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  • 01 Nov 2019 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    From the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers:

    In our on-going efforts to discover and promote the work of up-and-coming science communicators, WCSFP has introduced SCIENCE IN 60 SECONDS. We’re asking filmmakers to submit a 60-second video on any science topic, creatively exploring science storytelling in the digital short format. The video can either be 60 seconds formatted for Instagram, or four 15 second sections formatted for Instagram Stories.

    A selection of submissions will be screened at Congress ’19 in Tokyo, Japan. This is an incredible opportunity to seen by the world’s top industry decision makers involved in science and factual programming. This year’s Congress attendees include representatives from BBC, CBC, NHK, Science Channel, Netflix, PBS, NOVA, National Geographic, ARTE, YouTube and more!

    The top three finalists will receive accreditation to Congress ‘20 and the grand prize winner will receive accreditation, hotel and travel to Congress ’20!

     Deadline to submit is November 11.

    Finalists and winner announced on December 5.

    More info, eligibility, and rules on Science in 60 Seconds can be found here: http://ow.ly/kEFx30pJWjH

  • 24 Oct 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Women in Film & Video – New England is pleased to announce a new Board member, Ingrid Stobbe. Ms. Stobbe joins the Board effective October 15, 2019. Ingrid Stobbe

    Ingrid Stobbe is an award-winning Visual Media Artist and Educator. She creates a diverse range of artwork including both narrative and experimental pieces that address the medium itself as a vital component of effective storytelling. Her work poses questions of self-identity, feminism, and perception while continually investigating the most effective manner to convey meaning in artistic dialogue; whether that finds expression in film, paint or writing is dependent on the nature of individual stories. Her work often exists at the intersection of genres, asking consistent engagement from the viewer as questions arise concerning the relationship between presentation and observation. But always, the art maintains and celebrates the unique properties of the included mediums while commenting on form and its implications in storytelling.

    Ms. Stobbe’s films have screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently featured in Boston Voyager Magazine, and Palaver Journal. Her writing can be found in a variety of publications, including Psychology Tomorrow and The Glossary. This fall, her film Orange can be seen in SoAnyway Magazine’s 2nd Volume, while select paintings were recently chosen for “The Art Edit,” Condé Nast’s curated fall advertorial campaign showcasing independent two-dimensional artists in House & Garden, UK.

    Ms. Stobbe is also an Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking at Lesley University’s College of Art & Design in Cambridge, and previously served on the Marketing Committee for the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. An active member of Women in Film & Video New England, she has comprehensive experience designing curricula for the visual arts, and has spoken at various institutions about media production’s evolving landscape, and its broader social impact.

    Joining the WIFVNE board “provides a wonderful opportunity to create a solidified bridge between WIFVNE and its resources, and those of the media students in the areas of Cambridge, Boston and the greater New England area,” remarks Ms. Stobbe.  “As a professor of higher education, I teach classes in film, video and television studio production. And one of the greatest struggles my students consistently face is ‘Now what? What do I do in the real world with these skills and these films I have created?’”

    WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini welcomes Ms. Stobbe’s enthusiasm and willingness to lead an effort to connect the New England filmmaking community with new and future filmmakers.  “WIFVNE’s board is a working board and we welcome Ingrid’s creativity and thoughts on how we can serve students now so they can begin creating their networks, connecting to opportunities, and developing their skills in filmmaking and media arts.  As part of WIFVNE’s Mission to ‘Change the Lens,’ we would like to develop events and initiatives that will support students to develop their talents and stories in New England.”

    The impact of Ms. Stobbe’s charge on WIFVNE’s efforts in the education space is key to fostering community early.  “This is a fantastic developmental opportunity for students, and I’d love to use my connections in higher education and the arts to help make that happen…. Establishing a way to connect students and the professional community together, so that there are resources for each party–creatively, socially, and also on a practical level economically–, we enable artists to sustain themselves in the New England region rather than losing creatives to LA or New York.”

