability to use teleprompter, three camera set and floor director cues will be assessed.

Produced by Magic Salad Productions
Casting: Shelley Carney
Producers: Shelley Carney & Mark Cormack

No anticipated pay for first season. Credit, craft service and bonus upon completion of filming first season of 13 episodes. This show will provide exposure and promotion through distribution on public access television in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe markets as well as across the state and country.

Please contact Shelley Carney at shelleycarney@yahoo.com with headshot and resume for audition appointment.

via the Albuquerque Film Office

Kruger Set for Meyer’s Host

Posted by on February 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Kruger Set for Meyer’s Host

It is being widely reported that Diane Kruger, star of the wholly New Mexico Film, Inhale and Tarantino’s accliamed Inglorious Basterds is in talks to play “The Seeker” in the upcoming NM shoot of The Host.

As we told you here The Host is the latest best selling novel turned film from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.

As recently as late last month Kruger herself is quoted by wwd.com as stating, “I play The Seeker. It’s a love triangle, of course, but it’s about aliens coming into human bodies and taking over. Earth has been occupied by all these aliens, and The Seeker is trying to find the last humans.”

The name of young Chandler Canterbury is also being batted about to join the cast in the role of Jaimie Stryder, while Boyd Holbrook is set to play Kyle O’Shea. If reports hold true these three will join Max Irons as Jared Howe, Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, William Hurt as Jeb Stryder and Jake Abel as Ian O’Shea.

Shooting begins this month between Louisiana and New Mexico. The Host is expected to premiere in the spring 2013.

Local extras/background casting details to follow…

Good Day Irene, NM Daytime Host

Posted by on November 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Good Day Irene, NM Daytime Host

As we told you here, the world of New Mexico daytime television was recently on the hunt for a new Good Day New Mexico show host. Now that search has landed a new name on the growing list of local celebrity, and that name is Albuquerque native, Irene Estrada.

From KOB.com:

“Irene got her start in the entertainment industry as a teenager when luck would have it, Rhythm and Blues pioneer Bo Diddley moved in across the street and soon became her mentor. Irene began writing and recording original songs in Bo’s studio as well as performing as a back-up dancer for his live shows.

After graduating from Rio Grande High School, Irene decided to fulfill her life’s dream of working in the entertainment industry and in 1994 moved to Los Angeles where she worked at MCA Records, Priority Records and with Diane Warren’s publishing company Realsongs. During that time she had the amazing opportunity to work with such greats as Randy Jackson from American Idol, members of the R&B group Kool & The Gang, as well as the Jackson Family.

In 2001 Irene took her talents to Paris where she had the opportunity to write songs which appeared on major label album releases for several European artists.

Wanting to be close to her family, in 2004 Irene returned to the Land of Enchantment and chose to further her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. Since her return Irene has worked at Univision and appeared in several major film productions including Bordertown featuring Jennifer Lopez and Doubting Thomas [¿Odd Thomas?]. She has also appeared in the hit TV show In Plain Sight and in a regional commercial for Blockbuster. In 2010, Irene combined her collective experience and began writing, directing, producing and hosting her own mini webisodes, titled “New Mexico Revealed”, a variety show focused on local attractions.”

We can all catch-up with our new hostess on the New Mexico “Lifestyle” show weekdays at 11 a.m. on KOB-TV. Welcome to the NM airwaves Irene.

Bilingual Show Host Casting, NM

Posted by on September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Bilingual Show Host Casting, NM

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).

Main Host:
Female, Age range – early 20s to early 30s, Very attractive Latina / Hispanic, Bi-lingual, Come to the audition in sexy host style clothing.

Co-Host:
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 delrioentertainment@gmail.com 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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Holy Morning Show Host NM!

Posted by on November 16, 2010 | 3 comments

As we tol’ you here New Mexico was gettin’ ready to embark on the morning talk show game with KASA Fox 2 throwing a stylish mouth or two into the ring to “host chat” & “coffee talk” your early morn’ ear off.

Well, after what I’m sure were grueling rounds of interviews, auditions, and screen tests the powers that be (maybe this one too) have made their selection….


KRQE Morning Meteorologist, Kristen Van Dyke and NM Style Host, Nikki Stanzione

Our winner is…Nikki Stanzione, Nikki hails from New Jersey and enjoys
Sunsets, Family, Being in Love, Watching TV, Music, Singing, Dancing, Performing, Laughing, Eating Good Food, Movies, Reading, Talking, The Beach, Current Events, Pop Culture, Awards Shows, Children…

You can watch Nikki tackle all of this and more every weekday morning starting Monday November 29 on KASA Fox 2.

