The Mass Media Expo


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“In five years, are you comfortable with your skills becoming obsolete?” asked Ben Jones, Art, Copy & Code (Google). The crowd laughed in empathy: technology pushes us to change more frequently, and adaptability becomes key. Our industry of production is no different.

Vendors from all over Massachusetts set up booths in the open atrium of WGBH on September 26th to talk the talk with local Boston production professionals for the Mass Media Expo. The #MassMediaExpo is an amazing opportunity for networking, schmoozing and conducting real business, for those so inclined. Producers, designers and editors gathered to hear panels from production professional on topics ranging from Data Management to Drones to AVID’s latest software.

The panel for Mobile Content and Storytelling consisted of five producers and creative directors who prompted the most engaging conversation of the day.

“Can the digital experience be better than the live experience?” Ben Jones asked, this time not rhetorically. Athena Peters, an executive producer for the Lord of the Rings online games at Turbine, responded by asking how the interaction is adding to the experience, bringing to mind the new Oculus Rift and other virtual reality devices. What would it be like if you could learn about the Civil War by being in the Civil War, asked Lauren Prestileo of American Experience (PBS). What if you could create a world, walk around in it, and learn some history like no one ever has before?

The day-long expo of panels and vendors culminated with the production team from Black Mass, an entirely local team, talking insider about the work that went into making the film. Dan Cayer, the Digital Effects Supervisor, impressed the crowd when he divulged secrets behind the “winter scenes,” and Virginia Johnson, the Costume Supervisor, stunned when she mentioned the dry cleaning bill ran into the thousands, all of which went a local business.

Boston is full of talented production people, and this event proudly highlights what the city has to offer. Keep tabs on Mass Production Coalition events, they are always amazing.

#MassWomen and #Hatch54


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This past Thursday I spent all day at the Massachusettes Conference for Women. I heard speeches about achieving your dreams and working through inequality by Lupita N’yongo and Hilary Clinton, about the power of hard work and endurance by John Jacobs and Tory Burch, and keys to success by Kate White and Lindsey Pollak. All of these women were incredible speakers (including the one man that managed to get into a women’s conference). This year marked the 10th anniversary of the conference, and over 10,000 people came out in support!

One of the best parts of the day was hearing Kate White and Lindsey Pollak speak. They revealed some keys to success that I must admit that I’ve heard before, but they both brought humor, candor, and unexpected personality to their talks which made the whole session amazing. I was able to grab a quick picture with Kate White, which I immediately tweeted, and which she promptly favorited and retweeted! I felt like the coolest kid in school.

I ended the day with a resume review (read: two resume reviews, shhhh) and enjoyed educated conversation about the day’s events over guacamole and margaritas with a couple of peers. I’ve only been in Boston a little over a year, and in that time I have done some great things that continue to grow my love for this new city.

Last month I went to the 54th Annual Hatch Awards at the House of Blues. This event recognizes the great advertising work that comes out of Boston, a seemingly small city next to ad giants like New York and Los Angeles but teeming with creativity. An hour-long reel of the best advertising clips played from the past year, and afterwards, I met and mingled with creatives from all across the States. Before we left, all the ad people from Bose hopped into the photo booth. It said Winner’s Booth, but who cared?

National Photograph Month


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Every photographer I’ve ever talked to says the same thing: that they love to capture the moment, a unique moment in time.

When I was in undergrad I created large installations, and the invitation for my senior show touted the line “I invite you to consider the story.” Years later, I was in a New Media Photojournalism graduate program that was all about capturing the story through photos and video and new storytelling platforms. It’s interesting to look back and see that I’ve always wanted to tell stories, even though I hadn’t always known how I wanted to do it.

My story is simple today: my husband, my puppy, and cold gusts of wind from the open window down the hall. This still moment was captured on my phone, just like the hundreds of thousands of moments we see captured everyday by others. It’s just another way to tell the story. So here’s to 2014’s National Photograph Month: you’re celebrated more than ever before.


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