  • 11 Oct 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who joined WIFVNE at The Grommet for our first event as part of our Mentoring Initiative on August 15!  Attendees reported being inspired, getting connected, and learning. WIFVNE is taking all of your feedback to build this new initiative.  We’re grateful to our Mentoring Facilitators who met with attendees in small groups:  Mary Agnes, Ann Marie Charland, Julie Kahn, and Kathleen O’Heron.

    Special thanks to our speaker Joanne Domenicino of The Grommet who welcomed us with her stories on mentoring; some of her advice is below:

    • When you get help, give back.
    • Don’t expect more than you should.
    • Don’t ask for a job.
    • Don’t ask the mentor to conform to your schedule/go back and forth with scheduling.
    • No hair twirling

    One of the attendees shares:  I met a lot of new folks in the industry and it was good to connect. The biggest takeaways I had were: there is no linear path. We all take a different routes, and none of them are wrong. There is some serendipity to most paths, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create some of your own… I hadn’t considered that I might have advice to give!

  • 02 Oct 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    We look forward to seeing you at the WIFVNE 2019 Annual Meeting.  Learn more, and register, here!

  • 28 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Rosi Amador is a native Spanish/English voiceover actor with no accent whatsoever in either language. She was raised both in Puerto Rico and the U.S.mainland, bicultural and equally comfortable in both worlds.  She is part of the family business, Amador Bilingual Voiceovers, and family Latin band Sol y Canto. Meet her Latino Bilingual Voiceover Family in this 70-second animated video, “MEET THE AMADORS”. Rosi won the 2018 SOVAS award in the category of Outstanding Commercial Demo Reel; the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences’ Voice Arts® Awards have been described as the Oscars of voice acting.

    Rosi will be attending WIFVNE’s Annual Meeting at WGBH on October 2, ready to connect with fellow members.  So register now! To learn more about Amador Bilingual Voiceovers, visit the website at https://amadorbilingualvoiceovers.com/.

    How did you get started?  
    I started recording an educational narration project back in the mid 90’s, by invitation from a fan of our Latin band who asked me to sing and narrate grammar lessons bilingually for her series called “Global Child”. Many years later when I found it challenging to tour with my pre-teen twins, I made a conscious commitment to pursue a bilingual voiceover career so I could tour less and be with my family. In  2010, my husband, Brian Amador  and  formally launched Amador Bilingual Voiceovers, which today includes  our 23-year-old daughter Alisa.

    What can you tell us about Amador Bilingual Voiceovers?  
    Very much like our Latin band Sol y Canto, Amador Bilingual Voiceovers is a way for me to use my voice to build cross-cultural bridges. My family and I record in both our native, accent-free English and Spanish from our professional private studio in Cambridge. We help global media producers, filmmakers and nonprofits who are creating media in both English and Spanish that shines a light on multicultural issues, diversity, inclusion, and many other educational topics as well as providing voiceovers  to announce products and services. Our voices inform, inspire, educate and entertain.

    We record narrations and commercials about or for Latinos and North American listeners and viewers alike from travel narrations, to corporate videos, children’s audiobooks, and health and wellness/medical narration to TV and radio ads. Our clients include the Smithsonian, NASA, PBS, L’Oreal, Expedia Travel, Mattress Firm (I am their Spanish TV and radio voice!), The National Fire Protection Association, the ACLU, the American Cancer Society, museum audio for Northern Light, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (I’m the voice of their telephone system) to, most recently, the FEMA emergency preparedness campaign bilingual PSA’s for Ready.gov. and MA Department of Health PSA’s for MORE Advertising, one of my earliest and favorite clients.

