Aria Stewart, Post-Production Coordinator for Hasbro East shares her professional development and her journey from Los Angeles, CA to Providence, RI with the WIFVNE Community
As the post-production coordinator for Hasbro, I manage a team of editors, graphic artists, audio engineers, and colorists at Cake Mix, the company’s Rhode Island based studio for commercial and short-form content production.
I moved to Rhode Island last summer after six years in Los Angeles, where I started my career in the entertainment industry as a freelance assistant editor for trailers and promos. I quickly learned that a key to success is being open to nearly any opportunity that comes your way. So I took a number of jobs on a variety of commercials, independent features, and – one of my favorites — a music video for The Killers.
I realized that while I loved working in post-production, I also had managerial strengths as a coordinator. I got a position as a post-production coordinator on an independent feature and realized that I had found my niche. Not too long afterwards I was hired at Disney Animation. Over the span of four years there, I worked on features such as The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and The Lion King 3D. My final project at Disney was Wreck-It Ralph, as a Production Supervisor.
I arrived in Providence with few local contacts, having spent only limited time in the area. Landing my job at Hasbro was a result of my experience & networking skills.
My days at Cake Mix are anything but predictable. We produce multiple projects each week, so our process is very fluid, and that requires me to be adaptable. My biggest priority is to keep the Post department moving forward. Some days I meet with the producers to discuss a plan for the latest round of commercials; some days I facilitate dialogue recording with voice-over actors. It’s my job to
schedule & distribute the workload to keep our team working as efficiently as possible.
My first advice for women working in film & television is to learn how to be comfortable in a male-dominated industry. You don’t necessarily have to be “one of the guys,” but learning to succeed in that environment is key. Make your opinion heard, make your work count, and make yourself an invaluable part of the team. Remember that every job experience can be a valuable one.
My current job is a great balance for my creative and management skills. As with most production jobs, stressful situations come with the territory. But it’s very rewarding at the end of the day to know that I facilitate quality work that will air on national television. It has been a great experience to see Hasbro’s world-class brands, including Transformers, Nerf, GI Joe, and My Little Pony, come to life.
Aria Stewart, Post-Production Coordinator / Hasbro Studios East (Cake Mix)
Have a question for Aria? Please post in the comments section and we will choose a few to answer next month!
Susan Steinberg is a screenwriter, director and maker of internationally screened and televised films. Her films and film excerpts Lulu in Berlin (with Richard Leacock), Our Time in the Garden (with Ron Blau), Touch Me Like a Stranger and Point of Departure have been broadcast nationally on PBS, and internationally by the BBC, Antenne Deux, NDR, Australia, and RIA. Steinberg’s films have screened at the Telluride Film Festival, Festival d’automne, Directors’ Guild of America, the Berlin Film Festival, and the San Francisco Erotic Film Festival. Our Time in the Garden won a Massachusetts Artists’ Fellowship Grant and has been selected by the American Film Institute for a national touring program. Lulu in Berlin is distributed on DVD by Criterion Collections. Her film script treatment,Mistaken Identity, was an invited submission to the Sundance Screenwriting Competition and was a finalist. Steinberg is in production on a film about the photographer Lartigue, writing a feature-length script, and at work on a book on writing about film.
On Wednesday, April 17th, the NHPC is holding their Spring 2013 event where industry professionals from the region will speak about producing media locally. WIFVNE Board Member Shannon Mullen will be one of the four panelists and she is excited to speak about her experiences as a producer in New England.
“I’m thrilled to be attending the New Hampshire Production Coalition meeting at Plymouth State University this week, where I’ve been asked to share some thoughts with the group about getting started as a producer here in New England. I also plan to attest to the region’s potential as a filmmaking hub for both home grown and Hollywood projects. As a New Hampshire native I’m so excited that the community of filmmakers in the state is growing and making progress toward advancing a bill to create a tax incentive program. I will also fill in the crowd about the revitalization of our region’s Women in Film chapter and the ever-expanding array of benefits that our organization can offer members. Stay tuned for an update after the meeting!”
