Short Film “Professional Fluff” Wraps Production, Enters Post: BTS

Professional Fluff short film shoot BTS photo with black female filmmakers, Howard University film MFA student - Writer / Director Briana M. Andrews and film actors
BTS from set of short film Professional Fluff – December 3, 2020

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” Dramedy Short Film: WATCH NOW

Movie Poster – Let Live, Short Film

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.

WINNER: Briana M. Andrews Receives Recognition from AWC, 2020 Clarion Awards Virtual Event

Clarion Awards Logo - Association for Women in Communications, WOMCOM, Graphic, Image

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.

Excerpt from AWC 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

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.

Career Update: Video Producer and Teaching Assistant / Researcher

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.

WINNER: 2020 Clarion Award – Briana M. Andrews Receives Prestigious Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Award for Women in TV and Film Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary.

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.

Clarion Awards Logo - Association for Women in Communications, WOMCOM, Graphic, Image

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
Screen Capture, Clarion Award, Interactive Media Documentary, Women in TV and Film, Rowan University RTF CCCA, Student Wildcard Category, AWC Membership, Association for Women in Communications

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

AWC Logo, Association for Women in Communications, WOMCOM, Graphic, Image

Freelance Spotlight: The Genese Martin Foundation (Digital Media Presentation, Audio & Photo Editing)

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of working on a freelance project from The Genese Martin Foundation. This intense, time-sensitive project required expeditious turnaround and serves as a true testament of digital age convenience, as the client was able to transmit files via DropBox during business travel throughout the day. The final product was a MOV file / digital media presentation inclusive of voiceover, background music, sound editing, photo editing, b-roll sourcing, and content storyboarding in a coherent fashion to demonstrate the organization’s purpose. The founder of this non-profit organization has a storied history and uses her experiences in the arts to PAY IT FORWARD. We commend the work this foundation does in the community. Art is the core of all humanity; ART IS LIFE.

Click to learn more about The Genese Martin Foundation.

What is Black Cinema? A Video Story. Film Criticism [Assignment]

Here is an excerpt from one of my Film Criticism assignment submissions.  The final video story is a 10-minute travel through time with b-roll curated from various online sources to corroborate the message.  I explored the meaning of black cinema, the history, cultural significance, theories, challenges, and future.  I highlighted the origins, silent film era, race films, blaxploitation films, the work of pioneer Oscar Michaux, independent cinema, notable challenges, the structure of Hollywood narratives, and the theories of Manthia Diawara, bell hooks and Haile Gerima.  The later describes cinema as a weapon, and “one of the most unexamined, unscrutinzed tool(s) of colonialism” detailing how mass media exploitation prescribes a view of blackness that perpetuates the disenfranchisement of Black Americans. 

What is Black Cinema? Film Criticism. Video Story. Assignment Submission. Screen Capture. Professor Sam Harman. Howard University.
What is Black Cinema? Film Criticism. Video Story. Assignment Submission. Screen Capture. Professor Sam Harman. Howard University.

What is Black Cinema anyway? 

Black Cinema is defined as classification used to describe film which involves the participation and/or representation of black people.  Now, this definition is quite broad and leaves some room for interpretation.  It could mean the film black cast, a black crew, a black director, a black story, or a focus on black audiences.

Alternatively, black cinema has been defined as a film recounting relatable common experiences and containing cultural elements that celebrate Black Cultural Identity.

Film director, Gladstone Yearwood defines black cinema as a body of films produced in the African diaspora which share a common problematic.  These films are a cultural expression of the survival impulse of African American culture and its struggle against marginalization.

Conclusion

Black cinema is not an isolated phenomenon. It has always been linked with social issues in the black community and served as the imagination of our aspirations.  Although challenges remain with funding and access, there is definitely a market for black stories.  It’s interesting to speculate in what direction black cinema would go.

If you would like to view the entire video story, send a message on the contact page or sign-up for mailing list.  I can also forward my voiceover transcript.  Best regards!

“Let Live” Film Wraps Production, Enters Post

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. 

  • Film: Let Live
  • Genre: Drama, Short
  • Shoot Dates: March 1st – March 3rd
  • Locations: Washington, D.C. & Fort Washington, MD
  • Director / Writer: Briana M. Andrews
  • Producer: Ayo Awoyemi
  • Assistant Director: Elon Riley
  • Director of Photography: Rachel Carter
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Meagan Sims
  • Production Designer / Sound Mixer: Junee Ailes

Freelance Spotlight: Introducing G-Pilot, Hip-Hop Artist [Shooter, Producer, Editor]

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.

Visit G-Pilot on Instagram and click here to listen to his music on Soundcloud.

Freelance Spotlight: Happy RHOvember from Theta Mu Chapter [Producer, Editor]

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Artwork Graphic Soror with Cane Poodle Eeyip
SGRho Artwork, Original Graphic

As a Jersey poodle and distinguished lady of royal blue and gold, I absolutely love this time of year. Check out this promo spot over a STM instrumental remake created for Theta Mu, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. undergraduate chapter at Rowan University.  This year, SGRho turns 97.  The organization was formed by seven young educators on November 12, 1922 at Butler University.  With an organizational commitment of scholarship, sisterhood and service, its mission includes enhancing the quality of life for women and families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil and social action.

While this is a Founders’ Day blog post, this video was actually created to commemorate Charter Day on the Theta Mu social media channel.  I was the Shreditor (shooter, producer, editor) and starred in this one one-man band piece shot at 114 Victoria, Nexus Apartments @ Rowan University.  Running time under one minute and optimized for socials. 

Theta Mu Chapter Crest - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. NPHC Divine Nine D9 Rowan University SGRho
Theta Mu Chapter Crest