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.
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.
Veritas et Utilitas, “Truth and Service” is the motto for Howard University and represents a vital component of the school’s identity. I have a special affinity for educational initiatives, particularly those that drive young minority women to CREATE. Service is a lifelong commitment and over the years, I volunteered hundreds of hours at various community-based and 501(c)(3) organizations. While Howard University Day of Service (HUDOS) draws mostly undergraduate students, I was intrigued and sought a way to get involved. I am pleased to announce I was selected for the Steering Committee and serve as the Photographer / Videographer on the Media Team.
To me, HUDOS provides a phenomenal way for students to become immersed in both the university and the community-at-large. I am thrilled about having the opportunity to create visuals displaying Howard students as they come together, working hard to make a difference. Check out one of my promo edits created using supplied photos and footage curated from HUDOS over the last two years, along with graphics I created to accompany student quotes on the service experience.
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.
I’d like to provide a special thank you to everyone who visited my workstation May 4th at the CCCA Awards and Showcase. The event served as awesome primer for the New Media Practicum showcase that will be taking place at Chamberlain Student Center from 10-1 PM on Tuesday May 7th, 2019. I encourage you to attend; admission is free and open to the general public. You will have the opportunity to see the Women in TV and Film new media project and mini-documentary showcasing my activities over the course of the semester.
Here are a few images shared on social media during the event:
This subject is near and dear to my heart and the project demonstrates micro-level steps we can take as a community to ensure there is more diversity, inclusivity and representation in storytelling. The feedback was overwhelming positive and the energy was lively during the event. The CCCA Showcase was particularly memorable for me since it was one of the few times during my undergraduate career where I experienced all majors from CCCA (biomedical art, public relations and advertising, journalism, communication studies etc.) under the same roof displaying their body of work. If you missed it, you missed out – however, I’d love to see you on Tuesday at NMP.
Tomorrow, I will post an article on WomeninTVandFilm.com outlining things that filmmakers, businesses and consumers / viewers can do to support women in this profession. Stay tuned.
Funding limitations were one of the greatest challenges I experienced throughout the creation of the Women in TV and Film project. One of the aspects that contributed to the success of the project was BEING THERE. Enough footage exists on the market that I could have slapped together project from content curation alone, but I wanted to SEE, FEEL, TOUCH and make this experience REAL for myself and for anyone who views the project. The need for female voices in television and film is heavily documented with articles and videos that address everything from gatekeepers and green-lighters to budgetary constraints and limited access. However, Women in TV and Film is unique since it isn’t a perspective from the outside looking in. Again, it was about BEING THERE.
If I had to summarize the
challenges, it would come down to time and money. I didn’t have all the time in the world to
work on this project. I submitted and
defended my project proposal on February 14, 2019 and had roughly two months to
take this from concept to completion with a tangible showcase-worthy project. There were schedule and timeline tweaks and adjustments
when reality set in with how much can realistically be accomplished within the
Some of the investments made included gas, tolls (ugh, tolls), back-up batteries for my SLR, additional SD cards and the usual suspects, like my Adobe CC subscription. I also had to combat loss of income, since I couldn’t actively freelance while simultaneously putting in long hours toward the Women in TV and Film project, and my directorial debut, Thug Motivation. Leading up to April 2019, I resigned from my position as a Studio Photographer with Picture People since they needed someone with weekend availability, especially with the Easter holiday approaching. I knew in advance I would have to spend each weekend in March and April either shooting, editing, designing graphics, or attending events and production meetings.
I am forever thankful for the opportunities that were presented over the course of this semester and took advantage of as many as I could. I had to travel quite a bit and put a considerable amount of mileage on my car traveling back and forth between Manhattan and Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ (where I reside during the academic year). My residence is in Northern NJ, relatively close to New York City. My family … grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are all in New York. I luck out in a sense where there was always a local place to crash when I head into the city, but I also had classes and campus activities, so it was never long before I had to drive back to school.
Not-so-fun Facts: The Verrazano Bridge is $19. There is an EZ-Pass toll discount, however it only applies to NY pass holders and the deep(er) discount is only for Staten Island Residents. The Port Authority tolls (Goethals Bridge, Lincoln or Holland Tunnel) are $12.50 with the discount. The NJ Turnpike Tolls vary anywhere between $5 and $11. A typical trip from Rowan University (exit 3) to Lower Manhattan (exit 14C) can run about $11. I took the train to Astoria, $17 round-trip on New Jersey Transit plus another $5.50 on the MetroCard for the MTA.
To Each Her
Throne was shot in TriBeCa, NY
Solanas was shot in Staten Island, NY (main shoot site and on-location cemetery
Film Challenge Pre-Production was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Daughters of Solanas at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, NY
Girl Power Film
and Media Summit was in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
Well, technically both. The result of Women in TV and Film is a mini-documentary, however, it is very much an interactive new media project. All connections were initially secured online, and I handled content curation and social media management for three profiles across two platforms, not including my personal page. As of May 1, 2019, there were a total of 125 posts on social media from the accounts documented in this project. There are also an additional 20 applicable category posts on this website. Across all platforms, these posts include (but is not limited to) building awareness to the struggles for women in film, showcasing women in TV and film and motivation for female filmmakers.