Friday, December 17, 2010

[MISP] Thank you New Mexico

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We had a couple of great meetings the last two days and it is wonderful to
see so much support for the industry. Not just film, but computing,
technology and even video games.

A couple key issues jumped out at me:

1) The industry is one of the fasting growing in our state, if not the
only one showing growth over the last eight years. Even though New
Mexico is one of the top film producing states we only have 2% of that
market. Imagine how much more we could grow.

2) Incentives need to include the video game industry which is much bigger
than the film industry world wide.

3) Smaller New Mexico based productions/companies needs to be given
additional incentives/support - these are the future and what will sustain

4) While I agree that we need to unite and be heard by our state
government, we also need to reach out to the tax payers. THANK YOU NEW
MEXICO! is what we need to say. We need to thank the people for
supporting the industry. Intel is an example of a company that reaches
out to their community, helps the schools and gets involved with the
people. We need to show regular people, not just our state government,
that the industry is here to stay and wants to make everyone a part of it.
Get a celebrity on a billboard with a local New Mexican who has benefited
from an industry job and say THANK YOU NEW MEXICO! Make it more than
business or politics. Make it part of who we are in New Mexico. We are
storytellers for the world.

Sorry... just had to rant. It was a good couple of days. Thanks
everyone. Keep up the good work. We appreciate all the film industry
does for us.

See ya,
Doug Bocaz-Larson
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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