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.
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:
in a filmmaker capacity
Work alongside other
women in TV and Film
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
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.
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]
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.
My work assisting Jill Lotenberg on the cover of Mann Publications for the August and September issues were published.
This 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Shooting Date: 3/19/18
Location: Rowan University
Role: Pre-visualization, Digital Post-Production, Talent (on-camera)