Autograph Collection Video Transcript
[OLD FLUTE MUSIC PLAYING]
Invaded by British
(DESCRIPTION) Female narrator begins, a black and white historical drawing of British ships is shown
(SPEECH) naval forces,
(DESCRIPTION)Female narrator continues, shot changes to a fishing boat in the harbor in front of a white building
(SPEECH) brazen Pirates
(DESCRIPTION) A black and white historical drawing of pirates fighting with British soldiers is shown
(SPEECH) looting its shores,
(DESCRIPTION) Clip of people eating outside at a cafe in the sun
(SPEECH) burnt to the ground
(DESCRIPTION) A black and white historical painting is shown of a massive fire in Portland with people crowded around watching
(SPEECH) by a devastating fire
(DESCRIPTION) We see the Press Hotel sign that looks like keys from a typewriter up against the corner of the building
(DESCRIPTION) RESURGAM writes in across the screen in all caps and blue over word block art with soft neutral colors
(SPEECH) Latin for I will rise again,
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a picture of a man and a woman behind the front desk fo the hotel with the word block art behind them
(SPEECH) is the mantra of Portland Maine.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see the front door and steps of Portland’s city hall with the gold crest above it
(SPEECH) My name is Ani Santova, and I’m the editor in chief of Trendland.
(DESCRIPTION) Woman in a red and white striped shirt turns to face the camera with her right hand shielding her eyes, almost in a salute, there is the portland lighthouse behind her, caption appears with her name and her title
(SPEECH) And this is the story of Rebirth.
(DESCRIPTION) Woman writing “Story of Rebirth” on a small notepad with newspapers underneath and camera to her right, she underlines rebirth after she writes it
(DESCRIPTION) The music continues, now we see a shot of books on a marble shelf with a metal gear piece of art next to them, the Autograph Collection Hotels logo is at the top and under it in smaller font it reads “Presents”
(DESCRIPTION) The music continues and we move further down the shelf to the right to see more of the metal artwork and the text changes to read “Exactly Like Nothing Else Stories” and then see a white typewriter
(DESCRIPTION) The music continues and the screen fades to black before Hotel Number 82, The Press Hotel, Portland Maine is displayed in a white graphic over a black background
[CLASSICAL LIVELY PIANO MUSIC STARTS PLAYING]
(SPEECH) Most view Portland as a sleepy town by the sea.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of the Portland harbor with locks on a fence looking out at the water and the fishing boats
(SPEECH) But this is a city built on strength, fortitude
(DESCRIPTION) Fisherman is shown on a boat in the harbor moving a lobster trap around, his boat is called the Dominator Long Island, ME
(SPEECH) and dogged determination.
(DESCRIPTION) Shot zooms in on an old statue of a woman standing in front of a building
(SPEECH) There’s a cultural revolution in full effect, which has brought me to its shores to explore Portland.
(DESCRIPTION) shot of woman looking out at the sea from atop a large rock
(SPEECH) Well, the original Portland.
(DESCRIPTION) An old-fashioned map is shown and it zooms in on the state of Maine to emphasize that Portland Oregon came after Portland Maine
(SPEECH) What was old is now new.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see an old stone fort in the harbor with boats in the background
(SPEECH) A Fort is now a Park,
(DESCRIPTION) A historic cannon is shown with the ocean behind it and it zooms out to show people relaxing on the grass around it
(SPEECH) a gas station is now a bakery.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of a vintage gas station that still has some of it’s signage, but you can see people eating out front and a sign that says “Tandem Coffee and Bakery Open”, the shot changes to a close up of a woman taking a picture of the bakery on her phone
(SPEECH) And what used to be the home of the Portland Press Herald newspaper
(DESCRIPTION) Black and white antique photo is shown of the Press Hotel building, photo zooms out so you can see the building says “Press Herald Evening Express” in metal letters
(SPEECH) back in 1921 is now Autograph Collection’s
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a woman walking past the building with a camera on her front, a rolling bag and she’s carrying a laptop
(SPEECH) Press Hotel, the ultimate expression of rebirth.
