Friday, September 24, 2010

Producer of Naval Prison Documentaries Brings Family Histories to Life

Neil Novello, video producer of the recent documentary about the Portsmouth Naval Prison, “The Castle”, will be screening video clips and discussing his approach to producing family biographies at Traip Academy in Kittery on Thursday, September 30, 7-9 pm.
Novello’s career spans over twenty years producing a wide variety of video productions. His presentation will cover the filmmaking process with a focus on video biographies. Some of the topics covered include developing the family history for the medium, interviewing, gathering and organizing photos, and much more. In addition to Novello’s filmmaking tips, the video clips he will be showing cover a wide range of subjects and approaches to illustrate his presentation.
“We will be viewing clips which show the blending of different media, such as home movie footage, photos, newspaper articles and artifacts, for example, a World War Two experience of a Black Sheep Squadron pilot as told by his wife,” says Novello.
“In a way, I’ve been a family’s personalized Ken Burns of PBS’s Civil War fame,” says Novello. “You don’t have to be a celebrity to have an experience that’s important to remember.”
A Life Remembered is a Life Honored, the title of the event as well as the guiding principle of Novello’s family bios, will be part “how to” and part “entertaining” with a dash of “insight”. Admission is $8.00. To reserve a space, please contact Heather Thibodeau at or visit
Photo caption: Neil Novello is the video producer of the recent documentary about the Portsmouth Naval Prison, “The Castle” ( photo)