Posted by Sindicator
on March 7, 2012 | Comments Off
by Captain G
Re: Sony Imageworks Pulls the Plug on Albuquerque
What to make of the recent blow to the digital special effects effort here in New Mexico? The state had put a lot of effort and money into creating a good environment for them. This includes a multimillion dollar UNM studio and program to train professionals.
The local news feeds were just not satisfying and had mixed reasons for the move. I wanted to find out more. So I did some digging and found a website for digital special effects people (VFX). This is new site to me but from a scanning of the site it looks legit. You can read their take and I think Sony comes off looking like the bad guy here. It has to do with studio greed and just going where they can get the biggest discount (read Vancouver 46%) regardless of the consequences. The company will take the profit for a few years, shut it down and then find some swamp to settle down in for the next one. Vancouver is a beautiful city but one of the most expensive places to live in the world (yes WORLD). So the professionals are faced with either no job or go live in Vancouver.
“We offer the company 25 percent film incentives, while Vancouver is going to offer them 46 percent. It just makes sense for them.”
- NM Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis
“At least New Mexico was marketable for its lower cost of living.”
- VFX Sodier
VFX also points to the 24 minute documentary, called “Albuquerque the Unknown“, made by around 40 of the actual people who came from Culver City to work in Albuquerque. Most of the comments start out as “I thought it would really suck to move to Albuquerque but then…”. It comes off as a nice tribute to the city and illustrates what these people found here to love. Note the digital rain as one of them is talking during the video. Sadly, some of these same people are probably out of jobs unless they want to move to Vancouver.
- Captain G
Links: Vizworld | Vfxsoldier
Posted by Sindicator
on August 16, 2011 | Comments Off
Wanna be a KOBer? Got media savvy? Journalistic prowess? Host skills?
We know one of our favorite local stations is minus at least one well-known investigative reporter. Now that job and many more are up for grabs at our local NBC affiliate.
Keep it local New Mexico and apply your skills to these openings at KOB-TV.
Including but not limited to SHOW HOST:
The Host of Good Day New Mexico (GDNM) is the primary presenter for the daily television show. The Host is responsible for interviewing guests and assisting with the production of segments of the daily television (TV) show.
1. Prepares and effectively presents segments needed for the daily show, Good Day New Mexico. Segments reflect a high level of professionalism, integrity and creativity, consistent with the GDNM brand and image. Learns as much about the segment and subject as possible prior to taping of segments. Consistently meets show and clients standards.
2. Participates with other staff members to suggest and pursue segments, prepare scripts and assist with final edits for segments ensuring segments meet standards and are accurate.
3. Obsessively reads, surfs, watches and listens to a variety of information sources to learn about clients’ products and services and additional marketing techniques and strategies. Shares knowledge and applies what is learned while working.
4. Conducts “pre-interviews” on the telephone with guests appearing on the show. Consults with Executive Producer with pre-interview results. Makes necessary changes if needed and communicate changes.
5. Conducts clear and informative on-camera interviews and/or presentations with guests in person and via satellite. Ability to address a multitude of subjects and change subjects and topics quickly with no notice during interviews and presentations. Always ready to discuss relevant topics during segment interviews.
6. Maintains appropriate standards regarding wardrobe, hair, cosmetics and grooming.
7. Makes frequent public appearances as required to help promote the station and show. These appearances may be scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.
8. Provides leadership by example. Acts in a professional manor at all times and treats co-workers, viewers, clients, guests, and the public with respect. Maintains professional behavior, as Host is a highly visible position within the station as well as in the public.
9. Contributes to the overall team effort and provides the show with the best possible local TV. Works in a team environment with a variety of people, including but not limited to producers, sales staff, photographer, production assistants, co-hosts, clients and management. Collaborates constructively with team members to develop and move the show in a positive direction, increasing viewers and station revenues.
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Posted by Sindicator
on January 25, 2011 | One comment
Sony Imageworks is hiring in Albuquerque!
From Prophetic Pictures:
“…three of our current productions are in the final push phase. We’re short staffed in a few vital areas where we need additional artists to help with the effort. You’ll see below there’s a list of the positions for which we’re currently recruiting. Please feel free to forward this information to the skilled and experienced artists whom you know. Please note that due to the nature of the production crunch we’re in, newly hired artists need to hit the ground running. As such, these opportunities probably aren’t right for super new college grads or career transitioners looking for a change. Thanks for your understanding.
Senior to Intermediate level abilities:
Cloth / Hair
Effects TDs — Houdini experience required
Look Dev Artists
All positions are either in Culver City, California or Albuquerque, NM.
For immediate consideration: email resume and digital link of work to
Your help is greatly appreciated!”
- Recruiting and Artist Management