Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Re: [MISP] (via NM Film) Press release - Mockumentary - "The Beginning"

 
 
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Thank you, NM Film    http://www.nmfilm.com/article.php?id=1603&title=Santa+Fe+Satirist+Tackles+Feature-Length+%93Mockumentary%94+Form

 

      Jim Terr   www.JimTerr.com
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Santa Fe Satirist Tackles Feature-Length "Mockumentary" Form

                 Contact:  Jim Terr (505) 989-9298; bluecanyon2@newmexico.com

Santa Fe, June 29, 2010 - As Santa Fe satirist, actor and video producer Jim Terr nears half a million views on his YouTube channel ("hymiehymie"), he is striking into feature-length territory with a parody of a big-studio feature scheduled for release in October.

Columbia Pictures plans to release "The Social Network," a $49 million adaptation of a 2009 book about the founding of Facebook, directed by David Fincher and co-starring Justin Timberlake.

Terr's satirical chord was touched by the idea of this "tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal" (from the source book's subtitle), describing the founding of Facebook, and he sketched out a parallel mockumentary about the founding of an a imaginary social network based not on faces, but on another, almost-equally popular part of the human anatomy.

Terr's film, to consist largely of staged "interviews" with key players, social scientists and commentators about the history and impact of the imaginary social networking website, is called "The Beginning" ( www.BeginningFilm.com  ).

Unlike "This is Spinal Tap," the 1984 prototype for the mockumentary form, Terr says his feature will avoid obvious comedy. "I want to make it so realistic that the viewer might wonder if there actually is such a website they somehow never heard about," Terr says. "We certainly have enough good actors around here to pull this off, given a few 'talking points' for them to hit in their interviews."

In addition to "This is Spinal Tap", Terr points to other examples of the mockumentary form, such as Orson Welles' panic-inducing 1938 radio drama "War of the Worlds," 2009's acclaimed feature "Distict 9," Woody Allen's "Zelig," "Borat", and, Terr says, one of the most "realistically" misleading, Peter Jackson's "Forgotten Silver," the story of fictional New Zealand film pioneer Colin McKenzie.

In addition to a fascination with the almost-true in several short films and videos, Terr has scored with several more conventional works, including his 2001 first runner up in the Flicks on 66 competition, "The Wrong Guy" (http://www.bluecanyonproductions.com/video/WrongGuy_2.wmv  ) and a feature-length script, "The Home of Katie Archer," recorded as a radio drama with a cast of 40 actors at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque (http://www.bluecanyonproductions.com/video/SAG_readings.wmv  ).

Among other "promo" angles Terr anticipates as being useful when the "The Beginning" is completed and released, is the fact that the project's "micro" budget will be one-ten-thousandth of the Columbia release which it parodies. As Terr seeks completion funding, he is proceeding with interviews and with background shots in Los Alamos, home of the atomic bomb and of the fictional website referred to in the film.

 

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[MISP] (via NM Film) Press release - Mockumentary - "The Beginning"

 

Thank you, NM Film    http://www.nmfilm.com/article.php?id=1603&title=Santa+Fe+Satirist+Tackles+Feature-Length+%93Mockumentary%94+Form

 

      Jim Terr   www.JimTerr.com
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  "Over 490,000 YouTube views – but who’s counting?" 


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Santa Fe Satirist Tackles Feature-Length “Mockumentary” Form

                 Contact:  Jim Terr (505) 989-9298; bluecanyon2@newmexico.com

Santa Fe, June 29, 2010 - As Santa Fe satirist, actor and video producer Jim Terr nears half a million views on his YouTube channel (“hymiehymie”), he is striking into feature-length territory with a parody of a big-studio feature scheduled for release in October.

Columbia Pictures plans to release “The Social Network,” a $49 million adaptation of a 2009 book about the founding of Facebook, directed by David Fincher and co-starring Justin Timberlake.

Terr’s satirical chord was touched by the idea of this “tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal” (from the source book’s subtitle), describing the founding of Facebook, and he sketched out a parallel mockumentary about the founding of an a imaginary social network based not on faces, but on another, almost-equally popular part of the human anatomy.

Terr’s film, to consist largely of staged “interviews” with key players, social scientists and commentators about the history and impact of the imaginary social networking website, is called “The Beginning” ( www.BeginningFilm.com  ).

