Screenwriting Instructor Wayne Beach was interviewed on 207 recently. Check it out for some great advice about how to get your script or screenplay through the door and onto the screen. Wayne wrote the screenplays for Murder at 1600 and The Art of War as well as developed projects for the makers of The Pirates of the Caribbean, Law & Order, The Fugitive, Ocean’s Eleven and The Perfect Storm. Watch the video HERE.
Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved in our local creative community and to see some of Maine’s most wonderful artwork! Our galleries depend on the help of volunteers to maintain open hours, interact with gallery visitors, and assist in the general upkeep of the space. If you are interested in volunteering at either the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport, ME, or the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, please contact the gallery manager, Sarah Whitling, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who think you have seen and photographed it all, we offer an new amazing and bucket-list-worthy Destination Workshop, The People and Places of Myanmar. Have you been there yet? We didn’t think so.
January 11-22, National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita and adventure photographer Jock Montgomery will lead an incredible tour through Myanmar, visiting colorful markets, lake-side fishing villages, and ancient temples. You’ll visit the Akha hill tribe to witness traditional stick dancing at their village festival, traverse Inle Lake by boat to photograph floating farms, temples on stilts, and leg-rowing fishermen, and explore the endless panorama of more than 4,000 temples at Bagan. Oh, and you can even choose to take a sunrise balloon ride there. Yes, please! All levels of photographers are welcome, as well as non-photographing spouses. View the complete itinerary HERE.
Maine Media Alum Nominated for Primetime Emmy
Earlier this year we shared news about alum Annetta Marion working as showrunner on season three of Oprah's Master Class. Well, she's back on our radar! The season has just been nominated for a Primetime Emmy, the first series nomination for OWN. Congratulations, Annetta! Best of luck!
MMW Scholarship Recipient Makes Directorial Debut
Rachel Seed first came to us in 2006 as a work-study student, and later returned for our Platypus course with Dirck Halstead on a Yarka Vendrinska Scholarship. We were excited to hear that Rachel is now working at the International Center for Photography and is preparing her first documentary, A Photographic Memory, a personal and photo-historical project based on archival film interviews that Rachel's mother conducted with photographic luminaries like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, and Lisette Model in the early 1970s. Not only a fascinating window into the philosophies and motivations of some of photography's most influential artists, the film is also a vehicle for Rachel to learn about her mother, Sheila Turner-Seed, who died not long after the interviews were filmed, when Rachel was just a toddler. Weaving archival footage with Rachel's own contemporary interviews with many of the same artists, A Photographic Memory is a posthumous mother-daughter collaboration fueled by a shared love of photography. Read more about the project's progress at Rachel's A Photographic Memory blog.
Brianna Torres wins Coco Latino Video Contest
It's been less than a year since Brianna Torres was here, taking our Storytelling With Bruce Strong workshop, but already she has made major inroads on her career. Brianna wrote to us recently to share the news that she had won the Coco Latino Video Contest with her short film, Feed What You Love. "I was in such a rut last year that I cashed out some of my retirement to pay for Bruce Strong's class," says Brianna. "And it made all the difference, because a month later I won $10,000 in a video contest!" Brianna rounded out her year making running videos for Adidas and Running Times Magazine, and creating a web app during Tribeca Hacks. She's now ready to launch an independent documentary film project about travelling back to Cuba with her father who emigrated from there when he was a boy. "It's the creative life I've always wanted." says Brianna.
"Thanks for being such a special place. It helped encourage and prepare me for this current project that I've wanted to make for years." Check out the pre-production trailer for the documentary on Brianna's vimeo page. We look forward to seeing the finished product!
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors, we were thrilled to offer workshop scholarships to 28 students this summer. Awards were made to both teen and adult students as near as Camden and as far away as Mexico. "Selecting scholarship recipients is one of the most rewarding experiences we have," says Registrar & Director of Student Services Kerry Curren. "Reviewing students' work and reading their application narratives is always a touching and emotional process." This is the highest number of scholarships awarded in a calendar year by Maine Media Workshops + College, and there are still more to come! Be sure to check out all the scholarships available on our website. Several have rolling deadlines and are yet to be awarded.
We're honored to have world-renowned photographer Arthur Meyerson return to Maine Media for his fifth year. His latest book, The Color of Light, is also the title of his workshop running from July 7 to 13. Photographer, collector, and bookstore owner Tim Whelan spent some time with his gorgeous book, and wrote this review for us:
A keen eye for color and light is always a given with Arthur Meyerson's work. But it is his strong sense of design, and knowlege of the right moment that are so apparent in his latest book. Meyerson has worked and played hard at photography for almost four decades. The Color of Light is a rare treat. Seldom does the art and craft of making a book all work perfectly together. The book's design is exceptional, and the quality of its printing high (clearly beneﬁting from Arthurʼs willingness to ﬂy to China to oversee book production). That he has thought about making this book for years comes through in his careful selection and sequencing of images. Most importantly, every one of the book's 113 images are strong.
The Color of Light is a book that we can study and learn from. It is a book that inspired me to pick up my camera and see the world with fresh eyes. Over the past few months I have looked at it often, and it just keeps growing on me. I have no doubt that it will remain an important and inspiring book. Arthur has always thought of Ernst Haas as his mentor, and Ernst would love this book.
In additon to the stunning images, The Color of Light also includes essays by Jay Maisel and Sam Abell, as well as a conversation between Arthur and John Paul Caponigro. Sam Abell has a new set of four books out this year as well. Titled The Sam Abell Library: The Photography of Places, it is the ﬁrst in a series of four multi-volume sets. A highlight of this fortieth summer at The Maine Media Workshops will no doubt be the presentations of Arthur Meyerson & Sam Abell at the Rockport Opera House, and the book signing following them at the gallery. Sam and Arthur are great photographers, teachers, and friends.
Arthur Meyerson The Color of Light is 184 pages, 9 3/4x10 1/2 inches. $80.00.
For more information about buying The Color of Light and many other wonderful hand-picked photography books, please visit Tim Whelan Photographic Books located inside the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport village, or by emailing Tim at email@example.com