Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican ﬁlmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.
The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry decision makers.
WHEN: FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8
WHERE: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
WHAT: Panels and business connections, cast and crew advisement (Full Agenda included below)
The weekend will begin December 6 with a celebration of music through the Santa Fe Music Alliance. Band’s to perform are To Build a Fiee, Sol Fire, and Numbtron (electronic side band with members of the D Numbers.) There will also be a rafﬂe of a music video shoot valued at $5,000 launching at the event courtesy of the Santa Fe Music Alliance.
December 7 Segments include “How to break into show business” for prospective actors and extras, “How to advance your acting career” for those with previous experience and open casting calls for both groups.
“Native New Mexicans are making a living wage in productions across the state,” says Jon Hendry, business agent for IATSE 480, a union of ﬁlm industry workers. “Everyone from Deming to Downtown Santa Fe has benefited from new business and new jobs ﬁlm has created in New Mexico. The programs in this weekend are opening up even more opportunities for all of us.”
In addition, production buyers will be on hand to meet New Mexico business leaders looking to promote or expand their business with the industry. All businesses are welcome.
For more information contact Nani 505-988-7414 x102
Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Ofﬁce to explain New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Ofﬁce the afternoon of December 7. New Mexico has over ten years of experience as an incentive state and offers a competitive Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. In addition, New Mexico has been a leader in crew, vendor and infrastructure growth including the Film Crew Advancement Program which provides career opportunities to resident crew and reimbursements of qualifying residents’ wages to productions. Join us at the luncheon to ask questions and understand these resources available to the industry.
The day will ﬁnish with the announcement of the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project winner, who will win a prize package worth 25k of industry products and cash to turn their 60-90 second trailer submission into a pilot. Submission cut off date is December 1. Details at santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
December 8 with complete the weekend with a Brunch & Panel to discuss topics for the 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will cover topics including Achievable Goals, Power of Persuasion, and The next years of legislation for ﬁlm.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non proﬁt organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014 – currently gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters. Contact SFFF to get involved, info@santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) 505-988-7414 x102
New Mexico’s “biggest budget web series” is filming a pilot right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico in late October.
Hunter’s Game is a dark, methodical, yet hopeful drama web series, following the life of Hunter Williams, a haunted teen plagued with visions of future events that he battles to change. The psychic teen tries to maintain a normal life, while waging a secret war with fate, in order to save lives by influencing future events.
There’s still time to submit for some of the following roles in the series:
(Deadline is October 6, 2013)
Hunter Williams: (Caucasian Male) Lead role – A haunted teen, age 17-19, athletic build, black/brown hair, tall(No tattoos/piercings). Hunter is a leader to his peers and a joy to his family. Haunted by visions of a past he was too young to prevent, Hunter hides a dark secret. Hunter’s life is a meticulous balancing act of deception, loss, hope, fear, failure, secrets and quiet redemption.
KEIRA DALEY: (Female) A dark, secretive, teen, age 16-18, who has come to live with Alayna Sage after being removed from her violent home. After seeing Hunter, Keira recognizes him for the gifted psychic he is and is determined to ingrain herself into his life with an agenda all her own.
MADISON ROGERS: (Caucasian Female) A beautiful, smart, strong Christian, 16-19, Madison is the light to Keira & Alayna’s dark in Hunter’s world. Madison is Hunter’s balance, his foothold with the acceptable side of life. Though sweet, she is not perfect.
SIERRA LAWRENCE: (Female) Best friend to Madison, 16-19, and girlfriend to Noah, Sierra is a teen born in the wrong era. Free-spirited and gypsy-like, Sierra is the one who is always throwing a wrench in the works for those around her. Outspoken and daring, Sierra’s live-out-loud presence sometimes draws unwanted attention from the wrong people.
NOAH PARKER: (Male) A comedic dreamer and hopeless optimist, 17-19, Noah is Hunter’s best friend. For all of Hunter’s seriousness, Noah’s happy-go-lucky attitude helps lighten Hunter’s dark and heavy emotions. Deep down however, Noah is harboring his own demons.
