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CHOICES Series Screens Thurs 3/8/12 at MNN TV Studios

8 Mar

Manhattan Neighborhood NetworkCHOICES Web Series will screen on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) television studios, in the Open Studio. MNN is located at 537 West 59th Street New York,  between 10th and 11th Avenues, near Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

This exciting  screening of entire CHOICES dramatic series is free and open to the MNN community and the public but please RSVP at http://choicestheseriesmnn.eventbrite.com/. It will be followed by a Q & A.

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

CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. The series highlights top notch acting with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens. CHOICES shows characters from all walks of life who are somehow connected to each other…as we all are. CHOICES is about the options life puts before us and the decisions we make along the way. Life is a series of CHOICES.

2012

STARRING:
Mark Ellmore as Gov. Gary Mitchell
Ellen Haynes as Margaret Mitchell
Tiffani Coleman as Carmen
Gabe Vargas as James
Adam Shuty as Paul
Debra Jans as Mary
Graham Powell as Peter
Ivy Livingston as Olivia
Elizabeth Powers as Jane
Erik McKay as Mike
Alexander Mulzac as Keith
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan
Scott T. Miller as Chapman
Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky
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Produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City. http://www.choicestheseries.com http://www.ohgeeproductions.com

CHOICES web series trailer

15 Feb

CHOICES, the new dramatic web series!! Online soap!! 17 characters. 8 dramas. 7 webisodes. CHOICES. Sometimes life will make you do things you never thought you would do. CHOICES. CHOICEStheSeries.com

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CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. The series highlights top notch acting with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens. CHOICES shows characters from all walks of life who are somehow connected to each other…as we all are. CHOICES is about the options life puts before us and the decisions we make along the way. Life is a series of CHOICES.

2012

STARRING:
Mark Ellmore as Gov. Gary Mitchell
Ellen Haynes as Margaret Mitchell
Tiffani Coleman as Carmen
Gabe Vargas as James
Adam Shuty as Paul
Debra Jans as Mary
Graham Powell as Peter
Ivy Livingston as Olivia
Elizabeth Powers as Jane
Erik McKay as Mike
Alexander Mulzac as Keith
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan
Scott T. Miller as Chapman
Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky
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Produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City. http://www.choicestheseries.com http://www.ohgeeproductions.com

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part IX: CHOICES Webisode 6

15 Feb

A powerful episode 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 6 – I Made My Own Luck

Cathy and Shanelle wrestle with ethical questions surrounding their pregnancies, while Shervonne, a nanny’s daughter, and Regan, her charge, discover they have very different views of this woman who was “the help.” We also meet business magnate Chapman and social activist Motulsky, two old prep school buddies who reconnect after 10 years.

Starring:
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
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.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part VIII: CHOICES Webisode 5

15 Feb

Another amazing episode 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 5 – Funny Seeing You Here takes us on a trip to a nail salon and a boutique where two sets of friends meet. Manicurist Cathy hears exciting news from recently-engaged Shanelle. Meanwhile, Shervonne, a nanny’s daughter, reconnects with Regan, the woman her mother took care of as a child.

Starring:
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan

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.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part VII: CHOICES Webisode 4

7 Jul

Another episode 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 4 – I’ll Take Care of Her brings us to the stories of Mike and Olivia, two talented musicians and the parents of a daughter caught between their custody struggle. Each side believes they’re the best one to take care of little Lisa, but who will win?

Starring:
Ivy Livingston as Olivia
Elizabeth Powers as Jane
Erik McKay as Mike
Alexander Mulzac as Keith

CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

-O.G.

CHOICES web series now has a web site

17 Jun

The CHOICES web series now has its own home on the web at ChoicesTheSeries.com.

Choices the SeriesThe dynamic,  flash-based site has webisodes, information about the series and production team, and actor headshots all in one place.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part VI: CHOICES Webisode 3

10 Jun

The CHOICES series is budding well. This time, we have a new and very powerful episode.

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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 3 – What Happened in the Congo? Hot shot doctors Peter, Paul and Mary find out the hard way that there’s much more to life than their careers. We also get introduced to two sisters, Jane and Olivia, living the shadow of their parents’ home. A powerful webisode that’s not to be missed!

CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

-O.G.

Adventures in Multicamera Directing Part V: Calvin Cody West Johnson and Band

13 May

As a multicamera director, doing musical performances is fun. I get to enjoy some amazing music, while employing my creative and tech skills to bring in as good a show as possible. This time out, we used blue, purple and red light gels, starlight filters and 3 cameras. I employed straight cuts as well as dissolves, varying the pace by song, and conveying the musical harmony and the harmony between performers.

 [blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYK2hhMC%5DCalvin Cody West Johnson appeared on Different Voices TV Show on Friday, April 22nd with Ceasar Johson (bass, vocals) and Larry Presston (drums). They performed songs from their new CD 

 Executive Producer: Poet Minor. Director: Olu Gittens. MNN New York.Video clip: 28 min. program preceded by ad.

-O.G.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part IV: CHOICES Webisodes 1 and 2

2 May

I’ve embarked on a soap-style web series that highlights my work as a multi-camera director. Here it is!

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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 1 – A Special Night for Us shows us the stories of Carmen and James, a mother and son who confront the past on the eve of James’ birthday, and Gary and Margaret Mitchell, who look towards the future on their first night out as Governor and First Lady of their state. How are their stories intertwined? Watch and find out!

CHOICES Webisode 2 – Someone’s Been Poisoning Me follows Carmen and James as James makes a tough decision, and Gov. Gary and First Lady Margaret Mitchell, as they uncover treachery in their midst. We also get introduced to Mary and Paul, two young doctors who have a hard time letting go. See what’s up!

CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

-O.G.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part III: The Musician’s Mistress

11 Feb

For this piece, I worked with multiple actors in a multi-camera scene.  Adam Shuty and Ivy Livingston are very professional, very talented actors I had the pleasure of working with in Directors and Actors (DnA) workshops.  This was their first time performing together, and their first time doing multi-camera.

We rehearsed for about an hour a few days before the shoot, then did a tech rehearsal just before shooting.  I had a top-notch crew of public access producers who are committed to independent media and supporting each other’s work.

The tone of the scene is one of dark comedy.  The biggest challenge in directing it was in pulling out the tragic aspects of the story (after all, comedy is tragedy happening to someone else, as they say).  Other challenges included separating Olu The Writer from Olu The Director, and together with the actors, stepping away from our preconceived notions of what the scene was about.

Pictured, left to right: Technical Director Poet Minor, Actress Ivy Livingston, Actor Adam Shuty, Director/Producer Olu Gittens

My style of directing this scene can be described as theatrical meets daytime drama.  The shots were framed more intimately as the scene went on, reflecting the characters’ becoming closer to each other emotionally over the course of the scene.  I utilized dissolves at the end, a stylistic element you might find in band shoots but that worked nicely in this scene.

I added music in post production, one piano piece and two jazz pieces that showcased the type of double bass musicianship that inspired me to write the scene in the first place.

The intimacy between a musician and his/her instrument has often reminded me of two lovers.  What if that idea became real for someone? This scene is an attempt to answer that very question, and I think we did a very good job of it.

-O.G.

LINKS:

See the photos @ FLICKR

The Musician’s Mistress @ VIMEO

The Musician’s Mistress @ YOUTUBE