    What do you love about the work that you do?  
    I love the variety! It’s never boring. On any given day I might deliver a few Hispanic-accented English character voices for an educational game app, an overdub of a NASA video, commercials in Spanish for McDonald’s, narrating children’s books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt or a children’s book publisher to a political ad, a bilingual public service announcement to prepare your family for natural disasters or to disseminate important medical messages for the American Cancer Society.  Voice acting is so much fun! I get to play so many characters from doctors and patients to disgruntled employees and moms trying to get their kid to act responsibly. I also love the generous community of voice actors that I belong to and feel so comfortable navigating. I participate or have created several online and  in-person voiceover support groups. I never feel alone despite working in a studio most of the time. Thirdly, I love voicing for causes I believe in from human rights and social justice to access to medical care, and of course, issues that impact the Latino community. Anytime we can use our voices to help others we’re especially happy, in feeling that we’re making a difference.

    Why should someone use a voiceover artist, and not just record something themselves?  
    This is a common question and many people and many people think that what we do is easy. But it’s not! A  pro voice talent must be a skilled actor as well as being able to deliver high quality sound files. A seasoned voiceover actor understands the need to be  a flexible actor capable of offering  a variety of reads depending on the subject matter, the intended audience, the length of the spot, the intention of the script writer, or what might drive the listener  to act, buy, listen, reflect, or do or feel something new. I have found that while I had natural talent when I went into VO full-time, I’ve had to study with a number of voiceover and acting coaches to improve my chops so that I can be ready to record just about any type of script for any client. You also have to figure out what you’re good at and what you’re not. Sounding “real” or “natural, conversational” is the trend these days, particularly in advertising, but frequently in educational, industrial and corporate narration as well. It’s not as easy as one might think when the copy is written in a style that doesn’t organically sound that way. You have to make it your own by injecting your personality into it, while finding the balance with what the client intends.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?  
    I have had nothing but positive experiences as a female voice actor in my industry. I’ve always been treated with respect and consideration and have been very fortunate to have had next to no disrespectful incidents beyond occasionally haggling with a low-paying client who doesn’t appreciate the investment of time and education that it takes to be a skilled voiceover talent. I particularly enjoy working with women producers with a strong vision, which unfortunately doesn’t happen all that often in the advertising world, but much more in the nonprofit and educational and documentary realm.

    What do you enjoy about recording audiobooks?
    I only record children’s audiobooks since I’m fortunately too busy to do adult audio books. I adore them! I get to do character voices and use my most sing-songy children’s narration voices. My voice is naturally melodious and even when I try to sound authoritative it’s challenging to tone myself down, so you can imagine how much fun I have letting myself go when I do children’s audiobooks! I’ve played an iguana, a mom, a grand mom and so many fun characters. Plus, my husband Brian is a composer for both adult and children’s projects and I occasionally get to sing for some of the audiobooks, for example in Barefoot Book’s “Wheels on the Bus” set in Guatemala, which we recorded (sang) in both English and Spanish. Or for Live Oak Media, the publisher that has used us for countless books, I got to sing in a wonderful book called “Esquivel: Space Age Sound Artist” where I got to sing snippets of famous Mexican songs.

    Do you have a mentor?
    I have had several mentors, all of whom had more extensive experience in the field of voiceover and were generous enough to guide me when I had so many questions about how to move ahead in my VO career. One of my earliest mentors was a gentleman who is the web master of the invaluable resource, www.voiceoverxtra.com He took the time to connect me to other bilingual seasoned pros and recommended I attend a voiceover conference that changed my career dramatically, leading me to find agents and resources it may have taken me years to find on my own. Currently some of my mentors are my coaches who are helping me to grow and learn as a voice actor all the time. Mary Lynn Wissner of Voices VoiceCasting has been casting voices in LA for decades and is an excellent VO coach to pros. She’s been kind enough to mentor me as well.

    Were you told or did you learn a piece of wisdom or advice you now tell others in the beginning of their career?
    Be reliable, consistent, and keep growing! Study, be curious, be willing to stretch beyond your comfort zone, take risks, and be kind. This is very important. There is enough work for everyone, so believe that there’s abundance, refer other colleagues for work, and you will not fall into scarcity thinking. What’s in your control? Studying various types of voiceover genres so that you can be ready if an audition comes up that you would love to book and you increase your chances of booking it. Be patient. This is a career that takes years to build. Make sure you have other sources of income while you build it.

