We are proud to welcome Ron Newcomb as the new Media Director for The Middle-Earth Network!
Ron Newcomb is a producer and director. He has been a script and production consultant on several projects. He has been a training instructor in several areas of filmmaking. Ron is an alumnus of the distinguished Act One Writing Program in 2004 and the Dov S-Siemens Film School in 2008.
Ron was the founder and director of a network of almost 850+ filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the DC area established in 2004, which he led and moved to more of an online format. He has been involved in several other film events and workshops throughout the DC area. He has worked on features and many short films. His business experience comes from owning his own business as well as joining a start-up company launch (Mingle360). Ron is a former Marine and holds an MS.
“Ron is a kindred spirit, and his goals and the goals of all of us at Middle-earth Network are so in sync it’s uncanny. He brings a whole treasure chest of talent, skill, and dedication to our team. Ron and the rest of us have some very exciting moves forward this year that he’ll be playing a crucial role in attaining. It’s an honor to know him, but an absolute thrill to be able to work with him towards our mutual vision.” – Mark Raymond, Co-Founder of the Middle-earth Network.
Ron’s journey has now taken him to the Middle-Earth Network, “I came to Middle-Earth Network by way of “A Casual Stroll to Mordor”. Being a LOTRO gamer we had heard about the PodCast, but then in looking to help get the word out about my film, “The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers” – we had an interview with those guys and I was hooked! They were so cool and gracious and just like me. I felt like family, and so I wanted to know more. Little did I know, that was just a doorway into a very cool and growing online community/family.”
Using he experience and vision, Ron will add a new level of multi-media knowledge that will make the Middle-Earth Network leaders on the net, “Today everyone can be a creator.” says Ron, “That certainly can be a double edged sword, but I am finding many cool stories being created out there, and “indies” must learn to embrace technology and be on the cutting edge. It can help in notoriety in being different, but also with cost of things. With technology growing, it’s driving the cost down, allowing “us” to do things we could never do just a few years ago. This is not just in making films, but in how we consume media now. It’s all digital and all on the go.”