Friday, September 5, 2014

Governor Hassan, DRED launch What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest

Governor Hassan, DRED Launch What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest

Contest Partners Middle School Students with Local Manufacturers to Produce Video Exploring Career Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

CONCORD – In order to engage New Hampshire’s students as the new school year begins and help them understand that there are exciting and interesting career opportunities at manufacturing companies across the state, Governor Maggie Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose launched the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest.

Aimed at introducing middle school students to advanced manufacturing, the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest partners participating schools with a local manufacturer to produce a video that explores career opportunities in manufacturing, how the industry has changed and its importance to New Hampshire’s economy as the state’s largest industry.

“As our state’s largest industry, manufacturing is critical to keeping our economy moving in the right direction and expanding middle class opportunity,” Governor Hassan said. “By creating partnerships between job-creating manufacturing companies and local schools, the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest will help our students understand that they can stay in New Hampshire and find jobs here that are interesting and exciting. This contest will also help build relationships that can lead to a stronger workforce pipeline to fill the jobs that growing businesses are creating here in New Hampshire, helping this critical industry continue to thrive.”

Students and their advisers can begin working with a local manufacturer on the video at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and must submit their projects by December 1, 2014. A winner will be selected in early 2015.

“This video contest is a great introduction for students  to meet their local manufacturers – manufacturers they may pass on their way to school every day,” said Commissioner Rose. “The contest brings both of them together so that these companies can showcase exciting opportunities to the students, some of whom may well become employees in a few years. Advanced manufacturing and our middle school students are the future in New Hampshire and this is a way for them to connect.”

The What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest is part of an effort that the Governor announced in February’s State of the State. Working with an advisory committee from the Divison of Economic Development coordinating the contest, students at Nashua High School South partnered last spring with manufacturer Johnson Precision in Hudson to produce the pilot project.

The pilot video is available at the contest website,

Teachers interested in taking part can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at or by contacting Christopher Way, deputy director, Division of Economic Development at 603-271-2341.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Alchemists' Community Films Workshop to hold premiere of latest New Hampshire-based film on 9/21

[From producer Tom Dunn:]

Alchemists' Community Films Workshop is having the world premiere of their next New Hampshire based film: "The One Room Schoolhouse" on September 21st at 5:30 pm at the Henniker Congregational Church's monthly supper.  A rough edit of the film open for comments can be seen at:

The Community Films Project has produced eight short films in its six year history.  These include:

"Behind The Scenes at the Food Pantry"
"Doctor Stories"
"Food Tales"
"The Birds' Nest"
"A Stands for Angel...The Angela Robinson Story"

Alchemists' Community Films include area young people and adults under the direction of Dartmouth College's Bob Robertson, an award winning director who specializes in editing and post production work, and produced by Tom Dunn, founder of The Alchemists' Workshop and Henniker Youth Theatre. Their films have won awards from The Sodexo Foundation, Youth Serves America, The New Hampshire Department of Education and the Cogswell Benevolent Trust.

Casting Notice: Short film "The Owl" to shoot in New Hampshire Seacoast Region

[Forwarding this casting notice along...]

Production: THE OWL
Union/Non-Union: Non-union
Production Type: Indie short film
Project length: 15 minutes
Production and Shooting Location: Seacoast Region, New Hampshire
Production Company: Breakneck Media & Redcove Productions
Directors: Ken Dodge and Jeremy Robinson
Producer: Jeremy Robinson
E-mail: & (CC both addresses)
Compensation: Limited


Virtual Auditions: Accepted between August 12 and Sept 6.

In Person Auditions will be on September 6, from 2pm - 8pm at Anchor Line, 40 Pleasant St. Portsmouth NH (basement level). Please e-mail headshot, resume and/or reel in advance, so we know to expect you. * Those auditioning for the part of Amanda need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or agent.

Call Backs (in person, Portsmouth NH): September 13
Shooting Starts: October 17
Shooting Ends: October 19

Virtual Audition Guidelines:

Please choose an audition script of your own, paying attention to genre and the character you are auditioning for. You can use something original, or something already produced. If already produced, make it your own. Don’t try to duplicate.

Upload videos to YouYube, Vimeo, etc. and send a link to Jeremy and Ken via the email addresses above. You may also send a link to download the video directly from a server, Dropbox, or similar service. Include a brief bio, filmography (if any) and contact information.

* All submissions for the part of Amanda should be submitted by a parent, guardian or agent.

Production Goals:

The Owl, written by bestselling author, Jeremy Robinson, will make the rounds at several large festivals, granting exposure to all involved. It will not only be a calling card for the actors and directors, but may also be a potential launching point for a feature length film.


The Owl is a horror short film following two men’s search for a girl gone missing—or taken—in the dark woods of New Hampshire, where something inhuman lurks.

Character BIOS

AMANDA - Female - Age 10 - 14

Amanda is a typical young woman who experiences a full range of emotion, from wonderment to abject horror. She’s on her own in the woods, which appear both magical and full of potential evil.

HEATHER - Female - Age 35 - 45

Heather is the worried mother of Amanda. She desperately, and concisely, appeals for the rescue of her missing daughter. She is attractive and on the cusp of starting a relationship with George.

GEORGE - Male - 40 - 50

Father of Chris and interested in Heather, George is a responsible, upstanding man full of nobility and New England gumption . He and Chris set out on a quest to find Amanda, who is missing. He’s strong and fit. Owns a small construction company. Must be capable of stern seriousness and abject fear.

CHRIS - Male - 20 - 25

Chris is like a thinner, younger version of George, but with a crafty smile and a sense of humor. He’s looser than his father. Casual. A trace of mischief, but at the core, his father’s son. He’s fit, and fast, capable of running at great speed, with Tom Cruise-like passion. Emotional range is from casual, sarcastic humor to abject fear.

About the Directors

Kenneth Dodge is the Telley award-winning director and editor behind scores of commercials and online promotional videos for clients such as DTS, Sony, Carl's Jr., Mazda, Konami, The U.S. Army, ZICO and NBC/Universal. His sixteen years of professional experience, working with a range of budgets, has given him exceptional skill behind the camera as well as in the editor's chair, enabling him to fully execute his vision.

Dodge began his film career at the age of 16, using his sister's VHS camera, filming dance recitals, hundreds of "film-school" shorts (that no one will ever see) and finally receiving a BA in film from Emerson College.

For more about Ken, visit:

Jeremy Robinson is the bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas, including Xom-B, Island 731, SecondWorld, the Jack Sigler thriller series and Project Nemesis, the highest selling original (non-licensed) kaiju novel of all time. He's known for mixing elements of science, history and mythology, which has earned him the #1 spot in Science Fiction and Action-Adventure, and secured him as the top creature feature author. His novels have been translated into twelve languages.

In addition to being an author, Robinson is also an accomplished screenwriter, illustrator, book cover designer, video editor and director of several no-budget short films. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.

For more about Robinson, visit:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Historic New Hampshire photography exhibit opens at State Library

For immediate release: September 2, 2014

Gilman Shattuck

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Twitter: @NHCulture
Historic NH photography exhibit opens at State Library

More than 150 prints selected from the Hillsborough Historical Society’s Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Photographic Collection will be on exhibit at the N.H. State Library in Concord beginning Sept. 2 and running through Oct. 31, 2014.

The full Manahan collection contains more than 150,000 negatives from a photo studio that operated in Hillsborough, N.H., from the 1860s until 2002. William H. Manahan, Jr., the best known of the 10 photographers who operated it, ran the studio from 1899 until 1953. A large portion of the collection, and of the exhibit, is his work.

The images selected for the exhibit include the people, places, events, work and lifestyles of Hillsborough as well as of New Hampshire, New England and the Northeast across almost 150 years.

In addition to documenting the region and its people, the Manahan collection is unique because it chronicles the entire development of negative photography, ranging from early glass plate copies of daguerreotype photographs to color film. There is no comparable collection in New Hampshire.

The exhibit was curated by Gilman Shattuck and would not have been possible without the help of Krista Gallant, Beatrice Jillette, James Smith, Thomas Talpey and Jerry Hanauer.

Over the 12 years since the collection was given to the Society, a group of dedicated volunteers has largely completed the conservation and preservation work necessary to maintain the collection for future generations. This work was made possible by a number of grants and generous donations that provided archival storage material, computer equipment and training. A major early grant was from the N.H. State Library’s Conservation License Plate Grant Program.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at the State Library on Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The State Library located on 20 Park Street in Concord, N.H., and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the Manahan Collection, visit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indie feature GOOD CLEAN FUN, w/ Alicia Minshew, to film on New Hampshire seacoast

[Here's a media release from the producers of the indie feature, GOOD CLEAN FUN. Looking forward to having the production film on the New Hampshire seacoast this fall!]


