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Production Report
Local Outreach
NM Film History
Featured NMFO Event
Quick Links
 October 2012


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Thank you for all your submissions for the newsletter title.  The winner of "Copy That" chose to remain annonymous.  No doubt there were some interesting submissions.  The title that came in second was Don Gray's "Chopping Wood" inspired by a Zen saying; however, we decided it was a bit too abstract!   

You may have noticed that we opted to skip September since the August edition came out at the end of that month.  Look for upcoming newsletters to be emailed mid-month.

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Production Report
A little about our services

Many of you are aware that the New Mexico State Film Office is a division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.  We market our state to the film and television industry locally, nationally and internationally while servicing productions and promoting jobs for New Mexico residents. In an effort to recruit projects, we work diligently to represent all of our diverse locations and to guide producers through the incentive process. Our online resources are essential tools in this effort particularly our searchable locations database, detailed incentives webpages and the New Mexico Industry Directory.


In a given day, our office may receive a variety of inquires about incentives, weather, crew availability, production in communities, screenings, script breakdowns, vendor concerns, industry job fairs, scouting, local industry events, property contacts, permits, statistics, casting calls, training, etc., you name it.  When we receive production calls, many times they are regarding projects in development; the producers are in the phase of researching incentives and locations in two or three states and/or countries. At the same time, we may be working with other projects that are in prep, principal and/or wrap.  We work with all types of projects, whether it be student shorts, documentaries, reality shows, webisodes, commercials, post production, feature films or television series.  Even though we assist with resources, communication and direction, remember it is ultimately the production that determines if and how much they'd like our assistance and where they shoot. In other words, sometimes we have minimal interaction with the company before they open production offices.  Other times, we are not able to assist as much as they need and we relay that it is time to hire someone locally. (For example, we don't scout for locations that are not already in our archives and we suggest they find and hire a local scout.)




Interested in how you can assist the NMFO in its mission and support the NM film and television industry?

  1. If you are a business that has benefited from working with a production company, submit your story here.
  2. No matter the size or type of project or how familiar you are with the film tax credit, have you or the person inquiring contact our office for incentive information.
  3. Get to know the state film liaison in your area as well as the  film and media programs at your schools.
  4. Check out location photographs online and let us know what film locations we are missing, what properties have physically changed or have changed ownership. 
  5. If you are a resident crew member, local production vendor or if you provide support services to the industry, list for free in our online industry directory.  It is a great resource for productions and gives them a great impression of all that is available here. We direct inquires to this directory ALL THE TIME.



Visit "In-Production" on our website to see what projects

 have officially announced that they are in the works. 


Local Outreach

For New Mexico Filmmakers

Early September, we successfully hosted the first New Mexico Film Office's Film and Media Education Summit. While attendance was light, the exchange of information was tremendous and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Educators were able to network with others and learn about programs with which they were not familiar. Deputy-Secretary of Higher Education Glenn Walters closed the Summit by addressing issues that were raised during the breakout sessions. We thank him for sharing his valuable insights. There were also some very interesting presentations about Dome Technology, game development and experimental film. Thanks to all who attended and to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. (Also, compliments on the green chili stew served at the Center's restaurant, La Fonda del Bosque.)

Education Outreach: We are in the process of connecting with the secondary schools in New Mexico which have film and digital media programs. We took the opportunity to tour the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School and will begin with the Santa Fe schools this month. Part of this effort is to identify which secondary schools have a film and/or digital media program and what those programs entail.

NM Filmmakers Showcase: There were thirty-seven (37) approved entries in the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase in nine (9) different categories which were screened at the Guild Cinema October 12-14. For upcoming dates in Taos, Santa Fe, and Grants, review the Showcase statewide screenings announcement

Town Halls: Discuss the New Mexico film, television and digital industry with the Director and staff representatives of New Mexico Film Office at one of the upcoming town hall forums. This fiscal year town halls will take place in Clovis, Carlsbad, Silver City, Taos and Albuquerque. Carlsbad will take place on October 24th and Clovis the 25th. Other dates will soon be determined.