Unlike “This is Spinal Tap,” the 1984 prototype for the mockumentary form, Terr says his feature will avoid obvious comedy. “I want to make it so realistic that the viewer might wonder if there actually is such a website they somehow never heard about,” Terr says. “We certainly have enough good actors around here to pull this off, given a few ‘talking points’ for them to hit in their interviews.”

In addition to “This is Spinal Tap”, Terr points to other examples of the mockumentary form, such as Orson Welles’ panic-inducing 1938 radio drama “War of the Worlds,” 2009’s acclaimed feature “Distict 9,” Woody Allen’s “Zelig,” “Borat”, and, Terr says, one of the most “realistically” misleading, Peter Jackson’s “Forgotten Silver,” the story of fictional New Zealand film pioneer Colin McKenzie.

In addition to a fascination with the almost-true in several short films and videos, Terr has scored with several more conventional works, including his 2001 first runner up in the Flicks on 66 competition, “The Wrong Guy” (http://www.bluecanyonproductions.com/video/WrongGuy_2.wmv  ) and a feature-length script, “The Home of Katie Archer,” recorded as a radio drama with a cast of 40 actors at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque (http://www.bluecanyonproductions.com/video/SAG_readings.wmv  ).

Among other “promo” angles Terr anticipates as being useful when the “The Beginning” is completed and released, is the fact that the project’s “micro” budget will be one-ten-thousandth of the Columbia release which it parodies. As Terr seeks completion funding, he is proceeding with interviews and with background shots in Los Alamos, home of the atomic bomb and of the fictional website referred to in the film.

 

Monday, June 28, 2010

[MISP] seeking Story Board artists

Hi All:  I'm interested in hearing from any experienced story board artists in the ABQ-SFe area.  Please send a note to karsh_2000@yahoo.com with a copy to david@breeckerassociates.com (please do NOT reply to the MISP List), and let us know:

--Production experience (shows worked on)
--Hourly rate
--Samples of multi-character board(s) and with some environmental elements

Thanks much,
David

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Santa Fe: 505-690-2335
Abiquiu:   505-685-4891



Thursday, June 24, 2010

[MISP] Open Auditions for 48HFP Films, This Saturday

Making a 48 Hour film, or other local film?


We are having an open casting call this Saturday, June 26,


Location: ReSource on the bottom floor of the 100 Gold St. Lofts, 100 Gold St. SW (between 2nd and 1st Streets), in downtown Albuquerque.

Time: 11am - 5pm


Come see all the best talent that New Mexico actors have to offer.

We will also be posting video clips of every audition on a 48 Hour Film Project/Albuquerque YouTube channel.


This event is free and open to all registered and potential teams, local directors looking for talent, and all actors.


The 48 Hour Film Project is a SAG-eligible filmmaking competition.  Both Union and Non-Union actors are welcome.  Please bring a headshot and resume with you.  No appointment is necessary.

For more information on the Open Casting call, contact Scott Milder at scottymilder@gmail.com


Many thanks to ReSource at 100 Gold St. Lofts for sponsoring this event!


The 48 Hour Film Project is the world's largest timed filmmaking competition, taking place in 87 cities worldwide.  It returns to Albuquerque on July 9-11, challenging Albuquerque filmmakers to complete the entire filmmaking process – from writing and casting to shooting and editing – in a mere 48 hours.


For more information on the 48 Hour Film Project or to register your team, please visit http://www.48hourfilm.com/albuquerque

 


 
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Liz Langston
Executive Producer
48 Hour Film Project


www.48hourfilm.com
202-285-5166



[MISP] Fwd: Variety Article - New Mexico: Billions served

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I'll type it again... :)

It's a testament to the success of New Mexico's film and media strategy and programs to get the coverage we get from Variety on a regular basis. Just one of the proofs that we're among the very top locations for filmmaking in the world; this kind of regular exposure is priceless!

From Variety (and the NM Film Office):

New Mexico: Billions served

Incentives drive the creation of new jobs, companies

By KAREN IDELSON

Though the state's diverse topography doubles for many locations, in AMC's "Breaking Bad," New Mexico plays itself.

In 2005, Gerry Fuentes lost his job as a home health care provider in New Mexico. With film production in New Mexico booming, Fuentes thought he'd try his hand at some of the below the line opportunities that seemed to be coming up everywhere. It was a decision that wound up turning his life around.