TRACEY WILLIAMS: (Caucasian Female) The “got-it-all-together” wife of Ethan Williams, age 32. Tracey is the glue that holds Ethan’s family together. Unaware of the troubled past that Ethan, Brayden and Hunter share, Tracey tries to bridge the ever-widening gap between the three men.
ZACHARY WILLIAMS: (Caucasian Male) Hunter’s new rambunctious stepbrother, 9-11, who is a big part of Hunter and Ethan’s lives.
LUKE KINARD: (Male) – Fun-loving detective, 28, always finds the bright side to life, no matter how dark the world around him becomes. Brayden’s new partner from Houston, TX.
Isaac Reynolds: (Male) A methodical, child-serial killer, strong, athletic type, 25, who begins a battle of wits with Hunter.
OLIVER EISNER: (Male) Tough, intimidating lieutenant, late 50s, who has lost patience with the system and those working in it.
GABRIEL FLORES: (Hispanic Male) Aggressive but likeable, young detective, age 29, working his way up the ranks.
AMY CORRALES: (Female) A happy-go-lucky child, 6-9, that is kidnapped from her home, but later saved by Hunter.
CYNTHIA CORRALES: (Female) Loving Mother to Amy, 30-35.
REX MARTINEZ: (Hispanic Male) Quiet, best friend to Zachary Williams, 9-11.
JUSTIN ARANDA: (Hispanic Male) 23, patient, willing to learn, younger EMT Partner to Ethan Williams.
Munukeer is a short Boston University thesis film set in 1970’s Saudi Arabia. It’s a drama about the complications of bringing intimacy back into a marriage. The story involves a romantic trip that, after careful preparation, never happens. For more info Facebook.com/munukeer
The film will be shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Oct 14-22, 2013
If you can do any or all of the following please contact Producer, Michael Callahan, at Callahan@bu. edu:
AD (assistant director)
AC (assistant camera)
Note: Travel, lodging, food, and transport expenses will be covered by the production.”
Crew call for the New Mexico production of “She Walks in Beauty”, a short film based on the true story of a Navajo woman’s struggle to escape an abusive relationship.
The sizzle reel for the movie will be shot over the weekend of August 10th and 11th. No pay but meals will be provided and reel crew will receive special consideration for paid crew positions when the film shoots in its entirety this fall and winter.
The sizzle reel is for the purpose of fundraising to finance the film shoot.
The following crew positions are now open:
2 Camera Operators
1 Sound Mixer
2 Boom Mic Operators
1 Locations Manager/Scout
1 Key Hair and Make Up
1 Art Director
“If interested, please e mail a resume and a link to a reel along with two professional references to email@example.com
Film Students encouraged to apply.
Thank you and spread the word.”
Writer, Director, Producer
Three Vans & A Truck Productions, LLC
This weekend 800 filmmakers from Albuquerque are making films in the 48 Hour Film Project! All of completed films will screen on the dates below.
Register to get on an existing team to work on films currently in pre-production in the Albuquerque area – here!
The registration for team entry to the Albuquerque 48HFP has close, but you can still sign up for the waiting list here. If teams drop out or space otherwise becomes available, we will invite teams from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.
48 Hour Film Project/Albuquerque on Facebook
Albuquerque 48HFP Events
Date Friday, July 12
Time 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Place TechLove, 3901 Central Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87108
Date Sunday, July 14
Time 6:30 – 9:30pm (by 7:30pm to be on time!)
Place Kelly’s Brew Pub, 3222 Central Ave. SE
Date 2013-07-18, 2013-07-19
Time 6pm and 8pm
Place KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tickets $10.00 (purchase them here)
Notes Each screening group will have up to 14 different films. See all 4 screenings for only $32. Group A – Thurs at 6 Group B – Thurs at 8 Group C – Friday at 6 Group D – Friday at 8
Date Thursday, July 25
Place KiMo Theater, 423 Central Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tickets $10.00 (purchase them here)
Notes The Best of the 2013 Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project will screen followed immediately by an awards ceremony. What films will win? See for yourself.
