Sunday, May 23, 2010

I-25 Studio in the News; NM Film Gets Play on CNN

Good update on the work going on to upgrade what is now called I-25 Studios -- and the recent "Building Up America" visit from CNN.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Once-Closed Philips Facility Finds New Life in TV and Films Almost Serendipitously

By Dan Mayfield

Of the Journal

          Watch for the sign that will go up this week on the new I-25 Studios near Alameda and Interstate 25. 
        The former Philips microchip manufacturing plant has found a second life as a movie studio along the I-25 corridor. 
        Many will remember when the building opened as Albuquerque's largest high-tech manufacturing facility in the 1980s under the Signetics name, then changed to Philips in the 1990s. But by 2004, the giant sat empty, and the millions in high-tech equipment was gone. 
        In 2006, though, Titan Development bought the building with the intention of redeveloping it into a business park. 
        Then, said Drew Dolan, I-25 Studios director of development, the city's film liaison Ann Lerner called and asked whether "The Lost Room" miniseries could use the building as a studio. 
        "We did a deal and had three more right away," Dolan said. "We decided to focus on the opportunity that we have today."
        Since then, 14 shows have used the site as a studio, and it has been the home of the TV series "In Plain Sight" and "Easy Money."
        But it was never quite right. It was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and the whole place had an improvised feel. Now, said CEO Rick Clemente, the company has decided to go full bore and upgrade it for use as a studio. Simple things, he said, are making a huge difference...
        N.M. in spotlight
        New Mexico's film industry was featured this last week on CNN as part of its "Building Up America" series, which profiles economic engines across the country. 
        The video stars Eric Witt, Gov. Bill Richardson's deputy chief of staff, taking the correspondent through downtown Santa Fe and several shots of crews working on films. Of course, there are several scenes from movies made here, like "Crazy Heart" and "No Country for Old Men." Overall, it says that we've found a way to beat the recession in at least one industry, but it's light on substance. The report is still available at

Read the full article at Once-Closed Philips Facility Finds New Life in TV and Films Almost Serendipitously

And from CNN's "Building Up America Tour"

New Mexico's Blockbuster Boom:
Lights, Cameras... Cowboys!:
Lessons from the Navajo:
Navajo Farm Fund Finds Formula for Success:
Where the Rubber... and the Politics... Really Hit the Road:
Solar Power Heats Up Job Market:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ideum Multitouch Tables at Oakland Museum, See you at AAM


Custom Mapping Exhibit Magnifies California History at Oakland Museum

Working closely with Oakland Museum, we developed a collaborative multitouch and multiuser exhibit exploring historic maps of California. The custom software runs on one of two of our MT-50 Multitouch Tables at Oakland Museum.

 >> See a video of the exhibit on the Ideum Portfolio

Custom Mapping Exhibit Magnifies California History at Oakland Museum

AAM's Annual Meeting and Museum Expo

We will be in the exhibit hall at the American Association of Museum's annual meeting, May 23-26, in Los Angeles. You can find us in booth #1219.  We are bringing our transparent plexiglass-sided MT-50 multitouch table. Please come by and check it out.

AAM's Annual Meeting and Museum Expo

GestureWorks Wins an NM TechEx Award

For the second year in a row, Ideum has won a New Mexico TechEx Award. Last year it was for our first-generation multitouch table; this year it was for GestureWorks, our multitouch framework for Flash and Flex.

>> Learn more about GestureWorks 

GestureWorks Wins an NM TechEx Award

MT-50 Multitouch Table Bundled with New Mapping Mashup Software

The MT-50 Multitouch Table now comes complete with a configurable Google Maps and Flickr mashup application. This new app, along with the CollectionViewer and GestureWorks software packages, makes it even easier to create custom multitouch and multiuser exhibits.

>> Learn more about the MT-50 Multitouch Table

MT-50 Multitouch Table Bundled with New Mapping Mashup Software

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Governor Richardson Announces Cowboys & Aliens Will Shoot in New Mexico


Governor Bill Richardson Announces Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment's

Cowboys & Aliens Will Shoot in New Mexico


Film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford


SANTA FE -- Governor Bill Richardson today announced that Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment will shoot the action thriller Cowboys & Aliens in New Mexico.  Production is scheduled to run from mid-June through mid-August and is expected to employ approximately 150 New Mexico cast and crew.


"New Mexico is the perfect location for this major production of a classic American Wild West tale with a high-tech science-fiction twist," said Governor Richardson.  "Film production continues to pump money into New Mexico's economy and create jobs for New Mexicans, and it is one of the consistent bright spots in these challenging economic times."


Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens.  Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—Favreau brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.  The film hits theaters on July 29, 2011.


Cowboys & Aliens is produced by Grazer, Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and it is written by Kurtzman & Orci & Damon Lindelof.  The story is based on Platinum Studios' graphic novel of the same name that was created by Rosenberg.  Spielberg, Favreau, Bobby Cohen and Denis L. Stewart serve as the executive producers.


Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003, more than 137 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3 billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.


Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at, as well as on Facebook & Twitter.




Saturday, May 8, 2010

Studying Creativity in New Mexico

We have many strengths in New Mexico, but one of the elements that brings together our talents in technology and the arts (and much more) is creativity.

Local researcher Rex Jung (Mind Research Institute, UNM Department of Neurosurgery) has made that the focus of his research -- featured in today's New York Times:

Charting Creativity: Signposts of a Hazy Territory

Grab a timer and set it for one minute. Now list as many creative uses for a brick as you can imagine. Go.

The question is part of a classic test for creativity, a quality that scientists are trying for the first time to track in the brain.

They hope to figure out precisely which biochemicals, electrical impulses and regions were used when, say, Picasso painted "Guernica," or Louise Nevelson assembled her wooden sculptures. Using M.R.I. technology, researchers are monitoring what goes on inside a person's brain while he or she engages in a creative task.

Yet the images of signals flashing across frontal lobes have pushed scientists to re-examine the very way creativity is measured in a laboratory.

"Creativity is kind of like pornography — you know it when you see it," said Rex Jung, a research scientist at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque. Dr. Jung, an assistant research professor in the department of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, said his team was doing the first systematic research on the neurology of the creative process, including its relationship to personality and intelligence.

Like many researchers over the past 30 years or so, Dr. Jung has relied on a common definition of creativity: the ability to combine novelty and usefulness in a particular social context....

More at: Charting Creativity: Signposts of a Hazy Territory

Screen Writing Conference in Santa Fe Event

Producer Tony Mark Joins SCSFe

Hollywood Vet Executive Produced "The Hurt Locker"


Santa Fe, NM - Larry N Stouffer, Executive Director of the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe (SCSFe), announced today that Tony Mark, the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning film "The Hurt Locker," will attend SCSFe this year.

Mr. Mark has worked on nearly 40 films during his prolific career and has also penned numerous screenplays for MGM, ABC, NBC, Showtime and the USA Network. Notable films produced by Mark include "The Fisher King," "The Mirror Has Two Faces" and the Emmy-nominated "Starring Pancho Villa as Himself." Most recently, he produced the Golden Globe-nominated biopic "Georgia O'Keefe," based on the life of the path-breaking artist.


At the SCSFe, Mark will sit on the producer's panel to discuss screenwriting from the perspective of a successful producer. He will also listen to pitches from writers as a part of the Hollywood Connection weekend at the conference.


The Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe

Back for its 12th year, the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe was founded by produced and award-winning screenwriter, Larry N Stouffer. The Conference is designed to offer writers an opportunity to work with Hollywood professionals and improve their craft in the artistic, beautiful environs of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  For more information visit