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> I did the Apple Final Cut 2 commercial for NAB with the Viper...it looks
> great but the P2 Panasonic I attached to the Ducati had a lot more energy in
> some ways. Hell, a camera has nothing to do with it, it¹s the vision. I¹m
> doing some amazing stuff with my HD flip. It takes vision and heart to go
> places, not technology.
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> On 1/29/10 4:18 PM, "Aaron Lieber" <aaron@eruditedigital.com> wrote:
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>> Yeah, you can definitely do great VFX on that camera if you want to spend
>> lots
>> of money to clean it up in post. I will only shoot on uncompressed cameras
>> because I like having all the camera information so I can do whatever I want
>> in post. I will definitely be at NAB this year.
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>> Aaron Lieber
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>> I agree with u about the red camera with green screen, but Peter Jackson did
>> some amazing visual effects for the Red unveiling at NAB
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jan 29, 2010, at 3:27 PM, "Aaron Lieber" <aaron@eruditedigital.com> wrote:
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>>> Yes, definitely let me know. We have the full line of Cine Alta Cameras, we
>>> also have red, but if you¹re doing a lot of green screen, the red isn¹t the
>>> strongest camera because it is very compressed. The best cameras to use for
>>> green screen are the F-950. F-23, & F-35. We also do Pixar quality CG
>>> animation as well.
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Here¹s what I am trying to do--make 12 ultra low-budget ³digi-flicks² a year
a la Roger Corman...well done, (and I hate the term) arty genre films with a
message. Perhaps I can spearhead this with New Mexico, Michigan (CRC
studio) and California (CRC studio), I would obviously be the Executive
Producer as sort of the Digital Corman dude of the new digital arena. At my
age I am more of an EP than a director anyway (though I have a couple flicks
I am gonna make before I die). Just to set the record straight, there¹d be
no Star Wars or even Avatar if FFC didn¹t start and promote electronic
cinema back in the 70¹s. I am carrying the Coppola digital torch now and
putting all my energy to make this happen. I want the little guy to learn
by doing and have a shot to make the big time. Obviously I want the library
to syndicate the hell out of and cash in for my non-profits. If a film like
Paranormal Activity can make over a 100 million which like Blair Witch makes
it even more successful than Avatar, we can do the same. The big studios
have basically cut out the middle budgets for micro budgets and mega
budgets. Paramount will soon be starting up production for its new mini
budget digital film wing. We can do that as well via new forms of
distribution. Perhaps it¹s my martini talking here, but I¹m gonna make it
happen. Just wait and see.
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>> Last year we were able to get Senate Joint Memorial 30 (32 -0) basically
>> asking the State Investment Council to review and make recommendations on
>> providing loans to New Mexico Producers for projects under $2 million.
>> Unfortunately this Memorial never made it through the committee process on
>> the
>> House side. I will reserve comment on why and who was behind this. Several
>> Senators are willing to sponsor the legislation again this year and it is
>> still under consideration. We probably will submit it again once we are sure
>> it will pass the House. First I want to point out that I never proposed that
>> these funds be subjected to "a little bit loose" terms but terms that are
>> driven by "good and fair policy". The guarantee portion of the program would
>> continue to be in place so that principle would not be in jeopardy.
>> Guarantors
>> should be the ones who determine the viability of a the success of a project
>> not the State. I have argued the form of this current Guarantees are putting
>> the loans "at risk". Under the Equity form I have proposed the actual funds
>> would be placed in an escrow account till the loan comes due at witch time
>> the
>> loan was paid off or the funds or portion of are released to the State. The
>> completion bond requirement could be waived if the Guarantor of the loan
>> would
>> be willing to waive it. And finally, no distribution agreement would be
>> required. This provision has actually been waived under the current program.
>> Again it is the Guarantor who must be convinced by the Producer that it makes
>> business sense to delay these agreements.
>>
>> Eric the idea that the current program "CAN'T"

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Re: [MISP] FW: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

