As a "small" independent media producer who is making a living in New Mexico in an industry I have worked in for over 30 years, I would like to address some issues brought up on this list. First I do oppose SB235 because any caps will send a wrong message to all producers large and small. It is also is a slippery slope to capping the amount of the rebates leading to elimination of the rebates. The industry itself is now downsizing - budgets are smaller and studios are producing less movies, and therefore New Mexico will see fewer of the mega films. The last two films that the SIC loan money on had budgets in the $18 million dollar range. Attracting independent films, large and small, is key to building and growing the industry in New Mexico. While a $50 million film can have a greater impact then a $10 million film lets not be blind to the fact that $50 million films are on the decline and $10 million films are on the increase.
Brent I agree with you that independents producing low budget projects benefit from the larger productions. The road also travels in the other direction. Small projects keep the skills of those working on larger projects sharp and if they own equipment keep that equipment working along with serving as on the job training for apprentices. I do think it is wrong to try to silence the voice of independents. This is the tone of this string on the list. No one owns the ball and bat in this game. We are all equals or should be if we are to be "united in our stance". Small and Independent Producers have concerns that are unique and to be told to stay home is truly an insult. We have legislation coming up that will benefit all of us. We might not be professional lobbyists but we know how to get bills or memorials introduced and passed. Small and Independent Producers choose to be proactive and not reactive. Our equals are the mom and pop stores, the farmers, the restaurant owners, the small oil producers and every small business in New Mexico.
See you on Friday.
On Feb 2, 2010, at 1:40 PM, Brent Morris wrote:
***This is a MISP Listserv message. Responses are sent to the list by default.*** ***For more info about MISP and the listserv, scroll to the bottom of the page*** * I agree with Jon that we must be united in our stance here that this $2M cap per project is detrimental to our industry, and low budget filmmakers should also see it as such. I know there has been a lot of debate here about the lack of funding for smaller New Mexico-originated projects. And for those working in the low budget arena, a $2M cap might seem perfectly reasonable indicating a total budget of $8 million and up -- no small potatoes for many of us. Yet it seems to me that New Mexico's production industry has thrived on the bigger budget films and series, which have trained and developed a powerful work force who bounce back and forth between bigger and smaller budgets. It's much easier getting crew members to work low/no-budget projects after they've banked their hours and paid their mortgages from salaries on higher-paying gigs.Even assuming the same amount of $8M and under projects choose to shoot here with such future caps in place (which I think is fallacious), those of us who work on those films know full well the budgets cannot support intensive construction, special effects and second units that put many local crew members and vendors to work, or schedules that last for much longer than six to eight weeks. I believe if these proposed caps are put in place New Mexico will become a second class production center, Moviemaker Magazine's recent blurb aside. It's not enough to live in a great place to be an independent filmmaker if you can't make a living doing so, and we owe many of our favorable rates and terms to conditions created by the presence of bigger industry here.LEAVING THE LIST /LIST INFO: To leave the list, please email us at: email@example.com For other list info, please visit: http://groups.google.com/group/nm-media-industries/web/media-industries-list-info Available in RSS: http://groups.google.com/group/nm-media-industries/feed/rss_v2_0_msgs.xmlI would look forward to hearing more detailed ideas for tightening up the rebates that would not discourage producers from seeking other locations. 6 month residency seems standard fare. I imagine we could spearhead some further innovations as Jon suggests that might benefit our state in the long run without scaring off out-of-state investment.See you on Friday at Media Day.Brent Morrisindieproduction.comOn Feb 2, 2010, at 8:41 AM, Jon Hendry wrote: