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NPT City: Hollywood on the border?

According to film lore, or at least IMDB trivia lore, a desert landscape shot during the 2006 filming of “No Country for Old Men” in Marfa was interrupted by a smoke cloud seen in the distance. That cloud belonged to a pyrotechnics explosion from the neighboring production “There Will Be Blood.”

Although these films are very recent and prominent examples of productions in West Texas, New Mexico has been a magnet for mega-budget productions, such as “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Superman.” In fact, while part “No Country for Old Men” was filmed in Marfa, the bulk of it was filmed in New Mexico.

The El Paso City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution — requested by the Texas Motion Picture Alliance — in support of two bills in the Texas Legislature (H.B. 873 and S.B. 605) that would support filming in Texas.

The bills offer grants for film or television productions that spend at least $250,000 in the state or commercial production that spends at least $100,000 in-state. Also, at least 70 percent of the crew would have to be Texas residents, and at least 60 percent would be filmed in Texas, and is within the budget of the Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Office in the Office of the Governor. If 25 percent of the production days take place in an “underused area” of Texas, they will get more incentives.

Elizabeth Ruiz

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 8, 2009 at 12:37 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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