    Where would you like to go in your work?  
    I’m passionate about using my voice to further the causes I believe in and leave this world a bit better than how I found it. In that spirit I would love to work with filmmakers who focus on nonprofits, documentaries, and any type of media addressing immigration, health and wellness, Latino empowerment and education, women’s rights, human rights, social justice and environmental stewardship. I hope to narrate some impactful documentaries and work with more producers of educational games and innovative curriculum for young students and families, so I can let my character voices run wild! I look forward to recording more museum audio tours in 2020 as well as more promos for PBS stations around the country, which I thoroughly enjoy.

    What can you share about what you are working on now?
    I’m currently focusing on rehearsing like crazy for a live CD recording which will take place at a concert in Boston on Sunday, October 6th at 4pm with my family’s Latin band, Sol y Canto, which is the centerpiece of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which runs through the first week in November. Here’s a special web page on the WIFVNE website with the details for both the concert and Indiegogo campaign.  I recently voiced eight regional and national FEMA video PSA’s for emergency preparedness bilingually, working with locally based Newfangled Studios, that I’m very proud of, and finally, I’m honored to have voiced these bilingual television PSA’s for the American Cancer Society.

    Why are you a member of WIFVNE?
    I have been a member for quite a few years now and have to say that what I most love about WIFVNE is the opportunity it has given me to meet other members, particularly women, who are creating socially conscious media that aims to move the needle forward in our hurting world that needs our healing touch. I have not only forged important professional relationships, I have also made dear friends, who share my values and my commitment to using our creativity to make a difference in this world and to lift one another, celebrate one another and make this a more receptive world to our contributions. The events I have attended have always been terrific, but they keep getting better. Congratulations and muchas gracias for all the board and leadership does to create a great organization!

  • 25 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    WIFVNE Member Ellen Brodsky shares this terrific news about her documentary, “25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln,” and where you can see it on the big and small screens!

    “25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln” will be at the Boston Latino Film Festival on Saturday, September 28th at 2 pm and at the Globe Docs Film Festival on Sunday, October 6 at 11 am.

    “25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln” will also be on PBS WORLD Channel series, “Local, USA” on Monday, October 7.  Check your local listings.

    Follow Ellen on social media at @25Texans. 

  • 23 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Alliance for Community Media-New England is looking for your best short Halloween themed videos to be judged as part of a special Halloween Themed Video Contest!

    There are no specific restrictions to the Halloween theme, but your video should have content rated no higher than “R”. Please be as creative as possible, and all finalists will be judged by the audience at the Nor’Easter awards on October 31.

    Click Here for Official Rules & Judging Criteria: http://acm-ne.org/halloweenvideocontest/

    COST:  The cost for each entry will be $25.00

    ENTRY LINK: http://acm-ne.org/halloweenvideocontest/

    DEADLINE:  October 1, 2019

  • 22 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    In an exclusive audio interview, Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini about what WIFVNE hopes to accomplish to advance women in the film industry. Listen here!

  • 20 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Posted on the Universal Global Talent development and Inclusion website, click here.

    The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

    The one-year paid program engages writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers are afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative and professional development, as well as overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events.

    Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing services agreement requiring an exclusive, full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year.

    To apply, click here:  Applications accepted through October 1, 2019.

  • 18 Sep 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Athena Film Festival has opened submissions for the Lab at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. This three-day lab consists of intensive script development with seasoned mentors. It is designed for women writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong woman character(s) in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.

    The 2020 Lab is February 26-28, 2020, in New York City.  Submissions accepted September 15 – October 15, 2019.

    For more info, please visit:  https://filmfreeway.com/AFFWISTLab



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