(DESCRIPTION) Full color shot of The Press Hotel with City Hall behind and a red brick building across the street
(SPEECH) The hotel was originally built as the headquarters of the Portland Press Herald
(DESCRIPTION) A man is speaking now, the woman we saw before goes to the front door of the hotel and the valet greets her and takes her bags
(SPEECH) the largest newspaper in the state of Maine and it operated
(DESCRIPTION) Background shows a blurry shot of the lobby with people seated on sofas, across the screen “THE PRESS HOTEL” is in all caps with a blue background, below it it says “119 Exchange Street, Portland,” in smaller font on a blue background
(SPEECH) here from 1923 up until 2009.
(DESCRIPTION) We see the same lobby shot and caption, but now we see the woman from before coming in the doors and taking off her sunglasses before walking offscreen to the right
(SPEECH) It’s a phenomenal location, surrounded by the entire community of Portland,
(DESCRIPTION) Text over image disappears, we follow the woman as she continues right and goes up to the front desk
(SPEECH) and it had the bones. It had a really interesting character story to tell.
(DESCRIPTION) Jim Brady is speaking now in front of the front desk, his name is shown in all caps followed by “Owner, Press Hotel” below it in smaller text
(SPEECH) I think it’s a good thing that Portland’s becoming revived.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see the man on the fishing boat from the previous shot, his name is in all caps and says Lee MacVane and underneath in smaller font it says Lobsterman, The Dominator
(SPEECH) A lot of buildings were going unused,
(DESCRIPTION) Lee MacVane is still speaking, but now we see a shot of a red brick building with antique looking signs about food and menus
(SPEECH)and now they’re being rejuvenated as new restaurants and things like that.
(DESCRIPTION) Lee MacVane is still speaking, but now we see another shot of diners eating outside and drinking wine in the sun
(SPEECH) I think it’s a good thing.
(DESCRIPTION) Lee MacVane is still speaking and now we see him on his boat again
(SPEECH) walking into the hotel is like meeting Portland’s younger sister, who went to art school,
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator starts again and we see her walking down the stairs from the lobby and we can see typewriter art over to her right
(SPEECH) married an architect, and came back to where she grew up,
(DESCRIPTION) The same woman is now walking towards the art gallery we can see some abstract modern paintings in the distance
(SPEECH) stylish modern, yet with an inescapable sense of its roots.
(DESCRIPTION) The same woman now stands in front of a large grey piece of art that looks like a metal patchwork, we are seeing her looking at it from behind
(SPEECH) When I come into the hotel,
(DESCRIPTION) Now a different man is speaking, the shot is still of the woman looking at abstract modern paintings but we are seeing her face now reacting to them with interest
(SPEECH) it’s interesting to see the beautiful transformation.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see the man who is speaking, an older man sitting on a couch in the lobby, underneath him we see text that reads “Jack Milton” in all caps and below it in smaller font it says “Long Tendered Employee, The Press Herald”
(SPEECH) The rooms were fairly bare, and I look at
(DESCRIPTION) Jack Milton is still speaking, now we’re seeing a shot of a nice room with a modern grey couch, bookcases, a TV, decorative lamps, books and artwork on the shelves and desk to the right
(SPEECH) the rather utilitarian office space full of desks and cubicles,
(DESCRIPTION) Jack Milton is still speaking, now there is a shot of the press room which shows orange velvet chairs circled around a table in front of a TV, we also see a geometric grey patterned rug and blurry in the foreground we can see a coffee table with newspapers and a brown arm chair.
(SPEECH) dark rooms. It’s been completely transformed
(DESCRIPTION) Jack Milton is still speaking, now we see a shot with the staircase in the foreground and the typewriter artwork which is antique typewriters on a white wall in a scattered formation
(SPEECH) into something almost unrecognizable.
(DESCRIPTION) Jack Milton is still speaking, the shot of the typewriters shifts so you can see more of the artwork on the back wall
(SPEECH) Within these walls,
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator starts speaking again, now we see several fast shots from different angles of the Press Hotel wallpaper which has many words and phrases overlapping in black and grey on a white background
[TYPEWRITER SOUNDS FADE IN AND OUT QUICKLY]
(SPEECH) The resolve of the city was documented
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator is speaking now, we are looking down the hallway of The Press Hotel with grey doors on the left and the elevators on the right, you can see the text wallpaper on the walls that we just saw closeups of
(SPEECH) and I resolved to rest up before I explore Portland’s cultural rebirth.
