Amid COVID-19, this is a challenging time for filmmakers. I am grateful the shoot for short film Professional Fluff, written and directed by myself, Briana M. Andrews, was able to take place without a hitch. The shoot took place in Alexandria, VA over the course of two days. The entire cast and crew were willing participants with coronavirus testing and associated safety measures. The production also included an on-set COVID manager and ample PPE.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to all of the following individuals:
AD: Elon Riley
DP: Brandon Wilkerson
AC: Megan Sims
Mixer: Richard Schertzer
Gaffer: Allen Mays
COVID Officer: Josh Lowrey
Lead Actress: Kathleenah Accilien
I cannot wait to share the finished product! As always, I appreciate your continued support. In the meantime, below are some behind the scenes photos with the film crew.
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.