One of the standout projects I worked on in recent weeks is a freelance assignment completed with Federal Media Solutions. This Washington, D.C. based video production company also provides event coverage and audio-visual services.
This shoot of the Minority Tech Foundation took place in southern Maryland. Below find BTS and a candid from the shoot.
Amid COVID-19, this is a challenging time for filmmakers. I am grateful the shoot for short film Professional Fluff, written and directed by myself, Briana M. Andrews, was able to take place without a hitch. The shoot took place in Alexandria, VA over the course of two days. The entire cast and crew were willing participants with coronavirus testing and associated safety measures. The production also included an on-set COVID manager and ample PPE.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to all of the following individuals:
AD: Elon Riley
DP: Brandon Wilkerson
AC: Megan Sims
Mixer: Richard Schertzer
Gaffer: Allen Mays
COVID Officer: Josh Lowrey
Lead Actress: Kathleenah Accilien
I cannot wait to share the finished product! As always, I appreciate your continued support. In the meantime, below are some behind the scenes photos with the film crew.
Let Live, the dramedy short, written and directed by Briana M. Andrews can be viewed here on BibbyFame Digital. The trailer and poster are below. The film along with details on cast and crew can be viewed on www.bibbyfame.com/let-live/
For full sized assets or inquiries, reach out on the contact page. Thank you for your continued support.
Today was super exciting as I attended the 2020 Clarion Awards Virtual Recognition ceremony. As many of you know, I won the Clarion Award for the Student Wildcard category earlier this year with interactive media / mini-documentary Women in TV and Film. I have since received the physical award by mail. You can read more about my victory and read the press release here:
Below, find a short except from the ceremony where host Jillian Schillaci announced my award and category.
For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion has recognized businesses and individuals who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, for the first time ever AWC will be announcing winners and finalists in a virtual event presented via Zoom.
This Fall, I was able to secure two opportunities within educational settings. I will be working as a Video Producer with the Commissioner’s Office for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and as a Teaching Assistant / Researcher with the Literary Media & Communications Department (LMC) at the Washington, D.C. based Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
I am excited about both of these remote opportunities. At Duke Ellington School of the Arts, I will gain experience in student teaching with lesson plan development, instruction, evaluation, and educational event support with the mission of educating aspiring young artists in poetry, writing, filmmaking, and multimedia storytelling. I will also assist with administrative support and grant research / writing.
DESE maintains “first in the nation” status on many educational endeavors. As a seasonal Video Producer, I will work on production and editing for internal communication tutorial videos, script development for the Teacher of the Year radio and television campaign, video transcriptions, and voiceover for the Deeper Learning Kaleidoscope project. I will also handle audience insight research on radio, television and geofencing analytics / streaming campaigns.
It is my hope that these opportunities will also me to utilize my current skillset, while allowing me to strengthen and expand my abilities for future projects.
BACK TO SCHOOL is here again! However, the classroom setting looks quite different this year for many young scholars. Teachers and parents alike are making necessary adjustments in light of the coronavirus pandemic, while officials are making determinations on the safest educational delivery methods. For this Freelance Spotlight, I’d like to highlight my recent work with an inspiring young educator, Meleah Campbell. This indoor shoot was completed while adhering to all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Boasting almost 30k followers on Instagram alone, the UC Davis and Loyola Marymount educated, Teach America alum uses her social media platforms to champion for literacy and the arts. Ms. Campbell does an amazing job digitally interacting with her preschoolers and I was thankful for the opportunity to work with her on capturing images for sponsored posts. Here are a few snaps I captured for her paid partnerships with Advancement Courses (a Wiley Learning company) and Lakeshore Learning.
Personally, I am no stranger to distance learning. I completed high school with an online, Middle States accredited homeschool program, then resumed physical classes for college. Despite the circumstances prompting the change, I am happy to see more minority families exploring homeschool options and finding alternate methods for educational enrichment.
Daughters of Solanas received placement in another film festival. The dramedy (drama/comedy) short is an official selection for the Women’s Comedy Film Festival. This is part of the Cinema Life Film Festival Collective.
The event is taking place on Saturday, September 5th in Atlanta, GA (in-person or online). Tickets are available at www.cinemalife.org or at @womenscomedy on Instagram.
Daughters of Solanas was created for the New York / Spring 2019 iteration Women’s Weekend Filmmaker Challenge. The film premiered at the Museum of Moving Image last Spring. As part of the camera crew, Briana M. Andrews shot BTS photo/video and manages the social media accounts for the short. Read previous posts here.
Here are some of my photographs captured from the August 28, 2020 March on Washington, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
This past Friday marked the 57th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The March on Washington called for criminal justice reform and racial equality. Amid coronavirus safety protocols, there was a remarkable turnout with well-known speakers addressing the civil rights issues of today.
These times call for unity, strength, resilience and preservation. STAY STRONG!
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced Briana M. Andrews as a WINNER of the 2020 Clarion Award in the Student Wildcard category for her Women in TV and Film, Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary project. Read Press Release.
Winning a Clarion is a great honor and achievement; this award-winning entry will be recognized during a fall virtual event. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the country, the 2020 competition attracted entries from 20 states and two countries, with entries judged by teams of experts from all aspects of the marketing and communications fields.
This interactive media project and short documentary was created during a New Media Practicum course at Rowan University, led by Writing Arts Professor Rachael Shapiro. Andrews utilized social media as a promotional avenue and culminated with the creation of a short documentary to display individual efforts toward increasing diversity and inclusion in film. This includes behind-the-scenes footage from the Andrews’ produced To Each, Her Throne web series, and the Daughters of Solanas dramedy short from the New York iteration of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Find excerpts from the project at www.womenintvandfilm.com.
Entry Title: “Women in TV & Film – Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary”
Entry Category: Student Wild Card
Organization Name(s): Rowan University
Entrant’s Name(s): Briana M. Andrews
Founded in 1909, the Association for Women in Communications has nearly 1,200 members worldwide. AWC champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion Awards have recognized small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications. For a complete list of Clarion Award winners this year, please visit: www.womcom.org/clarionwinners.
Here are a few stills from Let Live, the dramedy short, written and directed by Briana M. Andrews. A preliminary edit was screened virtually for the Howard University 1st Year Film MFA cohort. The final cut will include additional sound editing and color correction. We cannot wait to share it! Thank you for your continued support.