On Saturday December 7, as a part of the three day New Mexico Film Industry Tune-up, local talent is invited to participate in the first NEW MEXICO SIZZLE REEL shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
“Who travels to the biggest film festivals in the country? Who stands out as the face of New Mexico talent to global filmmakers? YOU DO…or at least you WILL.
Be a part of the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel” and be showcased around the country and all over the world [via the web] for your part in the state’s great film industry.”
To be featured: Come to Saturday’s event in your own select wardrobe and have a 30 sec monologue prepared. You will be film prepped, put through hair and makeup, lit and shot to be featured in the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel”, which will be taken to the next Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and distributed to top indie producers all around the country over the next calendar year. Both SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent welcome.
In addition to a top tier casting agent panel, FREE head shots and 30 sec. promo production, prominent state legislators will be on hand at the FREE legislative brunch. The working lunch will host true experts on state production funding. Actual film industry buyers, the people who spend movie millions, will be in attendance to network with your local film related businesses and services. All of this & more at your disposal – for free!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013 Santa Fe Music Alliance celebration of music in film with bands Sol Fire, To Build A Fire, and DJ’s Bacon and Feathericci from Numbtron ($10 entry, includes food & drink).
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Continental Breakfast
Meet and Greet and chat with the people who make buying decisions for major motion pictures. – How your business can do more business with the film business.
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Working Lunch 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.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Demonstration
Panavision will be demonstrating their newly launched Primo V series lenses.
2:00 PM – 8PM Head Shots
Get your headshot taken for extras casting agents
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Panel
Casting Session Number One “SO YOU WANNA BE IN MOVIES”
Panelist: Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Elizabeth Gabel, Lorrie Latham
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Panel
Casting Session Number Two “LIGHT YOUR ACTING CAREER ON FIRE”
Panelist: Kerry Barden, CSA, Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Tamara Decker.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Awards Ceremony – Shoot Santa Fe trailer contest grand prize winner to be announced
Celebration and DJ
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Brunch & Panel
2014 Legislative Session Filmmakers Brunch and panel. Law makers discuss the Power of Persuasion and the next 5 years of legislation for film.
Must see midseason drama, The Night Shift has wrapped season one in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The NBC medical drama is set to start airing its completed eight episode beginning Monday nights this winter. The show shot it’s pilot at I-25 Studios back in the spring, with full production on the seven series episodes getting underway at Albuquerque Studios this fall.
Now completed, the fictitious San Antonio Memorial medical team; including rising stars such as Daniella Alonso, Eoin Macken, JR Lemmon, guest director Eriq La Salle, Breaking Bad Producer, Stewart Lyons and a whole team of top tier New Mexico grown cast & crew, anxiously await their upcoming run on NBC.
“We are wrapped for the first Season of The Night Shift.
Our Stand Ins did an amazing job, thank you, Chloe, Brytnee, Ava, Bri, Dana, Tammy, Kristine, Lynn, Keith, Max, Michael, Marwan, Jacquay, Pablo P & Ken.
A big thank you to all our wonderful background. Everyone was amazing and enjoyed having you on set.”
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
On Thursday Emmy award winner Aaron Paul tweeted out a subtle message about returning to Albuquerque and teased with a general inquiry about who might like to join him for a Breaking Bad tour!
As of today Paul has garnered over 13,000 favorites and 6,000 re-tweets on the comment which was stamped with a Stay Kind hashtag – leading this blogette to believe that the star may be planning some sort of benefit for his stunning bride’s Kind CampaignAll.
Breaking Bad and its fans are no stranger to fund raising for the greater good as the cast and crew were well known for around town, here, here, here and here.
All of which have lent to inspiring some charitable efforts by many Breaking Bad super fans, including our very own raffle and the Walter White Memorial Tribute event that raised over $20K to directly aid Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless!
Looks like Bad will continue to do good for many, many years to come!
Do you have an idea for a television pilot that would trump the ﬁnal episode of Breaking Bad in the Nielsen Ratings?
