Survey of film professionals cites New Mexico’s incentives, statewide locations, and crew base
SANTA FE- A survey published today in the film industry trade publication Variety ranks New Mexico as the third-best location in North America for film production, behind only California and New York. The rankings were compiled from an online poll of hundreds of location managers, unit production managers, cinematographers, directors and assistant directors who were asked to rate locations based on a number of specific criteria: visual appeal, incentives, film-office support, production resources, and ability to substitute for another location.
“This survey is further confirmation that New Mexico’s film industry is strong and our skilled and talented professionals are among the finest in the world,” said Governor Richardson. “I am especially proud that this recognition comes from our industry peers- the people on the ground actually making movies- who say New Mexico is one of the very best places to work.”
The Variety survey specifically notes the state’s diverse scenery, film incentives, large crew base, and production facilities, such as Albuquerque Studios. It also mentions the fact that more than a dozen major film projects have already been produced here this year (there are currently more in production and scheduled to shoot) in communities around the state.
“At Governor Richardson’s direction, we created a long-term plan to build New Mexico’s film industry into a sustainable economic engine,” said Eric Witt, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff and top film adviser. “I’d note that even with what is now a relatively modest incentive program by national standards, the industry continues to favor our state due to our targeted investment in human and physical infrastructure, the professionalism of our people, and our vision toward building a strong base for the future.”
“We’re proud to be recognized and grateful New Mexico’s film industry continues to do well, even in these uncertain economic times,” said Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office. “However, we never lose sight of our top priorities, which are to help generate revenue for the state and create good, high-wage jobs for New Mexicans.”
Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003, 131 major film and television projects have been produced in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of approximately $3 billion. In the state there are an estimated 10,000 direct and indirect jobs related to the film industry, and over 200 local film-specific businesses and services.
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