Contact the NMFO Outreach Initiatives Manager Dirk Norris for questions or comments about these programs.

New Mexico Film History
A Classic Film in the Duke City


In 1962, Universal Pictures produced "Lonely Are the Brave" in Albuquerque. They also shot in the Sandia Mountains and in Tijeras Canyon. The opening scenes were shot on the West Mesa, and the scenes after that were of Kirk Douglas' stand-in and horse, a beautiful chestnut palomino, crossing the Rio Grande. "Lonely Are the Brave" was directed by David Miller and adapted for the screen by Dalton Trumbo, from Edward Abbey's novel The Brave Cowboy.


Kirk Douglas said that when he came across Abbey's book he was deeply moved by the story and bought the rights to it, then persuaded Universal to produce the film through Douglas' production company. He wasn't enamored with the book title so he changed it to "The Last Hero," but Universal nixed the idea and changed it to its present title. He also said that playing Jack Burns has been his favorite role of any in his career.


Douglas' supporting cast included Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Conner, Bill Bixby, William Schallert, Rosa Turich, and Bill Raisch. The following year Bill Bixby co-starred with Ray Walston in "My Favorite Martian," and Bill Raisch, you may recall was the one-armed murderer in "The Fugitive." Raisch, by the way, was a genuine amputee who lost his arm while serving in the Navy during WWII when his ship was attacked.


To celebrate New Mexico's 100-year anniversary of filmmaking, in 1998, Jon Bowman, Santa Fe New Mexican film critic, and associate publisher of the New Mexico Magazine had "Lonely Are the Brave" restored and re-mastered to its original condition. This was the first time in many years that the film was screened in its original 35mm format. The Brave Cowboy published in 1956 didn't find an audience until after the movie came out in 1962. Here is a passage from the novel:


There is a valley in the west where phantoms come to brood and mourn, pale phantoms dying of nostalgia and bitterness. You can hear them shivering, chattering, among the leaves of the old dry mortal cottonwoods down by the river - whispering and moaning and hissing with the wind over the black cones of the five volcanoes on the west - you can hear them under the red cliffs of the Sangre Mountains on the other side of the valley, whining their past away with the wild dove and the mockingbird - and you may see one, touch one, in the silences and space and mute terror of the desert, if you ride away from the river, which in this barren land is the river of life.


Last year there were rumblings in the trade's about Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang being considered for an adaptation to the silver screen, but if anything's transpired, mum's been the word.


For questions or comments about New Mexico's film history, contact John Raymond Armijo.





While most people know New Mexico encompasses remarkably scenic deserts, the overall understanding of the diversity of landscapes is not generally known. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the tail end of the Rocky Mountain chain causing the northern reaches of the State to be significantly covered with forested vistas. For some reason, people seem surprised to learn that the Rio Grande bisects the state from top to bottom. Even amongst the arid desert regions there is a great deal of diversity to be seen. While there is no consensus about the definitions in the scientific community, there is no doubt that the deserts of northern New Mexico are quite different from those in the southern part of the state.


In the North is Upper Sonoran. In the South is Chihuahuan desert. The flora and fauna differences are apparent with a good look around. In the North, low brushy grass and pinon trees dominate the landscape. In the South, it is far less grass and much more creosote bush with trees a rare (and maybe a welcome) sight. And while the northern deserts seem to have an abundance of coyotes, you'll never run across the Javelina (wild pig) anywhere but down south.


How significant this if for productions depends upon the script, the Director and the budget.  The type of desert was important to the creators of "The Burining Plain," shot just outside of Las Cruces.  But it may not have mattered to the the production of "Little Miss Sunshine," scripted as Albuquerque but physically shot in Arizona. 


Questions or comments about New Mexico's geography or film locations?  Contact Don Gray.

Featured Upcoming NMFO Event:

November 10th: SANTA FE


The Pre-Employment Training Program (PETP) announces a lecture/workshop on Physical Special Effects.

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Raod, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

For registration and more information, contact Dick Hogle at dickhogle2007@windstream.net or call after 10:00am at 505-753-6333.


Contact Rochelle Bussey for more information.

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