“The Media Rights Capital production will wrap in early July 2013. Filming locations include Jemez Pueblo, Shiprock, Bonanza Creek and Chama. The production will employ more than 1200 New Mexico crew members, 2000 New Mexico background talent and about 20 New Mexico principal actors.
The New Mexico film has been in the works since late last year with the comedic mastermind setting his sights on locations all over the state.
Since we’ve learned many of the top tier names recruited to join the cast including Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winner Charlize Theron.
Click through the images below to blow-up a sneak peek at a possible filming location in the remote New Mexico desert. AND check-out one of our favorite break-out NM stars, an almost unrecognizable Jackamoe Buzzell getting set to shoot a featured role in the film, hanging with MacFarlane himself!
Click and scroll through here for local casting opportunities on this #NMFilm!
The storyline centers on a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) who loses his girl (Amanda Seyfried) when he ducks out of a fight. He goes on to meet the wife (Charlize Theron) of a notorious gunfighter who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge. The hapless farmer is then befriended by town prostitute (Sarah Silverman) who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Giovani Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.”
Wahlberg in Albuquerque, NM last month for Lone Survivor
Study or no study, New Mexico banks on long running series like Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Crash and Longmire as the life’s blood of its film production jobs and statewide peripheral spending. Mega hits like The Avengers and the hotly anticipated, Lone Ranger film spike excitement and international recognition of the state.
Repeat appearances too, of stars like Ed Harris who’s heading back for a third run in NMFilm, boost awareness of the local industry. Following his turn as John McCain in the Emmy winning HBO movie “Game Change”, and work on the recently wrapped period western “Sweetwater” with January Jones, Harris is now making news with his latest NM project, “Frontera” – costarring the lovely Eva Longoria.
Superstar Mark Wahlberg is watched the world over, and as we told you here, is now a two-term NMFilm star. At OHI we hear nothing but praise from cast & crew who have worked with the actor/producer (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm/Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and proud family man, who is genuinely interested and concerned about those around him. The star has been quick to praise the state’s film crews and locales – he’s one of the good guys who are lending the state some positive notoriety with his return to local sets for his back-to-back turn in the NM productions, “2Guns” and “Lone Survivor”.
NMFILM PRODUCTIONS – KEEP ‘EM COMING & GET INTO IT!
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The hottest NM topic around the globe is the new hit series, soon to be phenomenon, that is the New Mexico production of A&E’s Longmire!
Here, local Ryan Begay (far right) is on set with series stars Lou Diamond Phillips and “Walt Longmire” himself! The show is just days away from calling Season one, a great-big successful WRAP!
As web searches abound regarding the series, here’s a local bit of trivia for the masses from NM Film pro Stuart Goswick:
The Longmire pilot filmed in part at the Madrid Mineshaft Tavern and Santa Fe Studio sets were built based on the local hot spot and inspired destination “watering hole”.
Once the season wraps and we all go into Longmire withdrawal, come on down to New Mexico to contempo-cowboy up just like Walt & co.!
I will never forget the night when, as a festival programmer, I first unleashed Calvin Lee Reeder’s short film The Rambler onto a paying audience. There was squirming in seats, nervous laughter, outright confusion, revulsion, shock and outbursts of spontaneous applause. It was perfect. Exactly what you want to do to a midnight audience. And I knew – or at least hoped an awful lot – that we’d be seeing more from Reeder in the coming years.
-Todd Brown, TwitchFilm
As we told you here, acclaimed indie short, The Rambler by Calvin Lee Reeder has achieved both raves and a strong fan following since its first film festival rounds back in 2008.
Now set to yield a full-length feature adaptation, The Rambler is currently in production right here in New Mexico.
Lindsay Pulsipher retains her starring role, as seen in the original “blood-soaked mini-classic”, pictured above right in Reeder’s, The Oregonian.
Universally adored actor Dermot Mulroney has been added to the cast, and has not been camera shy in the fledgling days of The Rambler shoot.
See Mulroney pictured above with homegrown actor, comedian, producer Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Warrior Woman, Duke City) and New Mexico producer/actor, film industry vet, Chris Ranney.
The production got underway in Roswell, NM over the weekend. A casting call for (volunteer) background extras was issued last week, details here.
The long awaited New Mexico production of A&E’s original series, Longmire will premiere June 3rd, 2012.
Though casting and principal photography are just getting underway here in NM, for the first full season the griping drama series, the show’s pilot is episode is ready to go.