"I'm able to have a good job, get out of debt and have medical insurance," says Fuentes, who has worked as a background actor, greensman and prop maker on many different productions, including "3:10 to Yuma." "Having this work has completely changed my standard of living."

Former residential home builder Jim Twocrow, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and originally from South Dakota, began retraining to work in the film business in 2005 at his brother's suggestion. At the time, Twocrow hesitated a little because the home market was also booming. Now, he couldn't be happier he left it when he did.

"The unions have helped us a lot, and the state is working to bring business into the state, so even though things were a little slow in 2009, they're coming back and things are good," says Twocrow, a prop maker with "Breaking Bad" since the pilot episode. "The thing is, if you're willing to work hard and learn, you'll make it."

Like many industries, New Mexico's film business was hit by the economic storm that began in late 2008. As a result, production slowed. However, Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office, has seen increases lately and is quick to point out that the state is still one of the most popular production centers outside of Los Angeles and New York.

In the last eight years, since New Mexico introduced its 25% production tax rebate, more than 100 major film and television projects have been produced in New Mexico (including such upcoming films as "Love Ranch," "True Grit" and "Cowboys and Aliens").

The estimated economic impact of this activity is more than $3 billion, with direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state numbered at approximately 10,000, plus another 250 business and services tied to local production.

Business is good enough that Entertainment Partners, a production services company that offers payroll and residual processing, among other services, created a satellite office located in Albuquerque Studios. There continues to be so much production activity that having someone on site to answer crew questions and other things that come up just makes sense, according to Marco Cordova, the company's director of business development and business planning.

New Mexico's local above the line talent is now looking to take advantage of the state's solid reputation in film production and continuing incentives program as the worldwide economy slowly recovers.

"There's no excuse now," says Luca Ceccarelli, co-owner of HDNM Entertainment, a local production services company that offers line producing services and rebate incentive optimization strategies. "Sure, it's more difficult to get financing, but we have three films in development, so with our infrastructure it can be done."

Navajo film director Larry Blackhorse Lowe is also among a set of New Mexico-based creatives poised to take the state's filmmaking to the next level. Lowe made a short film called "Shimasani" through the 2007 New Visions/New Mexico award program. The short screened in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival. In January, it was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

"I think this is a place where you can come and tell stories about people who are not represented as much -- Native Americans, Mexicans, African Americans," says Lowe. "People are interested in that in New Mexico."

Strout says the state plans to focus on getting more of those underrepresented voices to the screen by educating the local talent pool. In mid-June of this year, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced that $385,000 has been allocated to fund film training programs at Eastern New Mexico U.-Roswell, New Mexico State U.-Carlsbad and Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

"If you're a creative person, you always have to struggle," says Lowe. "But here you have a better chance to see your dream happen."

Read the full article at:
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Also in the current issue (note, Variety now requires free registration - but that only allows 5 views):

Albuquerque Studios: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118021016.html?categoryid=3284&cs=1

NM Green Filmmaking: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118021010.html?categoryid=2378&cs=1

How Santa Fe Pampers Film Pros: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118021013.html?categoryid=4071&cs=1 

 

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[MISP] Fulldome Professional Development Webinar this Monday & Tuesday

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From David Beining here at ARTS Lab:

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

I'm writing in support of the unique opportunity you'll find below: It's a wonderful program dedicated to fulldome-based professional development in computer graphics as well as data-based archeological and cultural studies.  The presenting team, led by Kevin Cain, is an exceptional cast that have much to share with the fulldome producing community and the resources they're making available have great value in both production and research.  If you saw Kevin's talk at DomeFest2007, you'll have an idea of how clear the communication will be and how exciting the work is.  

Because of the usual bandwidth issues, there's a limited number of 'live' connections available and we invite those of you interested in fulldome content (and the many related tools and techniques Kevin and his team will discuss) to attend with us here at ARTS Lab.  The ARTS Lab will be hosting a group of interested participants here in our space (contact us at artslab@unm.edu if you'd like to attend). If you'd be interested in hosting a group at another venue here in New Mexico, please let us know and we'll help make arrangements.

The team here at ARTS Lab has had a great collaboration with Kevin and the folks at INSIGHT, and this is an excellent opportunity to take the continued success of NM-developed fulldome content even further.