Here’s what I am trying to do--make 12 ultra low-budget “digi-flicks” a year a la Roger Corman...well done, (and I hate the term) arty genre films with a message.  Perhaps I can spearhead this with New Mexico, Michigan (CRC studio) and California (CRC studio), I would obviously be the Executive Producer as sort of the Digital Corman dude of the new digital arena.  At my age I am more of an EP than a director anyway (though I have a couple flicks I am gonna make before I die).  Just to set the record straight, there’d be no Star Wars or even Avatar if FFC didn’t start and promote electronic cinema back in the 70’s.  I am carrying the Coppola digital torch now and putting all my energy to make this happen.  I want the little guy to learn by doing and have a shot to make the big time. Obviously I want the library to syndicate the hell out of and cash in for my non-profits. If a film like Paranormal Activity can make over a 100 million which like Blair Witch makes it even more successful than Avatar, we can do the same.  The big studios have basically cut out the middle budgets for micro budgets and mega budgets.  Paramount will soon be starting up production for its new mini budget digital film wing.  We can do that as well via new forms of distribution.  Perhaps it’s my martini talking here, but I’m gonna make it happen.   Just wait and see.


On 1/29/10 6:35 PM, "Kenneth Knoll" <knoll@SOUTHWESTONLINE.COM> wrote:

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Last year we were able to get Senate Joint Memorial 30 (32 -0) basically asking the State Investment Council to review and make recommendations on providing loans to New Mexico Producers for projects under $2 million. Unfortunately this Memorial never made it through the committee process on the House side. I will reserve comment on why and who was behind this. Several Senators are willing to sponsor the legislation again this year and it is still under consideration. We probably will submit it again once we are sure it will pass the House. First I want to point out that I never proposed that these funds be subjected to "a little bit loose" terms but terms that are driven by "good and fair policy". The guarantee portion of the program would continue to be in place so that principle would not be in jeopardy. Guarantors should be the ones who determine the viability of a the success of a project not the State. I have argued the form of this current Guarantees are putting the loans "at risk". Under the Equity form I have proposed the actual funds would be placed in an escrow account till the loan comes due at witch time the loan was paid off or the funds or portion of are released to the State. The completion bond requirement could be waived if the Guarantor of the loan would be willing to waive it. And finally, no distribution agreement would be required. This provision has actually been waived under the current program. Again it is the Guarantor who must be convinced by the Producer that it makes business sense to delay these agreements.

Eric the idea that the current program "CAN'T" loose money is just not true. The fact that only one film has returned funds beyond the principle is disturbing. For some time members of the SIC board have been asking staff for audits of


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Re: [MISP] FW: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again


Last year we were able to get Senate Joint Memorial 30 (32 -0) basically asking the State Investment Council to review and make recommendations on providing loans to New Mexico Producers for projects under $2 million. Unfortunately this Memorial never made it through the committee process on the House side. I will reserve comment on why and who was behind this. Several Senators are willing to sponsor the legislation again this year and it is still under consideration. We probably will submit it again once we are sure it will pass the House. First I want to point out that I never proposed that these funds be subjected to "a little bit loose" terms but terms that are driven by "good and fair policy". The guarantee portion of the program would continue to be in place so that principle would not be in jeopardy. Guarantors should be the ones who determine the viability of a the success of a project not the State. I have argued the form of this current Guarantees are putting the loans "at risk". Under the Equity form I have proposed the actual funds would be placed in an escrow account till the loan comes due at witch time the loan was paid off or the funds or portion of are released to the State. The completion bond requirement could be waived if the Guarantor of the loan would be willing to waive it. And finally, no distribution agreement would be required. This provision has actually been waived under the current program. Again it is the Guarantor who must be convinced by the Producer that it makes business sense to delay these agreements. 

Eric the idea that the current program "CAN'T" loose money is just not true. The fact that only one film has returned funds beyond the principle is disturbing. For some time members of the SIC board have been asking staff for audits of the film investments to see why they have not seen a return on the states investment in the films money was lent with the promise of a "back end" return. Failure to follow up means that the SIC is loosing money.   The funds lent just sitting in an interest bearing account would have paid more into the state into the state then currently have made without risking the principle. But the argument, one that I support, is these funds are not an investment but an economic development program. Some would argue this not the purpose of the SIC. 

