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December 14, 2012

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Films drawing Oscar buzz have local ties


From the days when Pouliot held his first video camera, handed to him at Newburyport High in his Introduction to Video class, he was hooked.

From his time at the high school where he credits teachers Lisa Zaleski and Stephanie Williams for giving him creative license to manage the stage during high school productions, he decided to take his studies further at Emerson.

Upon graduation, he took a chance by reaching out to Davidson, on the advice of his mother, about a piece Davidson was working on. Davidson said it was too bad that Pouliot wasn’t living out in Los Angeles, where he could have offered him a spot on the staff for “Open Heart.”

Three weeks later Pouliot jumped on a plane and off to the unknown.

“At that point I had no idea what to expect,” he said.

He fell into a role of organizing the myriad and complicated details involved with getting cast and crew and patients booked for air travel on the same flights via a system that’s a far sight more complicated than the online services Americans have access to.

He orchestrated shooting from the film’s home base, arranged for translators for a film that features five different languages; and when the footage came home, he was anointed associate editor and called upon to learn — by trial and error and long nights at the editing wheel — a new trade.

“I came into it only because that was what was needed,” Pouliot said.

Now, with his first real film credit getting a potential Oscar nod, the sky is opening up for Pouliot, who plans to head back east in the new year to perhaps turn some of his own ideas into projects.

“The next thing I want to start doing more of is journalistic projects,” Pouliot said. “I’d like to do some micro-journalism and micro-documentaries about current events.”

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