A Chabot Space & Science Center Production

  MAYA SKIES ON-LINE MASTER CLASS
 June 28th & 29th
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Greetings! 

Chabot Space & Science Center and INSIGHT are pleased to invite you to participate in the Maya Skies Online Masters' Class - a  FREE 2 day Webinar designed to introduce full dome producers and humanities researchers to the production tools and archive material available at the Mayaskies.net dissemination website.

The dissemination project, which was funded by a supplemental grant from the NSF, stemmed from our desire to share with others the expertise and learning -  both in terms of production techniques and archaeological archive material - that were acquired during the production of Tales of the Maya Skies.

Day one
of the Webinar is designed to help full dome producers produce immersive media from real-world environments.  Day two launches the Maya Skies Archive, a freely accessible repository of archaeological data from Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Both days keep the practical needs of full dome producers and humanities researchers front and center. 

The sessions are open to all - spaces limited to the first 100 applicants. Please RSVP to the address below and we will send you confirmation of your participation and details on how to join the Webinar:

RSVP, Chabot Space & Science Center:  
TMS-webinar@chabotspace.org


A complete schedule is below - all times listed are Mountain Standard Time (adjustments made locally here at ARTS Lab).

The Maya Skies Online Masters' Class is presented by the Maya Skies production team from INSIGHT, an archaeological visualization group, listed at the end of this message.

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Alumni 
 
Day 1: Monday, June 28

Session 1
Introduction to Data-Driven Full Dome Production I:  Pipeline Overview
11am-12pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Jun Nagaoka

The full dome is highly immersive.  As a format, full dome excels at presenting real-world places with great immediacy.  But it's not simple to create realistic environments that hold up on the dome, especially for producers with limited budgets and experience.  This session introduces a pipeline for capturing data from the real world for use in full dome media.  2D and 3D reality capture are discussed, drawing on examples of time-lapse panoramic photography and 3D laser scanning.  While aimed at first-time dome producers, more experienced creators will also benefit.

Session 2
Introduction to Data-Driven Full Dome Production II:  Tech Walkthrough
Noon-1pm
Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Jun Nagaoka

This session expands the discussion of Session 1's data-driven production pipeline.  We present a focused introduction to managing laser scan data in production, from initial capture through alignment, merging, surfacing, and painting.  Particular attention is paid to techniques for editing, UV layout and texturing steps, as conventional approaches generally fail with dense data-driven geometry.  This session is designed for full dome producers new to 3D reality capture techniques.

Session 2B
Live Session Follow-Up
1-1:45pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Jun Nagaoka

The speakers from the morning sessions will be on line to answer questions, provide detail, and connect with the web audience.



Session 3
Building Realistic Computer Graphics for the Full Dome
3-4pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Ali Jamalzadeh

From the start, the lion's share of full dome media content has been supplied as rendered images from 3D computer graphics.  Realism, long an object for CG images, is now becoming possible even with modest budgets.  This session explores two practical ways to increase realism for full dome graphics:  non-biased rendering of light, and efficient use of dome sampling in compositing.  Using the Tales of the Maya Skies production as a basis, we present suggestions for managing the complexity of rendering with natural light while remaining practical and efficient.  We also discuss new tools  to optimize color reproduction on the dome for rendered images and present an automated system for processing renders for collaborative review.


Session 3B
Live Session Follow-Up
4-4:45pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Ali Jamalzadeh, Jun Nagaoka 

The speakers from the afternoon session will be on line to answer questions, provide detail, and connect with the web audience.


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Day 2, Tuesday, June 29

Session 4
Introduction to Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital Capture Research
11am-Noon
Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Greg Downing, Greg Ward

Archaeologists and art historians have been practicing digital field techniques for at least the past decade.  However, the recent proliferation of good, cheap digital cameras and affordable processing power has enabled humanities researchers to take on more ambitious digital documentation projects.  In this session we survey research from the worlds of computer graphics and computer vision, showing approaches that can be directly applied to cultural heritage work.  We present the computer vision research for Tales of the Maya Skies as the core of our discussion, with emphasis placed on open source tools and off-the-shelf equipment that will work in the difficult field environments found at archaeological sites around the world.