Where I do have an issue is it when a Small and Independent Producer proposes to do the same (economic development) we are not taken seriously because we are from New Mexico. If I am a New Mexico Producer that produces projects in the under $2 million range the State is not willing to help. What if I propose a slate of five films at $1.5 million, again I am out. What if I propose a film for $100K and promise the State 20% of the Producers profits - principle guaranteed. Are not the jobs created by what we produce just as much part of SIC Economic Development Program. Why is it in order for me to take advantage of the 25% rebate and the other incentives I must find equity investors (or risk my own money) who must risk their investment from day one while the large studios do not. The current policy or directive of the State Investment Council limits investments to film and television projects with larger budgets on the promise that larger budget equals a large back end return. Is 18% of O dollars on a big budget more then 10% of $100,000 of a small film? What if I the Producer guarantee a 10% return. Oh yes the big budget films have a better chance of a return - not so far. Although the last two investment were on films with small budgets ($18 million) by Hollywood standards. New business models provide for a refinancing of a film (for distribution rights) that would guarantee a 10% return. I can not even put this proposal on the table under the current system. If the SIC would commit $15 million (a small portion of $175 million dollars or one film) it would be a good start. 

Larry to best answer your question, New Mexico Producers are very unlikely to be Producing films with budgets in the $15 million dollar range because finding investors in this economy is very difficult and secondly there is not program to provide funding for the Small and Independent Producer. 


On Jan 29, 2010, at 1:55 PM, Eric Renz-Whitmore wrote:

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Hi everyone...

First, thanks again to Jon and all the folks who helped voice the reasons why HB52 didn't make sense.

Second, I know there are quite a few people who'd like to see some kind of fund available for home grown productions -- and there have been at least a few attempts to create one through the legislature.  Personally, while I might like the investment dollars available for movie production to be a little more loose, at the moment I'm very glad they're as strict as they are.  The state CAN'T lose money with the existing loan system and these loans ALWAYS lead to more paid production work for New Mexicans.  Given our financial situation, that's a very strong, defensible position to be in.  Since most of the other plans to make funding available to other productions include more risk, I don't think this is the best time to pursue them (but that's me).

While I appreciate the serious desire to have more local funding available, I can't imagine how this penchant for dragging this issue into most conversations about the incentives -- and otherwise slamming our (very successful) program -- is helpful. 

On the question of the interconnected digital studio... while there are a few linkages and procedures yet to come, it seems that we're almost there!  As some of you know the NMCAC Gateway system was launched with a Connect event last week.  While a lot of the discussion was about use of the state supercomputer and its 'exemplar' machines, another great feature of the network when it's fully rolled out (there are several already connected and a total of 41 locations at colleges, universities and other nodes throughout the state that will be installed by sometime in March) is that it's supposed to be used for collaboration -- and could be used as a backbone for production at several locations throughout New Mexico.  (There are other broadband and connectivity needs to address beyond that as well, but this is a big step forward.) 

Best wishes to everyone making New Mexico film (and media) such a success!

eric renz-whitmore




On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Christopher Coppola <crc@crcoppolaproductions.com> wrote:
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Conversation: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again
Subject: Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again


