Boston-based production company, Camp 9 Films released their first movie this week, a detective drama appropriately named, Boston. The film, penned by Ralph Celestin, chronicles a father and son detective duo who risk their badges to try and take down Boston’s most notorious criminal. The first three episodes of the film are available for online viewing now on Camp 9′s website.
Camp 9 Films CEO, Wes Williams founded the company in December, 2009 with a group of eight friends interested in making films in Boston. Although many of the founders dropped out of the project when the real work began, Williams kept the company going and kept the business in Boston.
“We have so much talent here, it’s ridiculous,” said Williams in reference to the East Coast’s talent pool. ”I’m tired of Hollywood acting like Hollywood is it.”
Camp 9 Films has focused mostly on professional photography and music video shoots since its beginning, but Boston is the production company’s first major film. William stresses that the end result is a combination of some of Boston’s greatest talents.
“My focus for this whole thing is collaboration and working with people,” Williams said.
Williams reached out to the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, whose students were eager to help out on a real film set. Other aspects of the film were completed with help from local companies, such as Cybersound Recording Studio on Newbury Street and Kutroc Records.
Williams has opted to use unique techniques to release the film. Starting June 20, three episodes of Boston were released on the web, similar to a web series. The film will we be released in full though Comcast and RCN, with a screening planned for early September.
Despite some setbacks due to a snowy Boston winter, Williams says shooting in Beantown was a great experience.
“I think working in Boston definitely does not hold you back,” says Williams. ”Working in Boston provides a lot of opportunities. There is a lot of underdeveloped stuff.”
Up next for Camp 9 Films is a comedy, set to release in 2012 and Williams plans to keep working in Boston. He is also full of encouraging words and advice for those looking to make it in the Hub’s film industry.
“Keep your head up and all the hard work will definitely pay off,” said Williams. ”Go for the gold.”
Looking to catch a break into the film and television business? If so, make your way to the New Hampshire Film & Television Industry Roundtable, presented by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, this month. The event, which takes place on October 28, is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals, amateurs and students to network and share their ideas and concerns about the state of the entertainment trade in New Hampshire. Bring a sack lunch and chat about recent updates from the New Hampshire Film & Television Office with other industry members. The discussion will be focused on a predetermined topic, and is a great way to socialize and connect with others in your field.
On November 9, also be sure to attend the New Hampshire Film & Television Industry Meet-Up, an extension of the quarterly industry roundtables. The Meet-Up is held in the evening and is more in-formal than the Industry Roundtable; attendees are encouraged to drive the discussion. Each participant has the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their recent endeavors before delving into conversation about the working film industry. This is a great way to network with fellow local film aficionados.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Locations for the roundtable discussions and meet-ups are as follows:
*Film Industry Roundtable Discussion — October 28, 2010, 12 p.m. – Keene State College, Keene, NH
*Film Industry Meet-Up — November 9, 2010, 5 p.m. – NH State Library, Concord, NH
Get all the information you need for these events here.
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Looking to network in the film and TV industry? Head up to Concord, NH next Thursday (June 10th) for the New Hampshire Film & Television Office Meet-Up. The meet-up is an opportunity for members of the media production industry to network about current and upcoming projects and make connections with people in their field. Each member will have three minutes to introduce themselves (there will be a time limit!)
The meet-up is an extension of the quarterly Industry Roundtable series, which offers the same opportunity to make connections within the entertainment industry. Unlike the Roundtables, which are focused, business luncheons, the Meet-Ups are more attendee driven where you can talk about the work you are doing, your needs, and find out what other film industry folks have to offer. The format of this evening meeting is casual and geared towards networking. In any case, be ready with your pitch and don’t forget to bring your business cards!
The meet-up will be at the New Hampshire State Library at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP to Matthew Newton at [email protected] or 603-271-2220 to reserve a spot.
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When you hear the name Harvard University, the first thing that comes to mind is usually medicine, law, business or engineering. Though Harvard is undeniably known for producing some of the greatest minds in these fields, its studies go beyond the realms of math, science and logic to include the more creative as well.
The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) at Harvard University offers courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, film, video and photography as well as theory and history classes in the different types of practical arts. VES concentrators (a Harvardism for majors) choose to focus on a more specific track–Studio Art, Film or Video Production, Film Studies or Environmental Studies–once admitted to the department.
For graduate students, VES offers a Ph.D. program in Film and Visual Studies as well as a secondary graduate program in the field of Film and Visual Studies for any student enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, contingent upon the approval of their specific department director of graduate studies.
In addition to film, Harvard features a multitude of practices in the Arts such as Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. In Fact, Fox’s hit show “The Simpsons” has a strong connection to the school as half of the show’s current and past writers went to Harvard.
Despite its notorious reputation for producing Pulitzer winners in the sciences, Harvard is paving its way as a heavy hitter in the Fine Arts as well. Like any distinguished school, film-related or not, the university has produced its fair share of modern day celebrities. Among the many Hollywood elite, Harvard alumni include Stockhard Channing, Rashida Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, B.J. Novak, Conan O’Brien, Natalie Portman, Peter Sellars, Mira Sorvino and Steve Zahn.
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