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Conservation Films

The past two major projects for M.I. Media have been among the most gratifying of all our projects. “Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture” was produced in 2017, aired on Maine Public and has been shown to over 700 people in community screenings throughout Maine. Film trailer here: https://vimeo.com/204935797

Currently we are filming a documentary on coastal conservation, working closely with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, as well as Trade-Mark R productions. We filmed springtime in southern Maine, capturing the marshes and beaches protected by York Land Trust and Rachel Carson Reserve. We have filmed clamming on Maquoit Bay, a boat-building class for youth in Cundy’s Harbor with Ann Flannery, and an exploration of Morse Mountain. Most recently we boarded the schooner Mary Day for a multi-day sail and next we will film from Stonington to the Bold Coast. Our filming will take us through the Maine winter.

These projects have been especially gratifying for me (Mark Ireland) as I was introduced to—and became involved in—two important conservation measures while still a teen growing up in Maine: “Stop that dam Dicky-Lincoln” and the Friends of Bigelow efforts to preserve one of Maine’s most beautiful mountain rages. Our state and its land is incredibly special and unique, but faces the constant challenges of access, development, species decline and climate change. It is my hope that these films create in others the love I feel for my home state, igniting a desire to become part of one of our most worthy efforts.

-Mark Ireland July 2019

Update for 2017

2017 has been a big year for production. We have completed work on several projects with the Center for Small Town Jewish Life (at Colby College) and we have been engaged in a state-wide screening of our documentary: “Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture”. Film trailer here: https://vimeo.com/204935797 The project, filmed over… Continue Reading

Presentation for MPRC

Mark Ireland has been asked to share his insights on video production with the Maine Public Relations Council this Friday, Febrary 26th.  Along with co-presenter, Donna Murphy, Mark will discuss the many options a client should consider along the way toward creating a video.  Here is an excerpt of the press release for the event:… Continue Reading

Summer Projects Update

It has been a long time since I’ve updated this blog as the summer has been very full, both from a personal and business perspective. So I’ll try to summarize some of my summer business highlights here. Early in the summer I was again asked to join in an emmy judging group. We judged “best… Continue Reading

Budgeting Your Production

We were asked recently to give a presentation for the Maine Public Relations Council.  Part of the event was a discussion on video budgets.  Following are the notes from this discussion based on a formula which MI Media uses for its budgeting process. Budgeting your production How are budgets determined? A client’s guide There are… Continue Reading

Final Touches

This month I am putting the finishing touches on a film I’ve shot over the past two years.  The final project will be a half-hour in length and will consist of bay scenes from all seasons.  I have enjoyed filming bald eagles, great blue herons, snapping turtles laying eggs, a “herd” of seven deer along… Continue Reading