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  • 17 Sep 2019 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Two Roads Brewing Company is hosting a short horror film competition that showcases their spooky good rum-barrel aged pumpkin beer, Roadsmary’s Baby! Here is your chance to submit a short, independent horror film that features egregiously gratuitous product placement of Roadsmary’s Baby and other Two Roads items in your own film.

    On Friday October 18th, 2019 there will be a screening party at Two Roads Brewery to showcase all films submitted starting at 5:00 PM. On Friday October 18th, 2019 join us for the screening party at Two Roads Brewery to showcase all films submitted. All filmmakers will receive 1 ticket to the October 18th screening party at no charge. The screening event will be open to the public for $10.00 per person, secure additional tickets to the screening party at https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/screening-party. Includes entrance to the screening party as well as your first pint of beer!

    The first, second and third place winners will be announced and awarded during the Screening Party on October 18th! We will also be showing the first, second and third place winners at our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday October 19th 2019!

     

    The first, second and third place filmmakers will receive 4 tickets to attend the Pumpkin Festival (1 ticket for themselves + 3 tickets for guests). Prizes below:

    1st Prize: $500 Cash + Two Roads Swag Bag
    2nd Prize: Two Roads Adirondack Chair made from barrels (valued at $275) + Two Roads Swag Bag
    3rd Prize: 2 Tickets to the CT Brewer’s Fest event at Two Roads + Two Roads Swag Bag

    For more info and rules, visit:  https://filmfreeway.com/TwoRoadsRoadsmarysBabyFilmContest

  • 17 Sep 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    New this year, City Center Shorts in Danbury!  Deadline October 31, 2019.

    CityCenter Danbury, with assistance from the Danbury Public Library, is hosting a short film competition. Here is your chance to submit a short, independent film that showcases the beloved downtown Danbury.  CityCenter and the Danbury Library will be showing the first, second, and third place winners at a special red carpet screening event on November 14, 2019.

  • 17 Sep 2019 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Melissa Paradice is the owner of Paradice Casting, and a Casting Director. She grew up in Scituate, MA, and fell in love with theater at a young age. After attending Emerson College and graduating with a BA in Theater Education with a Minor in Dance, she fell into casting when hired by Maura Tighe in 2004. When not casting Melissa spends her free time watching improv and stand up comedy around Boston–known far and wide for her laugh, reading on the porch, hiking/kayaking, crocheting or playing with her little nieces.

    Melissa will be attending WIFVNE’s Annual Meeting at WGBH on October 2, ready to meet fellow members.  So register now! To learn more about Paradice Casting, visit her website at https://www.paradicecasting.com


    Meet WIFVNE Member Melissa Paradice! 

    How did you get started?  Can you tell us about the start of your company, and where it is now?
    I fell into casting kind of by accident. I majored in Theater Education at Emerson College, but by graduation I already knew I wanted no part of being a teacher. Maura Tighe owned the company then, in 2004, and my best friend babysat her kids. She mentioned to him one day that she was looking for a new assistant and was having a hard time finding anyone, my BFF told her that I’d just graduated Emerson but didn’t have any specific plans as yet, and that “she always knows everyone’s phone number off the top of her head”. Maura and I had known each other casually (as we all lived in Scituate).  She called me up and offered me a trial run of three months to see if I liked the casting business and if she liked me.  Turns out I LOVED it and was good at it. When she sold the company in 2009 to Christine Wyse, part of the deal was that I would be retained as an employee. When Christine decided to pursue something else in 2017, I bought the company from her.

    What do you love about the work that you do?  
    I love that every day is a little different. Aside from the creative part of giving direction and adjustments to talent, I really enjoy the organizational aspects of being a casting director. I’ve always had a knack for ironing out complicated things. I also really enjoy the social aspect.  On session days, I get to visit and chat with the actors that come in and I genuinely like most of them, so it’s always fun.

    What can you tell us about the world of casting?  
    Casting is largely organizational, and a lot of paperwork. It’s finding the right talent, scheduling them for auditions, facilitating holds and bookings and any union paperwork pertaining to the talent (if it’s a union shoot). It’s keeping a lot of balls in the air at the same time.

    I think the most misunderstood thing about casting is who picks the people who get the jobs.  My job is to show the best options available to the clients, and THEY pick who they want to book.  99% of the time the people I’m hired by don’t care what I think about the talent. They don’t ask who I think they should book.  On occasion I’m asked for my opinion about the strength of someone, but generally, the only choosing I do is who comes in to audition for the project.