The details of the meeting can be found here and are pasted below:
New Hampshire Production Coalition Spring 2013 Event
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Heritage Commons Room
Plymouth State University
17 High Street, Plymouth, NH
Distinguished panel of guest speakers:
Stephen Barba, Executive Director PSU
Cathie LeBlanc, Professor of Digital Media & Communications, PSU
Leigh Webb, NH State House of Representatives
Shannon Mullen, Film Producer
Refreshments and industry networking begin promptly at 6pm.
Registration and information (click here)
NH Production Coalition
K&A is a comedic new web series from Thompson Films which follows two female leads, Karly and Alex, best friends since college, whose dysfunctional, co-dependent, drinking and drug-taking relationship impedes them from ever finding someone special in their lives besides each other. Katie Shannon, the creator of the series, will be producing K&A with Mike Madden and Audrey Claire Johnson, who also work on Shannon’s popular web series, 617. Audrey will play the lead of Karly and newcomer Ashley Elmi will play Alex. Haley Rose Public Relations is also on board with the series.
“I created the series K&A because I wanted to make another comedic web series, but this time I wanted two female leads for the project. 617 is the first comedic web series that I have created. There is definitely a different feeling on set than there is for a drama. It’s nice to be able to go to work and laugh all day. One of the female leads is played by Audrey Claire Johnson, who I have worked with in 617. I knew when I was writing the character of Karly that I wanted her to play it. Sex In The City was the first series of it’s kind and paved the way for many of today’s shows. The way Sex In The City pushed the envelope inspired me to take female comedy further with 617 and K&A. I also love the film scene in Boston. I have found no shortage of great and talented people to work with here. I have worked with the same core crew for many of my projects and we have become like family. It’s nice to know you have people you can count on and who will make a good quality project every time. I think that is what film in Boston is all about. I’m happy to be a member of WIFVNE and I’m excited to see the film scene in Boston continue to grow.”
The show is hoping to raise some funds to shoot five episodes for the first season in and around the Boston area. The event takes place April 18th from 6-9 at Naga in Cambridge. Enjoy a night of cocktails, comedy from Kylie Alexander and Kate Ghiloni, and more with some of the craziest cast members and female comedians the city has seen. Enter to win incredible door prizes, including a tour of Bully Boy Distillers for up to 15 people, a two-week unlimited pass to Boston’s only dedicated indoor spin studio, Recycle Studio, and tickets to Improv Asylum, among others.
Guests can also enjoy a complimentary cocktail created by Naga’s Bar Manager and cocktail guru, Noon Inthasuwan, as well as delicious passed appetizers from Moksa.
Tickets are $20 (or $25 cash at the door). See you there!
Michaela O’Brien (WIFVNE member) and Melissa Langer are two first-time filmmakers producing In Crystal Skin, an intimate documentary that explores the lives of four Colombian individuals challenged by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare and debilitating skin disease which currently has no cure. Although O’Brien and Langer have both worked in Boston’s production community for multiple years, nothing could quite prepare them for the world of independent filmmaking like their boots-on-the-ground approach to making In Crystal Skin.
O’Brien, who is also a documentary photographer, came upon this story while photographing the lives of the disabled at an orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia. There she met Nixa, 21, and her older sister Nury, both of whom were born with EB. O’Brien felt an immediate connection to their story, and upon her return to the US, began reviewing footage with editor Melissa Langer. Together, the two embarked on the journey of producing an in-depth portrait of Colombian lives affected by this disease. Now tracing the lives of two additional characters, the film’s scope has expanded to include a ten-year-old girl crossing the threshold of a complicated adolescence and a middle-aged mailman searching for a companion in a bustling city.
From the get-go, the two young filmmakers have embedded themselves in a milieu that lends a rawness to their storytelling, living alongside the characters and experiencing their day-to-day routines firsthand. For them, producing the film has been a process of cultivating their artistic voice as well as using their art to serve a social purpose. They prioritize experimentation both behind the camera and in the edit room and are intentional in highlighting their characters’ unique personalities and strengths rather than their struggles.Their hope is that by calling attention to the grit and optimism embodied by those with EB, In Crystal Skin will spur much-needed dialogue about managing life with a rare disease.
