Maine Film Office’s Website Now Features Tool Allowing the Public to Submit Location Photos and Information

Media Contact: Drew Morris drew.morris@maine.gov; 207-624-9812

~ The goal is to build a comprehensive database of places to shoot in Maine ~

AUGUSTA – Is your home or property worthy of landing a starring role in the next big movie filmed in Maine? Do you know of a Maine vista worthy of the big screen or the backdrop for a catalog shoot? If so, the Maine Film Office wants you to upload photos to its new Location Submission Engine (LSE) found by visiting www.filminmaine.com and simply clicking “Locations.”

Configured to match the Maine Film Office website branding, the LSE allows the public, including convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, homeowners and location scouts, to submit location photos and information online. This allows Maine’s stunning and extensive variety of locations to be available for research to the film industry online anytime and anywhere.

“We want producers to see that Maine offers every possible location they would ever need to shoot a film, television series, commercial or catalog,” said Karen Carberry Warhola, Director of the Maine Film Office. “Maine is a great place to film and it’s time every corner of this state is available for viewing online.”

The “crowd sourcing” model to build out the film office’s location library is free for the public to use. Once an image and description is uploaded and approved, it will immediately be available for public searching.

“Maine is very competitive in terms of overall costs for producers and having a base of talented crew members,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “But other states simply cannot compete with Maine’s natural beauty and limitless locations to shoot.”

Last month, the Maine Film Office announced updates to its online production guide that showcases the depth of film production talent available locally to filmmakers.

Manpower ranks as one of the top expenses in producing a film. Filmmakers and production companies use local talent as a means to keep costs down because associated costs, such as lodging, travel and per diem, are eliminated or reduced. But many companies will immediately take a state out of contention if they believe the talent pool and associated services are not deep, said Carberry Warhola.

All individuals and businesses that are available to support filmmaking in the state are encouraged to create a listing on the Production Guide. The Maine Film Office Production Guide can be found by visiting www.filminmaine.com and simply clicking “Production Guide.”

The Maine Film Office is a division of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Office of Tourism. The film office helps bring film, television and other media projects to Maine; works to expand and improve Maine’s in-state production industry; and helps Maine made media productions succeed.

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