Operation Soundstage (OSS)

What is Operation Soundstage (OSS)?

The NMFO provides a program for the film and media industry to connect with and hire NM veterans. Operation Soundstage (OSS) is a NM veteran crew training program under the Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP). This fast-track program is intended to qualify New Mexicans interested in a film and television industry job. Veterans with transferrable skill sets interested in training to advance in a specific craft department to a higher position are good candidates for this program. This multi-state agency partnership aims to increase the hiring and training of veterans and includes the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veteran’s Services, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.


What is the IATSE local 480?

IATSE Local 480 is the film technician’s union of New Mexico. They represent professional technicians who work below-the-line in specific crafts on film and television productions. The Local will not find work for you but will provide information about available jobs. Visit https://local480.com/ for more details.


Fast Track benefits for NM veterans joining the IATSE Local 480

IATSE Local 480 is the film technician’s union of New Mexico. They represent professional technicians who work below-the-line in specific crafts on film and television productions. The Local will not find work for you but will provide information about available jobs. If you are interested in joining the IATSE Local 480 contact membership@iatselocal480.com and they can walk you through the process.

    • $700 of the initiation fee is waived. Veterans are only responsible for a $100 processing fee.
    • The membership requirement of working 30 days in a covered craft* on a contract production** is waived.

    *covered craft – ones’ job title – IATSE Local 480 represents 99 different craft departments;

    **contract production – any film, television, or commercial production that has signed a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 480 in which the members are represented by the union and receive benefits from the production


      How do I get involved in OSS?

      Helpful links:
      Industry FAQ's

      Film Production Chain of Command

      Work in Film

      Training Opportunities

      Are you interested in becoming a background/extra?
      Search NMFO's online listing of casting calls.   More casting calls can be found on social and through casting directors; here’s more information to get you started.

      For questions regarding OSS:
      505-476-5600
      info@nmfilm.com

      Questions about New Mexico Workforce Connection (NMWC):
      Juan Diaz

      New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
      505-841-8444

      Questions about the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services:
      Theresa Figueroa
      Department of Veteran Services

        Below are NM Veterans available for OSS. They are listed in alphabetical order and have their city, email and resume ready for download.


        David Billups (Albuquerque)

        Electric, Sound
        Resume | Email: davidbillups@hotmail.com

        Derek Blakeney (Albuquerque)

        Craft Service, Locations, Set Dressing
        Resume | Email: baaenterprise@gmail.com

        Michelle Bolin (Stanley)

        Art Department, Construction, Costumes, Paint & Scenic, Props, Special Effects
        Resume | Email: mlbolin@live.com

        Paul DeAngelis (Albuquerque)

        Set Dressing
        Resume | Email: deangelspaul7@gmail.com

        Adam Hurley (Albuquerque)

        Grips
        Resume | Email: omnichaser@gmail.com

        Katie Jarrell (Albuquerque)

        Office & Admin
        Resume | Email: strivn4success45@yahoo.com

        Leonard Kagan (Albuquerque)

        Office & Admin
        Resume | Email: lkagan505@gmail.com

        Steve Nenni (Albuquerque)

        Office & Admin, Script, Sound
        Resume | Email: stevenenni@gmail.com

        Neil Ortiz (Albuquerque)

        Costumes, Grips, Locations, Props, Script
        Resume | Email: neilantonio77@yahoo.com

        Joshua Palmer (Rio Rancho)

        Construction, Electric, Grips
        Resume | Email: palmer98@live.com

        Randy Ritsema (Pie Town, NM)

        Electric, Grips, Locations, Props, Sound
        Email: randy_ritsema@msn.com

        Jim Twocrow (Corrales)

        Art Department, Construction, Electric, Grips, Special Effects
        Resume | Email: jtcwbb2@gmail.com

        Daniel Valerio (Alcalde)

        Electric, Locations
        Email: bilitoschilitos8651@gmail.com

        Ian Wilkerson (Albuquerque)

        Art Department, Costumes, Props, Script, Special Effects
        Resume | Email: Ian.Wilkerson81@gmail.com