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Duke City Repertory Theatre presents Ash Tree

Written & Directed by Georgina Hernandez Escobar

“Remember your strength…

remember your kindness…

remember your truth.”

When their mother suddenly becomes very ill, Tristen, Gaela and Selene vow not to let her go without a fight. The young sisters travel to an eerie and magical land, The Island of the Apples, where they believe their mother has been snatched away. What they discover instead is that little girls must be warriors and princesses, that the strongest armor is built from truth and kindness, and that love will always be the light that guides them home. Continue reading

Pivot VFX adds Animation Director David Tart

Pivot VFX has named Pixar veteran David Tart Animation Director. In addition to serving as Animation Director, David will also head up the Story Department.

David has over 20 years experience animating and directing CG feature animation as well as experience in stop-motion and 2D animation. David’s professional resume includes work as an animator, animation supervisor, and animation director at Blue Sky Studios, Disneytoon Studios, DNA Studios, Prana Studios, Wild Brain, Ettamogah Studios, and Janimation. Continue reading

VFX and Animation Facility is Open for Business

ALBUQUERQUE, NM September 4, 2012 – World-class animation and visual effects company opens its doors in downtown Albuquerque. Founders, Eric Wilson (Creative Director), Jennifer Guyer Rojo (General Manager), Aaron Estrada (CG Supervisor) all former employees of Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and a group of New Mexico-based investors have formed Pivot Metamedia Inc., a New Mexico Corporation. DBA Pivot VFX, they employ several artists who were also previously employed at SPI. Pivot VFX maintains a friendly relationship with Sony Pictures Imageworks and both companies look forward to working with each other in the future. Continue reading

Would you like to volunteer for a good cause?

When? October 6th, 2012
Who? You & Girl Scouts
What? Help teach film
Where? Bernalillo

Volunteers needed for the event “Lights! Cameras! ACTION!: The Stars of Girl Scouts under the Stars” on October 6th at Loretto Park in Bernalillo, NM.

Looking for someone with experience shooting and editing movies that would be able to give girls “tips & tricks” to help make their film stand out. Volunteers will help teach the girls how to use equipment to create their own short film to be shown to the audience that night. A theater group will be coming out to work with the girls in the story line/acting aspect, but some technical and creative volunteers are needed to help with the film piece of the activity.

Volunteers who have experience in film/movie production and are willing to bring some equipment should contact Angela Sayler, Training & Recognitions Manager with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, asayler (at)

See Part 7 of “Made in New Mexico” series by Jeff Berg

September 12, 2012
Wednesday 7:00pm only!
100m – All Seats $7

Jeff Berg will present an all new set of clips from made in New Mexico movies.

Please Note: this will be a premiere and not a repeat of any of the earlier showings that were shown at the Guild.

This show will begin with clips from two silent films, starring Tom Mix and Mary Pickford, and carry through to present day.  The show will be a blend of all genres of movies from comedy to drama from Western to  sci-fi.

The program will run 90-100 minutes, and feature live narration by Berg, who will offer bits of information on each movie, such as shooting location, tidbits of trivia and New Mexico history, and a blend of humor and information that encourages audience participation.  The film clips vary in length from 2-6 minutes, and quality, since many of these movies are very hard to find and some have only recently been ‘rediscovered’.

You’ll enjoy a visit via silver screen to every corner of the state from Farmington to Carlsbad and from Clayton to Lordsburg.  You’ll also learn about the three major periods of filmmaking in New Mexico, the late 40’s and 50’s, the late 60’s and early 70’s, and present day.

The Guild Cinema

3405 Central Ave. NE,

Albuquerque, NM 87106

tel: (505)255-1848

fax: (505)232-9385

Off Topic – App Developers Look!

The city of Albuquerque is looking for the next killer app.

If your app is chosen you get part of $30,000 buckaroos!

Mayor Richard Berry Friday announced the city’s Apps Competition, which is hoping to find apps that will encourage participation in and knowledge of city events, trail locations, pollen data, recycling drop-off points and more.

“There is a tremendous pool of talent in our community. I want to encourage and cultivate this innovation and creativity to help us provide a better service to the community,” Berry said in a news release.

The city is looking for apps in three categories:

  • cultural resources
  • business in Albuquerque and
  • outdoor fun and healthy living

Prize money will be split between the winning competitors, Berry said.

The competition runs through Oct. 22 and is open to all software developers.

Be sure to check eligibility information.

