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Production Report
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NM Film History
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Feb/March 2013

With the legislative session having been in full-force and a number of productions having moved into prep, we opted to combine our February and March monthly e-newsletter.  It's true, we are barely getting it out before April. Nonethless, we imagine the content below will have been worth the wait!   

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NM Film & Media Industry Conference
May 10th & 11th - Embassy Suites, Albuquerque
New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
May 10-11, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel

Albuquerque, NM


To register for this event go here:


To register for an exhibitor table go here:


Friday May 10th

10:00-11:30AM Table Set-up

11:30AM - Check-in

12:00PM - Doors Open

1:00PM - Opening Address

Speakers: Nick Maniatis, and special guest to be announced



Film Incentives: A Look at the NM Film Production Refundable Tax Credit

Moderator:  Tobi Ives  Panelists: TBA

The New Mexico Film Production Tax Credit is essential to attracting productions to our state.  How does the tax credit compare to other states and countries?  What are the recent changes to the program?  Here is your chance to ask questions to a variety of industry professionals about this important incentive.  It's a must-attend panel for local producers and accountants alike.   

3:30PM - 5:15PM  Film Financing: A Wealth of Knowledge  Moderator:  Nick Maniatis  Panelists: TBA

From crowd funding to equity and gap financing, hear the experts discuss securing resources to produce a project.  How do financiers address mitigating risk?  When are you ready to seek financing?  How do you factor in incentive programs?  Leave with a better understanding of this complex world.

Saturday May 11th

8:45AM - Check-in and Doors Open

9:15AM - 10:30AM

Securing Locations:  Get Off My Lawn!

Moderator:  Don Gray  Panelists:  TBA

Equally important for location managers and property owners alike, this panel will discuss how to broach a location, to negotiate a locations contract, to determine fees and to plan for the unexpected.  Know what questions to ask productions and understand why production schedules often change. Hear perspectives from all sides.


9:15AM - 10:30AM

Post Production & Emerging Media in New Mexico

Moderator:  Eric Renz-Whitmore

Panelists:  TBA


Local professionals in Emerging Media, including representatives from the New Mexico Post Alliance and the New Mexico Technology Council, will lead a discussion on the impact of emerging technologies on education, business, and the entertainment industry.  Which skills apply to all these industries?  Which skill sets are specific to entertainment? How diverse do post production companies need to be to meet their client's needs?  Learn how these entertainment professionals can segue into this new world of emerging media.


10:45AM - 12PM
Let's Talk Distribution

Moderator: TBA  Panelists: TBA


10:45AM - 12PM

Presentation: Emerging Media Startups

Presenter: Armando Kirwin


New technology companies are reimagining every part of the film industry, including: concept development, screenwriting, funding, distribution, exhibition and marketing. Who are these companies and how should a filmmaker work with them? More importantly, how does being on the cutting-edge of technology impact the filmmaking process? Stay up-to-date with this current information.




 1PM - 2:30PM

Productions and Vendors Working Together  Moderator:  Dirk Norris   Panelists:TBA


Are productions from Mars and are vendors from Venus?  It doesn't have to be that way.  This panel will prove these relationships are much more compatible.  Learn how productions determine with whom they work and discuss maintaining your business when productions come to town.  Understand what it takes to be a vendor in the film industry.  You will also hear from local city representatives and a major studio representative.



1PM - 2:30PM

Post Production Tips &Techniques: Finishing Film for Digital Cinema Projection (DCP)

Demonstrator:  TBA


Learn how to prepare and convert your film files for theater projection. Hosted by the New Mexico Post Alliance, postproduction professionals will explore the process of finishing a film for delivery to DCP. This presentation will also include a software demonstration as well as a discussion of industry standards and of the various delivery platforms.


2:45PM - 4:30PM

Logistics for Creative Filmmaking


Panelists:  TBA    It's your one shot so you want to gain from others' experiences. Discuss ways to maintain the quality of your project during physical production.  Hear what you need to know about working effectively with your crew to avoid mistakes that affect your creative vision.  Seasoned professionals will review the must-dos for sound, camera and all the other vital elements that will be pieced together for your ultimate masterpiece.    