Interested in finding out more about the documentary? The filmmakers will be holding a fundraiser to raise post-production funds for In Crystal Skin. They will be screening their trailer and displaying photography for sale. Join them for free food, drinks and raffle prizes from local JP stores! The event is on Thursday, April 18th from 7:30 – 11pm at the Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain.
Find out more about their project on Facebook and Twitter!
Women in Film & Video/New England (WIFV/NE) announces a call for entries for its Eleventh Annual Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Inktip, Final Draft, Script Chix and Lesley University. The WIFV/NE Screenwriting Competition promotes the work of female screenwriters and supports the creation of multi-dimensional leading film roles for women. The competition is open as of April 2, 2013.
Entries must be authored or co-authored by a woman and/or feature a woman or women in prominent roles. There will be five finalists and a panel of five judges who will select the winning screenplay. Barry Brodsky, Director of Emerson Screenwriting Certificate Program, Martha Pinson, filmmaker and former script supervisor for Martin Scorsese, LaToya Morgan, staff writer for “Shameless” and “Parenthood”, Susan Steinberg, professor and writer, and Tina Cesa Ward, writer/director/producer (“Anyone But You”). The Grand Prize Winner will have a a full table read of their screenplay produced by WIFVNE, sponsored by Lesley University and directed by a WIFVNE member. Additional prizes include a detailed script analysis and consultation by Barry Brodsky, a budget by Los Angeles based (but hailing from Western MA) Script Chix, a screenwriting software package from Final Draft, and a 6-month online script placement service by Inktip.com.
DEADLINES AND FEES:
Regular Deadline: May 21, 2013/Standard Fee: $45, WIFVNE Member: $30
Late Deadline: May 28, 2013/Standard Fee: $55, WIFVNE Member: $40
Extended Deadline: June 4, 2013/Standard Fee: $65, WIFVNE Member: $50
Length between 80-120 pagesScripts must be authored or co-authored by a woman AND/OR must feature a woman (or women) in a prominent role.
For legal reasons, WIFV/NE can accept only original screenplays by copyright holder(s).
Scripts must be submitted online via Withoutabox.com:
“Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.”
In 2009, the winning WIFV/NE screenplay was optioned shortly after being listed on Inktip. Headquartered in Los Angeles, InkTip is a screenplay facilitation company servicing the entertainment industry by providing screenplays and writers to producers and literary representatives in its network. InkTip confirms more than 150 script options and sales per year.Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package.
Dear Members, Partners and Friends…
At the start of the new year, WIFVNE board members committed themselves to making 2013 a year for the record books – and it looks like we are accomplishing this goal! We are thrilled to announce that this quarter has been simply fantastic on all levels. Our membership has jumped over 30%, attendance to Monthly Networking Nights has increased by 50%, new partnerships are being established and at our “Crowdfunding Demystified” ‘members only’ event at Emerson College last Wednesday (March 27) night, we were filled to capacity. We would not be seeing this surge if it weren’t because of you, our members and supporters, continuing and new – supporting us and championing the mission of WIFVNE for over three decades.
The New England Chapter of Women in Film & Video is the third oldest chapter to be established and is celebrating thirty-two years of continued, if at times challenging, support to female filmmakers and media professionals in New England. We are excited to announce that we are archiving and curating three decades worth of events, milestones, and achievements which will be made available via our website. We want our chapter’s history to be accessible to current and future women in the NE region’s media industry to honor our predecessors and inspire us as we move into the future. Please check out former WIFVNE President Cheryl Eagan-Donovan’s Member Spotlight section in this month’s edition of The Wire. She succinctly sums up why WIFVNE was and continues to be an important resource for female filmmakers and their supporters.
To this point, WIFVNE ex officio immediate past President, Juliet Schneider and President, Joan Meister are the oars balancing the boat, rowing the organization calmly and smoothly down the channels it needs and must go to remain relevant and current for our members who span as many decades as the organization has been operating!
“After 2 years of hard work stabilizing the chapter, I’m thrilled to continue serving on the board working with our amazing team of board members, advisors and volunteers. Most importantly, I am thrilled to see our membership increasing by leaps and bounds – and to be part of this irreplaceable support network for women working in an industry which still places many hurdles in our collective path.”