Portsmouth, New Hampshire – August 18, 2014

Look out New Hampshire Seacoast… “GOOD CLEAN FUN” is coming your way!

Sabrina Inc and GCF, LLC are proud to be producing the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely in New Hampshire’s Seacoast. The film, entitled "GOOD CLEAN FUN", is a comedy crime caper about a "good" wife who, upon discovering that her husband has been cheating on her, decides to learn the art of being "bad".

Produced by Sabrina Inc owner and Seacoast local Sabrina Velandry, the film is written and will be directed by Hollywood veteran Markus Redmond.  Redmond, an actor and prolific screenwriter, has written feature film screenplays for Sony Pictures as well as independent studios. Redmond has also developed television pilot scripts for several major networks, including Showtime.  Redmond will also write, direct and star in the indie romance feature, “Pacific Standard”, an homage to Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”. Woody Allen alum Erica Leerhsen, who currently stars in Allen’s “Magic In The Moonlight”, will appear opposite Redmond.

But before that happens, Redmond is bringing his signature brand of comedy and romance to the Seacoast of New Hampshire.  Redmond himself will be in the Seacoast this coming week (Thursday, August 21st through Sunday, August 24th) for scouting, testing, meetings and events.

“If this film is half as much fun to shoot as it was to write, we’re in excellent shape. Everyone in the area has shown such wonderfully enthusiastic support for what we’re doing and the state is just gorgeous in the fall. I’m so grateful to Sabrina for introducing me to this beautiful, underutilized gem of a place to shoot in”, said Redmond.

Redmond and Velandry met working on the indie prison drama “K-11”, directed by Jules Stewart. Having a mutual love for film, it was only a matter of time before the two would team up on a film project of their own. “Markus’ portrayal of Precious in K-11 was really compelling, and I was familiar with his screenplays as well, so I was absolutely ecstatic when he handed me “Good Clean Fun” to produce,” explained Sabrina.

The film brings with it several prolific stars well known to daytime fans: Daytime Emmy award winner Jordi Vilasuso (Guiding Light, All My Children), Daytime Emmy award nominee and 30 year “All My Children” diva Jennifer Bassey and "One Life To Live" favorite Jessica Morris.

Headlining the film in the lead role of “good” girl Darcy Fisher is two-time Daytime Emmy award nominee Alicia Minshew, famous – or perhaps infamous – for her role as the scandalous Kendall Hart-Slater on “All My Children”. “I knew I wanted to be in one of Markus' (Redmond) films the minute I read one of his scripts. His writing was so easy and real, he’s a great storyteller. The character in (Good Clean Fun) is exactly something I have always wanted to play. A good girl gone bad!, says Minshew. “I also thought it would be refreshing to do a comedy. I have spent many years doing dramatic stuff so the lighter, fun script really appealed to me.”

Redmond will round out the cast in a role opposite Minshew.

The film is currently in development with filming slated for this fall and has garnered the support of both the Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Film & Television Commission.
“The producers have really made the effort to get out there and work with community partners prior to production, and that kind of relationship-building is a win-win for everyone involved in independent film,” says Matt Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office. “They are excited to begin production and have this be a true ‘New Hampshire-made’ film, and we’re ready to help them make that happen.”

The filmmakers are actively seeking investors for the film.  The film’s production budget is $550K. Velandry and Redmond have already procured digital distribution for “GOOD CLEAN FUN”, and an announcement with further details regarding this and the distribution company will be made in the next coming weeks. Several local businesses and residents have agreed to open their shops and homes as locations for the film.

Follow the film’s social media channels on Facebook:; Twitter: @gcf_movie and Instagram: @gcf_movie for updates and events happening this weekend 8/22-8/24.

For investment opportunities or media queries please contact:

Sabrina Velandry
Come this fall #badisthenewgood!

Multi-Camera Studio Production masterclass at PPMtv in Portsmouth, 8/26-28

[Community media centers are a great place to get training in video production technology and techniques. Here's an upcoming class at PPMtv - Portsmouth Public Media:]

Multi-Camera Studio Production
August 26, 27, 28 - 6pm -9pm
$100 for non-members / $70 for Members

PPMtv’s Executive Director, Bill Humphreys, will lead a three-day masterclass focusing on our bread and butter: multi-camera production in a controlled studio environment. Participants will enjoy a hands-on, immersive experience in studio production workflow, protocol and technique.