It's a fair question, Mr. Stouffer.  The film studios that don't need the loan get the loan.  It's good for all sides. The state of New Mexico knows that New Mexican dollars will get paid back in two years and film studios know they will make more interest on the money they don't have to spend.  Also, the bigger productions will hopefully hire more New Mexicans and pay higher amounts for location fees, etc.  I understand this set up; but that money should also be used to build local film talent, the little guy with big ideas, new media and the development of "most have" digital film equipment much like the Red Camera craze. Man, you have more scientists in your state than any other state so you should be able to do that.  Way back when, when the bill wasn't passed yet, I suggested that small digital film studios with 3D green screen production and post capabilities could be built all over New Mexico not just ABQ and Santa Fe with your Film in New Mexico bill.  They could be interconnected to form one huge digital studio, each one equipped to produce a film and other forms of new media (cell phone content, etc) from beginning to end, but also specializing in specific  needs like intermediates, etc.  Only New Mexicans would man these small digital hubs which could also be used as schools.  I have a studio on Sunset Blvd that does all the things above which will eventually connect with digital hubs globally.  We are talking with a digital new media production company in Beijing  which is working on getting government money to build a studio like ours.  I don't see why some of the New Mexican tax payer money or mineral rights money whatever it comes from couldn't have been used for this. Perhaps there as a good reason.  I am now working with the Michigan Film Commission to figure out a way to bring big Hollywood to their state, but also build the network of these smaller digital studio hubs.  I helped Madonna University in Livonia design one and it just finished being belt.  We still have to get more equipment, but we will.  The New Mexican people with all their talent and technical prowess should do the same with the capital they have.  I'd love to see that happen.  It would finally make my past efforts and money spent in New Mexico worthwhile.



On 1/29/10 11:07 AM, "Larry N Stouffer" <writeon@SCSFE.COM> wrote:

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Nobody's hiding anything because there are no NM loans to hide?


 
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On Jan 29, 2010, at 11:16 AM, Michael L Miller wrote:

And how much of that went to New Mexico producers/production companies?

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Re: [MISP] "Babe Inc" -Sunday in Albq.

Dang it. All this cool stuff I REEEEELLLLY want to do is hitting at the worst possible time. Arrrrrgh. 

Will there be another showing, Jim?


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Let me just say – as I said below – that of every project I have ever seen spring forth from New Mexico – including from my own fevered brow – this is BY FAR the most commercial, interesting idea (for either film or TV) that I have seen!
 
It's "shovel ready". And if it's not snapped up and produced by someone here, it will be by someone elsewhere, or someone will come up with something similar – but probably not so good.
 
If you really have the will and the means to make something big happen, I urge you to see this reading.  –Jim Terr
 

From: R Zibart [mailto:rzibart@earthlink.net] 

 
Hello Dear Friends:
 
In case you missed Babe, Inc. - the wildly futuristic love story -- when this one-act play played in London, NYC, Denver or Santa Fe...you get another chance when Babe comes to Albuquerque for a staged reading at the Vortex Theater across the street from UNM at 1 pm, Sunday January 31st....There will be another one-act play as well by Tess Light, a young playwright from Los Alamos. 
 
BABE INC is captivating and compelling, and is becoming more prophetic by
the day. The BABE INC story is materializing before our eyes, in real life,
and Rosemary Zibart's play emphasizes the human element in a way that would
make it a fabulous movie or TV series - or both. For now, it's a fantastic,
riveting stage play.  Jim Terr, Film reviewer for KNME
 
Hope to see you there!! 
 
Rosemary
 
See you there!!

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Re: [MISP] FW: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

In response to Christopher:

 

New Mexico has always had high end digital cinema and post in the state.  My company has all the gear in house and we have been around since April of 2005.  We have never had any help from the state to grow our business, but that’s not to say that the state won’t help us now.  It would be nice if the state would finance some of our local projects into real feature films.  That’s what we really need to grow our local film market.

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

 

It’s a fair question, Mr. Stouffer.  The film studios that don’t need the loan get the loan.  It’s good for all sides. The state of New Mexico knows that New Mexican dollars will get paid back in two years and film studios know they will make more interest on the money they don’t have to spend.  Also, the bigger productions will hopefully hire more New Mexicans and pay higher amounts for location fees, etc.  I understand this set up; but that money should also be used to build local film talent, the little guy with big ideas, new media and the development of “most have” digital film equipment much like the Red Camera craze. Man, you have more scientists in your state than any other state so you should be able to do that.  Way back when, when the bill wasn’t passed yet, I suggested that small digital film studios with 3D green screen production and post capabilities could be built all over New Mexico not just ABQ and Santa Fe with your Film in New Mexico bill.  They could be interconnected to form one huge digital studio, each one equipped to produce a film and other forms of new media (cell phone content, etc) from beginning to end, but also specializing in specific  needs like intermediates, etc.  Only New Mexicans would man these small digital hubs which could also be used as schools.  I have a studio on Sunset Blvd that does all the things above which will eventually connect with digital hubs globally.  We are talking with a digital new media production company in Beijing  which is working on getting government money to build a studio like ours.  I don’t see why some of the New Mexican tax payer money or mineral rights money whatever it comes from couldn’t have been used for this. Perhaps there as a good reason.  I am now working with the Michigan Film Commission to figure out a way to bring big Hollywood to their state, but also build the network of these smaller digital studio hubs.  I helped Madonna University in Livonia design one and it just finished being belt.  We still have to get more equipment, but we will.  The New Mexican people with all their talent and technical prowess should do the same with the capital they have.  I’d love to see that happen.  It would finally make my past efforts and money spent in New Mexico worthwhile.


