Tuesday, March 25, 2008
There really are a lot of good events this week and weekend (please feel free to pass them along).
I think there'll be a little more info to come, but Lance Maurer's Cinnafilm and DFI (which produces the Duke City Shootout) have organized a mixer for Conference Attendees from 5-7PM this Friday night. It'll be in the Hyatt atrium, so it'll be tough to miss, but we invite you to come by, and bring your brochures and business cards.
Looking forward to seeing many of you there in a couple of days!
Monday, March 24, 2008
The big event this week is the NM Filmmakers Conference and First Vision Forum running Thursday through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque (I'm also including info on an Adobe Users Group event and one for NM game developers below). Combining the already successful Filmmakers Conference and First Vision forum events, this year's looks to be their best yet.
For more information on the conference visit: http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/nm-filmmakers/film-nm-conference.php
Conference Schedule is available here: http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/downloads/filmmakers-conference.pdf
Nearly all the spaces are full for this free event, so if you've registered and your plans have changed, please let the NM Film Office know which sessions you can't attend -- so someone else will have a chance to attend.
More updates as they come!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, from noon-1:15pm
WHERE: UNM Continuing Education in the South Building, Room 220
PRESENTER: Elaine Montoya
DESCRIPTION: Learn how Flash and After Effects can be used together to create in ways that would be complex with either tool alone. In this session we will take a look at creating 'Hollywood style' text animation effects, and then bring them into your Flash project for use on the web. Then we will flip-it. Learn how to add 'post' effects to your Flash animations in After Effects to add richness, and a broadcast quality finish to your project.
This session takes place, Wednesday, March 26, from noon-1:15pm at UNM Continuing Education, Room 220 in the South Building. It will be taught by AdobeQuerque Community Expert, Elaine Montoya.
COST: NMAUG members can attend all of the AdobeQuerque Expert Series brown-bag sessions for FREE. The cost is $19 per session for non-members.RSVP / Register:
members >> click here
non members >> click here
WHERE: UNM ARTS Lab, 131 Pine St., NE (1 block west of University Blvd, 1/2 block north of Central)
TOPIC: Game Developers Conference Recap
DESCRIPTION: Several members of the local Game Development Community participated in this year's GDC. Hear highlights and responses from them, as well as updates from the community on new and ongoing projects
COST: International Game Developers Association Rio Grande Chapter events are FREE unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The 2008 Game Developers Conference may have seen more involvement from New Mexico's game development community than ever before. The Game Industry's premier event included summits on Serious Games, Games in Education, and Mobile Games (among others) in addition to the conference itself. With attendees from Game Production Services, Sandia National Labs, and UNM (among others) -- and a nice chunk of the Expo floor taken up by Novint, our next Rio Grande Game Developers meeting will focus on our thoughts, experiences and lessons learned from GDC.
Additionally, we'll be checking in with each other on current and ongoing projects -- and talk a bit about what we can do to build the game development community and opportunities for budding game developers here in New Mexico.
To better accommodate younger people -- and not conflict with the NM Filmmakers Conference we've changed the usual location and night. Please look at the details below.
WHAT: International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Rio Grande Chapter Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th 6:00 - 8:30 PM
WHERE: UNM ARTS Lab, 131 Pine St., NW (one block west of University, half a block north of Central Ave.)
WHO: Working professionals in the game industry and related fields -- and people interested in getting more involved (no membership needed to attend)
HOW MUCH: Free
We hope to see you there -- please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sorry about the lateness of the notice, but this looks like a very worthwhile event tonight in Santa Fe:
Friday, March 14, 2008
Submit a film to be screened
May 15 – 18, 2008 at Albuquerque's Guild Cinema.
The Guild will show 30 hours of short and feature length films made by New Mexicans.
All entry forms must be submitted to the Guild Cinema by Monday, April 14, 2008.
For the second year, selected audience favorites will travel to three New Mexico cities in the summer of 2008.
Meet the Filmmakers - Opening night, May 15th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Laru/Café Cubano - 3413 Central Avenue, NE
Special thanks to the Guild Cinema and Laru/Café Cubano
Thursday, March 13, 2008
GFX Café Seminar Friday March 14, 2008
12noon, ARTS Lab Dome Theatre ** Note change of venue **
Food will be served
Real-Time Rendering and Interactivity in 'Fulldome' Immersive Digital
Dome Theater: An Introduction, Demonstration and Discussion of
UNM Research Projects and Goals
by David Beining, UNM ARTS Lab
Large-format, immersive digital dome theater--fulldome--is a young
powerful medium with a high rate of diffusion in planetariums and
other venues. It's also a medium in which UNM is an internationally
recognized center for research, production and education.
