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Filmmakers Brunch

Saturday brunch co-hosted by the Maine International Film Festival drew 40 professionals to Hathaway Creative Center. By Amy Calder Staff Writer ~ WATERVILLE — Rob Little spent much of his youth outdoors with a camera, filming animals and researching them to share what he learned with others. He dove into swamps, retrieving snapping turtles and capturing their movements on video. Additional Images “I would teach my friends; I would teach anybody who was willing to

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FREE Family Movie: July 19

ON GOLDEN POND Shipyard Park, Mattapoisett, MA Meet the creator Ernest Thompson and the Oscar he won for it during the weekend-long Harbor Days celebration sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. Directed by Mark Rydell. The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea —

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HEAVENLY ANGLE: July 13 & 20

MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MIFF) From Oscar winner, On Golden Pond creator and last year’s guest at MIFF, Ernest Thompson, comes a hoot with a heart. Heavenly Angle follows a has-been Hollywood director as he tries to swindle New Englanders into investing in a film he doesn’t plan to make, only to find out that there may be no better place to make a movie with real people. It’s a riotous follow-up to last year’s

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Audition/Workshop at MIFF: July 12

FOR ACTORS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS, AND THE AUDIENCE! See how Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ernest Thompson created Heavenly Angle, taking the best – and also the worst – of what hundreds of New England actors brought to Whitebridge Farm Productions auditions and turning their remarkable courage, spirit and talent – or discernible lack thereof – into his magical and compelling movie. If you’re an Actor who can act, sing, dance or juggle – or, just as good,

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Acting Workshops: June 7 – August 1

ACTORS ACT NOW! Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ernest Thompson and his company Whitebridge Farm Productions, in partnership with Red River Theatres in Concord, NH, present: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (JULY 7 – 11) – Learn or review the basics of high quality acting for TV, Film and New Media while connecting with industry professionals who are seeking talent for upcoming films and pilots. ACTING FOR THE STAGE (JULY 14 – 18) – Challenge your on-stage acting skills in a training program designed

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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 5

WAS IT SOMETHING I DIDN’T SAY? by Ernest Thompson ~ I hope so. Movies, by their nature, are studies in economy, in emotions under-expressed, in showing not explaining. The best writing in film is subtext, leaving the audience to fill in the blanks.   Audiences, even if they don’t know it, want to be part of the process. They want to figure things out; they want to be surprised; and they don’t want to be

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La Laguna Dorada ~ Now Playing

ARGENTINIAN TOUR After a successful run in Mar del Plata, Argentina, with Chare Lopez, this tour of LA LAGUNA DORADA (ON GOLDEN POND) opens in Buenos Aires on April 4, 2014. Directed by Manuel González Gil and starring Pepe Soriano and Claudia Lapacó, with Emilia Mazer, Rodrigo Noya, Joselo Bella and Fabian Talin. For more information about this production, click here. Read review  

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 4

WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? by Ernest Thompson ~ Yes! Every line that every character says is worth gold. You want to throw away precious minerals, you can, but if you think of all those words as priceless, perhaps it’ll help you quantify their value in your script.   Screenwriters who come from the theatre – I’m one – have an intrinsic disadvantage, balanced, fortunately, by a practiced appreciation for the essential urgency of the

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Writing Workshop: June 27-29

WRITE ON GOLDEN POND Is writing your passion? More than a hundred stories have been created at Ernest’s farm in the idyllic Lakes Region of New Hampshire by writers of all experience and backgrounds. Yours should be next.Click here to learn more. To register, call 603-744-3652 or email Space is limited.

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 3

OUTLINE THIS by Ernest Thompson ~ 1. Do you always need to create an outline? No.   2. Should you always create an outline? Yes.   3. Does an Oscar-winning writer always use one? Of course not. And always regrets it when he doesn’t.   4. Let’s ask a character question: what is it in our character, I mean yours, that we, you, want to skip the outline part of screenwriting? Don’t say laziness; that’s

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