Friday, July 11, 2008

NM in the News: Domefest, iPhones & Renee Zellweger

DomeFest in the News...
As DomeFest launched in Chicago and Germany (almost as I type), the New Mexico Business Weekly caught up with our team on DomeFest, its impact and potential...

Peripheral Vision
New Mexico Business Weekly - by Megan Kamerick NMBW Staff

DomeFest, Albuquerque's homegrown digital media festival for full-dome theaters, has made its first debut outside its native soil.

The festival usually premiers in Albuquerque before hitting various venues around the world. But this year it premiered in Chicago at the nation's oldest planetarium, the Adler, following a July 3 meeting of the International Planetarium Society.

The timing seems just right for the festival to hit a bigger and more influential audience. DomeFest, the only worldwide festival devoted to content produced for full-dome (curved overhead screen) theaters, received a record 40 entries this year from all over the world. By tying the showcase to the biannual IPS conference, it has raised its profile significantly among the people looking for the content DomeFest provides: the 700-plus members of IPS from 35 countries around the world.

DomeFest and the related full dome summit packed the 270-seat Adler Planetarium for hours, said Hue Walker Bumgarner-Kirby, multimedia development specialist with the ARTS Lab at the University of New Mexico. The festival's jury selected 13 pieces for the final program and two alternates.

David Beining, founder of DomeFest, which is housed at the ARTS Lab, said the contacts he made in Chicago are already taking hold.

The DomeFest program is showing the week of July 5 in Germany, and it will show in at least two venues in the United Kingdom and in Montreal...

DomeFest 2008 will show in New Mexico on Oct. 14 as part of Motion08, an animation and digital media conference.

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Local software developer Andrew Stone is recognized in the Albuquerque Journal for his iPhone 3G work.

Local Developer Get iPhone Rush
(by Nancy Tipton)
For Andrew Stone, today's iPhone 3G release was better than Christmas Stone's company, Stone Design Corp. of Albuquerque, posted three applications for the latest iPhone on the company's new App Store when it opened this morning. The App Store allows customers to purchase and download programs that run on the phone's new software.

“We basically have been waiting for this day since 1987 when Apple released it's HyperCard software,” he said in a phone interview from inside Albuquerque Uptown's Apple Store.

“Today's release is the great-grandchild of that development platform,” he said.

Demand for the new phone in Albuquerque seemed to be brisk this morning...

All of Stone's applications make use of the iPhone's built-in camera. They include Twittelator, a full-featured Twitter client (which has the ability to send a map of the user's location with one click and automatically upload snapshots to, TalkingPics which allows the user to make voice and music recordings for later playback and iGraffiti, which Stone says is “just pure fun.”

iGraffiti lets users take a picture and then paint on it using the tip of the finger on the iPhone’s touch screen. Users can adjust brush stroke, shadow and effects, and can choose from a 48-color “crayon” palette picker for their paint colors. Users can shake the iPhone once to delete the last action, and shake twice to start from the beginning.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun with this one,” said Stone. “Finished images can be saved in iPhotos and e-mailed to friends, used as Contact pictures or can even be shared with the iGraffiti community over the Web.”

The app is $4.99, as is Talking Pics. The Twittelator is free.

You can learn more about the apps from Stone Software.

Meanwhile, the Las Cruces Sun reports on Renee Zellweger returning to NM for a brief shoot.

Zellweger to Shoot a Week in New Mexico
SANTA FE—A film production starring Renee Zellweger is to spend a week shooting in New Mexico.

"My One and Only" is scheduled to shoot in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at the end of July and the beginning of August.

The film also stars Kevin Bacon and Chris Noth.

Most of the film is being made in and around Baltimore, where shooting began in June.

It's set in the 1950s and is based on the childhood experiences of actor George Hamilton.

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