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Volunteer Opportunity: Multimedia Coordinator & Performance Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunity 1: TEDxABQ is looking for a Multimedia Coordinator to join this year’s core team planning the September 9th main event for 2,000 people. Click here for the role description. Anyone interested should email marina@tedxabq.com with their name, email address, phone number, the role they’re interested in, and an answer to the question “why do you want to join the TEDxABQ main event core team?”
Volunteer Opportunity 2: TEDxABQ is looking for a Performance Coordinator to join this year’s core team planning the September 9th main event for 2,000 people. Click here for the role description. Anyone interested should email marina@tedxabq.com with their name, email address, phone number, the role they’re interested in, and an answer to the question “why do you want to join the TEDxABQ main event core team?”

UNM Valencia Film Festival

The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus will be hosting its 6th annual Valencia Leading Edge Film Festival on April 19-20 in the Student Community Center.

This year’s film festival spotlights the art of documentary filmmaking while showcasing the unique diversity of filmmakers and dynamic creativity of UNM-Valencia students in the Digital Media Arts and Film Technology programs.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, will provide the opportunity for students and community members to share their work and inspiration of national and international films that remind society of the impact of individuals, groups and movements through the canvas of cinema. Along with student films, the film festival will present a wide range of films and in-person discussion with exciting industry experts and guests.

Laura Musselwhite, UNM-Valencia Dean of Instruction, adds, “This festival is a wonderful way for students in the Valencia Campus Digital Media Arts and Film Technology programs to showcase their work. Their creativity is always a joy to see.”

The festivities run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for two days (April 19-20) in the Student Community Center on the southside of the UNM-Valencia campus, which is located at 280 La Entrada Road, in Los Lunas. For more information on the 6th annual Valencia Leading Edge Film Festival, please call 505.925.8600.

Albuquerque Film Festival – August 16-19, 2012

Albuquerque Film Festival at Kimo Theater

Six films made in new Mexico will be screened – including both ccult classics and new independents (indies). One Native American feature and one Asian Cinema feature. If you have a day pass or AFF ticket stubb, you will be allowed to attend 3 spectacular film industry panels. We are also screening two family classics – E.T. & The Goonies.

All movies are being screened at the KiMo Theater. All panels will be held at Hotel Andaluz.

You can view the full schedule at: http://www.abqfilmfestival.com/films-2012 or continue reading… Continue reading

The importance of networking within the Albuquerque film community

If you’ve never heard of Napoleon Hill, you are probably not an entrepreneur. Of course, you could be, but your potential is yet untapped if you haven’t read his book. “Think and grow Rich.” Incredible insight. Anyway, Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying, “No man can become a permanent success without taking others with him.” These are true words, and have spawned sayings such as, “No man is an island.” Why?

There is not one of us that can say we have had permanent success without someone’s help. If you can, you’re a liar. Someone helped you along the way. Solomon once said that “…there is nothing new under the sun,” which means that everything we know, or do, has been known or done before. The great part of this is that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but we can add our own unique stamp to it. This is the important part!

So, how does this apply to film in Albuquerque? Well, we all have differing talents we have learned from others. We have made these into a craft by using the knowledge, and now have experience. When we use this experience in a meaningful way, it becomes wisdom. Wisdom would dictate that we share those talents and beads of wisdom with our local film community so that we can all benefit. Most are new, and afraid of asking questions. So, why not offer your insight voluntarily so they don’t have to ask?

Whether we are writers, directors, actors, producers, crew, or support services, we have all seen a unique perspective of the film industry that others can benefit from. So, we need to network and share that knowledge. Spending only one hour with a group of like-minded film people is better than four hours of Internet research on the subject. Why? Because we can interact in a way that dumb computers can’t

Imagine an entrepreneur talking to a new filmmaker. The filmmaker says he knows how to convey his vision in film, but has no idea how to get the word out, or finance the distribution. The entrepreneur says, that’s the least of your problems, I know how. Wham! A connection is made that creates potential for a money-man to get together with a visionary and do something.

