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Old 04-27-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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Default College Graduate going to New Mexico for his first slice of life.

Hello, i just graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island with a degree in film. I'm looking to move out to New Mexico with a buddy of mine to start our life, i hear lots of good things about New Mexico and I'm trying to do research to move down there. I'm just not sure where to go, where to live, where to work, and how far away is the film industry there. But i just needed some general information or some advice on what to do. PLEASE HELP! Anything people want to say would be great!
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Anything? OK, here goes . . . the film industry is a hard nut to crack anywhere and very hard in NM. I have some young relatives who have been working around the periphery of the industry for years, just scraping by, after all these years. It's hard to make a living and get that big break. If it's your dream, do it while you're young and unencumbered, but realize you may be pursuing other work in order to pay the bills.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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Looks like about 80% of New Mexico's film industry is based in Albuquerque. There are exceptions, but the major (for New Mexico, major) studios all seem to be based there.

Albuquerque is popular for film lately because:

*Offers similar-to-L.A. architecture and terrain, when desired
*It rarely rains here
*It is a quick planeflight from LA
*HUGE (albeit declining) subsidies from NM State Government
*Plenty of sets available, from old prisons, to old abandoned buildings and warehouses, to homes of every stripe, to acres and acres of nothingness
*Much better (in terms of cost and, to some, in terms of work ethic) than filming in Hollywood itself
*Union issues less of an issue (but still an issue)

Cheers. Just remember, "Would you like fries with that?" is an option in LA but out here, there's a lot more competition for that sort of job.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I suggest starting by making your own free lance documentaries. There is a tremendous amount of history and just about an equal amount of stories that should be told. Yeah, support it with the "fries with that" of "do you want your lawn cut" but, given the relatively inexpensive equipment, I suggest going for it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I would call the Film Office in Santa Fe and talk to them too. I worked with them for a few years and they are good guys willing to help people.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Lubbock, Texas
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Looks like about 80% of New Mexico's film industry is based in Albuquerque. There are exceptions, but the major (for New Mexico, major) studios all seem to be based there.

Albuquerque is popular for film lately because:

*Offers similar-to-L.A. architecture and terrain, when desired
*It rarely rains here
*It is a quick planeflight from LA
*HUGE (albeit declining) subsidies from NM State Government
*Plenty of sets available, from old prisons, to old abandoned buildings and warehouses, to homes of every stripe, to acres and acres of nothingness
*Much better (in terms of cost and, to some, in terms of work ethic) than filming in Hollywood itself
*Union issues less of an issue (but still an issue)

Cheers. Just remember, "Would you like fries with that?" is an option in LA but out here, there's a lot more competition for that sort of job.

yup all those are good reasons why you should choose alb!!!
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hello, i just graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island with a degree in film. I'm looking to move out to New Mexico with a buddy of mine to start our life, i hear lots of good things about New Mexico and I'm trying to do research to move down there. I'm just not sure where to go, where to live, where to work, and how far away is the film industry there. But i just needed some general information or some advice on what to do. PLEASE HELP! Anything people want to say would be great!
Well first of all, do you have any leads on jobs? Even though NM isn't being hit as hard as other areas, this isn't the best time to think of moving without a means of support. That being said, NM is a great place to find adventure and a totally different life than the east.

Of course Albuquerque is the number one place for jobs and puts you in the middle of the state so you can venture down to Las Cruses, up to Sante Fe or even to Taos. It is a liberal state in many ways but values family life. Of course I am sure you know it has a very high population of Hispanics and Native Americans, making it pretty diverse.

You will find it very different from anywhere in the east.

Hope this gives you a little insight.

Nita
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