M. Tinnin Portwood

M. Portwood

Director, Producer and Screenwriter

New York City, New York

Member Since:
April 2014
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About M.

My journey began as a screenwriter. Over the years, I’ve developed interest and skills in nearly all filmmaking disciplines with the help of great teachers, mentors, and advisors. While screenwriting remains an important part of each day, my focus has turned to directing and producing.

In addition to filmmaking, my photography occasionally displays in galleries and exhibitions. My interest in photography grew out of location scouting and has improved my storytelling skills.

I’m always learning something new and that’s what my adventure is all about.

Creating art is part of my approach to becoming a better person today than I was yesterday.

Five principles guide my approach to every day:

-- Be kind, respectful, and thankful,

-- Learn something new every day,

-- Scare myself with personal and professional growth challenges,

-- Keep a critical eye and an open mind, and,

-- Believe in those who join in my adventure.

Unique traits: About my headshot... The story behind this photograph starts when a friend chastised me for not having a Facebook or Twitter profile photo. While we joked about it, she had a good point. Following that conversation, I struggled coming up with a worthy idea for a photo. Not wanting to post the traditional headshot, I concocted all kinds of complicated staged pictures – none of them worked. One day while in the studio, I went back to my roots. How simple and sparse could I go and produce something interesting? What could I do with a single light source? I came up with the idea of using negative space to define the subject. After some experimentation, I produced this photograph which has been my profile picture ever since. I'm pleased that this photo was honored in a national juried show with a win.

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