I am pleased to introduce you to Thug Motivation. This is a drama short-film written and directed by (me) Briana M. Andrews, Rowan University senior and owner of BibbyFame Digital, LLC. The shoot took place over the weekend, and it was a awesome demonstration of teamwork and resourcefulness.
This story is an actor’s plea for “less thug, more motivation.” The protagonist, Kevin, played by Howie Jones, senior Computer Science major at Rowan University expresses frustration because he is a classically trained actor, however, he’s routinely cast and sent on auditions for demeaning roles which he reluctantly accepts. During this contentious meeting with the casting director, he lashes out about degrading role offers and visualizes inspirational, thought-provoking roles that contribute to humanity.
Gang-members and thug roles are disproportionately played by black actors. However, this isn’t reflective of the actual demographics of American gangs. While Thug Motivation shares the story of one actor, it serves as a launchpad for discussion on casting directors engaged in type-casting, limited role opportunities, inadequate African-American representation in film and potential societal implications from such imagery.
Production Title: Thug Motivation
Production Type: Independent / Student
Project Length: Short (5 minutes)
I submitted this screenplay for consideration earlier this semester and in recent weeks, I presented the look-book and defended the film concept. There was no budget for this film, however, campus resources were at our disposal for equipment. For the film setting, we converted an 8-max group study room at Campbell Library into a convincing office location. I am extremely proud of the entire team. I also appreciate their open-mindedness and willingness to wear several hats to pull this off successfully.
On Monday, March 25, 2019, I was inducted into Rowan University’s Sigma Zeta Chapter of Order of Omega. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their organizations, campuses and communities. It functions as an adjunct to traditional organizations and members are selected from the top 10% percent of students within the fraternity/sorority community.
There are 570 chapters of Order of Omega chartered throughout North America with the common goal of recognizing student-leaders and I am proud to be included in this elite group. It also means a lot to me to represent both my organization and the NPHC on this platform.
We need film more than ever! Film connects people through the art of storytelling. Much of what we see in film has roots in our backgrounds, upbringing, demographic area, socioeconomic status, cultural norms and gender. The film industry cannot be a monolithic arena and expect to be relevant with diverse communities. Film has to serve our communities, and reflect it. For my New Media Practicum project, I will create a forum for diversity and inclusion in film. Read my full submitted proposal here, and view the associated presentation here.
There is value in each of our experiences; women need to find our own voices, control the narrative and take ownership of our portrayal in film.
Winter break is in full swing, grades were finally posted today and YAY, I made the University Scholar list again – Dean’s List, Fall 2018.
This academic achievement feels extra special since this semester was so tough. With hands-on production courses, all of the REAL work takes place outside of scheduled class hours. Essentially, it’s a full time job! But you know me … I was also volunteering, booking freelance projects, taking hours at the portrait studio and I’m also on the Theta Mu chapter’s executive board. I was “booked and busy” but on top of my game in all respects.
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.
I am pleased to announce I will be serving as a Media Festival Associate at Rowan University’s 2018 RTF Media Fest. Over the last month I reviewed and judged high school submissions (scripts, narratives, new media) and at event, I will be responsible for Photography. I am proud to be included in this event which features audio production, documentary, film, new media and screenwriting from both current students, and high school students. Be sure to come support the event which takes place on November 2nd (college) and 3rd (high school).
The event will be live streamed as well. Learn more about the award ceremony.
This means a lot to me. Between a full course load with hands-on production, volunteering, freelance projects, work schedule and joining SGRHO … this semester was among the most challenging ever. HARD WORK PAYS OFF.
Over the course of the Spring semester, I served as a Transfer Mentor and PROS (Peer Referral & Orientation Staff) at Rowan University. I am pleased to announce I was awarded for Outstanding Training Achievement. This has been a phenomenal experience and I cherish the moments where I can positively contribute to the campus community.
Check me out in this video from our leadership and teamwork trip.
I can laugh about this experience in retrospect. At this precise moment, the teleprompter became possessed in Professor Winkler’s TV Production 1 class. I was Producer [slash] Talent A in this newscast and there was no opportunity to STOP the production and have a do-over. Luckily for me, since I wrote the copy and tweaked several times … I practically had it recited. Everything turned out okay.
Even though this is a clearly a case of things going WRONG (and this semester had plenty), unintentional learning provided some of the strongest lessons I’ll take away from these experiences. My crew encountered last minute scrambling and schedule changes because our Spring semester was Winter Wonderland and we had freak snowstorms several times. We booked equipment for an outdoor shoot on GREEN environmental initiatives, but our campus was winter WHITE. Oh, and I can’t forget the clicking sound of my hard drive going dead the day before I had to submit final edits or my SD card going wonky in the middle of a photoshoot.
What skills have I developed? RESILIANCE, PROBLEM SOLVING, PERSISTANCE, FLEXIBILITY, IMPROVISATION (and countless others). These are what I like to refer to as positive side effects from the collegiate experience.
Photo Credit: Professor Christopher Winkler, Rowan University
Date: May 2, 2018
From: The Gun Debate (Producer: Steve Nuzzo, Director: Alexander Compta)
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)