On 1/29/10 11:07 AM, "Larry N Stouffer" <writeon@SCSFE.COM> wrote:

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On Jan 29, 2010, at 11:16 AM, Michael L Miller wrote:

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Re: [MISP] FW: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again


Sorry for all my typos Eric, my recent concussion is rearing its ugly head.  I obviously agree with you.  It is important to protect New Mexican money with the least risk. Be well

On 1/29/10 12:55 PM, "Eric Renz-Whitmore" <ewhitmore@gmail.com> wrote:


Hi everyone...

First, thanks again to Jon and all the folks who helped voice the reasons why HB52 didn't make sense.

Second, I know there are quite a few people who'd like to see some kind of fund available for home grown productions -- and there have been at least a few attempts to create one through the legislature.  Personally, while I might like the investment dollars available for movie production to be a little more loose, at the moment I'm very glad they're as strict as they are.  The state CAN'T lose money with the existing loan system and these loans ALWAYS lead to more paid production work for New Mexicans.  Given our financial situation, that's a very strong, defensible position to be in.  Since most of the other plans to make funding available to other productions include more risk, I don't think this is the best time to pursue them (but that's me).

While I appreciate the serious desire to have more local funding available, I can't imagine how this penchant for dragging this issue into most conversations about the incentives -- and otherwise slamming our (very successful) program -- is helpful. 

On the question of the interconnected digital studio... while there are a few linkages and procedures yet to come, it seems that we're almost there!  As some of you know the NMCAC Gateway system was launched with a Connect event last week.  While a lot of the discussion was about use of the state supercomputer and its 'exemplar' machines, another great feature of the network when it's fully rolled out (there are several already connected and a total of 41 locations at colleges, universities and other nodes throughout the state that will be installed by sometime in March) is that it's supposed to be used for collaboration -- and could be used as a backbone for production at several locations throughout New Mexico.  (There are other broadband and connectivity needs to address beyond that as well, but this is a big step forward.) 

Best wishes to everyone making New Mexico film (and media) such a success!

eric renz-whitmore




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Re: [MISP] FW: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

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Hi everyone...

First, thanks again to Jon and all the folks who helped voice the reasons why HB52 didn't make sense.

Second, I know there are quite a few people who'd like to see some kind of fund available for home grown productions -- and there have been at least a few attempts to create one through the legislature.  Personally, while I might like the investment dollars available for movie production to be a little more loose, at the moment I'm very glad they're as strict as they are.  The state CAN'T lose money with the existing loan system and these loans ALWAYS lead to more paid production work for New Mexicans.  Given our financial situation, that's a very strong, defensible position to be in.  Since most of the other plans to make funding available to other productions include more risk, I don't think this is the best time to pursue them (but that's me).

While I appreciate the serious desire to have more local funding available, I can't imagine how this penchant for dragging this issue into most conversations about the incentives -- and otherwise slamming our (very successful) program -- is helpful. 

On the question of the interconnected digital studio... while there are a few linkages and procedures yet to come, it seems that we're almost there!  As some of you know the NMCAC Gateway system was launched with a Connect event last week.  While a lot of the discussion was about use of the state supercomputer and its 'exemplar' machines, another great feature of the network when it's fully rolled out (there are several already connected and a total of 41 locations at colleges, universities and other nodes throughout the state that will be installed by sometime in March) is that it's supposed to be used for collaboration -- and could be used as a backbone for production at several locations throughout New Mexico.  (There are other broadband and connectivity needs to address beyond that as well, but this is a big step forward.) 

