News & InfoEP StoreAcademySupportCommunityProducts by Country
Newsroom Home

New Mexico-Produced Show Could be Model for Future Filming

How self-contained filming locations prove valuable example for safe production practices
May 3, 2020

As seen on Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico has long been blazing trails in the film industry.

From the first documentary – “Indian Day School,” filmed in the state in 1898, to its gold standard film incentives – between 25-30% rebate on New Mexico goods and services – the state has been ahead of the curve.

As discussions continue about when and how productions will come back in the coming months, eyes are on how USA Network’s “The Biggest Loser” was filmed.

The competition series filmed at Glorieta Adventure Camps just outside of Santa Fe, where production was secluded inside the grounds.

“It’s a self-contained compound on a few thousand acres,” said Eric Witt, a line producer on the series. “It had everything we needed, and we could construct our sets to be done in smaller, practical locations.”

Witt was part of a virtual conversation held on Wednesday about the New Mexico film industry. The panel was hosted by Entertainment Partners’ Joe Chianese and featured New Mexico Film Office Director Amber Dodson and filmmaker Coerte Voorhees.

“It’s been a discussion point that there will be smaller sets,” Chianese said. “(Having this type of set) is a great way to get people back to sets.”

Having Glorieta Adventure Camps as the home base made it possible to construct and execute the daily challenge.

“Because this camp was so large, it had different facilities,” Witt said. “We were a self-contained entity. We sequestered the cast. On those occasions that we were there for nights, there were accommodations.”

Witt said it could become a model that would fit many productions.

“We needed to have the production isolated,” Witt explained. “We were in striking distance of Santa Fe if there were any medical emergencies.”

New Mexico has been a hot spot for film for the last decade, and most recently Albuquerque hosted Deadline’s “Hotspots” that brought industry insiders to the Land of Enchantment for the conference.

In the last two fiscal years, the direct spend in the state backs up the praise.

According to the New Mexico State Film Office, during fiscal year 2019 – which ran from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019 – the direct spend into the New Mexico economy was $525.5 million.

This is up from $234 million in FY18 and $505.9 million in FY17, which had been the record high.

Dodson said discussions are taking place on procedures to be set in place when productions are given the green light to begin.

“I would like to think that New Mexico is on the forefront of bringing everyone to the table,” she says. “We’re more about doing something smart and strategic. The safety and health of our workforce is the main goal.”

Voorhees was in the middle of pre-production when his next feature film was shut down.

The film’s production will take place in New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico.

Voorhees’ production will begin in Mexico and then be broken up into smaller crews in order to keep everyone safe.

“We’ve had to invert our schedule,” Voorhees said. “We’ll start there and then do 20 days in New Mexico and 10 days in Arizona.”

Witt said New Mexico also has an advantage over other states when it comes to film.

“The population density of New Mexico is very low,” Witt said. “We have just under 2 million people. More people live west of the 405 in LA. When you split your production into various segments, it’s easier to maintain safety practices and social distancing.”

Related Content

AMPTP and  Unions Update  the Industry  Return-to-Work  Agreement

AMPTP and Unions Update the Industry Return-to-Work Agreement

5/25/2022
AMPTP and industry unions revised the Return-to-Work Agreement, effective May 1, 2022
Topic: COVID-19
More

Special Report: Entertainment – Soundstage Gold Rush

10/24/2022
Hollywood is experiencing an ongoing boom that fills its Los Angeles production hub to overflow levels.
California Extends Emergency COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for 3 More Months

California Extends Emergency COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for 3 More Months

10/10/2022
The most recent extension expires on December 31, 2022.
Topic: Alerts
More

Film Industry Booms in Buffalo

9/20/2022
Western New York draws top filmmakers with expanded tax incentives, new soundstages, and architectural...
Master Series Square Thumbnail-Film Financing-Crowdfunding

Film Financing Explained: Crowdfunding

9/8/2022
Emily Best (Seed&Spark), Stacy Bradford (Indiegogo), and producer Zach Fineblum join us to discuss the ins...
EP Blog_SQUARE_1st AC Matt Sanderson

Meet the First Assistant Camera

9/7/2022
A conversation with 1st AC Matt Sanderson ('Everything Everywhere All At Once')
EP-Newsroom-Below the Line-Thumbnail-480

Union Roundup: Production Incentives Experts Gather, Hoping Hollywood Can Bring Economic Recovery As We Learn to Live With Covid

9/6/2022
Entertainment Partners offered an update on U.S. Production Incentives for 2022. The seminar focused on...
EP Blog_SQUARE_US Expanded Incentives 2022-2

A Record Number of US States Expand Filmmaking Incentives in 2022

8/25/2022
Your guide to the latest news in production incentives and film programs to come from the 2022 legislative...
EP Blog_SQUARE_New US Incentives 2022

New US Film Incentives Introduced in Arizona, Indiana, Florida, and West Virginia