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator is still speaking, now we see her entering a guest room with her rolling suitcase, the room is dark and we can see the bed in the foreground, she belly flops onto the bed.
(SPEECH) Portland has emerged as a top food city with plenty of
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a busy shot of the Union Restaurant kitchen with chefs working on food
(SPEECH) farm to table options.
(DESCRIPTION) Now a grey table background is shown and a bright blue plate with food slides into frame followed by a white bowl of pasta with greens and lobster claw on top
(SPEECH) But Let’s be honest,
(DESCRIPTION) More colorful plates of food are shown in short clips on the same background, mostly seafood
(SPEECH) they’re more famous for ocean to table.
(DESCRIPTION) We zoom in on a happy woman on a boat with sunglasses holding a lobster, she pulls her sunglasses down in a cheeky way and opens her mouth in happy excitement
(SPEECH) Almost everything we serve here is local within the region
(DESCRIPTION) Now a man is talking, we see a shot of UNION Restaurant, across the screen it reads UNION RESTAURANT in all caps, below in smaller text it says at the Press Hotel, there are people dining at the tables and a server is serving the table closest to the camera
(SPEECH) of New England.
(DESCRIPTION) The same man is talking, the shot zooms out so we can see more of UNION in the background and the server is getting a bottle of water to serve
(SPEECH) In Union, we try to do an enhanced local cuisine.
(DESCRIPTION) The same man is talking, now we see him and he is a chef in a white chef’s coat speaking from behind the counter in the kitchen
(SPEECH) We creatively add other ingredients for different types of
(DESCRIPTION) We still see the chef talking as other chefs move around in the kitchen behind him
(SPEECH) cooking techniques to really enhance that local product.
(DESCRIPTION) The same man is talking, now we see him and he is a chef in a white chef’s coat speaking from behind the counter in the kitchen
(SPEECH) There’s a lot more in Portland and Maine than just lobster.
(DESCRIPTION) The same man is talking, now we see a shot of a vintage looking sign with a lobster that says Portland Lobster Co.
(SPEECH) Portland is definitely more than local cuisine.
(DESCRIPTION) Female narrator starts talking again, we see a shot of a sign with a salmon illustration on it that reads “Street & Co. Restaurant”
(SPEECH) There’s truly a cultural revolution taking place.
(DESCRIPTION) Same shot of Street & Co. Restaurant sign
(SPEECH) You can see it in the emerging art scene,
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of a modern art piece, it has antique handwritten letters on the left and modern, block, Japanese or Chinese characters to the right with orange, green and grey, this quickly moves to another shot of a modern painting with blue and grey bold brush strokes
(SPEECH) and the creatives that have moved here in droves.
(DESCRIPTION) Two men in black are walking from the right side of the screen to theft in front of a red brick storefront with signs in the windows that say “Help Claim, Space Space” and a sign with black metal letters in all caps that says “SPACE”
(SPEECH) Portland has this unique identity
(DESCRIPTION) A man starts speaking as the previous shot continues
(SPEECH) as this real cultural Center for Northern New England and
(DESCRIPTION) We see the man speaking now and written in bold all caps letters are his name “Peter McLaughlin” and in smaller font “Music Programmer, Space Gallery” there is a woman beside him, in large all caps font it says her name is “Elise Pepple” and in smaller font it says “Volunteer coordinator, Space Gallery”
(SPEECH) for Maine.
(DESCRIPTION) Peter is still speaking with Elise Pepple beside him looking at him
(SPEECH) The city’s rebirth is creating all kinds of new opportunities
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator is speaking again, we see a shot of Inkwell in The Press Hotel with people drinking at the bar on the left and sitting in the couches on the right
(SPEECH) and attracting entrepreneurs and businesses from all over the world.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of a man on the left and a woman on the right and they look very artsy and hipster, they have coffee and a pastry in front of them and are laughing, this quickly flashes back to Jim Brady, then the two people in the art gallery, and then a fashionable African American man
(SPEECH) Portland has always been known for the three LS
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of the narrator sitting in a white cafe drinking a cup of coffee, you can see a woman at the counter behind her ordering
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of a handprinted sign with a lobster on the left that says Maine Lobsters from the Lobstermen Save $$ on a green building
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of the Portland lighthouse on the rocks with the sea to the right
(SPEECH) and “love that flannel”
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of red buffalo plaid fabric, the background is bright red and it has bold black bars across it
(SPEECH) Flannel is still, I mean, if you do it right you can still work it.