Best wishes to everyone making New Mexico film (and media) such a success!

eric renz-whitmore




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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:59:34 -0800
To: "NM Media Discussion List , Larry N Stouffer" <MISP-L@unm.eduwriteon@SCSFE.COM>
Conversation: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again
Subject: Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again


It's a fair question, Mr. Stouffer.  The film studios that don't need the loan get the loan.  It's good for all sides. The state of New Mexico knows that New Mexican dollars will get paid back in two years and film studios know they will make more interest on the money they don't have to spend.  Also, the bigger productions will hopefully hire more New Mexicans and pay higher amounts for location fees, etc.  I understand this set up; but that money should also be used to build local film talent, the little guy with big ideas, new media and the development of "most have" digital film equipment much like the Red Camera craze. Man, you have more scientists in your state than any other state so you should be able to do that.  Way back when, when the bill wasn't passed yet, I suggested that small digital film studios with 3D green screen production and post capabilities could be built all over New Mexico not just ABQ and Santa Fe with your Film in New Mexico bill.  They could be interconnected to form one huge digital studio, each one equipped to produce a film and other forms of new media (cell phone content, etc) from beginning to end, but also specializing in specific  needs like intermediates, etc.  Only New Mexicans would man these small digital hubs which could also be used as schools.  I have a studio on Sunset Blvd that does all the things above which will eventually connect with digital hubs globally.  We are talking with a digital new media production company in Beijing  which is working on getting government money to build a studio like ours.  I don't see why some of the New Mexican tax payer money or mineral rights money whatever it comes from couldn't have been used for this. Perhaps there as a good reason.  I am now working with the Michigan Film Commission to figure out a way to bring big Hollywood to their state, but also build the network of these smaller digital studio hubs.  I helped Madonna University in Livonia design one and it just finished being belt.  We still have to get more equipment, but we will.  The New Mexican people with all their talent and technical prowess should do the same with the capital they have.  I'd love to see that happen.  It would finally make my past efforts and money spent in New Mexico worthwhile.



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Conversation: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again
Subject: Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again


It’s a fair question, Mr. Stouffer.  The film studios that don’t need the loan get the loan.  It’s good for all sides. The state of New Mexico knows that New Mexican dollars will get paid back in two years and film studios know they will make more interest on the money they don’t have to spend.  Also, the bigger productions will hopefully hire more New Mexicans and pay higher amounts for location fees, etc.  I understand this set up; but that money should also be used to build local film talent, the little guy with big ideas, new media and the development of “most have” digital film equipment much like the Red Camera craze. Man, you have more scientists in your state than any other state so you should be able to do that.  Way back when, when the bill wasn’t passed yet, I suggested that small digital film studios with 3D green screen production and post capabilities could be built all over New Mexico not just ABQ and Santa Fe with your Film in New Mexico bill.  They could be interconnected to form one huge digital studio, each one equipped to produce a film and other forms of new media (cell phone content, etc) from beginning to end, but also specializing in specific  needs like intermediates, etc.  Only New Mexicans would man these small digital hubs which could also be used as schools.  I have a studio on Sunset Blvd that does all the things above which will eventually connect with digital hubs globally.  We are talking with a digital new media production company in Beijing  which is working on getting government money to build a studio like ours.  I don’t see why some of the New Mexican tax payer money or mineral rights money whatever it comes from couldn’t have been used for this. Perhaps there as a good reason.  I am now working with the Michigan Film Commission to figure out a way to bring big Hollywood to their state, but also build the network of these smaller digital studio hubs.  I helped Madonna University in Livonia design one and it just finished being belt.  We still have to get more equipment, but we will.  The New Mexican people with all their talent and technical prowess should do the same with the capital they have.  I’d love to see that happen.  It would finally make my past efforts and money spent in New Mexico worthwhile.


