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“Choices” to Screen in Links WADFF Film Festival

1 May

Screening of CHOICES web series Webisodes 5 and 6

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 CHOICES will be showcased during the 2:45 pm Narrative Shorts: New Visions program block of the The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Inc. annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) at LIU Brooklyn, at Flatbush & DeKalb Aves. The Festival runs all day on Sat, May 3 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Link at http://tinyurl.com/lvum75e

The Festival is in its 13th year, and features a wonderful array of documetnary, narrative and animated films by African American women, and a special Youth Film Festival.

The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

Choices – The Series (Webisdes 5 and 6) CHOICES (choicestheseries.com) is an award-winning web soap opera, told in the form of short dramas with intertwined story lines. In these two webisodes, manicurist Cathy and long-time customer Shanelle wrestle with ethical questions surrounding their pregnancies. Meanwhile at a fancy boutique, Shervonne, a nanny’s daughter, reconnects with Regan, the woman her mother took care of as a child, and find out they have very different ideas about this woman who was “the help”. We also meet business magnate Chapman and social activist Motulsky, two old prep school buddies who reconnect on the cusp of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Starring: Kristen Hung as Cathy, Danyel Fulton as Shanelle, Kianne Muschett as Shervonne, Elisa Pupko as Regan, Scott T. Miller as Chapman and Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky.

Urban Hollywood Entertainment (UHE TV) features CHOICES

13 Mar

Urban Hollywood Entertainment UHE TVCHOICES TV & Web Series is now featured on premiere online channel Urban Hollywood Entertainment. UHE TV is a multimedia network whose mission is to use a diversified platform to reach viewers from all walks of life. It is available on satellite TV via the DISH Network.

-O.G.

Special thanks to Shirley Burris

LINKS:

http://uhetv.com/

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XIII: Joining the crew of the Better Show

13 Oct

The Better ShowExciting news! I am now a Studio Camera Operator for The Better Show show, a nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program hosted by Audra Lowe and JD Roberto. Produced by media and publishing company Meredith, Better cleverly takes its name from Better Homes and Gardens magazine and features celebrity interviews, on-location segments, expert advice, studio performances, cooking and more.

Better is shot at Meredith Video Studios, a multi-camera studio in the heart of Manhattan where branded content and other programming are also created. The show is in its sixth season and is broadcast in 85 million homes.

You can watch Better in New York City weekdays at 6:00 am on CBS-owned WLNY Ch. 55.  For other locations, check your local listings!

-O.G.

LINKS:

Better.TV

Better on IMDb

CHOICES is now on IMDb…add your review!

20 Sep

Rate it! Review it!

CHOICES TV and web series is now listed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2288614/

IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, a key online database that verifies and lists shows and allows users to discuss and submit reviews.

Submit your review for CHOICES TV & Web Series at IMDb!

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XII: Studio Camera Person for TV’s “The Jump”

31 May

Working as studio camera person for TV’s The Jump and other shows on MNN-TV has influenced my work as a multi-camera director. 

The Jump, produced by Vaughn Oliver’s DJTR Media & Production Company and broadcast on the country’s largest public access station MNN-TV, showcases a beautiful and eclectic array of musical talent. Live bands perform in studio under the best lighting, sound, camera work and direction money can’t buy. Vaughn Oliver transformed the studio into a space comparable to notable shows on network and pay cable television. The Jump is public access’ answer to PBS’ Great Performances and MTV’s Unplugged.

It’s been great being part of a team that was encouraged to take risks: deliberately soft focus shots; deep close-ups; panning, zooming and trucking; dissolves; straight cuts, and starlight filters were all techniques we employed under masterful direction by Vaughn Oliver and others.

Check out some of the episodes of The Jump that I worked as camera person for. You can see me in the show’s opening in the control room on the right :)

The Jump Season 2, Episode 2
Musical Guest Sarah Renfro f. Michelle Casillas
[blip.tv http://blip.tv/djtr-media-production-company-presents/the-jump-season-2-episode-2-1986914%5D

The Jump Season 2, Episode 1
Musical Guest Christina Lee and band
[blip.tv http://blip.tv/djtr-media-production-company-presents/the-jump-season-2-episode-1-1932137%5D

The Jump Season 1, Episode 1
Musical Guest “Gringa”f. Jessica Sarles
[blip.tv http://blip.tv/djtr-media-production-company-presents/the-jump-season-1-episode-1-1677672%5D

Shout out to Vaughn Oliver, hosts Ohene Cornelius & Jen Kwok and The Jump’s amazing crew!

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XI: Olu Gittens Multi-Cam Reels I and II

31 May

Multi-Camera Reel I
Drama, Soap Opera

Rehearsing actors, leading crew, envisioning lighting, determining shots, editing on the fly, sound design and editing were all skills I utilized to make the award-winning series CHOICES on which my multi-camera reel is based.
Also viewable on YouTube at youtu.be/UWQGVbvVhRc

Multi-Camera Reel II
Talk Show, News, Live Music

Talk shows, news/public affairs and live music formats, all shot in studio as Multi-Camera Director and Technical Director for “Education Matters,” “The RTS Club” and “Different Voices”, and more.
Also viewable on YouTube at http://youtu.be/3SS3TBJTQdo

-O.G.

3 wins for CHOICES at LA Web Fest 2012!

10 Apr

3 WINS for CHOICES TV & Web Series at the LA Web Festival 2012!!

Best Ensemble Cast, Best Writing and Best Series in the Drama/Dramedy/Soap Opera category.

Screening Info for CHOICES at LA Web Fest 2012

6 Apr

On Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm, CHOICES will screen in the Los Angeles Web Festival 2012.

Screening will take place on the first floor of the Radisson LAX, 6225 CENTURY BLVD., Los Angeles, CA. CHOICES will screen in a block with 2 other webseries. Admission is $10.

LA Web Fest 2012 CHOICES

Creating CHOICES was a labor of love, even more so because of its genre — an in-studio, multi-camera TV soap. It’s amazing to see this classic style of production find a home amongst the most cutting edge web series out there. Being part of the LA Web Series Festival 2012 is truly an honor.

LA Web Fest 2012 Schedule at Facebook

CHOICES TV and Web Series Official Selection to LA Web Fest!

27 Mar

CHOICES in LA Web Fest 2012We’re happy to announce that CHOICES TV and Web Series is now an Official Selection in LA Web Series Festival 2012.

There were a whopping 178 entrants into the festival, a testament to the abundance of talent on the web.  CHOICES is 1 of 8 in the “soap opera” category.

Produced by Oh Gee Productions, by writer-director-producer Olu Gittens, CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines.

LAWWEBFEST III WILL BE HELD AT THE RADISSON LAX FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY APRIL 6-8, 2012.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part X: CHOICES Webisode 7

15 Mar

Amazing Season Finale of the CHOICES web series!

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Oh Gee Productions presents…CHOICES: A Soap-Style Web Series

CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. CHOICES highlights top notch actors with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens.

CHOICES Webisode 7 – One Woman’s Life

In the Season Finale of CHOICES, two stories come to a head. Shervonne and Regan see the impact that Abigail – the woman who was mother to one and nanny to the other – had on both their lives. Motulsky’s sense of integrity is shaken by a choice that still haunts him, and Chapman decides to move forward like a Not Guilty man.

Starring:
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan
Scott T. Miller as Chapman
Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky

17 characters. 8 dramas. 7 webisodes. CHOICES.
Sometimes life will make you do things you never thought you would do. CHOICES.

CHOICEStheSeries.com
CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City.

-O.G.