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And then there’s Johnny – Depp in NM [pics][video]

Posted by on September 4, 2012 | Comments Off

BONUS 09/06/12: Scroll way, way down for video of THE LONE RANGER AKA ARMIE HAMMER LIVE on the NM Set of TLR with James Blackburn!!!

EVEN FURTHER DOWN THE SCROLL: Raw Footage of The Lone Ranger filming near Eagles Nest, NM from August 26, 2012. Depp and Hammer in full dress as Tonto and the Lone Ranger in Train scene.

From set to stage (and everywhere in-between) Johnny Depp certainly has left his impression on NM.

Since the beginning of 2012 the inbox@oneheadlightink.com has received everything from the interesting to the outlandish by of way info. and photos swirling around the then secretive “Silver Bullet” project.

From the very first studio lot prop pics we chose to release, which made waves with some local industry insiders, to the sweet pics true fans, friends and admirers of the star shared in confidence we’ve enjoyed being taken along for the ride.

Now that Disney’s The Lone Ranger has wrapped, here are a select few, previously unreleased pics:

Depp with local actor Jackamoe Buzzell at NM’s secluded cove and celeb hot spot, Vernon’s Steakhouse

Stills from Depp’s live stage performance with Gore Verbinski at the TLR wrap party in Angel Fire, NM (video and photos by Nevada Sands, reprinted by depp.ru)

Depp on the Albuquerque Studio lot arriving for filming

The Lone Ranger himself, Armie Hammer with his beautiful wife, Elizabeth Chambers at the TLR wrap party

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Mine That Bird’s Wild Ride

Posted by on July 11, 2012 | Comments Off

From one Roswell, NM born phenom to another, the highly anticipated feature film about extraordinary 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird is headed for production.

“Wild Ride” tells the story of a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn that their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys must overcome impossible odds even before they reach Churchill Downs and the land of Kentucky’s blue bloods.

Dances With Wolves producer, Jim Wilson will direct the film which he co-wrote with Faith Conroy. The production is currently scheduled to get underway in New Mexico this September.

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Longmire Season Two, New Mexico Style

Posted by on June 30, 2012 | Comments Off

UPDATE 07/2/12: It’s officially a wrap on NM’s latest hit television production.

Among the stars, producers, staff, crew & guests; Longmire creator, best selling author, Craig Johnson was on hand for the sunset party in Santa Fe last night!

Longmire | Las Vegas, NM Film Commission | Robert Baxter Casting

Deadline Hollywood broke the exciting news yesterday that the number one new show on cable television has been renewed for a second season.

Not the least of the breakthrough performances from the stars of the show, is New Mexico’s lead role standing-in for Wyoming, and this NM bloggette can confirm exclusively that Longmire WILL return to its New Mexico roots to shoot its sophomore season in the Spring of 2013.

I can also report that the series is set to wrap first full season production in Santa Fe this weekend.

Longmire airs Sunday nights on A&E through August 5.

Congratulations and continued success to all involved!

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International film “Divine Shadows” will be a New Mexico production

Posted by on June 22, 2012 | One comment

CONFIRMED BY OHI TODAY! Divine Shadows WILL SHOOT IN NM in 2012 – PER DIRECTOR HUSEIN ALICAJIC!!!

Screen Daily Reports:

[Latitude Media] is working on Australian writer/director Husein Alicajic’s Divine Shadows. The drama/thriller is set in the US Bible Belt where dark secrets are revealed. WME is packaging the project – with Alfred Molina attached — and SC Films International is handling sales. The film will shoot in New Mexico later this year.

“This is one of the most thought provoking and intriguing projects I have read in a long time, and I am looking forward to the prospect of working with such an exciting new talent” said Simon Crowe of SC Films. “Having Alfred Molina already attached speaks volumes for the quality of the script.”

“Despite this being Alicajic’s first feature, he has an incredibly strong filmmaking pedigree” added Jovicic. “His inimitable talent has only been enhanced by directing award winning international shorts and commercials, as well as working with such diverse filmmakers as Alex Proyas and Steven Soderberg along the way.”

Jovicic’s Latitude is also working on The Lost Honor of Katherina Bloom and Place, both to be shot in New York.

Pre-sale trailer, here.