If so, submissions are being accepted now for the Santa Fe Film Festival Pilot Project, sponsored by Shoot Santa Fe, which, if you win, can get you the resources needed to create either a 10 minute studio pitch or a 22 minute pilot (your choice) that will premiere at the 2014 Santa Fe Film Festival (May 1-4) AND on SFTV -Channel 28.
The guidelines are simple: Trailers should be 60-90 seconds long. Trailer and subsequent show must be shot in and around Santa Fe, and should help attract people to the State. Your show should be budget conscious with a strong enough story to build an on-going series. You must own all copyrights to the piece, and have all clearances in place to win.
Get your submissions in early (deadline is Nov 17), to be included in the “Future” Mix competition on November 21. Submitted trailers will be screened by the public during MIX, and the audience choice winner might receive $500, courtesy of MIX Santa Fe.
The ﬁnal deadline for all entries is December 1st given away at the Tune Up event on December 7th.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive: $2500 from SHOOT Santa Fe, crew hours from IATSE Local 480, cameras, equipment and support services from Panavision, Plus goods and services from Elliot Location Equipment Rentals, Santa Fe Studios, Duke City Catering, and TM Equipment Rentals.
There is an entry fee of $25 ($15 for students) through November 17 and $50 ($25 for students) from November 18 until December 1. Submission forms may be found at santafeﬁlmfestival. com.
NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted and all entries MUST be sent via a digitized ﬁle to the SFFF Dropbox/nani@santafeﬁlmfestival.com or on a thumb drive with a digital ﬁle to the SFFF ofﬁce to 60 W. San Francisco St., Suite 307 during regular business hours.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non-proﬁt, 501 C3 organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014! We are gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters now. Contact SFFF to get involved. info@santafeﬁlmfestival. com
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – ONLINE CASTING CALL FOR WORK MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
From Robert Baxter Casting:
Casting Call for Monday November 18th shoot – 100 people needed to work as Extras on the set of Killer Women in a Bomb scene to play the roles of Bomb Techs, EMTs, News Crew, Sheriffs, Detectives and onlookers.
If you have not been on set with this TV Series, here is a great opportunity to see what an Amazing Cast and Crew these folks are to work with.
IGN has a killer interview with the man who would be Saul Goodman; in it Bob Odenkirk talks his method and his vision for handling the fast approaching revival of Breaking Bad’s savvy, silly, and sometimes sinister criminal lawyer.
Word on the street in the Q is that whether standing-in for Nebraska or any place else, New Mexico will again be the backdrop and location of the upcoming spin-off series.
Speaking of Breaking Bad in the streets, OHI Reader R.W. writes:
“We want ed to come visit Albuquerque in December for our vacation and visit some of the BB sites. Is there anybody we can contact about this?”
Boy, is there ever! Here are some resources to check out before your visit:
In the meantime, here’s our friend Trixie ConQueso, NM performer extraordinaire – who just so happens to be tailor made to play busty blonde sidekick to Odenkirk’s Saul like no other could – with her rendition of what could be a helluva sexy theme song for the yet to be titled Saul Goodman show!
Come be a part of an incredible project. We’re looking for speaking roles and featured background players!
Synopsis: When a man accused of murder is found not guilty, he quickly discovers that a return to a normal life is impossible. With an entire city hell bent on his destruction, he decides the only way to get his life back is to find the man responsible for the crime and bring him to justice. There’s just one catch…
Production Title: “The Invisible Man”
Project: SAG New Media
Genre: Dark Comedy
Production Location: Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Director/Writer: Joshua Klein
Producers: Lava Buckley, Marcia Woske
Director of Photography: Ariel Rakes
Editor: Reuben Finkelstein
Timeline: A portion of this project will be shot on November 23 and 24, 2013
11 Jurors: Ages 30 and over to deliver the news.
40 Townspeople: Ages 30 and over. Men and Women.
2- Bailiffs: Men in good physical condition.
