MovieMaker names ABQ tops for films
by Megan Kamerick, New Mexico Business Weekly
Albuquerque has moved up to the No. 1 spot on MovieMaker Magazine’s list of the best places to live and shoot films, topping Los Angeles, which took the No. 2 spot.
The publication is a quarterly chronicle of the independent motion picture business. The article praises the city’s vibrant nightlife, 300-plus days of sunshine and diverse terrain. It notes that the Duke City is “fast becoming a movie mecca” in its Winter 2010 issue, adding that the city lured 24 film and television productions in fiscal year 2009. They took advantage of the city’s ability to “double for nearly every type of backdrop, as well as its proximity to Los Angeles and experienced crew base of 3,000 and growing,” according to the article.
MovieMaker praises the infrastructure, such as Albuquerque Studios – the largest studio in North America it notes – and Filmmaker Production Services, a 25,000-square-foot prop, costume and wardrobe shop owned by NBC Universal that opened in Albuquerque in 2008.
Independent Producer Ryil Adamson, who made “I Was A Teenage Dragonslayer” here in 2009, with the help of a slew of film students from Central New Mexico Community College, praised the help he got from the city and the local Screen Actors Guild office, as well as the depth of talent.
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