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Stephanie Two Eagles' job is picture perfect.

STEPHANIE Two EAGLES GETS the strangest requests: "Where can we can find a buffalo herd?" "Can we get 17th Street shut down and zoom helicopters through the cavernous skyscrapers?" "Will the wheat be knee-high by mid-summer?"

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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