Writing Workshop | Summer 2018

WRITE ON GOLDEN POND June 29 – July 1, 2018 Academy Award-winning writer Ernest Thompson offers his exclusive Write On Golden Pond workshop at his home in the idyllic Lakes Region of New Hampshire, close to where his classic movie ON GOLDEN POND was filmed. Open to eight writers only — of any age, experience or background — this weekend is all about process and getting in touch with your creative confidence, in an inspiring,

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NH Business Review – December 2017

Q&A with Writer-Director Ernest Thompson By Mike Morin  Published: December 21, 2017 Ernest Thompson says New Hampshire is missing the boat by not offering incentives to the film industry. New Hampshire Magazine photo Writer, director and actor Ernest Thompson, a New Hampshire native, would like nothing more than to grow a budding local film community into a full-fledged movie industry by encouraging state lawmakers to consider offering tax breaks that would bring in job-generating film

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Midsummer Film Festival: July 17-18

TWO GREAT MOVIES: One Unforgettable Weekend! Reserve your tickets pronto. As a benefit for The Little Church Theater, in Holderness, New Hampshire, Whitebridge Farm Productions presents our two recent movies TIME AND CHARGES and HEAVENLY ANGLE, both written and directed by Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson. If you haven’t seen TIME AND CHARGES and HEAVENLY ANGLE, shot (almost) in their entirety in the Lakes Region, as was, you may recall, Ernest Thompson’s ON GOLDEN POND,

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“You Are Loved” Music Video Review

FUSE FILM REVIEW: AT THE MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST ~ by Paul Dervis Sunday was Richard Gere day at this year’s Maine International Film Festival (through July 19): the prolific actor starred in two decidedly atypical Gere movies. Wedged in between these showcases was a new, locally filmed music video written and directed by MIFF favorite Ernest Thompson, the writer of On Golden Pond as well as West Side Waltz. Thompson has been running an

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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 8

THE SWEET SPOT by Ernest Thompson ~ We’re in love.  With BEAUTIFUL WOMEN.  All is well with the world.   The script is finished. Pop the champagne.  Call your mother; mine’s dead.   In my movie HEAVENLY ANGLE the filmmaker is asked (by the drunken mayor he’s trying to bilk for a budget), “So now what? Just add water and poof – Academy Awards, People magazine, Ellen?”  The filmmaker, played handsomely and winningly convincingly by

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“On Golden Pond” by the Harbor

OSCAR WINNER SPEAKS AT HARBOR DAYS Mattapoisett — Ernest Thompson, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the 1981 classic “On Golden Pond,” spoke and answered questions before the movie was screened for the Harbor Days festival crowd on Saturday night. The Mattapoisett Lions Club hosted the showing. Thompson brought his Oscar and allowed guests to pass it around and take pictures with it. “If you’ve ever wanted to make an Oscar acceptance speech, here’s your chance

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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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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 2

BUILDING A STORY by Ernest Thompson ~ Half my life ago I was dating a woman People Magazine called the second most beautiful in the world and I was thinking two things: one, what kind of loser was I; second, really? And two, shouldn’t that have been enough? Beauty, it turns out, isn’t skin deep at all. Then what is it? We’ll get back to that.   That’s the Message part of storytelling; if we

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IMAGINE A Movie: Part 1

CREATING A SCRIPT FROM SCRATCH by Ernest Thompson ~ It starts with the story. Everybody’s got one. I sure have enough people approaching me with the greatest idea ever and wouldn’t I like to write it for them? No, is my standard answer and it’s not personal. Write it yourself, I always say, then it will be personal. Personal’s good. Not as in we can’t wait to hear the sexy secrets of your shocking biography,

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We’re All “Boston Strong“

NEW RELEASE FROM THOMPSON|DELEAULT Ernest Thompson, whose Boston roots began with his Somerville grandfather, an engineer on the Boston-Maine Railroad, and extend to Boston University’s Mugar Library, where Thompson’s papers are collected in the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center, felt, like millions of others, a personal connection to the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombing. A lifelong storyteller (he won an Academy Award for his “On Golden Pond” screenplay), his first instinct was to write about

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