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Robert Baxter Casting A&E Series Longmire – New Mexico, USA

Posted by on June 12, 2012 | Comments Off

From Robert Baxter Casting:

HI BOYS AND GIRLS WE ARE LOOKING FOR SEVERAL MALES AND FEMALES 18-30 TO BE FEATURED IN A METH HOUSE SCENE TO BE SHOT MONDAY JUNE 18TH. THEY ARE ASKING FOR WILD LOOKING TATTOOED YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO PLAY METH HEADS. IF YOU KNOW ANYBODY OR IF YOU FIT THIS DISCRIPTION PLEASE SEND ME A PHOTO AND A PHONE NUMBER TO: robertbaxtercasting@gmail.com

WE ALSO NEED A FEW BIKER BABES TO WORK ON THURSDAY JUNE 14TH 30-35 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LADIES I CAN FIND SEND PIC AND PHONE # TO:
robertbaxtercasting@gmail.com

Tell ‘em OHI sent you!

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They’re Heeere: Washington & Wahlberg in New Mexico Edition

Posted by on June 11, 2012 | One comment

UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2012: OLC Casting has just announced prep for casting 2 Guns!!!! Filming will begin in both the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area on 8/20/12. Get to OnLocationCasting.us to register or update your profile to be considered.

Feeling a rise in the fahrenheit here in NM my brothers and sisters?

Well, everything from temperatures to hemlines and everything in-between may be compelled to head upwards, esp. right here in the Q as two of the sexiest men in North America now tread where Tonto and the Lone Ranger (not to mention the molten lava hotness of one Walter White) have already set-up shop.

As we told you here FIRST, the demi-god of NM’s The Book of Eli and the original god of underwear ad dreams are set to team in the graphic novel turned upcoming mega movie, 2 Guns.

The reports are in that the pair are IN TOWN now, in preparation for the film that will shoot here and in Louisiana later this year.

Hottie-tottie, sexy lady, Paula Patton is also set to star.

Drop us a line here if you’re impressed by the duo out & about in the Q.

Gracias Chimi

p.s. we had some kick a** (not really) new pics of The Lone Ranger set for you today, but somebody pitched a fit…so, no cigarro on that, but they are floating around out there…probably sure to surface on KOAT in a few weeks.

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Movie Town USA – Las Vegas, NM

Posted by on June 8, 2012 | One comment

Pre-pick-up, the CBS television pilot dubbed the “Las Vegas Project”, laid its early 60s era roots in oldtimey New Mexico.

This spring the dramatic series pilot took shape in NM, with heavy hitting stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie Anne Moss.

Now that the series has received a definitive spot in the Columbia Broadcasting System fall primetime line-up, New Mexicans happily employed on the shoot and other fans of NMFilm have awaited on word of its return.

Today, Backstage reports deets on principal casting confirmation and says that the pending full season production is set to return to New Mexico!

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First Look at New Mexico & Dennis Quaid in “Las Vegas Project”

Posted by on May 16, 2012 | Comments Off

http://youtu.be/ZIJSII0LwSY

As we’ve been following for you here, New Mexico just recently wrapped standing-in for 1960s era Las Vegas, NV, in the “Untitled Las Vegas Project” television series pilot, which has been ordered for the 2012-2013 fall season on CBS primetime!

CBS has just released this first-look at all the show’s stars in action, including the decidedly distinct look of the Southwest that NM lends to the series.

This comes hours after the casting co. which staffed the show with hundreds of local extra and background talent, released this info. on their Facebook page:

“”ULVP” (Untitled Las Vegas Project) New Mexico *UPDATE* – Afraid we have bad news for NM about this project. Rumor (from a producer on the show) is that they will be filming the series from the “Untitled Las Vegas Project” pilot shot here in NM…..in LA (not sure if he meant Los Angeles or Louisiana). Hope the “rumor” isn’t true!!” -On Location Casting

Stay tuned…

Special nod to CLB, one of our local faves for her work on the series pilot!

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Inroads or outliers: NMFilm Community responds to Gov. casting and resources

Posted by on May 9, 2012 | 4 comments

There seemed to be some promising developments between one big government office and our own International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees after the dust-up in March, wherein the NM Dept. of Tourism and New Mexico dollars went virtually ALL OUT OF STATE (save for approx. 6 actors and 2 crew members, and a 4 day local shoot).

Then IATSE 480 business agent Jon Hendry released this statement regarding the possible mends in going forward with the current administration giving NMFilm a fair shake, however…

A new row is brewing as another branch of our government too appears set to utilize out of state film resources and is requesting non-union talent to shoot state PSAs.

