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July 9, 2007

Matthew Newton, NH Film & Television Office
(603) 271-2220
film@nh.gov

Film New Hampshire promo featuring Orson Welles goes live

(Concord, NH) – The New Hampshire Film and Television Office has produced a new promotional video to showcase the Granite State as a potential filmmaking destination featuring New Hampshire personality Fritz Wetherbee and a narration track from the late and legendary Orson Welles.

The nine-minute video was released on July 6 and posted onto the popular online web sites YouTube and MySpace. It will also be used in a forthcoming DVD promotional piece and in an e-mail marketing campaign to motion picture and television studios as well as production companies and advertising agencies worldwide.

“Orson Welles was one of the greats and has been a lifelong influence on me in both theatre and film,” says Van McLeod, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “It was thrilling to revisit this piece and bring his voice back to life.”

Welles originally recorded narration for a similar video to promote filmmaking in the state back in 1982. The New Hampshire Film and Television Office decided to update the video, laying Welles’ voice track over fresh, high-definition footage of the state and included bookend remarks by Fritz Wetherbee. The video was produced with Gary Anderson of New Hampshire Movies, Inc. in Deerfield.

Matthew Newton, Film Specialist managing the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, is looking to capitalize on the viral nature of videos distributed over the internet to have the piece reach its target audience.

 “Independent filmmakers are increasingly using online distribution as a means to having their work seen,” says Newton. “It makes sense to tap into the same online resources that filmmakers are using to generate viewership. It’s really an innovative and fun way to get our message directly to filmmakers on a global scale.”

The video can be seen on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5REtS3hUM and on the New Hampshire Film and Television Office page on MySpace at www.myspace.com/nhfilmoffice.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations, and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.

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