What Can People Do to Change Things? How Can I Help Women in TV and Film?

This is a very important question.  One that doesn’t have a straightforward answer.  It’s easy to slap together statistics to paint the dire picture of what is transpiring with women in the television and film industries.  However, generating a solution or corrective action plan isn’t quite so simple.  With the creation of Women in TV and Film, I was extremely cautious not to make this a finger-pointing, blame-game or pity-party because no one is rolling out the red carpet for us to access the boys club.  I wanted to highlight positive attributes and micro-level methods to evoke change that both you and I can implement NOW.  In the introductory stages of conceptualizing the project, I asked myself two fundamental questions:

  • What can I do to help?
  • How can I build awareness and change perception?

I don’t have money.  My career is still in infancy stages.  I don’t have the power to create macro-level change.

Do I delve into why things are the way they are, or do I paint a picture that visualizes HOW IT COULD BE?  I chose the latter.

My approach with this project was to:

  • Actively work in a filmmaker capacity
  • Work alongside other women in TV and Film
  • Showcase various women in TV and film through my social media and web platforms
  • Document the innerworkings of film sets with exclusively female cast and crews
  • Attend events, conferences and screenings that support female filmmakers
  • Network and build relationships with experienced women actively working in the industry
  • Develop a rolodex (contact list) of women that can fulfil various above and below-the-line roles for future usage, reference and recommendation
  • Show the world WOMEN MAKE MOVIES and WE ARE BADASS

Now, it’s YOUR TURN.

Companies:  You should HIRE female filmmakers.

Filmmakers: You should recommend female filmmakers and take steps to ensure you have an inclusive work environment.

Consumers: You should support, watch and buy diverse and inclusive projects.

We can talk about corporate big-wigs but the reality of the matter is CONSUMERS HOLD THE POWER.  When you buy food, you read the label.  Similarly, when watching shows and films … you should research the credits.  You should know about the content you are consuming.  Female filmmakers know about the problems that exist, however, a large chunk of the TV-watching and movie-going population are completely oblivious.  The program you love:

  • Did a woman write it?
  • Did a woman direct it?
  • Did a woman edit it?
  • Did a woman shoot it? 
  • How many women were involved in the production? 

The population is 50/50 and women represent roughly half of movie-goers but we have less screen-time and less control of the narrative.  YOU have the power to decide and evoke change.

Rowan University 2019 New Media Practicum Showcase Featuring Women in TV and Film Project

NMP – Poster, 2019 New Media Practicum Showcase. Designed by Briana M. Andrews.

The 2019 New Media Practicum (NMP) Showcase for Rowan University is taking place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 10AM-1PM at the Chamberlain Student Center.  This event will feature several semester culminating student projects including Women in TV and Film by Briana M. Andrews.

If you prefer to attend on the weekend, a sneak preview of new media showcase will be taking place this Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the CCCA (College of Communications and Creative Arts) Student Awards & Showcase. This event takes place from 11AM-1PM in Pfleeger Hall.

The line-up is as follows:

Briana M. Andrews – Women in TV and Film [BibbyFame Digital, LLC]

Karlo G. Bulaong – Life of Kai

Steven Cimprien – The Nameless [Phantom Psyche Productions]

Nicole Cummings – What Do They Call Me? [Smile Sweet Productions]

Seth Ezbicki – The Optic Topic

Benjamin Mergen – Cooking with Benny [Benny XD]

Jared Schrock – Sour Fizz

Interactive Projects: Skill Development – New Media Production RTF 03394 [Sampler]

Below, please find an interactive project new media sampler consisting of snippets from projects completed this semester.  I am completing both Post-Production and New Media Production with Professor Erika Tsuchiya.  For those courses, the method of submission includes an separate class EduBlog (visit my temporary class site here), and heavy use of private Google Docs portals.

I am excited about using Adobe Animate, Mixamo, Adobe Fuse, MIT Scratch and Unity3D.  Before this course, I had no idea almost 50% of mobile games are developed using Unity.

Photography Credit – Photo Shoot Published

My work assisting Jill Lotenberg on the cover of Mann Publications for the August and September issues were published.

Joe Wilen, Advantage TitleThis is for my work on the photo shoot of Joe Willen of Advantage Title. This memorable shoot took place on beautiful and scenic Northport, Long Island. I actually didn’t expect to receive published photo credit considering this was part of an internship, but this is actually quite awesome. Learn more about Mann Publications.

FREE Philadelphia: Under 21 | Photojournalism JRN 02314 – Photo Story / Subject of Interest [REVISION]

IMG_4013 - Mack Machine @machmachine does skateboarding tricks just outside Love Park in Philadelphia, PA

This PhotoVoice project features a selected subject of interest and multiple locations / shoots.  This topic was selected because Rowan University is located in South Jersey and students are always on a quest to find interesting and FREE things to do.  Moreover, there are over 100 institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Emphasis was placed on locations that can be enjoyed at no cost by people under the age of 21.

Photos: Briana Andrews
Music: Beat Demons (used w/ license)
Vocals: Breana Marin

Role: Photography, Editing, Assembly
Equipment Used: Canon 60D EOS
Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Photo Locations:

Culture:
Chinatown
935 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Entertainment:
Race Street Pier – Delaware River Waterfront
Race Street and N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Arts:
LOVE Park
Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

History:
Penn’s Landing
121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nature:
Rittenhouse Square (Park)
1851 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Malin Fezehai | Photojournalist Profile Assignment – JRN 02314

This photojournalist video profile documents Malin Fezehai. She won various awards including the World Press Photo Award for Daily Life. Some of her clients include TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fader Magazine, Nike and others.

Malin Fezehai - Photojournalist, Visual Journalist - New York Times

She now works as a Visual Journalist for the New York Times. Her areas of focus are communities of displacement and dislocation around the world. There aren’t many minority female photojournalists; researching and learning about her work and accomplishments was a great experience.

Role: Content curation, video editing, research, voiceover, script writing
Software: Adobe Premiere Pro

Sandwich Heist Project | Shooting for Composition & Continuity – RTF 03370 Film Production

This is my individual “Project 2” edit. Scene utilizing standard coverage including the 180-degree rule for maintaining screen direction, shooting and editing for continuity, and match cutting. Note: Final submission includes complimentary music selection and roll.

Camera: HMC150
Shooting Date: 3/19/18
Location: Rowan University
Role: Pre-visualization, Digital Post-Production, Talent (on-camera)

Rowan University Campus Environmental Initiatives PSA – RU Green | TV1 RTF 03222

Individual RU Green PSA Edit. The full group course submission includes pre-roll, PSA and post-roll. Note: Alternate voiceover and music selection used for final edit.


Camera: HMC150
Shooting Date: 3/27/18
Location: Rowan University
Crew: Briana Andrews, George Bross, Alex Compta, Stephen Nuzzo
Role: Shooting, Editing, Script, Talent (VOX and on-camera)