Urban Hollywood Entertainment (UHE TV) features CHOICES

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/

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CHOICES is now on IMDb…add your review!

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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.

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Talking film “The Intouchables” with LET’S TALK FILM

I had a fun time joining the women of Let’s Talk Film, a television series where contemporary women get a chance to have their voices heard on the latest film releases. Hosted by Stefanie Alleyne and produced by Denise Goines, Let’s Talk Film is broadcast in Manhattan on MNN-TV and its full episodes are also posted online.

The Intouchables film
The Intouchables starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet

My co-panelists and I munched on macroons at the Love Peace Cafe in Tribeca as we mulled over this moving film told with a light touch and interesting insights on race and class in contemporary Paris. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache with great chemistry and wonderful performances by  François Cluzet and Omar Sy (winner of France’s prestigious Cesar award), The Intouchables was a huge hit in France but hasn’t really gotten its footing among audiences in the U.S.

Let's Talk Film-The Intouchables
Let’s Talk Film host Stefanie Alleyne and panelists Valerie Peterson, Olu Gittens and Yael Reed

Word of a Weinstein Brothers remake has peaked some interest; I wonder if the cultural nuances and emotional integrity of the original will translate?

I recommend seeing this gem in its original form when it comes out on home video; The Intouchables DVD release date to be announced.

-O.G.

LINK:

Review of The Intouchables at Let’s Talk Film

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

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!

Screening Info for CHOICES at LA Web Fest 2012

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

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.

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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 Multicamera Directing Part V: Calvin Cody West Johnson and Band

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

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.