1 Judge: 50s (Male or Female)
6- Hotel Guests: Men and Women of all ages
Casting will be on November 14, 2013 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
At Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE #114
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Pay is currently volunteer but in addition to being on camera as an integral part of the production, you can win one of several raffle prizes including:
New Mexico Film, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014.
UPDATE 11/11/13: NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
If EW is to be believed the following casting call has been issued for “anyone (who fits the following casting specifications) with a video camera”:
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
A confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios on Thursday.
With that, New Mexicans are again wondering, who, what, where, when, and how much of the new Star Wars franchise might end up in the Land of Enchantment.
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here, the “force” is expected to land in New Mexico despite persistent rumors, some convos around town and even investigative reporting that says otherwise.
In addition to knowing that the state has been looked at for both studio and location settings, our current findings, erring on the side of hopeful, point to a fall 2014 location shoot being likely (or at least possible) in New Mexico. As we like to say, “nothing’s official until someone yells that’s a WRAP!”
And now to address one inquiring OHI reader, BG writes:
“I was just curious if by any chance you know what extra-casting
agencies I should sign up with in order to get a chance on Star Wars
episode VII here in NM?”
Well B, we direct all hopefuls to check-in and register with all the hard working and most reputable casting directors we report on listed here, many of which have long resumes with the largest films and television shows the state has ever seen, including The Lone Ranger, No Country for Old Men, Breaking Bad and so much more.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Officially announced shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios – UK, with Los Angeles and New Mexico, USA also on the proverbial call sheet…
For our friends and readers around the world here is the UK casting call forecast ICYMI!
The Latino laden New Mexico production of ABC’s Killer Women is just beginning to get the hype it’s due.
The midseason prime-time drama is executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara.
The show is the English language revamp of the Spanish novela Mujeres Asesinas, a Latin American series, originally aired in 2005, which was an adaptation of Marisa Grinstein’s trilogy of the same title, based on true stories of Argentine women driven to murder by various forms of abuse.
Latin World Entertainment, helmed by Vergara – the highest paid woman on television, sold the series about the complex world of Texas Rangers to ABC last year. Co-produced by Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), the script adaptation was written by Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven, The Playboy Club).
Vergara is using her success to create opportunities for other Latinos who want to make it in Hollywood. Killer Women stars lead actors Alex Fernandez and Martina Milans, and also features multiple Latino actors in various episodes.
In September Vergara told Agencia Efe, of Fox News Latino, “It makes me very proud to be Latino, today and always. Although now Latinos, the culture and everything Hispanic is getting more fashionable, the reality is that we know that being Latino, having those values of family, unity, working ability, delight in moving forward and that joy that identifies us, it’s something divine. It’s an honor, a privilege for me to be Latino,”
The first Operation Soundstage orientation for Veterans interested in working in the State’s Film Industry will be held this Friday, November 15, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Albuquerque.
Though not a requirement to participate in the Operation Soundstage program, in which the state will reimburse part of the wages of a veteran being trained as a crew member by a film or television production in New Mexico, the list of veterans and reserve component members who complete the orientation workshop will be submitted to participating companies.
To enroll in the first Operation Soundstage orientation, email the NMFO info@nmfilm .com and provide the following information:
First and Last Name
NM City/Community of Residence
Type of Government Issued Military ID and correlating ID. No.
There is limited seating so you must confirm registration with Sherry England.
You must also be registered with New Mexico Workforce Connection.
For questions about NMWC, email Chris Zafra.
DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: Sign-in begins at 1pm, workshop takes place between 1:30PM to 3:30PM
The New Mexico State Film Office (NMFO) will host a Town Hall meeting in Silver City on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. This Town Hall follows a series of Town Hall meetings that took place in Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Roswell, Raton, Clovis and Carlsbad. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis will discuss the state of the film industry including future productions and opportunities available to New Mexico residents. The meetings are intended to provide an open forum for each community to share information about local activity such as educational programs and film related business as well as relaying any issues of concern.
