Friday, October 19, 2007

Game Transforms Downtown Albuquerque

If you've been in downtown Albuquerque these past few days, you've probably noticed it -- and 'it' is pretty cool. Also cool is the work they're doing to track camera position and shots so the Container City they've built can be seamlessly integrated into similar structures or 3D modeled environments.

Of course, I actually like seeing familiar spots even when buildings have been added as in The Lost Room, but I know I'm intrigued enough to see Game when it arrives.

From the New Mexico Business Weekly:
New Film Creates Container City in Downtown Albuquerque
by Megan Kamerick

If you've been wondering about that odd-looking structure of cargo containers rising on Silver Avenue between Second and Fourth streets Downtown, it's all because Albuquerque's got "Game."

That's the new film that will star Gerard Butler, headliner of the blockbuster film "300." Michael Umble, publicist for the film, says he realizes that there can be some tension when movies take over parts of cities, sometimes restricting access to streets. But, he adds, the production will do about $11 million in local spending during the shoot.


Umble says the structure underway on Silver, which includes two 3-story wooden frames and an untold number of cargo containers, will simply be called Container City and is a futuristic housing project for the down-and-out in the film's unnamed urban milieu. It will be used for shooting periodically over the next two months. Currently, that part of Silver is closed to traffic and Umble says the production has worked with local film officials to make sure there are alternate access routes. The production schedule is structured so that a good portion of the shooting will be done on weekends, he says.

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New Film Creates Container City in Downtown Albuquerque

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