Here are some important notes for 48HFP filmmakers:
Elements: The required elements for Albuquerque will be listed to the right.
Media: You must submit your film on one of the media listed to the right.
Documents: You must submit releases for all team members, all music, all locations, and any other copyrighted material, as well as a team leader’s agreement, a roster, and a certification statement. These forms can be downloaded from on our production documents page.
Rules/FAQ: You should make sure that your film complies with our rules. If you have questions about the rules, the best place to go is our faq.
48HFP Hotline: If you have a question during the filmmaking weekend, call the 48HFP Hotline. The number is on the Kickoff Info Sheet that your team representative was given at the kickoff. If you email us, you will probably not receive an answer in time, so please call.
Dropoff: The location to drop off your film is listed below.
LAND OF DREAMING tells the stories of two characters: Eric Martinez, an illegal immigrant who decides to take his own life when faced with an imminent deportation . And Kyla Thompson, an American citizen who has squandered every opportunity life has afforded her, who squanders her welfare funds on drugs and ultimately dies of a drug overdose.
CREW CALL – New Mexico
Production: “LAND OF DREAMING”
1. Assistant Director
2. Second Camera Assistant
3. Script Supervisor
4. Production Manager
7. Hair and Makeup
8. Art Director
9. Set Dresser
10. Sond Mixer
11. Boom Operator
Inquire to: Please send resume and any questions to Phillip Casaus
No mechanical experience necessary. Requirements: reliability, flexible hours, willingness to work nights if necessary, knowledge of on-set etiquette, interest in film production, and reliability, reliability, reliability.
Inquires will be accepted through the end of business, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
We are looking for an in-state Director and production team for a commercial production to shoot in New Mexico in January of 2013. The shoot will be 2-4 days. MOS. We are looking for a Director who has national, award-winning experience shooting outdoor/adventure sports and activities. In addition, this Director must be highly skilled in pulling authentic moments of humanity from all cast members. We would like the production team to be a tight group that has worked together, can maximize production value with a small footprint, move quickly, and get a lot of coverage using multiple cameras. Extensive experience shooting with an RC helicopter is mandatory, as well as other ways to increase production value with a limited number of team members. Please respond by EOD Monday, September 24. Send resume’s and questions to Martín Leger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camera Hogs, LLC out of Las Cruces, New Mexico is set to produce a new drama series titled Desert Wasteland.
Beginning on a volunteer basis, shooting of the series pilot is scheduled to begin in September. Producers will be fundraising throughout the pilot to continue production into an entire season.
From the producers:
Although we don’t have the funds to pay our crew for the pilot, we are offering a copy on DVD with name in credits, one of our cool Camera Hogs t-shirts, Desert Wasteland poster and other apparel. We also offer the option of having a professional head-shot done in compensation for services provided. The pilot will be sent to film festivals locally, nationally, and internationally.
The pilot will be shot in SW NM, in the El Paso/Las Cruces areas.
Friday evening, moments after a quick mention on the weekly radio show, Cinema Scope (101.1 Santa Fe/simulcast on the web) touched on some local concerns around the disconnect between New Mexico State Tourism and the State Film Industry, confirmations of the out of state marketing firm awarded the $2M New Mexico contract having recently hired a San Francisco production company to trek-in and film tourism spots poured in.
IATSE 480 Business Director, Jon Hendry tells OHI exclusively:
(IATSE 480 – New Mexico chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)
“I’m disappointed that the New Mexico Tourism department chose to go with a California based production company to shoot their most recent commercial. The Department often points to their limited budget yet spends considerably more than they needed to transporting an entire crew from out of State. They brought in equipment we have readily available here and even shipped in Wardrobe for New Mexicans, no doubt so they could look “authentic”. The two local hires [on the production] were the Craft service person and the driver.
To add insult to injury the New Mexican based talent were the lowest paid people on the shoot, working for flats with no residuals. And by coincidence the weather on the shoot days were [un]typically blustery spring days with complete overcast when they were shooting the Santa Fe Plaza. A local crew would have called a weather day but when you’ve transported everyone a long way then that’s not possible. They can hardly have showed NM in its best light.