    Typically, over a year I’m casting for 75-100 different projects. Some years less, some years more. September, October, April, May, and June are all typically very busy months.  November, December and August are typically really slow. That said, sometimes the year surprises us and we’re busy in normally slow times, or slow in normally busy times.

    For producers, writers, directors:  the more info you can give to your casting director, the better job they’ll be able to do. I get a lot of specs that are just an age and ethnicity, but with no description of the kind of person the character is. Casting Directors don’t need like a whole bio/backstory, but the more specific you can be about “specs” the more likely you are to get exactly what you’re looking for. Also, casting doesn’t have to cost a million dollars, there are many ways to go about finding talent on a budget.

    For talent:  relax, casting WANTS you to do well. My motto generally is, “casting directors are only as good as the talent they bring in can make them look”.  So, take a deep breath and be yourself. You got this.

    In the last several years here in New England, I’ve noticed a shift in the kind of projects that are coming to town.  There has been a huge influx of film and tv work, and as a result many of our local talent have had an opportunity to grow, and I think as a whole the caliber of talent here in New England has increased. People are realizing they don’t HAVE to necessarily move to NY or LA to be able to work, and many who may have had to give up the dream because their spouse has an amazing job here, or because they have elderly parents and can’t move etc. are now able to still pursue that dream right here in New England.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?  
    I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve been able to work with some amazing women on my way up the ladder. Being able to see them as strong, independent and business owners, I think opened up a new world of possibilities for me. It also made me feel more protected in a way, I knew that if anything creepy ever happened, I’d be able to tell them, and they would believe me.

    What has been your experience casting for a PBS show?
    When the company was Maura’s and then Christine’s, we did all the casting for a PBS show called “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman”.  We’d audition a couple thousand kids over a weekend at WGBH and go through rounds and rounds of callbacks.  The show was looking for bright, personable kids, as the focus was generally science based and educational.  It was probably the most labor-intensive project I’ve ever worked on. It was a TON of organization and scheduling.  We’d usually have three rooms going, a casting director in each room, and we’d bring kids in to the audition in groups of like 10 or 12 I think. In the end they’d book six kids, I think, to be on the show each year. I would float usually between running a room, and managing the “front of house”. So, getting people checked in, answering questions, keeping us moving on time and trouble shooting any issues we ran into.  Maura and I also were running a non-profit youth summer theater program out of Scituate at the time as well, so we’d bring a long a pile of our high school students to be our runners, and take the kids from the waiting area to the audition rooms and back again. It was always amazing amounts of fun, but exhausting!

    Do you have a mentor?  Do you mentor anyone?  
    Maura Tighe and Christine Wyse are my mentors.  I would not be where I am today without either of them. I still reach out to them sometimes just to bounce things off them.  I’m not currently mentoring anyone–I’ve had interns in the past–but I’m a terrible delegator, it’s my biggest weakness, not being able to delegate things. That’s something I’m working on.

    Were you told or did you learn a piece of wisdom or advice you now tell others in the beginning of their career?
    Be nice to people. Be the person everyone wants to work with because you’re easy and fun to work with. The intern of today is tomorrow’s CEO.  One of my favorite things someone ever said to me was “we’re not doing open heart surgery, it’s a commercial, no one is going to bleed out on the table”.  What we do IS important, but it’s not life or death. When something goes wrong, as inevitable something will, take a deep breath, step back and figure out how to fix it.

    What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry? 
    The more women we have in positions of power and authority, the less likely we are to have inappropriate and uncomfortable incidents.  The more female writers we have, the less flat boring and devoid of personality female characters we have. The more female directors, the more we can see the female perspective.  For so long, white and male has been the default of everything, the more women we have pushing the envelope and boundaries, the better the end product (and the future of our industry) will be.

    Where would you like to go in your work? 
    I’d love to do more work on indie films. The bulk of my work is commercials, which is great, I love the quick turnaround on those, but there’s something so rewarding about REALLY working with actors to push them to rise to the level of leads in films.

    What can you share about what you are working on now?  
    I just finished casting a period piece about the Latter Day Saints. The thing I loved most about it was seeing people I know are good actors come in and be great actors. There’s only so much acting you can put in a 30 second commercial spot, so to be able to explore a scene and be truly wowed by people I’ve known for years is incredible.

