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Wolfeboro writer produces music video

A FRAME from the end of the video, with actress Ramona Taj in a composite effect created by Wolfeboro Community Television’s Ryan Noonan. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
August 04, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Tina Maxfield has been writing all of her life in various forms, from occasional poetry to a children's Christmas book. Then two years ago, she wrote a poem to come to grips with a very troubled period in life that included the loss of her brother.

It was a powerful poem, and four or five months later Tina began to hear a melody lifting the words and strengthening them. Hearing that melody began a process than led her, with the help of many people, to move from a simple poem to create a music video that is now on YouTube.

She first went to Andy Campbell, Music Director of Brewster Academy, and he helped her transcribe the melody into musical notation. From there she went to The Folk Cellar in Wolfeboro, where Ryan Ordway did a musical arrangement of the melody and produced a CD recording of Maxfield singing the poem to the music, with Laurie Meeder playing the cello.

The lyrics suggested a story and Maxfield then went to Peter Pijoan and Ryan Noonan at Wolfeboro Community Television, who helped her develop a script for a video that would combine the song with images and tell a story. From them she connected with Steve Day (who was profiled by Elissa Paquette in our Oct. 10, 2010 issue), who helped find an actress (Ramona Taj) and an actor (Jeff Davis) to portray the despairing young woman and her boyfriend. For one scene demonstrating how the young woman's life was deteriorating, she needed a policeman, and Wolfeboro's Lt. Dean Rondeau was willing to fill that role.

"I was involved in every step of the project," Maxfield says. "But I could not have done it without the willing help of many people."

A critical scene later in the video has the young woman discover a lovely little church in the woods with a stream and a graveyard nearby. "That is Wonalancet Chapel," Maxfield says. "It's a special place where my father preached. My Great Aunt Betty owned an inn nearby as well as most of the area, and my brother is buried in the church graveyard."

The video involves several special effects. Most were created by Ryan Noonan, but one key transformation was made possible by Jerome Holden of JC Signs who created a huge book that appears to be made of granite that transforms into a bible. Holden even came up with the biblical passages that appear on the stone book.

Once the music video was completed, Kevin Froleiks, a summer intern who was helping Maxfield Real Estate with Web and media development, launched the video on YouTube as well as several Christian Web sites.

At this point you may want to see the result of all of this effort. To find it you can simply type "O Lord Maxfield" in Google. Alternatively, here is the direct link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktDCtCC4E5M.

The video was uploaded June 15 and already has had 495 views as of this writing.

Will there be another video? Maxfield is encouraged by how well "O, Lord" turned out and its reception to date, but is not sure where this will take her as a writer.

She did say that she has begun hearing another melody growing out of a poem she wrote and read at her brother's funeral, and she has, once again, talked with Andy Campbell.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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