The main problem is this; We in the Industry have not convinced our own Tourism Department that there’s better, cheaper and more committed resources right here in the State. More troubling, our Film Office who evidently were aware of this and did not intercede apparently feel the same or how could this occur? If they are not our advocates who is?” -Jon Hendry
After the recent shoots, Hendry furthermore extended his apologies to New Mexico production companies vowing to work harder than ever going forward to close gaps between state agencies and state film workers.
Multiple, highly qualified in-state production houses are known to have made considerable efforts to submit for work on the New Mexico State Tourism ad campaign. One local production house confirmed to industry advocates that their firm worked diligently, over several months attempting to be considered for production work on the local tourism shoot.
Repeated contact, including at least one promising exchange with the Texas based company hired to execute the ad campaign, [pen]ultimately led to the New Mexico company being simply ignored – that is until the visiting crew hired was on location here in NM, when it is reported that the California producers called-in for advice on how to shoot a particular way, while the aforementioned regional weather issues griped the production.
Based on such accounts, what we can so far come to expect from the forthcoming campaign is an overcast Santa Fe Plaza and a wind ravaged Sandia Peak. At least it looks like the Kayak shoot was a success. New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc. (NMKI) posted on their blog all about the very positive experience of their water sport segment of the campaign shoot.
“Yesterday was my first experience working with the New Mexico Film industry,” NMKI’s Kelly Gossett wrote of the filming. Kayaks yes, NMFilm not so much. Click here for the full account on how at least one New Mexico based company was featured thus far in this out of state, out of pocket ad campaign.
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–
The most trusted website on the internets (not really) is reporting that Johnny Depp will take a big pay cut to film “The Lone Ranger”.
Walt Disney Pictures has come to financial terms with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, and other key members of the cast and crew of “The Lone Ranger”. Changes include a reduction in the budget from $250 million to approximately $200 million. Filming will still take place in New Mexico, with some additional filming in Utah instead of Texas as originally planned. The film’s remaining supporting cast are still being cast in Los Angeles, and smaller speaking roles, extras, stand-ins, and photo-doubles for the film’s stars are being cast in New Mexico and Utah.
There had been a huge extras casting call scheduled in Silver City, New Mexico on August 21, 2011. Disney pulled the plug just one week before the call was to take place. The studio claimed that the budget was just too high. Director Gore Verbinski had already finalized the shooting script and signed on his lead actors, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – both of which would have to be paid whether the project went further or not. The Screen Actors Guild never removed “The Lone Ranger” from it’s (sic) production list, leading to speculation that this delay has been nothing more that a ploy by the studio to get the budget reduced by $50 million.
In addition to cast and crew changes, other cuts include reducing the amount of CGI effects, and vendors working on the film such as special effects houses and even hotels have agreed to accept reduced guaranteed fees in order to assure that the costs of the production remain acceptable to the studio. There was also several pricey steam locomotive train sequences that were to be in the film, but have now been cancelled to further cut costs.
Ironically many New Mexicans in Film, Entertainment, Trades and Local Business are working and can’t up the head-count to take a stand FOR NM FILM over at the Roundhouse.
But, we know plenty of y’all could & would haul your bodies up there and put your best act on if it were for a part in The Avengers or the like. Well this call to action may be one of the most important try-outs of your professional life.
Without a show of force NM Film remains in peril and efforts to keep cast, crews, support services and our kids in training for all of the above gainfully employed are shaky – we need a full cast & crew present to keep our top spot in global film production. If you would make the trek to audition or tryout for a role to further your career make this trip to capital city within the next few days.
Today we were able to chat briefly with IATSE Local 480 Business Manager and Film lobbyist, Jon Hendry. He’s quite literally been making the rounds, up at the Big House in Santa Fe and tells us we can take head that there is time left and negotiations open that we can still impact – the calls and emails are going through but NM Film needs your body.
Click here to listen to Hendry give us a little what’s-up with that industry we hold so dear…including who’s still trying to pull what and what our best bets are moving forward.