    Why are you a member of WIFVNE?
    I became a member because I think in this world and in today’s society, as women, we need to support each other. In order to make New England a more viable option for productions, we need to work together. As a smaller community, and I think that’s the way to think about us, a community, it’s important for us to collaborate rather than compete. If we work together, rather than fight against each other, we can accomplish so much more.

  • 12 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for a celebration of women storytellers and the great work that is happening in our region. Register here!


    Keynote Speaker:  Michele Meek, Ph. D.

    Dr. Michele Meek is a writer, filmmaker, professor, and the founder/publisher of NewEnglandFilm.com. In 2019, she published her edited compilation Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos with Routledge, a book highlighting 15 legendary North American female filmmakers. She has written and directed numerous award-winning short films, including most recently Imagine Kolle 37 (2017), and she worked as associate producer on the documentary feature Salvage (2019), which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. Her scholarly research focuses on depictions of sexual consent in media and literature, and she presented her 2018 TEDx talk “Why We’re Confused About Consent—Rewriting Our Stories of Seduction,” which is available on YouTube. She is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Bridgewater State University, where she teaches film studies, digital media, and screenwriting. More info at www.michelemeek.com.

    Special Guest:  Lisa Simmons

    Lisa Simmons is the Director and curator of the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm), now in its 21st year, and Director of the Color of Film Collaborative, whose mission it is to support filmmakers, and present films and film programs that celebrate people of color around the world. In addition, Ms. Simmons is a Program Manager with the Community Initiative at the Mass Cultural Council. Ms. Simmons has produced theater and film in the Boston area, published and presented on the Negro Theater Project of the WPA and is working on a documentary about the Boston Negro Theatre Unit. She is the recipient of the GK Top 100 Influential People of Color Award, Image Award from WIFVNE, Diversity award from Our Place Theater Project, Leadership award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts and The President’s Award for Leadership from Dimock Community Health Center.


    Special Guest:  Carol Conley

    Carol Conley is the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, a division of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. A New York native, Carol moved to Rhode Island in 1995. She has traveled the globe as a Tour Director and has participated in theater as an actor, producer and front of house. She has done voice-over work and appeared in movies, television shows, commercials and industrials before going to work behind the scenes at the Film & Television Office in 2004. In 2015 she wrote, directed, executive produced and edited her first short film, PENITENCE, which has won numerous awards at film festivals across the country. She has also received the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Producer’s Circle Award and Imagine Magazine’s Imaginnaire Award for her work with the New England film industry. She has written several additional short scripts which will go into production soon.

     


    Welcome Speaker:  Liz Cheng

    Liz Cheng is WGBH’s General Manager for Television, overseeing Boston channels WGBH 2, WGBX 44, WGBH Kids, WGBH Create, and Boston Kids & Family, as well as WGBY in Springfield. Cheng also oversees the national nonfiction service WORLD Channel, which features four series that she co-created: America ReFramed, Local, USA, Doc World, and Stories from the Stage. Locally, she launched the choral competition series, Sing That Thing! as well as New England Holidays.

    Presentation of the New England Film Star Awards

    The final winner for the 2019 New England Film Star Award, a new grant to be given to a film project by a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England, will be announced at Women in Film & Video-New England’s meeting. This grant represents NewEnglandFilm.com’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers from all backgrounds. The finalists’ projects span genres from animation, experimental film, narrative, documentary, and web series, and they are at varying points in their production—from pre- to post-production. The finalists are, alphabetically:  Heather Cassano, Jessica Estelle Huggins, Mary C. Ferrara, Lauren Flinner, Ryan Gomes, Melissa McClung, and Maria Servellon. The New England Film Star Award Animus Studios, Hunt’s Photo and Video, Talamas, Rule Boston Camera, Jupiter Hall, BOSCPUG, Stephanie Alvarez Evans Photography, and WIFVNE. More information can be found at NewEnglandFilm.com here.

    WIFVNE 2019 Annual Meeting

    Join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for WIFVNE’s biggest event of the year. WIFVNE Alecia Orsini recaps WIFVNE’s year and previews 2020 initiatives. Our evening starts with networking and refreshments in WGBH’s Yawkey Atrium. Meet fellow WIFVNE members and ask advice of peer experts: Genine Tillitson and Adam Pachter host a screenwriting table; Irene Waschler answers your tax credit and business accounting questions; Melissa Paradice demystifies casting. Update your headshot with Abbey Knoll Photography for $20, and check out our raffle prizes including tickets to a Pink Martini concert on 10/26!  