The latest word from Jon Hendry on the matter:

So the DOT are shooting a spot as they do regularly ( or it could be the MVD but whomever it’s your tax dollars) and from what I’m being told they’re bringing in an out-of-state Director and possibly a DP. They’re also casting only non-union actors. Now I’m finding this all a little hard to believe, as I sat in the Govenor’s office and i was personally assured, by the Deputy Chief of Staff, that every effort would be made to ensure this didn’t happen again, so for now I’m assuming it’s all a rumor.

There are some fine commercial directors here, as good as anyone that could be brought in. Even if there wasn’t, how would our people ever get better without the opportunities that in-State Government commercials allow ? I actually know of what I speak. In a previous life, when I was the Director of Marketing for then Gov. Richardson, we shot dozens of spots without ever bringing in anyone from out of State including the Directors and we somehow made the spots on budget and Union. Including the iconic ” You drink,you drive, you lose ” and the national award-winning ” You’re in the right state of mind, just the wrong State “

We viewed commercials as training grounds and showcase opportunities for New Mexico talent both in front and behind the camera. After all, if the State won’t help who will ?

Rather than just complain here’s a couple of concrete suggestions ; first here’s what I will be told ” Why do you care.? They are using your guys ? ” I care because I’m a New Mexican. Bringing in ATL is just wrong. Putting BTL locals on doesn’t make this right. As I’ve said, I will be an advocate, but the real key here is the film office. If they ask through the Governor that all departments send there RFP’s over so they can be emailed to interested New Mexicans who register with them, then at least the production community will have an opportunity to bid. They could also put on a job fair for State agencies which brings together possible clients and vendors. I used to bring in all the PIO’s from the State for a monthly meet and show them examples of New Mexican work, took them to sets, introduced them to our peeps. It worked.

Regardless if New Mexicans are not getting hired, we-the production community- need to fix this. I need to fix this. Because frankly I’m a big fan. I have had the privilege of working with many of you and with many outsiders. We take a back seat to no one.
Jon Hendry

In the meanwhile, today the Albuquerque Journal reports, “Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is laying the groundwork for a wide-ranging study of New Mexico’s film rebates that it hopes will put to rest the debate over the program’s effectiveness.”

Full story here.

We have to wonder if the study will aim for a balanced look or simply take further aim at dismantling the industry which this administration has been so notorious for. Albuquerque has fallen from NUMBER ONE in the nation for film production to third and the state as a whole has fallen from third to NINTH under Martinez’s relatively short rule.

Study or target no study the numbers of productions which are fleeting and fleeing continue to mount, from Django Unchained in Louisiana, to Iron Man and Hunger Games in North Carolina, where Government offices actively work for film jobs and notoriety for their state residents.

New Mexico presently sits on the bench with infighting while neighboring states, previously daunted by the New Mexico’s top ranking in film were falling away, others are ramping-up as our reign is loosening and slipping away.

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They’re Baa-ack: Breaking Bad Fifth and Final underway in NM

Posted by on March 28, 2012 | 2 comments

Local actors have been in auditions for featured roles for weeks, extras casting is underway and crews have been hard at work, as have been the writers for months now, tackling the grand finale season of the best show on television.

New Mexico’s own Steven Michael Quezada, aka “Gomie” was facebooking on set today, as were production team members and talent saying,

“Oh it so good to be back at work on set of the best show on tv, Breaking Bad” -Studio Member

“Today was an amazing day. Not only did I get to act with Bryan Cranston, [but] I found out today was the first day that they officially started shooting..so I’ll be in the first episode of the last season of Breaking Bad” -Actress Monique Candelaria

Keep-up with the epic show and be entered to win a prize pack of Br Ba swag by signing-up for the official newsletter at the show’s website here.

Welcome back Breaking Bad!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all our hometown talent and crew who are back at work! Break a leg!

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New Mexico to the World

Posted by on March 12, 2012 | 4 comments

UPDATE 3/15/12: NOW ON KRQE | Santa Fe New Mexican | ABQ Journal

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.

Related: Vendor Inc. | State Tourism RFP | Commercial Casting Call

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Bruckheimer Presents YOUR Lone Ranger & Tonto

Posted by on March 8, 2012 | One comment

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FIRST LOOK: Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger – On set and in costume in New Mexico!!!!!!!!!

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CBS Pilot Casting in New Mexico

Posted by on March 7, 2012 | 2 comments

UPDATE 3/8/12 From On Location Casting:
NEW MEXICO – EXTRAS for CBS Pilot “Untitled Las Vegas-Ralph Lamb” Project.