Areas covered include:

  • Studio lighting
  • Sound operation & technique
  • Camera placement, operation, & technique
  • Teleprompter operation
  • Stage Management
  • Broadcast Direction
  • Control Booth switching
  • Live-to-tape editing and recording

Participants should plan to attend all three classes. This masterclass is open to all ages and abilities, and is highly recommended for current PPMtv Member-Producers looking to hone their skills, as well as anyone interested in creating television and media content at PPMtv. Come play in our sandbox!


Video/Social Media workshop for businesses and nonprofits at Concord TV on 9/24

[Here's an upcoming video production workshop from Concord TV:]
The Power of Video in Marketing Your Business or Nonprofit on Social Media and Beyond

Wednesday, September 24, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Cost: $50 (includes breakfast refreshments)

Using video to tell your story has become an important tool in marketing today. Small businesses and nonprofits have many opportunities to connect with their target markets using Social Media. Let Concord TV show you how to create video clips and use them to expand your marketing opportunities.

For more information, or to register, visit

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Crew Notice: The Lighthouse Project Film (in Maine) seeking set PAs

[I was contacted last night by the producer of this indie film project. Shooting in Maine, but they've expanded their search for production assistants into New Hampshire. ~Matt]

Seeking experienced set PAs for independent period drama being shot now until Sept. 5 in Jonesport, Maine.

The Lighthouse Project Film (working title) is set in 1876 at the Moose Peak Light. We are offering housing, travel and all meals on shoot days. Plus $150 a day. Prefer people with cars but can accommodate those without.

Contact: Jane Applegate, Producer - 914-830-5115

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

High-flying team in New Hampshire offers exciting aerial imagery for New England

[Received this news from ASSIST Aviation Solutions in Nashua and Northern Pictures in Portsmouth.]
High-flying Team Offers Exciting Aerial Imagery for New England

Nashua & Portsmouth, New Hampshire - August 4, 2014 - Two growing New Hampshire companies are partnering to provide cutting-edge aerial cinematography.

ASSIST Aviation Solutions, LLC, (Nashua, NH) specializes in custom-designed solutions to fit customers’ unique project requirements. The company supports a variety of imagery and data acquisition projects, including offshore marine biology surveys, public utility vegetation management, solar farm array monitoring, and aerial photography of the Mt. Washington State Park.

“This is very exciting for ASSIST. Through our partnership, we can now offer our clients some amazing aerial cinematography. This collaboration between Northern Pictures and ASSIST streamlines the customer experience and makes it possible to draw on the strengths of both companies. This relationship enables us to offer our clients a seamless project experience while passing on great savings.” Rick Bartle, ASSIST CTO.

A full service production house, Northern Pictures (Portsmouth, NH) specializes in creating high impact, compelling and inspirational videos for the Web, television and screen. From pre- through post-production, Northern Pictures’ winning formula has always been a “team first” approach. Whether from the ground or air, the use of the latest technology, along with steadfast technique, allows Northern Pictures to meet the needs of clients large and small.

“Having worked with other aerial aviation providers, I can say that ASSIST Aviation Solutions is head and shoulders above the rest. With complex shoots come complex logistics, and ASSIST’s attention to detail and commitment to safety allow us to focus on what we do best.” Northern Pictures founder and Director of Photography, J.T. McGinn.

While other aerial service providers and video production companies are based in NH, this is a unique partnership. Since formalizing their collaboration in early July, ASSIST and Northern Pictures have worked together on a project in Portsmouth and are planning for additional work in the weeks ahead.

Carolyn Abbott, Director of Marketing Communications
ASSIST Aviation Solutions
603-505-4668, x107

JT McGinn, Director of Photography
Northern Pictures

Monday, August 11, 2014

Crew Notice: Production Assistant needed for 8/14 in Manchester, NH for Investigation Discovery show

[From Molly Snyder-Fink at Optomen USA in New York:]

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NEEDED THIS THURSDAY 8/14 to go to Manchester Police Department and scan crime scene photos, mug shots, video, etc. for an Investigation Discovery show called, “Most Evil”. The Chief of the Homicide Unit will supervise what materials you choose to scan and he can only meet this Thursday at 3 PM, therefore you’d need to arrive at 2:30 and plan to be there for a few hours scanning documents, and later uploading those files over to me that same evening or the following morning latest. You need to have access to a good scanner and a laptop, plus some type of software that could capture a video from a dvd onto your computer. Rate is flexible, let me know what you charge for the day. Email: with relevant experience, equipment details, rate and contact info.