Back in August, 2011 the Associated Press Reported:
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Absaroka County doesn’t exist on Wyoming maps, but it has its own county-24 license plate. Craig Johnson has a stack to prove it. One was affixed to each car in the A&E television pilot “Longmire,” and Johnson couldn’t resist taking a few home.
“If the TV show does get done, I’d really enjoy seeing characters from Wyoming who act as if they have IQs above room temperature,” Johnson recently told the Star-Tribune.
He’ll get that chance next summer.
In an email to his fans, Johnson announced Monday that A&E picked up a 10-episode season of “Longmire,” a TV series based on Johnson’s novels about Walt Longmire, sheriff of the least-populated county of the least-populated state.
The show will star Australian Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as Walt and Portland native Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) as foul-mouthed deputy Victoria Morretti. Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) will also star.
Johnson is the author of seven Walt Longmire mystery novels, beginning with “The Cold Dish” in 2004. Walt lives and works in the fictional Absaroka County, based on Johnson’s home territory of Ucross, population 25. Locals refer to the area as the UCLA of Wyoming — Ucross, Clearmont, Leiter and Arvada. It lies between Buffalo and Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
In a recent interview at his log cabin in Ucross, Johnson explained why he’s so excited about a show in which Wyoming characters are more than just plot devices. Watch one of those CSI cop dramas, and inevitably a case brings a big-city cop to some back-water Western town. One episode portrayed a Wyoming sheriff “like he was in some road show from Li’l Abner,” Johnson said.
“I mean, can you give us a little more credit than that?”
Besides the pilot, the deal calls for a full season of nine more episodes. Each will be shot in northern New Mexico, but Wyoming viewers may recognize some of the landmarks. Producers are interested in shooting some Wyoming landscapes and possibly bringing Walt’s white sheriff’s department Bronco to film driving Wyoming roads.
As a creative consultant for the pilot, Johnson spent three weeks on set in New Mexico. People ask him what it was like to walk into a world he created, to meet the people and see the places he had written about for the past eight years. He compares it to walking past a house plant every day when, one morning, the plant says, “Good morning. How are you?”
“It’s great, but weird. Odd but wonderful,” Johnson said.
“They built the entire Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department. They had four Broncos there with the emblems on them. There was Walt’s log cabin. Everything they did, they did with such a sense of detail.”
Until recently, Johnson hadn’t seen the pilot. He was on tour for his seventh Walt Longmire book and the first to make it on the New York Times Best Seller list, “Hell is Empty,” when executives asked him to fly to Warner Brothers Studios for the screening. He had three book events planned that day, so his wife, Judy, went instead.
But as a surprise for their 13th wedding anniversary, she arranged for a copy to be sent to the house — for their eyes only.
Johnson had half convinced himself that the pilot wouldn’t be picked up, that it wouldn’t be able to capture the essence of his characters.
“Not-much-to-my-surprise, it was fantastic,” he wrote in his email announcement. “Now, the wait was like agony. The performances were magnificent, the camera work inspiring, the sets and location breathtaking, the writing as sharp as a razor.
“What if A&E passed on this? It would be criminal.”
In the end, A&E didn’t pass on it. And next summer, all of Wyoming can see what a county-24 license plate looks like.
While Paul is in theaters, Let Me In is hot on Netflix and more and more NM Films roll around the world, with many more to come – the GOATS shoot is ON!
Heading into its second week in production Duchovny’s epic hair reportedly faces little competition on set, extras casting continues and we just got word that funny man & actor extraordinaire Anthony Anderson is a part of the cast – pictured here with one of NM’s Own most handsome, Vincent E. McDaniel hard at work!
Anderson is in-n-outta here…vaya con dios compadre…why do I hear Spanish when I see him? Is that just a weird subconscious fantasy of mine or did he whip out some Español in a role or two? Anyhoo…every pic, word and deet we get a trickle of from the Goats production sound like it’s gonna be a WINNER!
Next-up is THE AVENGERS, hopefully NOT to be followed by the funeral of all that has become good and holy in the world of New Mexico as the top spot in the country for film making – we all know it’s purdy here, but sunsets alone don’t keep the very mobile, very big business of movie makin’ generating gobs of jobs and joy in NM – KEEP NM FILM!
Catch Tatum this April in another NM Film, Haywire – formerly titled Knockout, with Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Gina Carano.