Session 5
Maya Skies Archaeology Case Studies and the Maya Skies Data Archive
Noon-1pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Falken Foreshaw, Ali Jamalzadeh, Jun Nagaoka

All of the data gathered on site at Chichen Itza, Mexico for Tales of the Maya Skies has been gathered into a public repository, which the team launches in this final session.  Using archaeological case studies from the archive, we introduce this archive and the web application built to navigate it.  The archive tools are themselves available for download; in this session, we walk through the steps to build your own humanities 'data dashboard'.

Session 5B
Live Session Follow-Up
1-1:45pm
Chris Bernal, Kevin Cain, Mark Eakle, Todd Gill, Jun Nagaoka

The speakers from the morning sessions will be on line to answer questions, provide detail, and connect with the web audience.



Suggested reading:

New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage
Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: A Critical Discourse (Media in Transition)
Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media

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Speakers participating live at Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California, USA:

Chris Bernal: Core member of PalmaVFX, Digital Modeling Lead has worked with INSIGHT on archaeological film projects for several years, including two full-length documentaries on Egypt

Kevin CainINSIGHT founder and Director, has introduced digital tools to archaeological projects around the world for the last ten years.

Mark Eakle: Xenexus founder and long-time INSIGHT collaborator, photographer  shot on location for Tales of the Maya Skies.

Falken Foreshaw:Archaeologist - has assisted the Tales of the Maya Skies team in archaeological review, notably for the Caracol and Osario structures.

Todd Gill: INSIGHT Technical Director brings a career of visual effects to his digital field work and pipeline development for Tales of the Maya Skies, from CG work for feature film to web interactives.

Ali Jamalzadeh: Lead Artist has been at INSIGHT for two years; for Tales of the Maya Skies he has been focused primarily on painting the reconstructed structures of ancient Chichen Iza.

Jun Nagaoka:INSIGHT Technical Lead is responsible for guiding the development of the Maya Skies Data Archive and for much of the tool chain used in the production.

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[MISP] Seeking feedback on new documentary (link included)

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Hi all,

Looks like I forgot to include a link to our new documentary project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZf5WMplJhQ

This is a full length documentary produced for the internet. It's
probably not the first but it is certainly rare to produce a full length
documentary for online audiences.

My goal is not to make money since I'm an educator. The goal is to give
students the experience of working on full length projects, both
documentary and fiction, using limited resources and small budgets.

Overall, I'm hoping it is a good quality project documentary despite
having an extremely small crew and budget. I'd love your thoughts and
feedback if you have time.

Many thanks,
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Program Manager: Computer Science and Creative Media
New Mexico State University - Grants
1500 3rd St.
Grants, NM 87020
505-287-6656 office
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See our Emmy Award Winning Short documentary at
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

[MISP] Volunteers needed for Albq. Film Festival

 

(posted for friend Sarah Jones):

 

Sarah Jones Looking for volunteers for the Albuquerque Film Festival August 25-29th 2010. We need volunteers for the event dates as well as pre-production help NOW. Please email me your information at  volunteer@albuquerquefilmfestival.org   

 

 

 

      Jim Terr   www.JimTerr.com
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Re: [MISP] First look at full length documentary

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Hi all,

As an educator, I've taken a vow of poverty so I'm offering out our new
documentary for free online. This is a first rough version and I'd love
your feedback if you have time.

Our Labor of Love is a full length documentary about Out of Africa
Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona (near Sedona)
http://www.outofafricapark.com This is a first version of our documentary
and we'd love your feedback: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQ52CCV

This is a volunteer, not-for-profit project created by Kim and Doug
Bocaz-Larson of Poco Loco Productions of NMSU-Grants
http://www.pocolocos.com You can contact Doug at dbocaz@nmsu.edu if you're
interesting in showing or using this documentary. It is free of charge but
please ask permission first.

Thank you,
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Program Manager: Computer Science and Creative Media
New Mexico State University - Grants
1500 3rd St.
Grants, NM 87020
505-287-6656 office
505-290-1331 cell

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[MISP] B Movie Mogul w/ Syfy and IGN

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Hey...

There's a lot of intense movie-making coming up locally w/ the 48 Hour Film Project and the highly anticipated return of the Duke City Shootout.

This doesn't have much to do with those, but...  IGN.com is working with Syfy and their fans to develop and make a movie, and one of the initial choices is something based on the Roswell incident in 1947.  I don't know that they'd actually shoot it here, but... helping them choose Roswell as their location couldn't hurt.

Check out the article below:

IGN Readers: Want to Help Make a Syfy Movie?

