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Southern draw: New studios aim to boost film industry in border area

There’s room for all types of film and TV productions all over the state.

That’s why Borderland Media and PRC Productions have stepped up and opened new facilities at Arrowhead Center on the New Mexico State University campus.

State-of-the-art equipment and a new green screen infinity wall are two of the offerings at PRC Productions’ new facility at Arrowhead Center on the NMSU campus. (Courtesy of Aaron Walterscheid)

“This facility opens up a lot more as far as having a larger green screen and more office space,” says Troy Scoughton Sr., CEO of PRC Productions. “We have some really gifted people in the borderland area. We want to bring independent projects to the area.”

PRC Productions has 2,300 square feet, with an 800-square-foot green screen.

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There are dressing rooms, makeup area and a sound booth. There is office space, an editing bay, conference room and storage fro props and costumes.

“We’ve always considered ourselves a full-service production company,” Scoughton says. “Now we have the physical space necessary to gather everything together into one convenient location. The people here at Arrowhead Center have been very supportive, making introductions and creating new opportunities for us. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them.”

Scoughton has been in TV and film production for seven years in Las Cruces.

Although southern New Mexico is playing catch-up with the rest of the state within the film industry, Scoughton says the area is on the right track.

He says there is enough room for all projects in the state.

“The problem is, in my opinion, that we see what is going on in the north and we immediately want that same thing,” he says of the film and TV production. “It took you guys many years to realize the success, and there have been many failures. The idea that we can duplicate that is delusional. What we can do is make this an independent film area and maybe we can do the same with the smaller, independent films that can’t shoot in the northern part of the state.”

With this vision, Scoughton says, local filmmakers and crew members have a chance to play a bigger role within a production.

“With a large-scale film, they usually bring in many of the above-the-line jobs,” he says. “Within an independent project, there is an opportunity for a local person to have a bigger role. There are plenty of opportunities we’re hoping to build.”

Scoughton hopes the facilities will help grow filmmaking in the border area.

“El Paso has always had a lock on TV productions,” he says. “We’re hoping that the entire area can be served by the facilities.”

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