This blog post was written by Meghan Mickela, a rising junior at Keene State College where she studies film production/critical studies with a minor in women’s and gender studies. After college, she desires to wotk in a writers room. Meghan is a WIFVNE intern.
The second stop on Women In Film and Video New England’s 2019 Community Tour was Derry, New Hampshire on June 6th at the brand-new Studio Lab. Attendees were able to mingle in the stunning space being built for creatives all over New Hampshire.
Studio Lab provides a new location for people looking to expand their project space and community into the New Hampshire film business. With state-of-the-art equipment and studios, the brand-new Studio Lab will bring a community of like-minded filmmakers to the New Hampshire area, which New Hampshire previously lacked. The space offers a diverse range of options for anyone looking to work on projects locally. Owner and founder Tim Messina states “Studio Lab offers co-working space for entrepreneurs and creatives working in the event, film, and media industries and also offers the largest film, recording, photo, and rehearsal studios in the state. Studio Lab is the sister company to Events United which is the largest rental and production house in NH. For information on joining Studio Lab, visit www.studiolab.community”
Guests were able to view the available office spaces in Studio Lab and converse about their own projects with other guests from the area. The event ended with a discussion between Matt Newton from the New Hampshire Film office, Christine Altan, the WIFVNE NH Regional Chair, and WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini. Attendees discussed what types of film initiatives they would like to see come to NH and certain opportunities through WIFVNE that will help expand those ideas, hopefully bring more business to the New Hampshire Film community.
Tim Messina also went on to praise WIFVNE stating, “I’m so excited that Christine took the initiative to [act as State Chair for WIFVNE]. I’ve spent the past year building Studio Lab, a space to bring creatives together to work on larger films, events, and other media driven projects. Women in Film [and Video – New England] is inspiring because they have similar goals and have the drive and passion that matches ours. NH is a small state with many talented and creative individuals that are capable of heading up large projects and with the initiatives that Women in Film and Studio Lab are working on, there is now a platform for these individuals and smaller teams to step up to something bigger as a creative community”.
With the expansion of the film community in Derry, Studio Lab will hopefully bring more film projects to the New Hampshire area.
WIFVNE heard some great ideas about how WIFVNE can support you:
- Small informative workshops about the “business” of acting and filmmaking, i.e. resumes (proper format), headshots, classes, agents, etc.
- Seminars for starting filmmakers: how to fund/submit for grants; how to find crew; how to organize production; etc.
- More meetups to better connect
- Producing workshop; mentorship for new producers; hiring events/resume forwarding