The film industry is booming in New Mexico, but some locals are finding it’s hard to land those coveted top jobs without going to places like LA or New York first.

“We’re treating this as if we were shooting for a network,” said Matthew McDuffie, a UNM professor.

Right in your backyard, University of New Mexico students are filming “Drifteen,” a series they’re hoping takes off. “It’s basically a pilot for a television show that we’re creating,” said McDuffie.

It’s all being done through a university course called, “The Show.”

“It’s the first time we’re doing this, so we’re sort of feeling our way through it,” said UNM professor Dan Galassini.

McDuffie is the writer and director, Galassini the producer. “I feel like I’m getting to make the school that I would have wanted when I was their age, to be able to stay here,” he said.

Not only are the students getting hands-on experience, “It feels like I’m working on a professional set,” said UNM graduate Evalina Lopez.

Read the full article and watch the news coverage here.

Photos from Drifteen taken by UNM alum Evalina Lopez.

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