Writer / Director William Wonders Talks New Documentary

Writer / Director William Wonders Talks New Documentary

Director/ Editor / Writer and CEO of Quiverfull Production William Wonders just finished working on the documentary “Fixing Grandma” which deals with the disparity between the black community and medicine/patient care. He talked with Black TV Film Crew about his work, inspiration and influences.

William explains the inspiration behind Fixing Grandma:

A way to spend time with my grandmother for me would be taking her to her doctor’s appointments. My grandmother was 83 at the time. In a matter of 6 months my grandmother went from traveling around the world, to not being able to walk. So when I took her to several doctors they all kept saying the same thing, “When you get older these things happen”. I was not happy. We were finally referred to a doctor that gave us a truthful diagnosis and a solution. This led me to ask why did she wait so long? I began to see this trend in my community–black people not going to the doctor, enduring pain for years even. It was time to have a conversation with the medical community and my community.

 

 

My advice for students and young professionals who may be inspired by my work is to create, practice your craft, and ABL–Always Be Learning. Know who you are but never put yourself in position to not listen and learn something. Ego does not make you better, confidence does.

William Wonders III

Director / Editor / Writer / CEO, Quiverfull Production

How do you hope your work will connect with people?

I hope that “Fixing Grandma” will start dialogue in the medical and black community, that bring ways for my community to get quality help and great patient care.

Were you inspired by anyone in the industry to proceed on your current career path? If so, who?

I had low self esteem when I was younger and my family really helped me with that. But I would say watching Wesley Snipes, John Singleton, and Robert Townsend. Really inspired me.

Share an interesting story with us from your childhood that has impacted your life.

It was my 16th birthday and My family took me to Junior’s in Brooklyn.  I went to the bathroom and when I came back my family told me to close my eyes. So I did. Then a smooth deep voice says hey man how are you doing? I look up and it’s Wesley Snipes. While everyone who he was with was trying to look important, he waited till I got out the bathroom to say hello to me and speak encouraging words. He told me I could do anything and to be great. So  despite what Mr. Snipes has gone through, he has always been and inspiration for me.

Please check out William’s Social Links:

Website

Twitter 1 Twitter 2

Instagram 1 Instagram 2

 

 

More About William:

“I do freelance work for MTV overnight, and then when I get home I edit, shoot, direct projects for my production company. I average between 4 and 6 hours of sleep a day and 1 hour of working out.”

 

To get in touch with William, please reach out to him via his social media links. Tell him, BlackTVFilmCrew sent you!

Director Nicole Franklin: How To Film A Feature In 8 Days

Director Nicole Franklin: How To Film A Feature In 8 Days

DIRECTOR NICOLE FRANKLIN REDEFINES FILMMAKING

Director Nicole Franklin’s latest project is the feature film, Title VII, which was filmed in 8 Days. No, that was not a typo. She filmed a feature film in 8 days. And we’ve seen it, it’s good. Ever the enterprising individual, Nicole recently started a seminar poignantly titled, #FilmAFeatureIn8Days that teaches filmmakers exactly how to perfect the process. We sat down with Nicole to learn about her motivation, process and advice.

What Motivated Me To Start The Film A Feature In 8 Days Seminar

When I was forced to reduce my number of shoot days for my recent narrative feature film debut, TITLE VII, I needed a confidence boost. For months I was planning a 15-day micro-budget shoot. About 45 days before production I knew we could not afford what the key crew needed. My IndieGogo fundraiser had a $15,000 goal. In reality, microbudgets of our size—10 leads and two locations—are at least $75,000. We struggled to raise the $15K! I was talking to my friend Leesa Dean, creator of the #BlerdDating Twitter hour and I was telling her how worried I was. Then I said, “I have to film this in about eight days or else we’ll run out of food! I can do this film in eight days, right?” She said, “Hell yeah, you can do the film in eight days!” I was on a mission…straight to the Internet. There was barely anything there at the time—except for the myth of the two-day filming of Little Shop of Horrors. I say “myth” because I believe Roger Corman was able to do re-shoots. We would not have that luxury. I really would have liked to have had a real comrade online with whom to bounce off questions but there wasn’t anyone I could find at the time. So I promised myself if I made it through, I would be that person for others.

As the director you’re the lead, but also practice good listening.

Nicole Franklin

Director / Producer / Seminar Creator, Epiphany Inc.