Albuquerque is a city that has much talent, and it’s getting more. It is quickly becoming a destination for a great variety of films, and a great variety of reasons. But, it is still in its infancy. There are a lot of people who haven’t even decided where they want to fit in. But, they could decide if they talked to others. The only way for us to be able to grow is to get the thinkers together with the visionaries. The creatives with the technical. The financier’s with the go-getters.

So, can you contribute what you know? If you know nothing, can you contribute your questions? The Indie Q website click here allows for this, but we have to be active. We have to come together and get to know each others strengths and weaknesses. Then we can find “permanent success” as Napoleon Hill highlighted. He also said, “The most successful people are those that serve the greatest number.” The Indie Q forums allow us to do just that. So, just do it! (Yikes! Nike flashback)

Thanks for listening, but, more importantly, thanks for getting involved!

One camera? Two cameras? Actors freeze!

If you are an self-financing indie film maker, how many cameras do you use for a typical shoot? Also, do you own your equipment or do you find that renting is the better option? I’ve done both.

I own one camera for shooting my films, and tend to shoot from different angles, and force the actors to pick up where we left off. This is due to the fact that I finance each film, and I choose not to look for outside monies. So, I’m cheap. <wink> This has actually caused me to write the scripts in a way that allows for this, which one could argue, gives a particular “style” to the films that is consistent.

What about you? I notice many films uploaded here on Indie Q seem to also use only one camera since the shots and dialogue lend themselves to stopping and starting a shot to move the camera and sound equipment. Am I wrong?

So busy, I haven’t kept up the blog. Sorry!

You know, when I started this blog, I thought, ‘Great! I’ll share all the information about film-making in Albuquerque with anyone who will listen.’ Then I found that information in Albuquerque is not that easy to attain –  at least for film related stuff. There are so few sources, and they don’t share as you would think.

I also started to write a script of my own, and found that, unlike writing novels, where one can elaborate as much as they like, film doesn’t allow for that, since you have to be able to express unspoken things on the screen. Did that make sense? No wonder budgets are outrageous. Well, since I will produce my own, I decided to keep the story location specific, which presents its own challenges so that it isn’t boring, and found that I am loving the test of wit. I think it will be good. I even dreamed a scene this morning. It does take time, however, and that has taken me away from things like this blog.

Anyway, regarding finding information related to film in Albuquerque, I am now making more contacts that will help in that area, and you can see those updates on my Twitter account, ABQFilm. So, hopefully it will help you to find your own sources, and provide a way to get more involved. I’ll also try to keep up with articles related to important information and post them on this blog.

I am hesitant about joining every group I have seen, that is film related, since I may not like it and leave, which would cause hurt feelings. However, I do think that IndieQ may be of interest to me, which I recently joined (the mailing list anyway). It’s sponsored, I think, by the Film Office. I’ll let you know. Their next meeting is in April.

So, I hope to be more active here, and hope you’ll forgive me if I’m not. I’ll post as much as I can on Twitter, so definitely join me there.

Talk to you soon…

Albuquerque Film Community Not Easy to Find

First of all, let me tell you that I started this site as a way to collect information about the film industry in New Mexico, specifically in Albuquerque. To that end I want to provide as much useful information as possible to those who would like to pursue some sort of career in the film industry, whether it be as an extra, or to create films on their own. I myself have edited amateur film, and am in the process of writing a film short, so the information is useful to me also. Continue reading

Welcome to Albuquerque Film dot com!

Welcome to the brand new resource for Albuquerque, New Mexico film! This website will endeavor to be the primary resource for all things related to film in and around Albuquerque. If you are an industry executive, director, producer, independent film maker, actor, extra, caterer, or have any part of film crew operations, then we hope you will use this site as a resource.

Please contact us if you have any ideas for making this website more useful. We have a plan, but it includes listening to YOU! So, don’t be afraid to comment.