2014 NM Film & Media Industry Conference
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Friday, May 30, 2014
REGISTRATION & EXHIBITOR ROOM OPENS
11:00AM - Noon
EXHIBITOR ROOM: INTRODUCTIONS BY FILM OFFICE DIRECTOR, NICK MANIATIS
Noon - 2:00PM
LUNCHEON / PRESENTATION
Special Guest Speaker, Harris Tulchin, Media Lawyer/Author
2:15PM - 3:45PM
PRESENTATION/PANEL: FILM TOURISM - PROMOTING YOUR COMMUNITY / BIOS
Moderator/Presenter: Don Gray, Contract Locations Coordinator, NM Film State Office Panelists: Ann Lerner, Director, ABQ Film Office; Hugh & Honore Hackett, Owners, Maggie's Diner; Jolene Mauer, Communications Manager, NM Tourism Department; Sanjay Bhakta, President, SKS Development; Tonya Stinson, Executive Director/State Film Liaison, Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Globally recognized as a growing and beneficial sector of this industry, Film Tourism discussions and success stories are not just a trend. With a long history of filmmaking, New Mexico is in a prime position to capitalize on Film Tourism throughout the entire state. What can communities and vendors do to identify and attract film tourists? How do vendors and local governments capture the economic benefit? After a short presentation, hear industry representatives, from government to vendors, discuss how local businesses participate and benefit from Film Tourism, even when they are not directly involved with a project during production.
PRESENTATION: NM REFUNDABLE FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT / BIOS
Presenter: Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, NM State Film Office Q & A with NM Taxation & Revenue Department's (TRD) Film Unit Representatives
Short films, mobile apps, documentaries and animations are just a few of types of projects, when commercially viable, that may apply for the NM Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. There is no minimum budget or spend requirement to participate. There is no application fee and no pre-qualification. In this presentation, we will review an array of topics such as project and expenditure qualifications, accounting set-up and tracking, and TRD's internal review. Whether you are a CPA, post house or filmmaker, this discussion will assist productions in getting the most out of the NM Refundable Film Production Tax Credit.
4:00PM - 6:00PM
PRESENTATION: TRANSMEDIA-MARKETING & CONTENT STRATEGIES ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS / BIO
Presenter: Luke Ryan, CEO - The Alchemists
Succinct and relevant, New Mexico filmmakers and producers alike will now have the opportunity to understand how to capture the market and design stories to leverage themselves successfully across multiple media platforms. With this overview of transmedia methodologies, filmmakers and producers will shift their view of the modern entertainment landscape to create innovative franchise strategies for their content. Discuss how to make use of emerging platforms that are now becoming stable and commercially viable. (Q & A to follow presentation.)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
REGISTRATION CONTINUES & EXHIBITOR ROOM OPENS
9:15AM - 10:45AM
PANEL: EMERGING MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT / BIOS
Moderator: Stuart Halperin, Emerging Media Contractor, NM State Film Office Panelists: David Cremin, Founder & Managing Partner, DFJ Frontier; Don Levy, Media, Entertainment & Technology Advisor, Smith Brook Farm Consulting; Dr. Gigi Johnson, Executive Director, Maremel; Nick DeMartino, Media Consultant; Dr. Philip Lewis, Professor, NMSU Creative Media Institute
Emerging Media is more than digitally generated content – it often includes interactive components, merges different media and provides new dimensions of communication. As we expand the way we view entertainment and embrace this ever-changing environment, which technologies are becoming part of content creation and how will these technologies be incorporated during and after production? During this discussion, learn about digital innovations in the entertainment industry that will have very broad applications. In this panel, hear industry professionals consider emerging technology and cover many of the exciting implications of its future in film and media.