OLC Still needs vintage style bikers – Think Café Racers meets Marlon Brando in The Wild One

1960s Era BIKERS – Male, Caucasian or light Hispanic, age range 18-55, minimal tattoos, SHORT hair. This is not your typical modern day “biker” look, it is more “wholesome” or retro. (see photo) Looking for guys who are experienced riders and who have a valid NM motorcycle license.

Please email recent photo ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line 1960s BIKER. Be sure to include your photo, a photo of your bike, year/make/model of your bike, first & last name, contact number and availability between 3/22/12 to 4/11/12.

1960s VEGAS SHOWGIRLS – Female, Caucasian or light Hispanic, age range 18-40, height range 5’6″-5’9″, weight range 115-150, attractive, MUST have dance experience (prefer ballet) and be able to perform in a Rockettes style kick-line. Will need to be able to dance in high heels wearing SKIMPY (revealing) but heavy costume. Higher pay rate.

Please email recent photo ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line SHOWGIRL DANCER. Be sure to include a face shot and a full body shot, contact number, dance experience and availability between 3/22/12 to 4/11/12. We will call you to set up a time for you to come by our office to be put on video.

ALSO NOW CASTING YOU & YOUR VINTAGE AUTO (1963 & older): Click here to submit.

The 1960s period drama we first told you about here, is now casting “bikers” for filming in the Las Vegas, New Mexcio area.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis will star in the crime drama based on the true story of Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb.

From Extras Casting Director Tina Kerr:

Project: CBS Pilot – Untitled Las Vegas-Ralph Lamb Project, starring Dennis Quaid

Shoot dates: TBD – tentatively Tuesday 3/27/12, Wednesday 3/28/12, Tuesday 4/3/12 AND Tuesday 4/10/12. Would need to be available on ALL shoot days for continuity purposes.

Shoot location: Las Vegas, New Mexico

Compensation: NON-UNION- Rate TBD (possibly $200.00 for 8 hours -including bike- plus overtime after 8 hours – pending approval)

Talent Specs: MALE BIKERS

**PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU FIT THE LISTED CASTING SPECS. THERE ARE NO OTHER ROLES AVAILABLE!!**

BIKERS – Male, Caucasian or Hispanic, 18-50 years old, confident riders, NOT overly tattooed, prefer shorter hair to long hair, NOT a “scruffy” biker look more like late 50s. This is supposed to be 1960 in old Las Vegas, NV. Classic. Looking for 1950s-1960s era bikes also.

Overall Talent Considerations: NO professional acting experience required! Bikers would need to be willing to possibly be filmed in their underwear, get wet (hosed down in a jail scene) and possibly wear bald caps to simulate you having your head shaved (if you are not already bald!) The bikers get run out of old Las Vegas by the “new sheriff in town”!

HOW TO SIGN UP:

In-Person Photos (PREFERRED!): We would like to have you come in to our office to let us take a photo of you and do a brief on-camera interview about your bike experience. If interested – please come to our office TUESDAY-THURSDAY from 3/7/12-3/21/12 between 3:00pm – 7:00pm. **BRING A PHOTO OF YOUR BIKE THAT WE CAN KEEP!!! We are located at I-25 Studios -9201 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 – on the frontage road between Tramway and Alameda. Please park in the rear of building (West entrance) and enter through doors that say Albuquerque Police Station. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY – JUST SHOW UP (ONLY if you fit the casting

If you are unable to make it to an in-person interview – you may email us a recent photo as listed below:

Submissions via email ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com subject line BIKERS.

All submissions MUST include the following:

-First & Last name

-Height and Weight

-Recent individual closeup photo and full body photo taken within the past (6) months

-Biker Group (if any) that you ride with

-Working contact numbers

-Please provide a list of bike experience

-Please also include a photo and description of your bike (or any bikes you have access to – preferably 1950s-1960s styles)

-**PHOTOS should be clear good quality, facing forward to camera, NO sunglasses, NO hats, NO silly gestures or faces, and should include ONLY those being submitted for the project.

If you have any questions, please CALL 505-348-0870

**PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU FIT THE LISTED CASTING SPECS. THERE ARE NO OTHER ROLES AVAILABLE!!**

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Hello Cowboy – Dennis Quaid to Saddle-up New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 22, 2012 | One comment

The long rumored, dramatic series pilot prospect, centered on Rodeo Cowboy turned Clark County Sheriff, Ralph Lamb appears to be materializing right here in New Mexico.

