Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 off to a fine start...

Yes, it's been awhile... but it's only because things are busy and brewing here at Reel Talent Productions. 2010 was a great year for us, with completed projects about everything from short stories to music videos to spec commercials under our belt. We're excited and hungry for more great projects ahead.

Moving forward, we're turning the spotlight to non-fiction filmmaking and focusing on real issues, real people. With discussions about what our community's most urgent needs are, we will be working to raise awareness about them through the power of video. Reel Talent Productions will be creating two Public Service Announcements and working to get the important messages out.

But this production will not come easy. Our students currently have to share 1 camera among almost 10 of us. When it comes to post-production, the mere two laptops we have means that the other students have to miss out on in-depth, hands-on learning. With only 90 minutes to work together each week, not everybody gets a chance to spend time working with the equipment. We are thankful that the Fish Foundation's grant last year enabled us to go from absolutely nothing to this... but our supply is still unable to meet with the demand. We will be able to raise our productivity by 2 or 3 times if we had more equipment to work with. We learn a lot more by doing, not by watching someone else do it while crowding around one computer with 4 others.

First-hand experience with technology is tremendously important for our young ones. We know that nothing comes for free, but we're determined to work for it. That's why we're kicking off the new year with our next project - Fundraising Videos. Meet our talented and smart young filmmakers, get to know what we do, and see for yourself how our students gain valuable skills applicable to life in Reel Talent Productions.

Keep your eyes peeled for them come this Feb!