For more information, go to

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: or continue reading… Continue reading

Help for 48-hour film project in Austin – money, gas, etc.

Sheryl Brown, Nick Ward and Brent Tiano have put together a core team of actors and film crew to go to Austin, TX August 23 – 26th to participate in the 48 hour film project. While we are competing we are also there to serve as ambassadors to their film community about shooting in New Mexico.

While we are there, we will be working with a mixed crew of New Mexicans and Texans. Michael Morlan (academy award nominee) will be our DP and local team coordinator in Austin.

We are requesting help from anyone who will support us. We need $$$ or sponsorship for food, lodging and gas for our 16 person crew from ABQ. People are welcome to contact Brent at “wwcrew.tiano (at) gmail dot com” directly. If anyone has gas cards, hotel connections, etc out there, we welcome that kind of help also. Either way, we are proud to be part of THIS community and will do you proud out there.

Brent Tiano
Rio Grande Media Group
Producer for the pilot: Duke City

Live in ABQ? Interested in being a Producer?

This invitation to IndieQ Members and public

You are invited to a uPublic Orientation Meeting, “Producing Content for Television and Internet” on Tuesday, August 21st, from 7 – 8:30 pm at 912 3rd St NW in Albuquerque.

Learn about the great resources the City of Albuquerque and uPUBLIC TV provides to aspiring television and internet content producers. And learn how you can monetize your effort!

It’s FREE to attend, but an RSVP is required, as seating is limited. Please RSVP to Ann Lerner

Film Short – Lovefield – by Matthieu Ratthe

This short has all the elements of a great film – cinematography, story arc, suspense, intrigue. I really liked it and so wanted to share it with you. Congrats to Mathieu Ratthe! Excellent job.

Indie filmmaking breaking the bank? How about a grant? Part 1

As we all know, we don’t get rich making film shorts. For many the process is an exercise for making a jump to features. For others it is a labor of love. Well, kiddies, have you ever thought of creating a portfolio and have someone else foot the bill? Try getting a grant.

Grants come in many forms. They can be from local communities, state or federal governments, foundations, or non-profit organizations. While the Internet provides a vast array of information, I thought I might help this group with the basics. So, hold on to your hat, we’re going for a ride…

(I’ve taken this info from experience, websites, friends, and other grant-writers)

Preparing for the Grant

The biggest part of grant writing is in the initial stages. The time you spend getting your information together is the longest, but can be re-used for future applications. Work hard at this stage so your writing is simplified later.

TIP ON PERSPECTIVE: Even if a grant application takes six months to write, do it. The six months will go by anyway, and at the end of it you won’t look back with regrets.

The first step falls under preparation. Your mission statement does a lot to make clear your objective, so write it well. For yourself, write out the objective of your grant search, and this will help you to keep focused, especially when you are irritated with the whole process.

Determine the broad project goals, then identify the specific objectives that define how you will focus the work to accomplish those goals.

Goal: Improve production quality.
Objective 1: Recruit advanced production talent.
Objective 2: Train mid-level producers.
Objective 3: Upgrade production equipment.

Did you notice that these goals and objectives suggest the proposal will request support for recruitment activity, production training, and equipment purchase.As an alternative, a different proposal, while having the same goal might focus only on equipment upgrades.

Draft expected project outcomes in specific measurable terms.

Make sure you draft a timeline that includes your planning phase, the period of time you search for funds, proposal writing, and the project start date. Periodically update the timeline as you learn more about submission deadlines, etc.

Next we will talk about “How to identify which funding sources to go after.” Hope you benefit from this.

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!

Sony Imageworks Employees Speak About Albuquerque

I thought this was a great little promo film for Albuquerque because it absolutely captures what people’s initial feeling is about Albuquerque and then how they feel once they arrive. I was born here, left when I was seventeen, and then returned two years ago at forty-two, and I love it! If I get homesick for Cali, well, it’s only 13 hours away.

Take a few moments, grab a brew, and watch this film. Very cool!

Albuquerque: The Unknown from Puzzled Pictures on Vimeo.

In May of 2007, Sony Pictures Imageworks announced the opening of a satellite facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico that could take advantage of tax incentives offered by the state government.

Once in motion, employees of all tenure, and from many parts of the world, began moving to Albuquerque. Most knew absolutely nothing about the area. This is the story of the first forty employees who took the leap, and how they have come to experience the city of Albuquerque, and New Mexico.

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?