Seashore Digital Diaries: Fort Popham

Seashore Digital Diaries, a fall semester course taught by visiting filmmaker and Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover ’83, P’17 and cross-listed in three departments — visual arts, environmental studies, and cinema studies — used video production as a tool of inquiry at the seashore. We continue our weekly series featuring a selection of the videos produced with “Fort Popham,” with description and commentary provided by Conover:

When asked for an interpretation of the human shore in history — inspired by John Gillis’s new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History — Christina Sours ‘16 teamed up with Tim Hanley ‘15 and Lucy Green ‘15 to produce this short documentary about Fort Popham, constructed in the late 1800’s. In addition to the research and writing required, the crew experimented with techniques of time-lapse camerawork and dramatic re-enactment. The students explored the larger question of what has been considered necessary to secure the Maine coast. From their work, I personally learned more about the mouth of the Kennebec River and particularly loved the student’s use of a “voice-of-god” style narrator, whom they located, auditioned, and recorded to great effect. Please congratulate the voice-over talent Randy Nichols, Director of Bowdoin Security.

View last week’s installment, Seashell Headphones.

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