I worked on a producer’s shoot recently that tried my patience and forced me to exhibit the most professional side of myself that I could muster up, despite being frustrated with the day’s events. It also gave me a great learning opportunity because the production deteriorated into a desultory exercise of playing it by ear. We had to solve problems live on set that we didn’t face in class, so it was a sink-or-swim moment for us all.
This shoot was a simple “talking head” setup that would have graphics and voice overs edited in during post. The producer’s plan was to begin with his life story, lead in to his thesis statement, present his evidence, and then close his argument. Simple…in theory. Continue reading →
I worked on a production recently and the producer asked me what I wanted for dinner. Being vegan, my food is always challenging to order, so I avoid the risk of wasted effort and wasted food by ordering myself or making special arrangements. I’m not going to eat something I disagree with to make anyone happy, so it’s best to avoid the issue altogether. I thanked the producer and declined his offer, yet he insisted, so I told him of a place nearby—s’nice Cafe—that offered what I ate. It would be an additional order, an additional tip, and an additional task for him to manage. He was willing to tackle it, though, and reassured me it wouldn’t be a problem. Fine, I’ll bite.
I am beyond pleased to announce the airing of “Love Your Natural Hair,” my television directorial debut, on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:30PM. This is a half-hour-long talk show that will explore the often-controversial topic of natural hair with host Renée of BeautifulBoxBraids.com, guests Carolyn McCall, Christina Brown, and Shilda Albert, and feature snippets of an interview with J.Nicole of UrbanExpressive.com.
This is the third TV production I’ve worked on since being certified as a Community Producer. I served as Camera Operator on A Fiddle Around Town, which will air on October 18th, 2013, from 7:00 – 7:30PM (Time Warner channel 34, Cablevision channel 67, RCN channel 82, Verizon channel 42, or online worldwide at http://bricartsmedia.org/community-media/bcat-tv-network on channel one). Continue reading →