    WIFVNE thanks WGBH for hosting our 2019 Annual Meeting.

  • 14 Aug 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    This blog post about the June 13th event at WGBH was written by Veronica Mendez, a Suffolk University student and WIFVNE summer intern.

    The June WGBH event was presented by the WGBH Media Library and Archives department. They invited co-editor Lindy Jankura, of the soon to come series Chasing the Moon. They also invited Ingrid Ockert, a media historian and NASA fellow and co-chair of the archive’s scholar advisory committee. The purpose of the event was to discuss the importance of archive preservation and how archive material changes storytelling. This was done by using archives about the moon landing and how it brought the space race into the homes of viewers. The event was split into two panels, focusing on different areas of archive preservation and storytelling.

    The first panel consisted of the viewing of three archival clips in the upcoming documentary series called Chasing the Moon. Two clips were of JFK, and the third was footage from Astronaut’s wife Susan Borman as she experienced her husband’s space launch. Then representatives of the American Archives of Public Broadcasting, Ryn Marchese and Peter Higgins, accompanied Lindy and Ingrid in a discussion of the importance of archives in storytelling. Lindy discussed how the archive footage formed the story instead of going in with a story planned. Ingrid discussed how archives are important to understand the perception of the viewer and how they experienced living in the past.

    The second panel consisted of Peter Higgins and Miranda Villesvik both archivists at AAPB. They discussed the process of digitization and the importance of keeping archival footage up to date. They discussed that as technology changes so do video formats and files have to be kept up to date to avoid obsolescence. Digitization also allows more people to have more access to the footage so researchers and filmmakers to use. They discussed how WGBH has a commitment of lifetime storage for the archives.

    For more on the event and Chasing the Moon, check out these links:

    On Instagram, here and here,

    On Twitter, here and here,

    and on Facebook, here.

  • 14 Aug 2019 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Sharon Contillo is the President of Middle Center Productions, LLC which focuses on female and family-centric stories, films, books, and productions. Sharon produces films and stories with female leads of all ages and within all genres, focusing on the underrepresented to give them a platform to be seen and heard. Sharon is a screenwriter, executive producer, director, actor, and author. She has won awards for her feature scripts, Madam President and Sandwitched.  She has won the 2019 Master Storyteller award for IBM. Sharon wrote, produced and starred in four IBM commercials made for trade shows and conferences around the world.  She won first place at the IBM WebSphere Technical Conference for her short film, SIGN. Her feature-length original animation script, The Little Christmas Ornament, is available as a youth chapter book and available on Amazon.com. Among her other writings, Sharon has written five other features that expand genres including horror, romantic comedy, family comedy, science fiction and animation.

    Sharon recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for her short film, CURLS, which takes aim at the inaccurate portrayal of women and girls in media and advertising.  Sharon has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.  She studied filmmaking and writing at the New York Film Academy and ScreenwritingU.

    Sharon is a 2019 winner of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant.  Learn more about Sharon at www.middlecentprod.com


    Meet WIFVNE Member Sharon Contillo! 

    How did you get started?  When did you start your company?
    I started Middle Center Productions, in 2014, with the goal of creating a production company that made stories with female leads.  I was at a film networking event in NYC back then and a man approached me and asked about my films.  I told him that I write and produce stories with all female leads.  He burst out laughing and told me I’d never get them sold.  Well, much has happened in the industry since then to prove him wrong, but there’s still more distance to gain and I plan on doing just that.

    In 2005, my girls were 4 and 6, and I was working a corporate job.  I took advantage of being a work from home employee and commuted to NYC to learn to be a director.  I traveled from RI to NYC three days a week via car, train and subway, to take night classes at the NY Film Academy.  We would then have to be in either NY or NJ on the weekends to shoot our student films.  It was very difficult travel and extremely long hours.  My family thought I was crazy, but I was loving every minute of it.  I have been determined and driven all my life to make stories come to life and I’m excited to be making it all become a reality now.

    What do you love about the work that you do? 
    I love to create things, whether it’s a story, a film, a book, a special cake for my girls.  I love the different mediums.  And I like doing it to evoke emotions in people.   