PRESENTATION: PRODUCTION ACCOUNTING & MOVIE MAGIC BUDGETING / BIO
Presenter: Melissa Wiseman, Manager of EP Financial Solutions
Join Melissa Wiseman, Manager of EP Financial Solutions for a hands-on Production Accounting Presentation which will cover production accounting fundamentals and Movie Magic Budgeting. Movie Magic is the industry standard in budgeting for feature films and television. In addition Melissa will provide a synopsis to further educate aspiring and seasoned production accountants, CPAs, auditors, producers and government officials who deal with projects from the production incentive realm. (Q & A included.)
11:00AM - 12:30PM
PANEL: THE HIRING PROCESS / BIOS
Moderator: Rob Corlew, Production Supervisor/POC Panelists: Alton Walpole, UPM/Line Producer; Anne Johns, UPM/Line Producer; Stewart Lyons, Co-Executive Producer, Better Call Saul
The chain of command, responsibilities of crew positions, and set etiquette are universal, standard industry practices for physical production. Crew work under a variety of conditions and often have to acquire the technical abilities for gamut of genres and project types for continual employment. Thus, it is no surprise that working with someone familiar, with whom one has worked with for long hours before, is often preferred. But with the ebb and flow of production activity and incentive requirements, Producer and Keys must expand their crew search. What is the vetting process? How are resident crew members considered for out-of-state production companies? Are agents necessary? What are common mistakes in interviews by both producers and crew members? Do internships fit into the production model? Hear from both crew and producers on how productions typically hire and how one can increase their chances of being hired.
PANEL: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & THE PITCH / BIOS
Moderator: Luke Ryan, CEO, The Alchemists Panelists: Allan & Diana Gaitirira, Producers, Cheza Jouer Films; Harris Tulchin, Media Lawyer/Author, Harris Tulchin & Associates Ltd.; Lisa Lucas, Executive Producer/Writer, Noel Jehuda Productions; Viviana Zarragoitia, Manager, Three Point Capital
Whether you have a synopsis, treatment or a script, project development is the key to a successful and funded production. Regardless if a project has a potential cast lined up, locations in mind and a rough budget, a good pitch is vital. Who will develop and analyze the script, create a detailed budget and determine its value? How do you get financiers to consider your project? In this panel, industry experts will discuss what investors require and the steps during development that must be considered to get that green light.
12:30PM - 1:00PM
EXHIBITOR ROOM EVENT & BOX LUNCH OPTION
1:00PM - 2:30PM
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: LONGMIRE PANEL / BIOS
We are excited to announce that the production team of Longmire will be participating in the NM Film & Media Industry Conference for an in-depth look at TV production right here in New Mexico. Now in its third season, this is a rare opportunity to discuss and understand how a television series really works. Join Actor Bailey Chase (Deputy Branch Connally), Head Writer and Executive Producer John Coveny, Executive Producer/Co-Creator/Showrunner, Chris Donahue, Cinematographer Cameron Duncan, Co-Executive Producer and Unit Production Manager Patrick McKee, Location Manager Rowan Stanland, and Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh in an outstanding and comprehensive panel discussion. Continue the conversation with these guests right after the session during the closing networking event at Casa Esencia next door.
2:30PM - 5:30PM
Join conference VIPs and attendees for a Networking Reception at Hotel Albuquerque's Casa Esencia Lounge. The relaxed atmosphere of Casa Esencia provides the perfect environment for networking and reflecting on the previous two days of panels and workshops. In addition, we will hear from David Schwartz of the NM Music Commission and will rock out to Guitarist Sean Healen. Sean is a Best of NM Music Award Winner/Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist and Actor who is rapidly achieving the national stage.
The New Mexico Music Commission is a part of the state government’s Department of Cultural Affairs. It is composed of volunteer music professionals, appointed by the governor, to preserve and promote the musical culture and legacy of New Mexico through activities and events that support musicians and educate the general public about the art of music in New Mexico. The Music Commission is also pledged to promote economic development and job creation for music professionals by facilitating the access to key information, via its website and database, so that musicians of the state can be easily identified and hired for their expert services. The Music Commission additionally provides opportunities for education -- in the way of creating professional development programs for the state’s musicians, and mentoring for music students.