Based in tiled projectors and PC clusters, fulldome theaters allow
for very high-resolution, immersive digital video presentation --
pre-rendered for linear cinematic experiences as well as real-time
interactive presentations based on 3D models, data tables, and adapted
game engines and shaders used in proprietary, open-architecture fulldome
The medium's origins in planetariums has largely limited tools, data
and stories to astronomy, but fulldome has enormous potential for
visualizing other sciences for research and education, serving the arts
as new creative and performance space, and entertainment as immersive
gaming and experiential venue.
The author will demonstrate the medium's tools and current uses as well
as UNM-based early research. New UNM research agendas and possibilities
for future work will also be discussed.
David Beining serves as director of immersive medium at the University
of New Mexico's ARTS Lab and is the founder and executive producer of
"DomeFest," a global festival for the fulldome medium. Beining founded
and directed UNM's LodeStar Astronomy Center, one of the world's first
fulldome theaters, from 2000-2007.
Friday, March 7, 2008
A quick partial review from the Business of Design Online:
Mathematics, physics, philosophy and psychology. Ah yes, the tools of the visual communication designer. No, you say? Perhaps you thought the tools are Photoshop, Illustrator and the likes. Think again. Sure, software has been a huge help. But, it's a help in expressing our ideas, not generating them. At least it should be.
In her new book, Decoding Design: Understanding and using symbols in visual communication, author and designer, Maggie Macnab takes you on a journey of symbolism. She pulls back the veil over several logos and other designs to reveal the hidden meaning just below the surface. Meaning that may not be obvious at first, yet is often archetypical and resonates deep within our being.
When I first heard of the book, I figured it would be yet another, "Parade of logos," promoting their superstar designers. On the up side, great for inspiration. On the downside, vehicles for yet more copycat designs. Not so. This is the stuff that should be the cornerstone for every design curriculum. For veterans, it reminds of why we may have chosen communication design as a profession and the power to have to influence our audiences on behalf of our clients.
Decoding Design isn't just a lot of heady theory. There's a lot of meat, but it's not dried out. The chapters progress, one through ten, where Maggie explains the meaning and symbolism behind each number. She goes on to describe the forms and shapes the reflect its meaning and how it has been incorporated into various designs. I particularly enjoyed how she deconstructed several marks and pointed out how the underlying symbols are used. Macnab also shares her own and other designers thoughts and process about the logos and other designs within the pages.
AIGA New Mexico presents:
"Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication," written by longtime local designer Maggie Macnab, is a design theory book that explores the significance of symbols, numbers and shapes we encounter in everyday life. A handful of simple patterns shape our understanding and relationship with a complex world, and design that references this symbolic information creates an immediate and intuitive relationship with the viewer. This is increasingly crucial for designers and businesses to understand in a globally branded world.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Addy Awards are this Friday -- and they're taking last minute sign-ups now.
Addy Awards to Honor Tribune
This year's Addy Awards will include a tribute to the Albuquerque Tribune.
The Addys are given by the New Mexico Advertising Federation and honor the work of the state's advertising industry. The Tribune, which published its last issue in February, will receive the President's Award. The event is open to the public and takes place March 7 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The event recognizes the best advertising produced by New Mexico's agencies, graphic designers, copywriters, Web developers and media companies. Other awards will include the Silver Medal for lifetime achievement in advertising, Best of Show and the Judge's Choice awards.
This year's judges are: Kat Street of Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder, Colo.; Kevin Lynch of Zig in Chicago; Jonathan Schoenberg of TDA Advertising & Design in Boulder, Colo.; and Bill Gardner of Gardner Design in Wichita, Kan.
Esparza Advertising provided the theme and creative elements for this year's event, a takeoff on the Westminster Kennel Club show called Southwestminster Ad Show.
For more information and tickets, go to www.southwestminster.com.
While NMITSA's Women in Technology program isn't directly tied to its educational efforts, identifying local role models is an important piece of the puzzle. If you know women in technology who should be recognized for their work, please consider nominating them (and otherwise supporting) this event.
NMITSA is very excited to announce the details for the first ever Women in Technology Recognition Celebration in the state of New Mexico!
NMITSA will be recognizing the contributions and achievements of the wonderful women in New Mexico's technology industry with a golf tournament and a recognition brunch and we need your help to celebrate!
In addition to recognizing our industry's women, NMITSA has developed two programs to assist young women who aspire to join New Mexico's technology community:
The NMITSA Women in Technology Internship program will match young women in high school or the early phases of college with hi-tech companies for a summer internship. If your company is interested in taking on a female intern, please contact Phil Garcia at email@example.com
Additionally, NMITSA will be raising scholarship funds to assist young women who would like to pursue post graduate degrees in technology. On March 31st, NMITSA will host a golf tournament at Four Hills Country Club in Albuquerque. The proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the scholarship fund. If you would like to register a 4-some for the golf tournament, please follow the Acteva link. Individuals are welcome to register, as well.
