Saturday, March 24, 2007

Intel Announces Game Development Contest

Intel Offers Cash & Prizes for Game Developers

Get recognized for your work and win your share of over $95,000 worth of
prizes in this year's Intel Game Demo Contest. Intel is looking for the
best PC game demos in the categories of Best Threaded Game and Best Game on
the Go. It's easy to enter, Intel has tons of resources to support
development. You keep ownership of all IP.

Intel has many more opportunities to win this year and gain exposure for
your project.

Find out more at:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Albuquerque Studios Include Full Concierge Services

ABQ Studios: 1st full-service film production concierge service

When he was planning Albuquerque Studios, the newly opened $74 million state-of-the art motion picture and television production facility, Nick Smerigan wanted to be able to offer clients something more. The idea Smerigan, the studio’s chief operating officer, came up with was a comprehensive production support concierge service, the first such full-service facility provided by a studio.

Albuquerque Studios contracted with Southwest Suites to operate The Studio Concierge, which offers a wide range of services, including travel, housing, meals, housekeeping, shopping, security, transportation, recreation and entertainment. “We have a lot of experience working with production companies,” says Joyce Smith of Southwest Suites. “That experience has helped us to design our services expressly to meet their needs.”

Spaceport America Moves Forward

Funding Allows Spaceport to Move Forward
From NM EDD:
Saturday, March 17, 2007
SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson worked with the Legislature to secure $33 million in immediate funding to proceed with Spaceport America final design and road construction, according to Rick Homans, Chairman of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development.

“The Legislature gave its unanimous support to move forward aggressively with the spaceport,” Homans said. “They have given us the green light to put all systems “Go”. With the support of this year’s session we will be able to keep to our ambitious schedule to be operational by late 2009 or early 2010.”

While the Legislature did not pass GRIP II, which contained $25 million toward Spaceport roads, Governor Richardson committed today to secure these funds in the special session that begins on Tuesday.

The Legislature provided the $33 million by removing a key condition that was put on the 100m of funds appropriated in the 2006 session. The conditions included the need to receive a site operator’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration—which is not expected until the first quarter of 2008.

In order to receive the remaining $67 million, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority must be licensed by the FAA.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

NM Stories: Liam Lockhart

Nice article in the Santa Fe New Mexican about LA film professional Liam Lockhart, who's found a home in Santa Fe. Full story here: -- Excerpt below:

“The daily quality of life in L.A. was not enjoyable for me anymore,” Lockhart said. “My life was disappearing. I would think to myself, there is much more to life than this.” ...

Many men react to a midlife crisis by buying a Harley-Davidson, a fast car or a boat. They color away the grays in their hair and go to bars more often.

Lockhart did something different: He left his hometown for a state where he knew one person. He said it was the best thing he could have done with his life.

Within six months, he was a resident of Santa Fe. Three months later, he was reviewing films on Diego Mulligan’s KSFR-FM 90.7 radio show, The Journey Home. Then The University of New Mexico accepted his proposal to teach a class on Italian horror films of the 1970s.

Now he teaches at Monte del Sol and also teaches a class on international horror films at Santa Fe Community College.

“Does it get any better than that?” he said with a smile. “All of these films have had such an impact on my life in one way or another. Who would have dreamt that I would have ever had a chance to teach the films of (Italian director) Dario Argento? I have been so blessed.”

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sony May Hire 100, Employ 300 @ Albuquerque Studios Facility

First reported in the Friday LA Times, the Albuquerque Tribune follows up on the long-standing rumor of a new Sony Imageworks presence at Mesa del Sol. Excerpt follows (read the full article here).
Albuquerque's new massive movie studio may have a massive name as a tenant.

Sony Pictures Imageworks, an Academy Award-winning digital film production studio known for its work on films like "Superman Returns" and the "Spider-Man" films, plans to hire about 100 people at a production plant within the new Albuquerque Studios, according to a report Friday in the Los Angeles Times.

It's news that - should it come to fruition - rounds out the state's palette of high-profile film production offerings, local industry experts said.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Breaking Bad to be Filmed in NM

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Breaking Bad to be filmed in New Mexico
Wednesday, March 07, 2007

One-Hour Drama Pilot from Sony Pictures Television for AMC from Executive Producers Vince Gilligan (The X Files) and Academy-Award Winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man)

Stars Emmy-Nominated Actor Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle)

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the pilot episode for Breaking Bad, a new one-hour drama from Sony Pictures Television for AMC, will shoot in New Mexico. Executive producers Vince Gilligan (The X-Files), who also wrote and will direct the pilot, and Academy Award®-winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, The Chronicles of Narnia) lead the production. Emmy-nominated veteran actor Bryan Cranston, most recently seen in the acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine and best known for his six seasons as Malcolm’s dad Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, stars in the drama.