Roscoe Pond registered at the Hotel Albuquerque for the “NM Film & Media Conference” which ran from May 30 & 31, 2014. It was the second annual conference put on by the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) at Albuquerque, N.M. Roscoe attended the welcome introductions by the NMFO director Nick Maniatis which was held in the exhibitor room on Friday at 11 a.m. Nick told a packed audience about TV productions that have come to the state which was met with wild applause.
The conference had panel discussions, vendor exhibitions & presentations by professionals. Roscoe picked up his NMFO bag & began visiting all the vendors which had an array of film festivals, acting classes & where to buy film equipment. The most important thing to Roscoe was the local organizations that support independent filmmakers. He grabbed many business cards geared toward helping films within the state. All of it was invaluable information for any filmmaker wanting to get started with their own productions.
Roscoe attended the panel discussion called, “Project development & the pitch” on Saturday at 11 a.m. The moderator was Luke Ryan (CEO, The Alchemists). The panelists included, Allan & Diana Gaitirira (Producers, Cheza Jouer Films), Harris Tulchin (Media Lawyer/Author, Harris Tulchin & Associates Ltd.), Lisa Lucas, (Executive Producer/Writer), Noel Jehuda (Productions) & Viviana Zarragoitia (Manager, Three Point Capital).
The NMFO schedule said that this panel is about – “Whether you have a synopsis, treatment or a script, project development is the key to a successful and funded production. Regardless if a project has a potential cast lined up, locations in mind and a rough budget, a good pitch is vital.”
There was a packed audience for this panel discussion. Roscoe asked questions as well as several other filmmakers. The panelists gave wonderful insight into how to get your TV or movie pitch heard. What to do & more specifically what not to do.
Roscoe then grabbed a free lunch box given to filmmakers by NMFO. He ate & then went into the “Longmire” TV show panel discussion. The room filled up with fans of the show & other filmmakers who work in the state. Actor, Bailey Chase who portrays Branch Connally on “Longmire” announced he just had a New Mexico baby.
The panelists included, John Coveny (head writer & executive producer), Chris Donahue (executive producer/co-creator/showrunner), Cameron Duncan (Cinematographer), Patrick McKee (co-executive producer & unit production manager), Rowan Stanland (location manager) & Thomas A. Walsh (production designer). It was announced that one of the panelists couldn’t make it.
The panel discussion was lively & fun. The Q&A went well, especially when a Native American woman stood up & praised the TV show for its’ portrayal of modern natives. “Longmire” (A&E) begins its’ third TV season this Monday June 2, 2014 at 10/9 p.m.