Juliet Schneider, ex officio immediate past President
Joan Meister, WIFVNE President, with a new student member, at the MPC Expo
“WIFVNE is working harder than ever before to bring each member more ways to network, more ways to advance their craft and more ways to connect and share the volumes of information that makes each of us so essential to the New England media industry. We’ve got so many exciting things planned for this year alone. If you’re not a member yet, please consider joining up as you’re missing out!”
Joan Meister, President
If you have not yet joined WIFVNE and have questions about the benefits of being a member, please do not hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to any of our board members! Or…come see us in person tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 2nd) at WIFVNE’s Monthly Networking Night at Park in Cambridge from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
On Thursday, March 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm please join WIFVNE member organization Berkshire Film Commission for their Berkshire Film and Media Commission Networking Event!
The event is open to all and we encourage our members and friends to head out to beautiful Western Mass for the opportunity to meet up with like-minded film professionals..
From the event page..
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Now how does that saying go…”In like a lion and out like a lamb?” – Well, not this March as we are finishing off the month with a bang!
Saturday, March 23rd 12:30-7:00pm WIFV/NE board members will have a table at the Massachusetts Production Coalition’s first ever Industry Expo. The Expo is jam packed with amazing panelists, workshops and screenings. Go here to register and make sure to stop by and visit us!
Sunday, March 24 from 5:00-8:00pm join WIFV/NE board members at an evening networking event presented with WAM! Film Festival at Park in Cambridge. Everyone is welcome to attend the networking event, but only WIFV/NE current members receive a discount to the film festival. For the discount code, please email us at email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00-8:30pm WIFV/NE and Barry Brodsky, Director of Screenwriting Certificate Program at Emerson College present “Crowdfunding Demystified”, an industry night panel with Boston based producers Kevin Tostado and Elaine McMillion, who both managed successful kickstarter events. The panel will be moderated by WIFV/NE board member Shannon Mullen. This event is only available to current WIFV/NE members and is free. Please RSVP by Monday, March 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please click here!
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 the WIFV/NE screenwriting competition begins accepting submissions. There are discounted rates for Early Bird submissions and for WIFV/NE members. The competition is open to everyone and full guidelines will be available starting April 2nd. We have great prizes lined up as well as a panel of five judges who will chose the winning script. Barry Brodsky, Director of Screenwriting Certificate Program at Emerson has generously accepted one of the judges seats! We will announce additional judges closer to April 2nd.
And finally….we have revised and restructured the levels and benefits in our Membership Section and encourage everyone to take a look!
From our friends at WETA!
Dear Women in Film members and friends,
Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?
Here’s your opportunity to make a quick pitch.
I am looking for TV series and films for consideration by WETA, a major producer/presenter of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Public Television (APT) across the United States. WETA National Programming helps talented TV/web producers and filmmakers navigate the American public broadcasting landscape by providing co-production, editorial, station relations, marketing, syndication and distribution support.
Preparing Your Pitch: Content must be educational, informational and entertaining with intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Projects may be finished, partially funded/produced, or in development with a list of potential program underwriters/sponsors. Content categories most desired: “How To”, Lifestyle, Cooking, Health, Home, History, Travel, Music, Arts, Drama or Comedy TV Series (four episodes or more) or films (drama, comedy or documentary) for adults age 35-65+. Series programs may be 30 or 60 minutes while films may range from 60 to 120 minutes. Successful international TV series/films, web series and radio programs adaptable to U.S. public television will also be considered.
For consideration, please email me (email@example.com) by April 1 no more than one page: (1) your project title/category/program length; (2) names of producer, director and key persons involved; (3) project description (one or two paragraphs); (4) estimated total budget (breakdown not required); (5) amount of funding raised to date, list of funders/potential funders, or indicate if it’s a finished project; (6) link to project trailer, rough cut or demo reel (or mail DVD), if available; and (7) your contact information including phone, email, mailing address and any websites. Thank you.
Submitters of projects selected for further consideration will be notified by May 1, 2013. The first twenty email pitches will receive the fastest response.
Project Development Executive
WETA Television – National Programming
3939 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206 USA
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