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.
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.
In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to thank all those who gave their lives so that we can live in a country where democracy is the shelter of freedom and peace.
I am pleased to introduce you to The Shades and Heroic Episodes, two short films made with our veterans, community members, advocates and survivors. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been extremely busy working in lockstep with the Director of this project, Lisa Regina. I proudly support our veterans! Thus far, working on this project commissioned by Regina’s non-profit organization, A Write to Heal 501(c)(3) has been an amazing experience where I learned about the personal stories of heroes who served in our armed forces.
From our pre-production meetings and grassroots marketing to location scouting, shot-list development and working to secure quotes from vendors, this was a multifaceted project that pulled from various skillsets. I handled graphic design on the 16-page theater program which is finally off to print and I’ll be handling multi-cam videography and event photography at the premiere on June 2, 2019 at Broadway Theatre in Pitman, NJ. Click here to learn more about the event and buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Here are some behind-the-scenes shots from To Each, Her Throne. I am incredibly excited and thankful for the opportunity to Produce this series. I am pleased with how everything turned out thus far; our guests were amazing and I cannot wait to share this project with the world. Check out these BTS pics from the shoot by Photographer, Victoria Lewis @veedotk.
In April 2019, I had the pleasure of being selected to participate in the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge in New York. My crew, Team Banks created Daughters of Solanas which was screened at the Museum of Moving Image. I detailed my personal experience from that night here, but wanted to share some of the incredible images captured at the event from Photographer, Terrence Hamilton – @theimagetaker
I had an incredible time working on Daughters of Solanas with the talented Team Banks cast and crew for the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Creating a film with a diverse group of women in each role above-the-line and below-the-line was something on my filmmaker bucket list for quite some time.
Our dramedy-short film premiered at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, New York on Thursday, April 18, 2019 with an after-party at George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studios. I’m proud of our work and can’t wait for the festival submissions to see this project really take flight. I’m Producer for To Each, Her Throne which is another project with an all-female cast and crew, slated for shoot next weekend.
Increasing diversity in storytelling, inclusion and representation in TV/Film are causes near and dear to my heart, and also a major part of our mission here at BibbyFame Digital, LLC. I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with so many skilled and experienced women in the industry.
The film, Daughters of Solanas is now complete and on IMDb. I am credited under Camera and Electrical Equipment for my work on the set handling BTS. I also manage the social media presence for the film; you can read about this in the previous blog post. The screening for Daughters of Solanas will take place next week at the Museum of Moving Image. Here are a few photos I took of the crew, which consisted of 27 women. Bravo!
Creating the dramedy, Daughters of Solonas was an incredible experience and I’m excited about our screening next week at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, NY. One of the items on my filmmaker bucket list was to work on a film with an all-female cast and crew. This month, I will have the opportunity to complete that, twice over. The Women’s Weekend Film Challenge bought together women from all walks of life … different races, different socio-economic statuses, different religions, different education levels … complete strangers, all coming together with the common objective of creating a short, in a really short period of time. The footage looks amazing, the film was submitted, the screening is next week and at a later date, the festival submission activities will commence.
Personally, I would like to thank Tracy Sayre and
Katrina Medoff for their work organizing the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge,
and for all of their efforts for women in film.
They emphasize how much representation and diversity matter. These are causes that are obviously very close
to my heart. Some of the challenge
sponsors include RED cameras, Gotham Sound, IDX, Zeiss Lenses, AbelCine Brooklyn
Lighting and Grip, Lightbulb Grip and Electric and Below the Line.
I handled BTS photo / video on this project. I also created and manage the socials. Check out and follow @DaughtersofSolanas on Instagram and Facebook. A photo-story BTS montage can be found below. I’ll be sharing some video of the crew (Team Banks) in action in the near future, stay tuned.
TIME – CERTAINLY – FLIES. BibbyFame Digital is a boutique photo and video production company that was started in February 2017. During that month, I produced a comedic short named “How to Watch.” It was completed on a shoestring budget; I conceptualized and wrote it, handled casting, location scouting, shot some scenes with an iPhone, others with a DSLR, edited in Final Cut and presented the project to my Digital Video Editing and Multimedia Imaging class at Union County College. For me, this course was a game changer purely for CONFIDENCE reasons. Prior, my focus was solely on securing a job and finding a place on someone’s set. Afterward, I embraced my skill-set and was comfortable in my ability to take a project from concept to completion.
Since then, I have been blessed to work with numerous clients for both photography and video production; all while developing my film concepts, furthering my education and taking advantage of internship opportunities, freelance gigs and flex-schedule jobs in creative services. This website was created one year ago, primarily to build a presence that didn’t rely solely on word-of-mouth marketing and social media.
Over the next year, there is a lot in store for BibbyFame Digital:
Provide the company with its own socials, branding and identity (that isn’t merely an extension of the company owner).
Seek volunteers and an intern to assist on-location with set-up, lighting, BTS shooting and socials.
Update the website to list service offerings, service areas and availability.
Add secondary blog to this website dedicated to female-centric creators with an emphasis on film.
These are exciting times and I am excited for what’s in store. I appreciate you and THANK YOU for your continued support and patronage.