This is your chance to create the next legendary B Movie!

June 22, 2010

IGN is partnering with Syfy for an upcoming Saturday Original Movie – and giving you the chance to help build the movie from start to finish.

Beginning Friday, you'll have the chance to vote on the basic set up for the story, from the following three science fiction starting points.

  • Bermuda Triangle: When the President's plane goes down in the Bermuda Triangle, a rescue force discovers that the cause of unexplained disappearances is not an electromagnetic force or weather anomalies – it's a monstrous alien creature.

  • Roswell: In 1947, something crash-landed in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico. Pieces of the strange craft were found, photographed and quickly confiscated by the U.S. government – but no one ever talks about the living creature that was recovered from the site.

  • 2012: On December 21st in the last year of the Mayan calendar, something thought long dead rises to live again – and that means trouble for civilization.


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    Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    [MISP] kickstarter+local artists

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    Aside from Randy Nargi, have there been any local success stories with kickstarter? I recently started a kck.st fundraiser for a video art project. Any suggestions for attracting potential backers would be appreciated.

    http://kck.st/c30Fie

    or search 'e-scape' at kickstarter.com

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    [MISP] NM FILM PRESS: Governor Announces $385,000 for Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools

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    From: NM Filmmakers <filmmakers.nm@gmail.com>
    Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 5:42 PM
    Subject: NM FILM PRESS: Governor Announces $385,000 for Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools
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    For Immediate release                                              Contact: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office

    June 14, 2010                                                                                     (505) 476-5613

     

     

    Governor Bill Richardson Announces $385,000 for

    Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools

     

    SANTA FE- Governor Bill Richardson today announced that he has allocated a total of $385,000 to fund film training programs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, and Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

     

    "I have worked diligently to ensure that the benefits and opportunities presented by our growing film industry extend to every corner of the state," said Governor Richardson.  "These programs help make it possible for students throughout the state-especially in rural New Mexico-have the opportunity, in their own communities, to learn the skills and get the experience necessary to work in the highly competitive film industry."

     

    The money is being allocated through the Governor's media fund, and is being distributed as follows:

     

    Luna Community College, Las Vegas: $150,000

    The Governor's allocation will fund the purchase of the basic equipment necessary to start a brand new program focusing on film technicians training specializing in the construction aspects of filmmaking. The program will train students in Las Vegas and surrounding communities in the film crafts most likely to be needed when film and television productions shoot in the Las Vegas area.

     

    Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell:  $135,000

    The funding will allow the expansion of an existing, very successful program that engages students in the entire filmmaking process.  ENMU-R has already produced a number of high caliber films.  The expansion will help involve at-risk students in area high schools and the use of a dual-credit program, which gives students a head start at college while encouraging them to graduate from high school.

     

    New Mexico State University-Carlsbad: $100,000

    The new money will fund the purchase of equipment that will allow the fledgling program at NMSU-C to reach more students and to teach them the practical skills necessary to get hired on a film or television production.

     

    The major goals of Governor Richardson's focus on the film industry are clear and concise-

    • Create jobs for New Mexicans.
    • Create significant revenue for New Mexico, and
    • Provide training and support for our citizens to help build a sustainable, qualified work force for the future.

     

    "I am looking forward to seeing what the next generation of New Mexico Filmmakers that comes through these programs is able to accomplish, which no doubt will be impressive," added the Governor.

     

    Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 138 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3-billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.

     

     

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    Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

     
    Thank you Sue, I will send you a link.  Currently I'm doing a project with my son, called the Mark McKee Experience, which is a combo of original material & guitar driven interpretations of pop music and especially TV & movie themes from the 60s, so I guess this is still on topic!  We're opening a show at the El Rey on Saturday complete with go-go dancing fembots.  The kids are loving it & old farts as well, which just proves that Mancini and his ilk are always great!
     
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    Mark - I would like to hear some of your tunes... I do market SkyLimit Music on Encantada, Channel 26.  Also, I'm very honest.

    All The Best!
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    Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:06:08 -0600
    From: mark@unm.edu
    Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard
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    thanks to all.  I just wanted to get the discussion going.  And no, there is NO union for film composers at any level, which is the point, so that everyone is at least aware.  Thanks again for the great discussion!
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    Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

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    Nice response.