On 1/29/10 11:07 AM, "Larry N Stouffer" <writeon@SCSFE.COM> wrote:

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Re: [MISP] Duke City Shootout Mixer Tonight!!!

It would be good to see DCS back on its feet again.  PAH might be coming to Rio Rancho and Tucumcari.  Perhaps this can be helpful to promote DCS in a satellite sort of way. http://www.pahnation.org

On 1/29/10 7:52 AM, "Shane Urioste" <shaneu@unm.edu> wrote:

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Hello everyone,
Please come Tonight for:
 
SAVE THE SHOOTOUT Mixer
Help Us Bring Back the Duke City Shootout!

Date: Friday, January 29, 2010
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: Filmmaker Production Resources
Address: 2731 Broadway Blvd. NE, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87107
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Calling All Friends and Supporters of the Duke City Shootout:

We need YOUR HELP to bring back the Shootout!

Join the Shootout organizers for a little food and drink to hear about our plans for the future of the Shootout, and how YOU can help!

DCS is looking beyond short films and considering TV pilots and music videos, too. Find out more at the Mixer!

This is an open event, so please invite friends who are interested in learning more about the future of the Shootout and how they can get involved.

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[MISP] "Babe Inc" -Sunday in Albq.

 

Let me just say – as I said below – that of every project I have ever seen spring forth from New Mexico – including from my own fevered brow – this is BY FAR the most commercial, interesting idea (for either film or TV) that I have seen!

 

It’s “shovel ready”. And if it’s not snapped up and produced by someone here, it will be by someone elsewhere, or someone will come up with something similar – but probably not so good.

 

If you really have the will and the means to make something big happen, I urge you to see this reading.  –Jim Terr

 


From: R Zibart [mailto:rzibart@earthlink.net]

 

Hello Dear Friends:

 

In case you missed Babe, Inc. - the wildly futuristic love story -- when this one-act play played in London, NYC, Denver or Santa Fe...you get another chance when Babe comes to Albuquerque for a staged reading at the Vortex Theater across the street from UNM at 1 pm, Sunday January 31st....There will be another one-act play as well by Tess Light, a young playwright from Los Alamos. 

 

BABE INC is captivating and compelling, and is becoming more prophetic by
the day. The BABE INC story is materializing before our eyes, in real life,
and Rosemary Zibart's play emphasizes the human element in a way that would
make it a fabulous movie or TV series - or both. For now, it's a fantastic,
riveting stage play.  Jim Terr, Film reviewer for KNME

 

Hope to see you there!! 

 

Rosemary

 

See you there!!

Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

And what about the unanswered question: "And how much of that went to New Mexico producers/production companies?"

Nobody's hiding anything because there are no NM loans to hide?


Larry N Stouffer
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Simply the Best Screenwriting Conference in the World
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On Jan 29, 2010, at 11:16 AM, Michael L Miller wrote:

And how much of that went to New Mexico producers/production companies?

Re: [MISP] New Mexico film incentives survive, again

Sorry Larry,
Your assertion is not accurate and the innuendo does not help any of us.  The very public disclosure as of December 2009 is right here:
http://www.sic.state.nm.us/PDF%20files/NM%20Film%20Investment%20Program%20-%2012-31-09%20-%20Final.pdf
and available to all. Nobody is hiding anything.
Mike

Larry N Stouffer wrote:
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Okay, SOMEBODY knows, but they're not telling. Wonder why.

Larry N Stouffer







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Massachusetts Caps Their Rebate (more below). This demonstrates that many of the other incentive programs are too aggressive, and are not sustainable, especially in this economy. Though we had a brief victory yesterday, let's just hope that our NM Legislature doesn't think that we should follow Massachusetts' example, and that they realize that this is probably a death-sentence to the Massachusetts program, which means a better economic impact for New Mexico...



MASSACHUSETTS ALERT

In response to the state budget crisis, Governor Patrick suggested to the legislature today that qualified spending on film & tv production in Massachusetts be temporarily capped at $200 million per year for the next two years (first come, first serve).