Prior to each Town Hall meeting, participants will have an opportunity to have their headshot (photograph) taken by a representative of the film office which will be given to Extras Casting Directors in New Mexico. This opportunity is for informational purposes only and is not in response to a particular production.
The Silver City Town Hall will be held at the historic Silco Theater and will celebrate the first lighting of the recently installed marquee. The Silco Theater was built in 1923 and served Silver City for many years as a performance and movie theater. In January 2006, the Silver City MainStreet Project re-opened the theater and funds are now being raised to renovate the space into a movie theater again.
Following the Town Hall there will be a special screening of The Making of a Marquee (TRT – 15 minutes). This short documentary provides a brief history of the efforts leading to the installation of the Silver City MainStreet Project’s new Silco Theater marquee.
The Town Halls are free and open to all, including students, local filmmakers, businesses and the general public. The New Mexico State Film Office collaborates with local film liaisons, schools and chambers of commerce in conducting these events.
The schedule for Wednesday, November 13, 2013 is as follows:
7:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions by George Dworin, Silver City Arts & Cultural District and Tourism Director
7:15 pm – State of the NM Film Industry by Director Nick Maniatis
7:30 pm – Recent Films in Grant County – Arlene Schadel
7:35 pm – Film Locations by Don Gray, NMFO contracted Locations Manager
7:40 pm – Q & A
8:00 pm – Special Screening of The Making of a Marquee
There is no RSVP necessary to attend any of the Town Hall meetings and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the discussion. The expected timeframe for the town hall is approximately two hours with Q&A.
For more information on the 2013 Film Industry Town Hall meetings contact Dirk Norris at 505-476-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Mr. Alexander, crime was a business to be conducted with honor and respect. But, like the saying goes, “there is no honor among thieves.” And when that honor is challenged and tested, much more than a reputation is at stake! With guns a-blazing, Anchor Bay Films announces the December 17th release of Force of Execution, starring action legends Steven Seagal (“True Justice,” Maximum Conviction, Machete), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, the Mission: Impossible films), world champion martial arts superstar Bren Foster (Maximum Conviction) with Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills, “Sons of Anarchy). Available for Blu-ray™ and DVD pre-order on November 20th.
From the production:
In the film directed by Keoni Waxman and written by Richard Beattie & Michael Black, Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr. Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. For a simple prison hit, he sends his best enforcer and protégé Roman Hurst (Foster). But when the hit goes wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his “failure:” banishment in the city that he almost once ruled. But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between Alexander, a cold-blooded gangster known as ‘The Iceman” (Rhames), and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner (Trejo) who has a few hidden moves of his own, will rediscover his own will to survive the coming conflict…and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him.
The lines have been drawn in the sand. The fuse is lit. And in a citywide massacre measured in pain, fear, and revenge, the ultimate power belongs to the FORCE OF EXECUTION.
As we blatantly hinted at you here…Deadline Hollywood is now reporting:
Encouraging news for midseason NBC series The Night Shift – the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama. Night Shift, about the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial, has an 8-episode order (pilot +7) as part of that complex four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken, who plays the lead, touted as a potential breakout star. Creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.
La Vida Robot is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students based on Joshua Davis’ Wired magazine story on the event, in which four undocumented Mexican-American high school students form a robotics club and go up against MIT in the National Underwater Robotics Competition.
The film is directed by Sean McNamara and stars Carlos Pena, George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Here’s a little GIF of the one and only Matthew Broderick filming, Dirty Weekend on location at the Albuquerque International Airport – where just days ago Disney starlet Bella Thorne was snapped landing in the Q for her New Mexico Film, Big Sky.
And if you’ve been wondering where George Lopez has been, he too is right here in the Land of Enchantment filming La Vida Robot! Pictured below with Breaking Bad homie/Gomie aka Steven Michael Quezada and on set with actor Chris Ranney.