Local industry diehards (literally) are purportedly prepping in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Albuquerque to receive the CBS Studios pilot for the untitled “Lamb” project.

The real-life career of Las Vegas Sheriff, Ralph Lamb spanned nearly two decades in the 60s and 70s, where his now storied figure, known as the “Cowboy Sheriff” reportedly oft engaged in hand to hand combat up against formidable foes including members of the Mafia and the Hell’s Angels.

James Mangold (Wolverine, Walk the Line) is set to direct the periodic series pilot as penned by Nicholas Pileggi (GoodFellas) for a prospective spot in a fall 2012 CBS line-up.

The rumors on top of rumors (aka trusted industry reports/sources and whispers in the wind) say that none other than Dennis Quaid is slated for the lead role as Lamb himself with one formidable foe role being filled nicely by Michael Chiklis.

Our sources and scheduling alike would mandate that the project is currently in pre-production, to be followed by March shoot dates.

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Enemy of the State

Posted by on January 26, 2012 | 2 comments

Predictably sour on film, Governor Susana Martinez tells lawmakers at this year’s legislative session that it would be “a waste of time,” to pass a bill along to her proposing lifting the $50M cap on New Mexico Film Incentives, which she worked to impose during the last session.

Martinez says, “I want predictability for the film industry and they have received predictability and I think they really appreciate the fact that there is predictability. It allows us to formulate a budget and balance the budget.”

In the last year alone this now “predictable” stance has led untold numbers of productions, including the likes of Iron Man III – starring Robert Downey Jr., Oblivion – starring Tom Cruise, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and television series The Lying Game to quit New Mexico for more “receptive” states.

While Alasaka and Colorado shoot to redouble their efforts in bolstering their existing incentive programs, states like North Carolina, New Orleans and Texas nab big budget films, local jobs and the media attention that follows them away from New Mexico.

Perhaps bringing to fruition what was forewarned back in November 2011, when representatives of the Governor’s cabinet appeared at an industry event, tasked with proclaiming the Governor’s support for New Mexico Film. At the NMedia State of Film event the Governor’s Cheif of Staff Keith Garnder stated in his address to the crowed that the Governor, “vows to wield a veto pen” on any proposed changes to the current Film Program.

Representative Al Park (D) of Albuquerque disagrees with Martinez’ decision.

“We don’t have a cap on a single incentive in any other industry. We plant incentives all across the board for things all across New Mexico…this is an industry that we know right now is generating a billion dollars in economic activity,”
– Rep. Al Park to KOB-TV

While New Mexico sends millions of dollars out of state to improve create our image around the world, and this ongoing targeting of the Film Industry is racking up losses in jobs and notoriety for the state, neighboring states stand at the ready to take over.

Right next door Texas is wrangling for the top spot in video game production by extending credits akin to their film tax incentives. After handily procuring the production away from New Mexico, North Carolina rides away with thousands of paid extras casting, crew jobs and the influx of income that the blockbuster Iron Man III will bring to their state.

Given the current administration’s stance on film, and the losses that follow, being the resonating image New Mexico puts forth as a still high profile option for production, industry activists and advocates are set to convene at the Roundhouse to lobby state legislators on February 1st for New Mexico Film & Media Day 2012.

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#NMFilm Not Just a One Trick Pony

Posted by on January 14, 2012 | 2 comments

UPDATE 1/30/12: Official Announcement from the New Mexico State Film Office here.

Tonto has had all the webiverse abuzz about New Mexico what with the rumors, the photo evidence and finally the “official” announcement that The Lone Ranger has will ride into New Mexico.

But The Lone Ranger is not the only show town…Just as we’ve been diligently following and reporting on the progress of that major motion picture for months now, so too have we kept our nosey to the grindstone to bring you the very good news that the A&E series, which shot its pilot right here in NM last spring, WILL return to shoot its regular season network pickup.

The hour-long original scripted drama Longmire, based on the best selling mystery novel series by Craig Johnson, is scheduled to shoot in New Mexico beginning this spring. ¡Gracias a Dios!

A network press release puts the production in Santa Fe, NM come March.

Local casting deets to follow!!!

Watch for the series premiere on A&E this summer!

See what else we’re watching for you…

Slated | Casting

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Johnny Knoxville & Arnold Schwarzenegger New Mexico Style

Posted by on November 28, 2011 | One comment

Photo Courtesy of the Valencia County News-Bulletin

ICYMI: This is how you do it…Valencia County style. As we told you here the Valencia County News-Bulletin and county officials are wowing us with their attention to and coverage of the upcoming comeback flick of one Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand.