In seeking this change, the Governor issued the following statement:

"
The temporary nature of this cap should not interfere with long-term plans to build film studios and will ultimately keep Massachusetts among the most competitive states for this significant industry."  ---Governor Deval Patrick  January 27, 2010

During this proposed two-year period (2010 and 2011), above-the-line spending would still qualify without limitation. If adopted, the proposed temporary annual cap would automatically expire in 2012 after which the credit would return to its current "no cap" status. 

$200 million in qualified spend remains available for this year.

 



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New Mexico film incentives survive, again
Industry rallies against cutting tax incentives; perennial bill gets tabled
 
Robert Nott | The New Mexican
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
 - 1/27/10
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The Terminator couldn't have done a better job of killing off a state House bill that would have repealed lucrative tax incentives for the movie business. 

By a vote of 5-2 Tuesday, the Labor and Human Resources committee tabled House Bill 52, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, after a sometimes heated debate about the worth of such incentives. 

Kintigh proposed a similar bill last year, which was also tabled. He acknowledged he wasn't surprised it died again this year. "It's done for this term," he said after the session. 

With the state facing an estimated $600 million shortfall, lawmakers are looking for places to cut spending. Citing various national reports — and two well-publicized New Mexico studies from last year that offered diverse opinions on the financial benefits of the film business — Kintigh suggested that the "fiscal impact (of the film business) is overwhelmingly negative." He said the incentives cost the state over $80 million last year. 

He stressed that the lack of public information on production budgets and the state's zero-percent loan for qualifying film projects lead to uncertain data. 

Roughly 40 supporters showed up to support the tax breaks, including construction company owners, business operators, film technicians, actors, lobbyists and business representatives from around the state. 

Maxine Riley, corporate account manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Albuquerque, said the film business has served as a "significant and growing industry for rental dealerships," estimating her company leases up to 50 vehicles for each film that comes to New Mexico. 

David Baca, a member of IATSE 480, the local film technicians' union, said he's seen nothing but economic growth since he started working in the industry in 1993. 

"We're now a significant player in a global industry," he said. 

The attendees' comments appeared to have an impact on several committee members, although Rep. Dennis J. Roch, R-Tucumcari — who voted against tabling the bill — said, "I'm not convinced that eliminating these incentives will eliminate all those jobs. This is money that could go to schools and roads." 

His comments were echoed by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, who told the assemblage that there must be a way to compromise by cutting, but not eliminating, the incentives. 

"We can't keep doing this," she said, suggesting the film industry acts as if it is above dealing with the everyday money issues that most New Mexicans face. 

Still, on the surface it's hard to argue with success, and since the governor made filmmaking a cornerstone of his economic development package in 2003, a number of high-profile films have been shot here, including Crazy Heart, No Country For Old Men, 3:10 to Yuma and Terminator Salvation. And by most accounts, the state's film crew base is somewhere around 1,200 strong. 

Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office, said she expected a healthy year of filmmaking in 2010, though she declined to give specifics. 

Still, though Variety magazine recently named New Mexico the No. 3 place to make movies among the 50 states, and MovieMaker magazine tapped Albuquerque as the No. 1 city to make movies, the merit of film incentives programs continues to be questioned around the country. 

In New Mexico, a study prepared last year by the accounting firm Ernst & Young stated that in 2007, 30 films made in New Mexico generated over $250 million of spending. 

A rival report by New Mexico State University suggests the state nets less than 15 cents for every dollar spent on the industry. Kintigh cited both reports in his argument Tuesday. 

Committee chair Miguel P. Garcia, D-Albuquerque, offered a common-sense response to the conflicting data, saying that even when using the slightest of multipliers, the film business must be having some positive financial impact on the state. 

After the bill was tabled, Kintigh said the lack of transparency on the part of the state in revealing specific loan deals still needs to be addressed. He also said he realizes he's making enemies. 

"There are people who are seriously invested in this industry; their lives depend upon it," he said. "I don't want to be perceived as someone who wants to destroy their dreams." 

Next year, he mused, he may look for that compromise deal that Ezzell suggested. 

Contact Robert Nott at 986-3021 or rnott@sfnewmexican.com

 
 
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Santa Fe, NM  87504-
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