Single-Hole sponsorships are available for companies that are interested. Please contact Phil Garcia if you would like to be a hole sponsor.
To nominate a woman for a recognition award, please contact Phil to receive the nomination form. All nominations must be received by March 14th.
The recognition brunch will take place on Thursday, April 3rd from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Embassy Suites in downtown Albuquerque. Tickets will go on sale February 1st and will be available through the NMITSA website at http://www.nmitsa.org.
Sponsorship packages for the entire event are still available! Please contact Phil Garcia to receive sponsorship information.
Remember, "International Women's Day" is around the corner...
Come celebrate International Women's Day with us at New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF). We will be screening the Short Film Festival Program from Women in Film and Television International.
Program: Short Film Festival from Women in Film International. Champagne, Dessert and Networking after the Screenings
When: March 8, 2008
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm
The Film Center
1616 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe
Cost: $15 for non-members
$9 for members
To purchase tickets go to the Film Center or by mail: NMWIF, PO Box 33351, Santa Fe, NM 87594
Monday, March 3, 2008
Wednesday, March 12
5:30 – 7:30
Cowgirl BBQ and Western Grill
319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe
Film people, Unite! You're invited to an informal happy hour of people who are involved in film-making endeavors in the Santa Fe Area. Come mix and mingle and see what film making is going on in Santa Fe. There will be drink specials, and some light snacks.
This happy hour is being put together by a group of friends, for no other reason than to have fun, and bring together the Santa Fe film community.
Please forward this e-mail on to other people who might want to attend. Since this is the first one, we are trying to get the word out to the local film community.
For details contact Liz@48hourfilm.com
Sunday, March 2, 2008
What is that exactly? Visit the InfoByte series at UNM's Continuing
Education this Tuesday to find out.
I was asked to forward this to a list on campus and thought that some
of you might be interested.
InfoByte - Ruby on Rails
Presented by Mariano Paglayan
IT Pro Instructor
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Tuesday, March 4
UNM Continuing Education
1634 University NE
This open source web framework is optimized for programmer happiness and
sustainable productivity, and **lets you write beautiful code** by
favoring convention over configuration.
Everyone from startups to non-profits to enterprise organizations is
using **Rails** — be it software for collaboration, community,
e-commerce, content management, statistics, management, you name it.
Come learn more about how **Ruby programming can work for you.**
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
While these were focused on specific areas and don't directly assess the impact of dollars spent on media production (and address questions on the appropriate multiplier), they do provide a useful framework for thinking about these questions, and certainly for informing leaders why continued support for film, media, and arts programs is so important.
Also of interest here, is the intent to develop a team to execute an action plan to make the best use of these findings. While (again) the current document focuses on the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County area, this could be useful for those of you intending to participate in the NM First Town Hall on Rural Development.
Links to specific reports are below. For more information about BBER, visit their website, or their publications available free online.
Arts and culture are big business in our metropolitan region, and could get even bigger.
Learn how and why at a presentation of the recently released study on the Economic Importance of the Arts & Cultural Industries in Albuquerque & Bernalillo County:
Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:30
KiMo Theater, Central and 5th St. NW.
Christopher Mead, Dean of Fine Arts at UNM, and Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, primary author of the report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at UNM, will introduce and explain the key findings of this report.
The report highlights the need for an Arts & Cultural Industries Action Plan in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The public is encouraged to attend the presentation and the following discussion of the planning process, when a Leadership Team will be announced.
Copies of the complete report and summaries are available below.
The report was contracted by the Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Departments of Economic Development and of Municipal Development, the Albuquerque Public Art Program ,The Bernalillo County Office of Economic Development and the 1% for Public Art Program, The College of Fine Arts and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of New Mexico. Participation by the College of Fine Arts was made possible by generous grants from the McCune Charitable Foundation and the Albuquerque Community Foundation.
- The Economic Importance of the Arts and Cultural Industries in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Complete report (153 pgs).
- The Economic Importance of the Arts and Cultural Industries in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Summary booklet (24 pgs).
- The Economic Importance of the Arts and Cultural Industries in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County: A Quick Look Tri-fold brochure.
BBER Arts & Culture Economic Study
In March, 2004, The University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) completed a study entitled
The Economic Importance of Arts and Cultural Industries in Santa Fe County.
Download the BBER Report in 4 parts:
BBER Report – Executive Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 182 KB)
BBER Report – Part 1: Quantification of Economic Impacts (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 607 KB)
BBER Powerpoint Presentation of Findings (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 363 KB)