Film and Media Day set for today

February 16, 2011 • Local News

Marvel’s Avengers and the television shows Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight, will hold open [auth] casting calls in Santa Fe during New Mexico Film and Media Day today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our top casting directors from the state will be there,” Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Book of Eli actress and owner of Albuquerque Actors Studio, said. “This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to have anything to do with film, in the acting arena, to come and meet these casting directors.”

Billed as the “largest casting call ever seen,” Film and Media Day promises to impress. New Mexico casting directors and Screen Actors Guild talent representatives will be on hand, looking for new and old talent. Emmy nominated casting directors Jo Edna Boldin and Angelique Midthunder, C.S.A., will be among the many representatives on site.

“We’re having this huge open call for anyone in the state who wants to be in movies or work behind the scenes,” Boldin said. “If someone is interested in being in front of the camera, they will have their picture taken and fill out some paper work. Those files will be shared with all of the casting directors and extras casting directors that work in the state.”

The free one-day event features acting courses with Martinez-Cunningham; classes for extras that teach the basics of being a movie extra and set etiquette; stunt demonstrations with Al Goto, stunt coordinator, whose credits include McGruber and Scoundrels; hair and make up demonstrations with Katie Doughit, whose credits include Thor and Comanche Moon; a wardrobe presentation including Emmy award winning costume designer Cathy Smith; a special effects demonstration; and an editing and post production class.

“Last year when we did this, a lot of film schools sent buses of students up, and they are so excited to have this knowledge,” Bets Weaver, New Mexico Film and Media 2011 coordinator, said. “We kind of made it bigger this year. I have every [film] department represented tomorrow.”

Martinez-Cunningham, a native New Mexican, believes New Mexico has an abundance of talent to offer Hollywood. As a 14-year Hollywood veteran, she’s grateful to work in her home state.

“This is unprecedented. This has never been done before,” Martinez-Cunningham said. “It’s going to be huge. I love it. I could not ask for anything more. I’m doing what I love near those that I love.”

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