Stephanie Two Eagles' job is picture perfect.
As program manager for the Colorado Film Commission, it is Two Eagles' job to know the answers -- and work out the logistics -- whenever the film industry calls on Colorado to film commercials featuring buffalo herds or wheat fields. Or the full-length HBO movie, "The Laramie Project," which wraps up production this month in Denver.
"Our role is to get filmmakers here by marketing to them, and then once they get here, do whatever troubleshooting is needed to make sure everything goes right," said Two Eagles. She began with the film commission as a Metro State intern 21 years ago, and in January she was promoted to head the state agency.
In the case of IMAX film "Mountain Madness," Two Eagles arranged to close two blocks of 17th Street -- after rush hour, of course.
She made sure the Federal Aviation Administration knew about the helicopters' circuitous flight pattern, then convinced building management to allow parachutists to jump from the top floor of a downtown skyscraper. "That was a challenging one because it required so many logistics to be worked out," said Two Eagles. "But that's our job. and I couldn't ask for a better job."
When the crew for "The Laramie Project" -- the movie is based on the aftermath of the slaying of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard -- began filming the HBO movie, crew members turned to Two Eagles for late-night dining recommendations. "They work late and wanted to know where they could get something to eat after midnight," she said.
Those are the small details Two Eagles must tend to. She has a much bigger picture in mind for the film commission.
The agency, she says, can be an economic-development tool for the state, and a particularly lucrative one for smaller communities that have beautiful or functional locations.
The commission keeps an extensive locations photo file -- everything from working steam engines to long desolate roads, mountain peaks and even buffalo herds.
"We're working on a system to expand our Web site so if someone wants a photo of a buffalo-herd location, for example, we can send it to them instantly," she said.
Two Eagles holds seminars for tourism and chamber of commerce officials in various communities across the state, promoting local thinking that a town or region would make a good backdrop for films. Fort Morgan, the small, rural community on the eastern plains, for example, was a setting for Jim Carey's movie "Dumb and Dumber."
"Everyone in Fort Morgan was excited about it, and they were very helpful," said Two Eagles. "Jim Carey was very nice to everyone, too."
But the chance for Two Eagles to meet the stars who come to Colorado is rare.
"By the time they get here, my job is done and I've moved on to another project," she said.
SOME FILMS MADE IN COLORADO 1902 RUNAWAY STAGE COACH 1926 THE GREAT K&A TRAIN ROBBERY 1942 THE OUTCAST 1956 AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS 1962 HOW THE WEST WAS WON 1964 THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN 1965 CAT BALOU, STAGECOAH 1967 IN COLD BLOOD 1969 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, TRUE GRIT 1973 SLEEPER 1978 COMES A HORSEMAN, EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE 1980 CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 1982 NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION 1984 STARMAN 1988 INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE 1990 CITY SLICKERS, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, THELSIA & LOUISE 1993 DUMB AND DUMBER, WYATT EARP 1994 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD 1996 THREE NINJAS: HIGH NOON AT MEGA MOUNTAIN 2001 THE LARAMIE PROJECT
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