2:45PM - 4:30PM

A Thing or Two about Collective Bargaining

Moderator by: Tobi Ives

Panelists:  TBA


New Mexico is an employment-at-will state.  And although both union and non-union projects may apply for the NM Film Production Tax Credit, the majority of the shows in New Mexico tend to have contractual obligations with them. This panel is an overview of the various collective bargaining agreements often utilized by productions.  When should you consider a contract and with which unions?  What is the standard protocol when working with unions and guilds?  For all budget sizes and project types, here is a chance to speak directly with union representatives whose jurisdiction covers New Mexico.


4:30PM -5PM Exhibitor Tear-down


Production Report
 House Bill 641 
On the very last day of the 2013 legistlative session, HB641 passed. It included seven different tax-related bills, one of which amended the Film Production Refundable Tax Credit.

Notable changes are as follows:

  • For television series with an order of at least six episodes, that have a budget of $50k per episode, a 30% refund will apply to qualifying direct production expenditures.  
  • For a production that utilizes a qualifying production facility (e.g. sizeable soundstage) for 10 or 15 days of principal photography, depending upon whether the total budget is below  or above $30 million respectively, a 30% refund will apply, but only to resident crew wages and fringes (when working in NM).  
  • A project now has the option to file an Information Return for Pass-Through Entities (PTE) to receive the credit.  This means that LLCs taxed as partnerships will no longer be considered disregarded entities for the purpose of this incentive.  
  • If there are any unexpended funds in a given fiscal year (meaning the $50M cap was not reached), entities that have already filed their returns and have defered payments pending in the next fiscal year, may receive all or some of that next payment. And, for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015, if there is still funds left, up to $10 million may be applied to the next fiscal year or "rolled over."     
  • All projects must acknowledge filming occurred in NM in their screen credits. A state logo is also required for features.   
  • Production companies are now able to directly ensure withholding upfront for nonresident performing artists whether they are direct hires or actors with management companies.  
  • A vendor that meets physical presence requirements for NM and provides producing services are often asked to contract with a production company to hire (nonresident) crew members.  In order to qualify for the incentive, that crew member must be providing services not available at that time in NM. Certain positions will not qualify regardless: majority of ATL positions, several entry levels, drivers, designers, still photographers, DPs, and personal support services.  Come January 2014, the productions will have to provide training related to the services of those "subcontracted" crew members.

Once signed, the majority of the bill will apply to qualifying expenditures made on or after April 15, 2013.  An exception is the training component for specialty crew hired by a local vendor - this program has to be finalized in regulations and guidelines.  And as to when the informational return process will be ready has yet to be confirmed. The bill must first be enrolled and engrossed (in final format) prior to the Governor's signature; however, both of these things have to happen by April 5th to become law.   For bill details, please visit

Film Tourism  
First Up:The Lone Ranger

In conjunction with the NM Tourism Department, the New Mexico Film Office is developing an initiative to organize and promote film tourism throughout our state.


Currently, the Film Office has created maps, soon to be available on the State's Tourism site, that will list the major films that have been produced in New Mexico. These (downloadable) maps will display six different state regions displaying film locations and attractions to visit and explore.


The Tourism Department is also creating New Mexico True Adventures based on films shot in New Mexico. If you are a New Mexico business that offers a tourist attraction related to film and would like to be considered to be included in one of these adventures, please email Jordan Guenther describing your services.

The first adventure theme, soon to be launched, will be based on the recently produced Disney feature, The Lone Ranger. If you are a local vendor that had some affiliation with this production and have services or attractions that relate to tourism, be sure to contact Tourism as soon as possible for consideration.


Local chambers, cities and tribes also have ways to participate:

  • webpages with movies made in the given area with location details
  • standardized signs in stores with visual clues about those locations
  • walking or driving tours, either self-guided or guided
  • memorabilia of films and celebrity visits displayed in businesses
  • film promotional displays in public areas
  • local movie-themed events
  • restaurant dishes aptly named to tie to a film



Unpaid Vendors and Crew
There are two productions that are still making payments on invoices that are past due.  If you haven't done so already, email us the production name, a BRIEF description of your services, the amount owed, and your contact information.  A PO number or the like is helpful but not necessary at this stage. Generally, if a production has outstanding obligations to local crew or vendors, we do not submit their tax credit application to the Tax and Revenue Department until everyone is paid, so please help us know who you are.
Industry Directory
Productions are using our online  Industry Directory of local crew and vendors more than ever.  Please add or update your listing(s).  (And if applicable, consider doing so with your union or guild as well.)   Be sure to categorize yourself or business correctly.  Unsure of your category or lost your password?  Call our mainline at 505-476-5600.



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