    What can you tell us about CURLS?  
    My role is the writer, producer, and director. My team members are Raz Cunningham (co-producer and “go to guy” when I need advice and just about anything. Katherine Castro is my DP, Mark Greene is my AD, Beth Ricci is my sound mixer, Alicia Rush is hair and make-up, and Eileen Slavin is my editor. And I would like to mention Animus Studios. Wendy Raad and Arty Gold have been amazing supporters of me and this project. I truly would not be this far in the production process, the quality of my auditions would not have been professional looking without the generous use of their studio and their time. I am so grateful to have them in my life for guidance and support. They are so busy over there producing their own great content and yet always find time for me for those maybe not so quick questions. You just can’t go it alone in this business and finding good people like Wendy and Arty is priceless.

    CURLS: Little eight-year-old Maddie is completely ashamed of her twisted frizzy hair so much so that she does everything within her power to hide it.  Until in one moment, with the help of an unlikely ally, she musters up the courage to embrace her true self.

    I’m passionate about this story because it was inspired by my daughter Mackenzie, where at 5 years old she believed that she needed to have straight hair to be considered beautiful.  As a result, she has struggled with self-confidence.  My goal is to give girls a positive outlet for inspiration. Although this story is about hair, it’s not only about hair.  It’s about being body confident and embracing your true you.  I had my own body confidence issues when I was young and still do at times as a woman. I was ashamed of my height and got picked on for being short. I even had someone sing that “short people got no reason to live” song when I was a young teenager.  All my friends were taller than me and so whenever we went in the car, I was given the hump seat in the back of a car.  No one knew they were hurting my feelings and making me feel inferior.

    Principal photography starts on Sept 7th and ends on the evening of Sept 8th.  Follow our progress at the Facebook Curls page, here.

    When building your crew, what considerations are important to you? 
    I like driven and conscientious people.  People that love their work no matter what the exterior forces are.  I strive to hire a diverse team of all races, genders and orientations.

    What can you tell us about crowdsourcing funding for CURLS?
    I learned how to tell my story better.  To create a vision and emotions with words so that others could see and feel what I feel.  This was not easy.  When you have a great idea for a film, you think everyone will get it.  It doesn’t happen that way.  I have seen blank stares reflected back at me and people being kind in their words but truly not seeing the vision and purpose of the story.  It’s my job as a story teller to tell the story even when I pitch it.  I also learned how hard it is to funded a project one dollar at a time.  How to write emails, texts, leave messages and follow up, trying not to sound desperate and aggressive.  I learned how to find my audience and it wasn’t always whom I thought it would be.  It is not easy!  And I learned a lot from the people that contributed.  Many of them had their own stories, many we very generous with their money and very generous with sharing the CURLS message.

    When writing, what keeps you motivated when faced with a blank page?  Do you participate in a writer’s group? 
    I do not participate in a writers’ group although I’ve heard some wonderful things and certainly understand the camaraderie.  Being a single mom for so many years, I’ve had to write on my own in the middle of the night or early morning hours.  One of the techniques that I use to avoid the blank page is to not start writing the script until the story is formed.  I write notes, create outlines, ID all the characters first and their roles and personalities, ID all the plot points and jot down what the main character’s hopes and fears are.  When you have all that information, you have so much to write when it comes time to put it in script form.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?
    Being on the East Coast has helped and being in a small state [Rhode Island] makes it even better because people get to know you faster.  I have dealt with some folks out West and I get the feeling that it’s not as easy for women out that way to have many opportunities.  And finding enough skilled women to crew up in areas has been difficult.  I’m hoping that changes soon.

    Were you told or did you learn a piece of wisdom or advice you now tell others in the beginning of their career?
    I say a few things to my girls, who are 18 and 20 now.  You can always change your mind and remember that anything that comes into your path is for a reason.  Learn from it, forgive yourself and do not dwell on it.  Move on.  One of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes is, “If you’re going through hell, keep going!”.

    What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry?
    I think if more women were in the industry that would help with equal pay.  I would certainly change that if I could.  I pay women the same as I would pay a man on my crew.

    Why are you a member of WIFVNE?
    I’m a member because I like to hear what others are doing, I like to network with my fellow filmmakers, and I’ve benefited from WIFVNE’s help in finding crew for my projects.  Being able to tap into other peoples’ wisdom and skills helps me create a better film.  I feel that by highlighting WIFVNE members’ projects, it helps and encourages others to continue with their own projects.  And to someday be on the spotlight, too.  This is not easy work and I think many people find themselves alone.  WIFVNE’s strength is bringing us all together.  It’s a nice community and I’m grateful for WIFVNE.