     


    From: NM Media Discussion List [mailto:MISP-L@unm.edu] On Behalf Of CK Barlow
    Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:07 PM
    To: MISP-L@LIST.UNM.EDU
    Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

     

    Oh, no! This is the first I've heard of any of this! ;-)

     

    The craigslist post was a goodie, huh?

     

    I call it the New Mexico threat: "You'll never work for free in this town again!"

     

    I've done plenty of pro bono gigs but they've virtually all led to paid gigs, with patience... and boundaries.

     

    CK 

    Sent from my self-important cell phone. 


    On Jun 21, 2010, at 5:32 PM, "Mark McKee" <mark@unm.edu> wrote:

     

     

    well....  I hate this whole turd in the punch bowl stuff, but people deserve fair warning so I'll just say it:

     

    As a regular on the fmpro list, I know that if you are a SONGWRITER, singing and strumming your guitar, then film offers you a great future.  If however, you are an actual COMPOSER, one who puts notes to paper then Run Forrest, RUN!!!!  You have no union, and when you do get paid, it's about 1/3 to 1/5 of what the songwriter makes for the same cue, and it gets worse every year, thanks to a combination of songwriters infiltrating the ASCAP board, and the lack of support of any kind from the few composers who do make a living such as John Williams.

     

    Don't even get me started with online music libraries, which re-title and redistribute mostly without your knowledge, and let's not forget a 1000 monkeys on a 1000 Macs with garage band & acid loops, will give away enough material that you will never be able to buy food as a result of your labors.  If you happen to be a composer from the trustafarian tribe, then knock yourself out, by all means.

     

    I only write this because I am a lowly songwriter, who happens to have great respect for anyone who has done the tremendous work required to become an actual composer, and many have no idea that the situation has deteriorated so much over the last 2 decades.

     

    To add insult to injury, this is the only area of film, where you are regularly expected to give away your work on spec, with the promise of a huge payoff on the back-end, when it wins Sundance.   A few months back a composer with a very dark sense of humor placed an ad on Craigslist stating that he had this amazing score that was sure to win many awards.  All he needed was a director & producer & screenwriter to write, shoot and edit the film, of course providing all the on and off camera talent, for free, with the understanding that they would all be paid on the back end after the film was a huge success.  It seems that the film composers were the only ones who got this grim joke.

     

    I believe everyone should pursue their dreams, with open eyes, so just be aware.  Film is a visual medium, and most film folks who aren't musicians, have very limited perception when it comes too music.  Of course, they don't SEE it that way, and you certainly don't want to point that out to them, unless you don't plan to work with them ever again.  Most directors are convinced they have a decent understanding of music and it's place in film.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  There are rare exceptions, as with anything in life, but overall you are communicating to an alien species.  Henry Mancini was a God of film composing, but the main reason he got so much work?  His wife understood how it works.  She threw more parties, legendary parties, than anyone in Hollywood, and always invited all the top directors & producers.  That was where he made the majority of his deals.

     

    Best of Luck and here's hoping you win that Oscar, if it's your dream.

     

    Mark McKee

     

    "The Les Baxter, the better."  - Nelson Riddle

     

     

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    Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 4:13 PM

    Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

     

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    Go Sue!

    Sent from my self-important cell phone. 


    On Jun 21, 2010, at 4:03 PM, Sue LUCAS <skullkrushing@MSN.COM> wrote:

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    And don't forget CK you are also with SkyLimit Music a local on-line music library pimping New Mexico musicians and composers to the industry. I'm still here networking away. ;-)

    All The Best!
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    Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 09:02:11 -0600
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    Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard
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    Jim, I definitely agree. 

     

    I've recently signed with both Scorekeepers Music and Crucial Music, and while I'm proud of those deals, I'm equally happy to say I'll be composing for a local feature that's just started shooting today: Julie Reichert's "Warrior Woman" (working title). Some familiar names involved, such as Corey Weintraub as DP.  

    CK Barlow

    Composer 


    On Jun 21, 2010, at 8:52 AM, Jim Terr <bluecanyon2@NEWMEXICO.COM> wrote:

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    Here's a brilliant original composition by Albq. guy Charles Blanchard – very "cinematic", I think you'll agree.

     

    Shouldn't Charles be writing movie scores, NM filmmakers??

     

    <image001.jpg>

    CHARLES BLANCHARD - Southwest Triptych No. 1, part 1

     

     

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