Portland Maine Production Company and Film Crew
Beechwood Film is a full-service creative video production company making documentary-style commercials, and branded content for broadcast, web, social media, and digital marketing. We have worked for more than a decade supplying crews, equipment, and production expertise for projects big and small from New York to New England.
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We produced this series of shorts celebrating Maine's Bicentennial with Poems by Maine Writers and Spoken by Mainers. The series was envisioned by Maine's poet laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, as an expansion of Poems from Here on Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Classical. The films include Mainers from Governor Janet Mills to student writers from the Telling Room in Portland.
In addition to directing and filming the shorts, we also did sound design on the project using a range of instruments from guitar, to piano, and even our thumbs on the rim of wine glasses. And yes, Governor Janet Mills actually plays the heck out of a piano!
Poems from Here is a project of Maine Public and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The series is supported by the Libra Foundation, the Lunder Foundation, the Maine Bicentennial Commission, and the Maine Arts Commission.
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We helped out the brilliant director, Charlie Mysak and DP Garrett Hardy Davis with "The Ensemble Series," an anthology compilation of short documentaries, highlighting an eclectic group of musicians and their music. The first of the series features famed trumpeter Avishai Cohen.
“They’re easy to work with and very flexible.”
Beechwood Film provided video production for a writers alliance organization. Handling all pre- and post-production, they filmed 15 short films on location featuring people speaking poems by Maine writers.
“They’re easy to work with and very flexible.”
Jan 5, 2021
The short films received heavy praise and were described as powerful. Beechwood Film implemented an efficient project management style, adjusting as needed due to pandemic constraints. They delivered on time and within budget. Active listening and creativity are hallmarks of their work.
A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m the Poet Laureate of the State of Maine and the executive producer of this project.
What challenge were you trying to address with Beechwood Film?
I brought them on to help execute a project to promote Maine’s bicentennial through a series of short films where Mainers would speak poems by Maine writers.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We made 15 short films averaging about three minutes long. In these films, people were speaking palms in a number of locations around the state. We filmed Governor Janet Mills and visual artist Daniel Minter. We also worked with kids from a writing program in Portland. I selected the poems or gave them a list to choose from.
Beechwood Film arranged locations and worked on the sound. At a few of the early shoots, people also worked on lighting. We shot the individuals doing a number of readings of the poems. We’d work as a team. They were in complete control of the visual imagery, and I’d work with the speakers for accuracy on the text. Then we worked together in terms of the emotional feel of the speaking.
Beechwood Film did all of the editing. The films are on the Maine Public Television website as part of Maine’s bicentennial. Their team uploaded everything for the television station.
What is the team composition?
I worked with Lindsay (Director & Cinematographer) and Jason (Producer & Editor).
How did you come to work with Beechwood Film?
I was introduced to them by a mutual contact who has worked with Lindsay.
How much have you invested with them?
We invested approximately $26,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The project was from December 2019–September 2020.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
Everyone has been very pleased with the films. These are people who aren’t poetry speakers; it’s not a poetry recitation. Instead, it’s a natural setting. This lets the speakers enable the power of the poems to come through along with the imagery that Lindsay chose. We’ve received great feedback that the videos are powerful. There’s been a very positive response to it.
How did Beechwood Film perform from a project management standpoint?
Project management was great. Everything was done on time. They’re easy to work with and very flexible. We had to make some adjustments with the pandemic in terms of when we could shoot and how we could do it. We communicated through phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Lindsay is a great listener. He brought ideas to the project that enhanced it, ideas I wouldn’t have thought of. He worked well with deadlines and within our budget.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No, they were great to work with.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Clearly outline what you want to work on. Beechwood Film is pretty straightforward in their response to things that will and won’t work.