Keep up with her here now, on her “Nikki Stanzione – KASA FOX2, NM Style Host” and “Like” it!

takethatripayadehydratedbagochickenbones!

AND don’t forget to get your LATE NIGHT talk show fix TONIGHT for the first taping of New Mexico’s Own The After After Party…the premiere episode airs Friday November 26!

Casting “Best Life Ever” with host Ron Helman, NM

Posted by on November 26, 2008 | One comment

The sun's rays Pictures, Images and Photos
6-Week Reality Show “Best Life Ever” Now casting in Santa Fe, NM. Four individuals sought to participate in Life Coaching program with Ron Helman – to be broadcast on SFC-TV, viewership aprox. 20,000

source 

E-mail with photo, resume and personal pitch.

Casting

Posted by on November 12, 2014 | 39 comments

Coffee, Casting & Conversation

Santa Fe Film Festival | Film Industry Tune Up


Sharon Bialy’s EBook – How to Audition on Camera

StreamingNM on Youtube and on Livestream

1:1 Interviews with these casting directors from
Shelley Carney* Productions:

Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, Angelique Midthunder

Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, David Rapaport

Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, Ivy Isenberg

Now Casting Background

UDATED 12/09/2014

Manhattan Project Season 2 – Robert Baxter Casting

Longmire Season 4 – Robert Baxter Casting

Condemned 2: Desert Prey – Lorrie Latham Casting

The Night Shift Season 2 – White Turtle Casting

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – EG Casting

Overland (short film), casting principals Dec. 14

Pending

Better Call Saul Season 2 – White Turtle Casting

The Taliban Shuffle – TBD

Exit 147 – ?

“Major Motion Picture” – Sarah Dowling Casting

Ft. Bliss

Click here for the LATEST New Mexico Casting Ops

And follow us on Facebook & Twitter for real-time updates!

Wrapped

The Messengers – On Location Casting

Dig – Lorrie Latham Casting

House of Cards – EG Casting


Highly Functioning
– Good Faith Casting

The Manhattan Project – Robert Baxter

Hieroglyph – Elizabeth Gabel & Lorrie Latham

The Messengers – PilotWhite Turtle Casting

Longmire Season 3 – Robert Baxter

Better Call Saul – Breaking Bad prequel

Outlaw Prophet – Lifetime Movie

Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman – EG Casting

A Million Ways to Die in the West, directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman – EG Casting

Enemy Way, starring Forest Whitaker – On Location Casting

Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman – Robert Baxter

The Homesman, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hillary Swank, Meryl Streep – EG Casting

SAG Webisode Pilot – Russell Maynor

Feature Film Casting Multiples
– Jo Edna Boldin

Longmire Season 2 – Robert Baxter

Breaking Bad, FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON – White Turtle

Force of Execution – Julie Barbarito

Frank – Robert Baxter Casting

2 Guns

Lone Survivor

Sweetwater – EG Casting

Man Called Buffalo – Native American Boys

Longmire – Robert Baxter Casting

“Silver Bullet”EG Casting

Biomass – Sci-fi/Horror

Spells – Casting Leads

Breaking Bad Season Five 2012 – White Turtle

The HostOn Location Casting

The Rambler – Volunteer Background Extras

CBS Television Pilot “The Lamb Project” – OLC

In Plain Sight Season Five 2012 – OLC

Fatal Encounters (NBC) – Robert Baxter

The Last StandEG Casting

Gateway/Tin Star (TNT Pilot) – EG Casting

“Jackie” (Feature Film) – OLC

Casting Directors

Robert Baxter

Desert Star

EG Casting

Jo Edna Boldin

Kathryn Brink

On Location Casting

Sheryl Roberts

White Turtle Casting

Resources

IATSE Local 480 – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts

City of Albuquerque Production Services Directory

New Mexico Film Star Birthdays April 12 – 18

Posted by on April 18, 2014 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film Star Birthdays April 12 – 18

Bugs Bunny Albuquerque Cake

April 12, Saoirse Ronan – Star of #NMFilm The Host

April 15, Seth Rogen – Star of #NMFilm Observe and Report

April 16, Martin Lawrence – Star of #NMFilm Wild Hogs

April 16, Gina Carano – Star of #NMFilm Haywire

April 17, Rooney Mara – Star of #NMFilm Transcendence

April 18, David Tennant – Star of #NMFilm Fright Night

April 18, Eric Roberts – Star of #NMFilm Crash

If we missed you or another celeb you know, let us know here!

Michael Douglas Film Casting in New Mexico

Posted by on September 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Michael Douglas Film Casting in New Mexico

Michael Douglas NMfilm The Reached based on Death Watch novel

From the Farmington Daily Times — “The Reach” is reaching out for extras:

The independent movie, produced by actor Michael Douglas, will be filming in the Farmington and Shiprock areas.

