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.
The Women in TV and Film Project will showcase at the 2019 New Media Practicum Showcase at Rowan University next week. After the premiere, I plan to post the mini-doc online and it will be embedded right here on this website. I would like, however, to field questions from visitors so I can share my experiences and benefit from constructive criticism and feedback. Feel free to comment, click the link for the contact box or DM me on social media.
I will use these messages
to drive future blog posts and engage in dialogue about the status of women in
the television in film industries.
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]
This past weekend I attended the Girl Power Film + Media Summit and Showcase in New York. This event was presented by Imagine This Productions (creators of the Women’s International Film Festival). I had a phenomenal time, and I am still working my way through the goodie bag containing Cinema Femme Magazine, Eden BodyWorks, Good! Snacks, Ursa Major 4-in-1, Curls liquid hair growth vitamins and more. I love freebies!
As a small business owner who actively freelances, I’ll admit, getting my P’s and Q’s together from a business standpoint was definitely a work in progress. I am a creator, and at least initially, my focus was primarily on doing what I love … creating! I spent countless hours developing my craft, writing screenplays, filming, editing etc. However, the same level of dedication wasn’t replicated from a financial perspective. It is no secret that many filmmakers struggle to monetize their projects. Many never quite make it out of the red. I am happy to reach a stage where I can actively book freelance projects and assist companies with telling their stories. However, that is only a start! I wasn’t quite as diligent as I should have been with invoicing, retaining receipts, tracking mileage etc. From a tax standpoint, I am almost certain I left money on the table. Nonetheless, I was eager to soak information up like a sponge at the summit and implement findings with my own practice.
Panel 1: The Female Gaze – Cinematographers’ Talk
included a lineup of accomplished ladies of the lens. The overarching theme was that these ladies
don’t wish to be an anomaly. They desire
increased integration so it’s not a shock when they are on set, let alone
behind the camera. All of the panelist
emphasized the importance of networking, as fostering relationships can work
wonders for your career, and you will learn more in the field than you will
ever learn in a classroom.
Discussion included female representation in film, and offered insights into their creative processes. Some of the panel members started out with Canon 7D, Bolex or Super 8 cameras. There was dialogue about affluent students at some of the nation’s most revered film programs having access to state-of-the-art equipment, and not experiencing challenges securing funding to shoot their student films. Isabella Tan, founder of Rebel Motion attended NYU. She stated, “Some people are privileged and have funding for great equipment, don’t get discouraged.” A poignant response statement from Valentina Caniglia, Director & Cinematographer of “Gypsy” and “The Stand” is “a great camera can still produce a bad product.”
Camera doesn’t matter! It is about the cinematographer who tells the camera what to do.
Emphasis should be placed on THE STORY and DRIVING THE NARRATIVE, LENS SELECTION, LIGHTING and TONE.
Ultimately, the director and overall collaboration are greater project contributors than equipment.
The Distribution Down Low with Christina Raia from Seed & Spark was particularly informative. Christina is a Crowdfunding Director who successfully led several campaigns. Distribution is usually a confusing topic for independent creators, so it was wonderful to have her break it down with tips and tricks, and an explanation of the economics for every aspect from VOD to theatrical.
Understand the importance of DATA TRANSPARENCY. Raia stated, “They don’t want to share the info because it gives power to the creators.”
DON’T COMMIT to only one revenue source.
Explore niche markets and innovative ideas to reach your audience. TAKE RISKS with your independent film.
This was my first time attending an event held by and geared towards women in film and media. This blog post barely grazes the surface with topics discussed. Overall, the atmosphere was amazing and definitely female-centric! I’d like to thank Susie and Patrice, the organizers and everyone else involved with bringing this event together. I am also extremely grateful for the guest-list addition (as the tickets were $95 otherwise). The Girl Power Film + Media Summit & Showcase was worth much more than the ticket price. The value of the knowledge I walked away with far exceeded the associated cost.