Santa Fe Ranked #1 Best Place to Live & Work as a Movie Maker
From MovieMaker Magazine: In our travels across the United States, we’ve never found a place with so many film opportunities per capita. Santa Fe boasts a close-knit film community, surrounded by astonishing natural beauty and artistic inspiration everywhere you look. It offers diverse locales, endless views, more than 300 days a year of sunlight, and bountiful sound stages — including the stunning Santa Fe Studios, with two 20,000 square-foot soundstages, and, just outside of town, the Camel Rock Studios, a former casino owned by the Native American Tesuque Pueblo and the home of AMC’s Dark Winds. Tireless film commissioner Jennifer LaBar-Tapia seems to know every industry person in town on a first-name basis — she’s part sheriff, part cheer captain, and all rock star, able to roll with big requests and surprises at a moment’s notice. Yes, Santa Fe is more expensive than most American cities — its elite residents include George R.R. Martin — but it is still significantly more affordable than Los Angeles, which is two hours away by plane or driveable in a day. With a population of about 88,000, it has none of the steel skyscrapers or 24/7 distractions of a big city, but you won’t miss them. It’s a place to move when you’ve made the decision to focus on self-improvement and creativity instead of the rat race. There are far fewer industry people to network with than you’ll find in larger cities, but your chances of meeting and working with them are much higher.
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