The thriller, which also stars Douglas, is based on Robb White’s 1972 novel “Deathwatch.”

Douglas plays a big game hunter who hires a young guide to lead him into the American desert, where a murder occurs, according to the movie website IMDb.

French director Jean-Baptiste Leonetti is directing the movie.

Production on “The Reach” will begin this month and run through late October.

The production is looking for men, women and children of all ages to work as paid extras.

The casting call is from 1 to 5 p.m. today in the Four Corners Grand Ballroom at the Red Lion Hotel, 700 Scott Avenue in Farmington.

For those who cannot make it, email a current color photo to New Mexico Extras Casting Director Lorrie Latham at lorrie@ lathamcasting.com. Include the following information: height, weight, age, phone number, email and location of residence.

Tonya Stinson, executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Hollywood’s interest in the area continues to grow. More production companies are taking an interest because of the diverse landscape, she said.

And that, Stinson said, adds to the local economy, especially as film locations become tourist attractions, like the “Breaking Bad” tours that have developed in Albuquerque.

Filming of “The Reach” comes on the heels of other movies filmed in Farmington and Shiprock.

Two movies released this year — “The Host” and “The Lone Ranger — and “Transformers,” which was released in 2009, feature the Shiprock pinnacle.

Documentaries that have filmed recently in Farmington and San Juan County are “Rooted Lands” and “Split Estate.”

Point Counterpoint: NMFilm Style

Posted by on September 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Point Counterpoint: NMFilm Style

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.

“The Rambler” set to roll in Roswell, New Mexico

Posted by on April 13, 2012 | 2 comments

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND EXTRAS NEEDED (Roswell, NM): The Rambler

Compensation is Film and IMDB credit. The production can not pay for travel or hotel.

Seeking the following types of local actors:

• Men and women, 18 years of age and older, all types.
• Also looking for not so clean cut, gritty looking
• Need older man and older woman
• No prior experience is necessary.
• There are NO fees to attend open casting calls.
• MUST have a social security number and valid ID.
• MUST be legal to work in the United States.

If you fit these types and are interested, submit your information to ramblercasting@live.com; include your name, age, email address, headshot or photograph of yourself and telephone number where you can reached or contact Jeanette Loera at the production office (575) 622-1245 from 8am – 5pm.

Dermot Mulroney and “The Rambler” are NM bound.

Mulroney starred in the NM production, Inhale back in 2010 with Diane Kruger, who too is currently back in New Mexico filming Stephenie Meyer’s, The Host.

Production is just days away on the Calvin Lee Reeder feature film, The Rambler; which first premiered as a short at Sundance and SXSW waay back in ’08.

Dermot Mulroney will star as a man known as The Rambler who is released from prison and discovers a mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.

Lindsay Pulsipher who appeared in the original short will costar.

XYZ’s Nate Bolotin will produce with Brooklyn Reptyle’s Roger M Mayer and Christo Dimassis. XYZ’s Aram Tertzakian and Nick Spicer serve as executive producers. Celluloid Nightmares handles international sales.

Michael Benaroya is financing through his low-budget genre label AKA Pictures. AKA/Benaroya head of production Joe Jenckes also serves as executive producer with his Bow Street Films partner David Dickson, under a new partnership between AKA and Bow Street. Clayton Young of Benaroya Pictures will produce on behalf of AKA Pictures.

AND OF COURSE Dermont starred in the Retro NM Film YOUNG GUNS, way, way back in the 1900s!

Thanks Kristi

The Next Twilight >> New Mexico Production

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 | 2 comments

As we told you here, the next biggest upcoming movie saga spawned from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is New Mexico bound.

“The Host” follows Melanie Stryder in a post-apocalyptic world in which aliens called Souls have body-snatched and are occupying the majority of the human population. Melanie herself is taken over by a Soul named Wanderer. However, Melanie’s strong will to survive have the two consciousnesses fighting for domination and eventually becoming allies as they set out to find Jared, the man Melanie loves, and their small colony of human resistance. When they get there, Melanie meets Ian who forms a connection with Wanderer, and a love quadrangle in three bodies gets underway.

Just named as leading man Jared is Max Irons (Red Riding Hood, currently set to star opposite Neve Campbell in Vivaldi as Antonio himself). Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) takes up the role of occupied Melanie Stryder and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, I Am Number Four) rounds out the love quadrangle.

Shooting is set to begin next February in New Mexico and Louisiana, scheduled for a March 2013 release.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 | No comments

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