8/23/2022
As production continues to boom, new tax credits and other programs welcome industry to new locations...
EP Webinar Panelists - US Production Incentives Update

US Production Incentives Update: New and Expanded Programs in 2022

8/19/2022
Film commissioners Colleen Bell and Sandy Lighterman, and production executives Jay Roewe and Ashley Rice,...
EP Blog_SQUARE-Atlantic Canada Expands Incentives

Atlantic Canada Expands Film Incentives in 2022

8/16/2022
Enhanced production incentive programs attract industry to Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and...
Streaming platform on tablet device

The Evolution of Residuals: How Streaming Changed the Model

8/11/2022
Understanding how residuals payments are calculated for new content on streaming platforms.
Los Angeles Times logo-sq

Explaining Hollywood: How to get a job as a production accountant

8/10/2022
Mark Goldstein speaks to the LA Times about the high demand for production accountants
EP Blog_SQUARE_Penka Kouneva-2

Meet the Composer

8/2/2022
A conversation with award-winning orchestrator and composer Penka Kouneva (‘Revenge,’ ‘Pirates of the...

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Festival 2022 Winners Include ‘Please Baby Please,’ ‘Mars One’

7/27/2022
‘Please Baby Please’ and ‘Mars One’ among winners of the 40th Anniversary Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film...
EP Blog_SQUARE_Wes Hagen

Meet the Location Manager

7/7/2022
A conversation with award-winning location manager Wes Hagen ('Ozark,' 'Hidden Figures.')
EP Blog_SQUARE_filmmaking in new mexico

Forging the Future of Filmmaking in New Mexico

6/29/2022
As the film industry expands in the Southwest, New Mexico leads the region as top destination thanks to...
EP Blog_SQUARE_Fighting Hollywood Stereotypes-TTEI

Fighting Stereotypes and Rethinking Representation

5/10/2022
How TTIE is advancing authentic storytelling in Hollywood by empowering historically excluded writers and...
Oklahoma route 66 sign

A New Frontier in Filmmaking

5/5/2022
Oklahoma is becoming a production destination, thanks to new incentives and infrastructure programs.
contracting-in-a-covid-19-world-LC

Contracting in a COVID-19 World  

5/3/2022
The pandemic has affected how UK production companies contract crew. Here’s how to reduce the impact of...
Master Series Panelists-World Revenues, Foreign Sales, Senior Debt

Film Financing Explained: World Revenues, Foreign Sales, and Senior Debt

4/27/2022
Learn how working with agents, international distributors, and gap financiers can all factor into...

Producing with Purpose

4/27/2022
Creative Producer, Kimberly Goodman ('Selling Sunset', 'Project Runway') shares insights on creating...
EP Blog_The Race to Net Zero is On for Big Studios

The Race to Net Zero is On for Big Studios

4/20/2022
Film and television studios are embracing the green movement in a big way. Here’s what you can expect to...
Master Series Panel-Solving the crew shortage

Solving the Crew Shortage

4/13/2022
Learn how EP Academy, the Georgia Film Academy, Reel Works, the New Mexico Film Office, and others, are...
EP Newsroom-Thumbnail-480-the olympian

More Movies Could Soon be Filmed in WA as Inslee OKs Film Incentives Passed by Legislature

4/5/2022
The law will provide tax breaks for filmmakers looking to make movies in Washington

Georgia Proposes Capping and Prohibiting Sale of Film Tax Credits

3/30/2022
The changes, if signed into law, would cap the amount Georgia hands out in film and TV tax credits at $900...
EP Newsroom-Thumbnail-Portland Business Journal

How Oregon’s updated film incentive law could boost the local economy

3/29/2022
A new Oregon film and media incentive law could draw more movie productions to the state.
EP Blog_Marge Dean

Opening Career Doors

3/29/2022
How WIA President, Marge Dean, is shaping the future of animation and empowering underrepresented genders
EP Blog-proud to support-square

Proud to Support: Celebrating Client Nominations at the 94th Academy Awards

3/22/2022
A look at the evolution of the Oscars and the notable films powered by Entertainment Partners technology.

Russian Invasion Hits Ukrainian Production Industry Just Starting to Go International

2/24/2022
"Ukraine was just starting to open up to the world, now everything has closed up again."
Site Selection Magazine logo-sq

The Stage is Set

2/8/2022
Puerto Rico Beckons to Film & TV Production Industry

Payroll & Finances

PayrollResidualsSmartStartNew SmartTimeProduction PortalEP On LocationSmartAccountingEP LiveSmartPOCASHétPayPaymaster Rate GuideEP Residency

Manage Multiple Productions

AssetHubSmartHubSmartHub Vault
Subscribe now

Be an industry insider with EP's
newsletters and alerts

LegalPrivacy NoticeSecurity
© 2022 Entertainment Partners. All rights reserved.