Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Dear candidate, are you using a Maine production company for your television ads?"

Dear Candidate,

Maine is filled with creative, talented and driven visual media producers. I hope that your current campaign was produced by a local Maine company.

If you used a local Maine company thank you. It is great when campaign funds go directly to stimulate the local economy.

If you used an out of state company we'd like to know your reasoning.

For local production resources I would suggest contacting the Maine Film and Video Association . They can help to direct you to a local visual media company that will fit your needs.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Note to All The Maine Gubernatorial Candidates

From: Cameron Bonsey [mailto:cbonsey1@maine.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 4:09 PM
To: 'david@libbymitchellforgovernor.com'; 'press@lepage2010.com'; 'ted@cutler2010.com'; 'info@moodygov.com'; 'kevin@mainesbestchoice.com'
Subject: Questions in Regard to the Importance of Visual Media Production for the State of Maine

To all,

My name is Cameron Bonsey and I publish a blog www.mainefilm.blogspot.com

The blog is also published as a newsletter and goes out to about 3,500 Maine business owners, lawmakers and film makers. In addition, when the subject is relevant to them, it goes to producers at companies like Warner Brothers and Sony.

My mission statement is:

“I created The Maine Film blog because I believe that film production can become an important part of Maine's "everyday" economy. I will post information that educates and inspires the people who come to this blog. This is an important segment of Maine's future economic growth and I want to facilitate its success.”

I would like feedback from each campaign in regard to how important visual media is to the Maine economy from both an economic and marketing perspective. Do you feel that we should invest in more infrastructure to support visual media? Should Maine increase its current visual media incentives to be competitive with the over 40 states that have better incentives? Should Maine develop a specialty incentive program to pursue particular films that promote Maine in a positive way? Do you have other ideas that could help to increase visual media production in Maine and job opportunities for Maine citizens?

I look forward to your responses and you can also reach me by phone at 807-7406.

Yours truly,

Cameron Bonsey

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Note to Governor Baldacci

This past Monday I ran into Governor Baldacci at Amato's and I had a nice conversation with him. I have copied my follow up note to him below and I hope it helps to reinforce the importance of visual media production in Maine.

Dear Governor Baldacci,

Thank you for your time at Amato’s today. As I mentioned to you, Coast of Maine Organic Products, Inc received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) about 9 months ago. We have used that money to expand our Marion Township facility and hire another full time employee.

We have wonderful, hardworking and ingenious employees in Marion. They are a big reason that our organically certified gardening soils are distributed to over 700 retail locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-West. Our beautiful bags brand Maine wherever they are sold.

I have a deep love and respect for Maine and its citizens and I am proud that our company is an important employer in a depressed county.

I am determined to tell our story of several Maine companies working together to create organically certified products that promote the best of Maine.

You will get a sense of what I am saying if you take 7 minutes to watch our most recent video. In addition to promoting a product that we make for Master Nursery garden centers we were also able to promote Pineland Farms All-Natural Beef in Fort Fairfield and Gordon Kelley’s Peat bog in Cherryfield, Maine.


We are shooting a lot of beautiful video and we’ll be putting together several broadcast quality videos in the future. It there is anything the Department of Tourism needs from us we’d be happy to oblige.

Yours truly,

Cameron Bonsey