Assistant Editor-Albuquerque Business First


MovieMaker Magazine’s new list of the “Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013” puts Albuquerque at No. 8, and shows a drop for the third time in three years, according to the Albuquerque Journal. It had ranked first in 2010, second in 2011 and third in 2012.

“We’re still in the top 10, and being recognized is a good thing,” Ann Lerner, the city of Albuquerque’s film liaison, told the Journal. “We’ve had a lot of great productions come here and experience how great it is to make a film in Albuquerque.”

At the top of the list is Austin, followed by New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., Detroit and Boston. New Orleans and Atlanta fell just below Albuquerque, according to the Journal.

MovieMaker takes into consideration cost of living, average income levels, housing rates, employment opportunities and overall quality of life. It also looks at state and city financial incentives, access to talent, ease of shooting, local movie-related resources and vendors, exposure to other moviemakers, screening opportunities and nearby studio space