Editorial: NM film industry shining start
One bright star in New Mexico’s generally lackluster economic picture is the film industry, which pumped nearly $290 million into the economy in 2015.
A special Journal publication, “Frame by Frame Take 2,” in cooperation with the New Mexico and Albuquerque film offices, laid out what an amazingly successful year 2015 was for filmmaking in New Mexico.
The state attracted 77 productions, 25 of which had budgets of more than $1 million. More than a few were big name productions – “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Manhattan,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and of course AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the television sequel to the notorious “Breaking Bad.”
There were plenty of stars popping up across the state – Ben Affleck, Emily Blunt, Matthew McConaughey and more. You get the picture.
In 2015, MovieMaker Magazine for the first time ranked Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the top 10 of cities and towns in which to be a moviemaker. A just released list for 2016 by the magazine ranks Albuquerque fifth best among big cities and Santa Fe fourth among small cities and towns.
The magazine credits the state’s film incentive program, which offers a 25 percent to 30 percent refundable tax credit, and the state’s Film Crew Advancement Program, which helps with on-the-job training.
These programs combined with the state’s natural beauty and talented workforce are making a visible impact on the economy and spreading the word nationally that New Mexico is a prime place to film.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.
Jan 27, 2016