(DESCRIPTION) Now a man is speaking, we see him and he is a fashionable African American man smiling and talking behind a desk, below him is his name in all caps “Kazeem Lawal” and in smaller font it says “owner, portland trading co.”
(SPEECH) So I think a lot of people are just coming to Maine for the first time
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, now we see a shot of him from the side and see that he is in his shop, a woman is entering down the stairs and looking at his products
(SPEECH) and really enjoying what they see.
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, now we see a close up of trendy duffle bags on a shelf
(SPEECH) And I feel like a lot of people are moving to Portland right now
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, now we pan along his products which look very vintage including combs and various pomades and beauty products and tools
(SPEECH) from New York, San Francisco,
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, now we see a woman in glasses opening a perfume and smelling it in front of shelves with products
(SPEECH) as far out as Australia, South Africa, and that kind of stuff. And I think is fantastic.
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, now we see the same woman in glasses reading a coffee table book in front of a wooden bookcase with products, then we go quickly back to a shot of him smiling and talking
(SPEECH) And I think that energy of kind of like optimism is in the air.
(DESCRIPTION) The man is still speaking, we see the woman from before holding up a geometric patterned sweater like she’s trying to see how it would fit, then she puts on a red velvet hat
(SPEECH) In the words of the local
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator starts speaking again, we see her trying on a red velvet hat with racks of geometric patterned sweaters behind her and beautiful black leather heels in front of her on a table
(SPEECH) Portland is really on fire right now.
(DESCRIPTION) Jim Brady is speaking again in front of the front desk
(SPEECH) Like the Phoenix from the four epic fires that have claimed this city,
(DESCRIPTION) The female narrator is speaking again, we see a shot of a white house with seagulls on it near the water, the shot zooms out so we can see the harbor and fishing boats
(SPEECH) Portland has been resurrected
(DESCRIPTION) We see a shot of downtown Portland with a park and statue in the middle and cars driving around with red brick buildings in the background
(SPEECH) as the cultural capital of the Northeast
(DESCRIPTION) We see a shot of a Portland street, a red brick building with a sign that says “Pizza” and cars parked along the street
(SPEECH) as evident in the food, art, architecture,
(DESCRIPTION) We see another shot of the chef in the restaurant preparing plates as other chefs move around the kitchen behind him, then as the narrator says art we see the woman back in the art gallery looking at a modern panting, then as the narrator says architecture we see a shot of a red brick building on the right that says “Portland Co.” in all caps, its faded black text on a white background faded with time, there are trees blowing the breeze to the right
(SPEECH) and business.
(DESCRIPTION) We see a shot of Kazeem Lawal in his shop again, he’s looking at the camera and smiling
(SPEECH) Transformation. Resurgence. Rebirth.
(DESCRIPTION) We see a shot of the front lobby of the hotel through the glass front doors and it is zooming out quickly
(SPEECH) If you’re looking to be reinvigorated, refreshed, and reinspired
(DESCRIPTION) The same shot of the lobby through the glass doors zooms out so we can see the 119 above the door in metal letters, then it shifts upward so we see the Press Hotel and American flags above and the building soaring up into the sky
(SPEECH) come to a place that is exactly like nothing else.
(DESCRIPTION) Now we see a shot of the Press Hotel sign again and the camera zooms in on it
[JAUNTY OLD FASHIONED FIDDLE MUSIC STARTS PLAYING]
(DESCRIPTION) The music continues and the screen fades to white before Hotel Number 82, The Press Hotel, Portland Maine is displayed in a black graphic over a white background
(DESCRIPTION) The music continues and the screen fades to white before text appears that says “Explore our unique collection of independent hotels at autographhotels.com” in the middle with the Autograph Collection Hotels logo at the bottom and the tagline exactly like nothing else below it