It does my movie loving, New Mexican heart good to see my hometown paper publicize our state film action and it almost brings a smile to my gnarly grimacing face to see Belen Mayor Rudy Jaramillo, the Belen City Council and city employees come out to show support for the production which is providing a boost to the local economy and a buzz all over the world for NM.

Publicist for The Last Stand, Sheryl Main tells the paper that she invited Governor Susana Martinez to the set to see the benefits of filming in New Mexico, but did not get any response.

Read the full recap of the set visit here.

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Breaking Bad Walk-on in the Q

Posted by on October 4, 2011 | Comments Off

New Mexico Tourism much? Not likely, but AMC has something to entice Breaking Bad addicts the world over, right here to the “Q-Spot”.

In the words of Jesse Pinkman, “It’s on, YO!” Enter the sweepstakes here for your chance to visit the picturesque backdrop of the Emmy winning series you covet!

From AMC:

One grand prize winner will be selected to receive a walk-on role in Breaking Bad next season and a four-day, three-night trip to the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All entries must be received by 11:59:59AM | 10:59:59C on Mon., Jan. 16, 2012.

Eh-em, Dear NM State Government, are we in on this action as a people? A few more suggestions to add to my lowly (vastly untapped) suggestion box are to get in on merchandising and tourist attraction licensing…oh and also keep bringing productions to the state…of course I can’t even afford to subscribe to AMC so maybe apply a grain of salt, on the rim preferably ;)

In the meantime, naysayers and Doubting Thomases revel in the obvious fact that AMC is bringing THE BEST SHOW EVER SCRIPTED back to NM (as if they could possibly go elsewhere).

And the rest of you…ENTER to win…and even if you don’t, book your flights to Nuevo México, because I’m armed with a location list and a only half broke-down, but insured (that’s big time here), mode of transportation to haul you and yours from season one through four!

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Imminently Yours NM

Posted by on August 20, 2011 | Comments Off

As we told you here back in May the “Governator” had his acting comeback sights set on us, the state where he made Twins in our capital city and surrounding back in the 1980s (a simpler, less scandalous time).

First on the itinerary for Schwarzenegger’s return to film was a movie titled Cry Macho, a drama with a plot eerily similar to the escándalo recently surrounding the actor turned politician, turned paternally-outed philanderer, scheduled to shoot here before a big fat pause was put on any thespian ambitions the retiring Governor had his eyes on.

Well from married to divorced and from drama to western, it turns out Schwarzenegger WILL BE BACK in front of the camera here in NM. Production on The Last Stand is scheduled to begin as early as next month. This time out Arnold will take the reins of his movie comeback down Valencia County way!

A studio executive says of the film, “It’s an old-fashioned Western specifically designed for a 63-year-old broken-down guy with a moral decision whether Arnold decides to stand up for his town.” via WMAL

All the world is a forgiving stage and as sure as life does go on, film will continue to ROLL. So by all means roll on into NM!

The Valencia County News-Bulletin today released their full report on the production including more plot details and most importantly the fiscal impact the production can lend to the shooting locale – read their full story here.

Any cast/crew info. on this project will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Escándalo: Fiscal Fallout/Fifth & Final

Posted by on August 15, 2011 | One comment

Fiscal fallout at AMC has led to the fifth & final season pick-up of the Emmy winning New Mexico production Breaking Bad.

ICYDK: Meth making doesn’t exactly lend itself to mass market promotional product schemes the way a pricey presentation of the history of America’s oldest addiction (money grubbing), fueled by our other most long standing and ongoing addictions (the smoke, the drink and the sex) does.

The high price tag on particular productions seems to be taking a big, ugly bite out of projects left and right lately (corporate film making – it’s the new NFL LOCKOUT).

Becoming even more mainstream is the practice of industry professionals feeling and sounding-off about the pinch.

Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) on August 11th from his now defunct twitter account:

Well…not exactly no one would say it as we too piped-up on the blood letting here back on August 5th. Guess he’s not a fan…{sigh}

So alas NM is dealt a blow reaching the end of the road with finale seasons of both USA Network’s In Plain Sight and our intensely beloved Breaking Bad, which will conclude its acclaimed run with just 16 more episodes to shoot – shoring-up syndication rights of the series sure to garner even more bank for AMC.

WWCCS: What would Coco say?

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