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.
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.
The Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Department of Media, Journalism and Film (MJF) at Howard University presents its annual, invite-only, Year End Student Film Screening for 2019/2020. The screening is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 10th to Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Introducing G-Pilot by Briana M. Andrews is among the undergraduate and graduate student projects selected for feature at the screening.Briana worked as the Shreditor (shooter, producer, editor) and the mini-documentary features an interview, in-studio performance and music video featuring up-and-coming hip-hop recording artist G-Pilot.
Let Live, the dramedy short, written and directed by Briana M. Andrews, owner of BibbyFame Digital, LLC and current Howard University Film MFA candidate has officially wrapped production and entered post.
Enjoy some photos from our last day on set.
We’d like to thank each member of the #LetLive cast and crew for working tirelessly on set these past few days. We would also like to thank all contributors, including catering service and venue for their assistance in helping this production come to life.
Be on the lookout for Introducing G-Pilot. Briana M. Andrews served as the Shreditor (shooter, producer, editor) on this project which includes an interview, in-studio performance and music video featuring up-and-coming hip-hop recording artist G-Pilot. G-Pilot is currently promoting his new smash single “W.I.N.” A natural in front of the camera, G-Pilot discusses his entrepreneurial endeavors, connection to rapper Common, inspirations and why he opts to create positive rap content.
Over the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to work on several exciting film projects. In addition to my personal ventures, I was on the crew for a few others, including student projects for fellow MFA candidates. There are two projects I’d like to share details on. First, because I am super proud of the outcome, and secondly, since both films were directed by women. In recent weeks, there was quite the uproar about the industry’s lack of gender parity and female filmmakers being snubbed by the Oscars and Golden Globes. Here are two projects from upcoming women in film to be on the lookout for:
The first project, Final Beat was directed by Elon Riley. I was the first assistant camera (1st AC / focus puller) for this film.
The second project Break Point was written and directed by Melissa Witherspoon. I was cast as the actress in this film; I’m usually behind the camera but I was able to flex some acting chops here.
I’ll share more details about release as information becomes available.
Summer 2019 has been remarkably busy (in a good way). While the blog posts have certainly been more sporadic, I promise it’s for good reason. I’d like to share some details on a recently completed freelance project in Astoria, NY. In late July, I had the pleasure of working with photographer Regan Wood. She is working on a super exciting project about eclectic New Yorkers and fascinating spaces. I assisted on-set with several functions including lighting. This connection was made by Jill Lotenberg, another lady of the lens that I had the pleasure of working with. I’ll be sure to share more details about the project as it comes into fruition. Here are a couple behind the scenes snaps from the space:
Check out the official trailer for “To Each, Her Throne.”
Each, Her Throne is a five-episode
web docuseries bringing together women from different ages, backgrounds,
sexualities, religions, races and ethnic groups. This is a female-centric
project boasting an all-female cast and crew.
Thus far, support for the
project has been overwhelmingly positive, partially securing funding through a
successful IndieGogo campaign with over 40 backers. Under the artistic direction of Danielle
Privat, the cast came together for judgement-free discourse on the female
experience, with the goal of breaking societal mandates.
Be on the lookout for
the dates of our upcoming screening in NYC and project release.
June 2019 was an action-packed month! One of the most memorable events I had the pleasure of being involved with this month was the screening of Heroic Episodes and The Shades. These short films were both directed by Lisa Regina, the founder of A Write to Heal, a 501(c)(3) organization. The cast consisted of military veterans, and the screening took place the weekend after Memorial Day.
Below are some photos I took at the event:
In the month leading up to the event I assisted with grassroots marketing efforts and used both Canva and desktop publishing software to design a 16-page program / theater booklet with cast bios, sponsors, advertisers and more. I also handled BTS / event photography and edited a photo-story and video collage for socials. The premiere took place on June 4, 2019 at the historic Broadway Theater in Pitman, NJ.
I received a referral for this opportunity from Professor Rachael Shapiro, a Writing Arts, Research and Technology professor at Rowan University who taught my New Media Practicum / senior seminar course. Lisa Regina is a professional actress and coach by-trade. Her partnership with Bridging the Gap helps soldiers with communication skills and confidence building for reintegration into society after deployment. To learn more about Lisa Regina, these film projects, or her acting classes visit her website.
In recent weeks, I worked as the Director of Photography (DP) for the Fifth Annual Alliance Latino Youth Leadership Conference. I supervised the interns, camera and light crew for the one-day, multi-cam shoot (currently in post). This event was co-sponsored by Inspimind and took place at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. This year’s theme was “Rompiendo Barreras” (breaking through). The conference was open to high school students of Latino heritage and consisted of workshops about success, overcoming life hurdles, financing college and getting scholarships.
Last year, I worked at Inspimind as an intern in Film Production and Multimedia. In that capacity, I assisted with pre-production, onsite production, and post-production (editing and debrief meetings). Other responsibilities included recording and editing footage, photography, assisting with the planning & scheduling of production shoots, and collaborating with the Content Development team. I connected with Inspimind, not only as an employee, but on a personal level because I value their mission and witnessed firsthand all the amazing work they do in the community as an educational services non-profit. I started out as an intern, but when I received the call to come back this year for a paid freelance opportunity supervising their new 2019 interns at the Alliance Latino Youth Leadership Conference, I jumped at the chance. It was an amazing event! Learn more about Inspimind.