    Photo credits
    1. Sharon Contillo
    2. CURLS teaser poster
    3. Casting for CURLS at Animus Studios
    4. Sharon, outside Animus Studios, ready for casting of CURLS

  • 19 Jul 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Hartford

    WIFVNE was honored to join the ISA-Hartford meeting on July 18 at Republic at the Linden.  It was a fabulous meeting with some talented writers. Excitement was in the air as we introduced our new Connecticut state chair Wendy Wilkins! We were also joined by Trish Robinson, producer of the 48 Hour Film Project of New Haven!

    Lots of ideas were shared (below). We look forward to doing more in the Nutmeg State!

    • Pitch sessions
    • Writing contests/submissions:  how to gain waivers or discounts
    • Partnership/Resources with Writers Guild
    • Building “accountability partnerships”
    • Future Mixers with a “logline” exercise
    • Facilitating “feedback meetings” for films or ideas
    • Storytellers Cottage event

  • 11 Jul 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Starz and WrapWomen are seeking short documentaries by female filmmakers telling female stories.

    The ‘Telling Our Stories’ film competition is for short documentaries highlighting themes relevant to womanhood, created by female and female-identifying filmmakers. These shorts, or treatments for works-in-progress films, will be evaluated by industry professionals, competing for one of six finalist spots.

    The short films of the six finalists will receive distribution on Starz, recognition at the Power Women Summit with an audience of over 2,000 women, and the chance to compete for the winning prize of $10,000.

    Submit Your Film to FilmFreeway

    Contest Rules

    • Submissions can be short documentary with a maximum running time of 7 minutes, or in the case of works-in-progress, a one-page treatment.
    • Submissions may have previously played film festivals as long as they premiered after January 2017.
    • Submissions are ineligible if they screened on US network or cable television, or distributed to theaters.

    Visit the Website for More Information

  • 11 Jul 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    This write-up is provided by Sarah Lima, a student at Lesley University.  She was connected to Jenn Harris and Island Queen via WIFVNE. 

    Recently I got to work on set of the new film Island Queen, directed by Jenn Harris and Zackary Grady. On set, I worked as a production assistant and script supervisor. When first being asked to do the job of script supervisor I was overwhelmed by the position, but Jenn and the whole crew reassured me that I had everyone on my side to answer any questions and to help me along the way. From my first conversation with Jenn, I knew that working on this film would be a benefit to me and my career not only for the experience, but for the knowledge I would gain working on a professional set. Before this, I had never worked with professional filmmakers before, so of course, I jumped on the opportunity. It taught me so much about lighting, scheduling, communication and set etiquette on a level that I had not seen before.

    Working on Island Queen has prepared me beyond my expectations for my last year of film school at Lesley University and for my professional career after school. I could not be more grateful for every individual that contributed to the experience. Being surrounded by motivated people who are willing to wake up at 5am every day and then work for 10-12 hours straight was a huge inspiration, watching them work like machines to solve problems and handle situations that they could not have foreseen was incredible, and above all was the patience they all had for the process. To let this film come alive through every set up, every take, and every line was simply unforgettable. This crew showed me what collaboration looks like at its finest and I hope to bring that on to any film I work on in the future; they have set a brilliant example for me and I am so grateful!

  • 11 Jul 2019 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Portland area women join WIFVNE for a happy hour at Wild Root Kombucha to discuss the film world, what they need, and their own projects. Attendees included Jill Harrigan, Phoebe Parker, Liz Hall (from the Maine Film Association), Kendra Smith, Kathleen O’Heron and memebrs of the Jynx Productions team.  WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini and WIFVNE State Chair Juliette Sutherland were also present.  There was a special appearance by Scott Lebeda (camera operator, former WIFVNE Board member, and Alecia’s husband) and Finley Lebeda (Alecia and Scott’s amazing son).

    WIFVNE heard some great ideas about how WIFVNE can support you and production stories:

    • Jill talked about wanting a casting service so she can easily connect with actors and crew in the area, even though various Facebooks groups exist they aren’t in good use.
    • Phoebe and Kendra talked about projects and business they’ve started and everyone revelled in getting to spend time with other women in this profession.
    • The Jynx Production team shared some stories about creating American-focused content for German TV.

    Shout out to Root Wild for hosting WIFVNE! Almost everyone got the grapefruit kombucha with notes of hibiscus. YUM.

     


  


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