What was your process like in filming Title VII?

I think the main process of filming in eight days helped me as a director in the confidence boost. More time would have been a luxury, and maybe a few more ideal shots. But collapsing our days meant six to eight scenes per day. And to still visually appear as if the camera was constantly moving and the shots were impressively stunning that just meant pre-production was more on point than anything. Hats off to the force that was our DP, Cybel Martin, and our all-female camera team from FDUFilm on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus. With their lead and a gaffer/grip team that moved lightning fast and were very talented as well, we wrapped by 6pm every day—one day by 4:30pm. I guess as a director I now believe I should be home by sunset, hahahah.

What’s your advice to upcoming filmmakers?

My advice for up and coming filmmakers has many facets. There are many aspects of filmmaking to study in all three phases: Pre-production, production and post. You have to have a solid handle on all three—or at least know something and have some top hires in all three areas to make a film. And I’m not saying that you have to hire an army. I mean really take the time to study on other sets, take class and get experience. I grew up in post-production—27 years to be exact—and I grew up in news television so working as a team player is in my nature. Also, everything comes down to story. If the story is there—and that is largely due to well-drawn out characters and a fresh take on the chosen plot—then the setting, art direction and cinematic values will follow. As the director you’re the lead, but also practice good listening. All of the departments will appreciate it and you’ll have a wealth of resources to work with in the end. Also, get some sleep!

 

 

Nicole’s  Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicoleedits

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nicoleedits

Website: http://www.nicolefranklin.com/

To learn about Nicole’s upcoming seminar in May, click here.

 

 

More About Nicole:

NICOLE is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer and, come Fall 2017, an Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University. Through her 27 years in the industry Nicole has been a television director, stage manager, editor, educator, public speaker, web event host and contributing writer to such publications as The Good Men Project and Toronto-based ByBlacks.com. For eighteen years, her company EPIPHANY Inc. has produced independent films for numerous cable networks including Showtime, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon, Sundance Channel, FUBU TV and kweliTV.

 

Terence Steele Talks Onward and Upward Documentary

Terence Steele Talks Onward and Upward Documentary

Executive Producer Terence V. Steele is proud to announce production of Onward and Upward: A Documentary Film.

 The story behind Onward and Upward

For over one hundred years the 9 historically black fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council have worked tirelessly to improve the lot of African-Americans, striving for equality, education, and full participation in American life.  Those organizations include Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, and Iota Phi Theta; together, these organizations have helped mold some of the most relevant and dynamic African-American leaders of our times.  Onward and Upward is the story of the divine 9’s leadership and service.

 

 

Onward and Upward is a positive look on the involvement of black fraternities and sororities in the Civil Rights Movement and in our communities…
Terence V. Steele

Executive Producer, Steele Media Group

What Motivated Me To Produce Onward and Upward

I was attracted because it is a positive look on the involvement of black fraternities and sororities in the Civil Rights Movement and in our communities, as well as a change from the current negative spin and norm on black Greek letter organizations.

Why Is Documenting The Roles Of Sororities And Fraternities So Important In Today’s Current Climate?

I think it’s important today because lately black fraternities and sororities have been getting a lot of bad press because of hazing stories dominating the headlines. Also, the backlash from VH1’s reality series “Sorority Girls” didn’t help. These organizations have a rich history and have contributed to that black community since they were founded. I think it’s important to remind people and preserve that history.

What role do current Greek organizations and their members play in the furthering of civil rights?

I think the best thing for fraternities and sororities to do today to further civil rights is to continue to develop outstanding leaders in various sectors of our community. Also, they should continue their community service. Two areas I think we could do better are financial independence (black owned credit unions, etc.) and organizing (boycotts, etc) when it comes to civil rights activism.

 

Please check out Terence V Steele & Onward and Upward’s Social Links:

Steele Media Group YouTube Page

Onward and Upward Website

Terence V. Steele Website

More About Terence:

After working with other filmmakers, Steele ventured out on his own and started his own film production company: Steele Media Group. Under Steele Media Group, he has produced the romantic comedy “Atlanta To New York”, as well as the documentary “The Spirit of ’69” highlighting the legacy of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at the University of Georgia.

 

Dallas Alexis Talks NY Underground Kingz

Dallas Alexis Talks NY Underground Kingz

Director, Co-Writer and Co-Producer, Dallas Alexis, is proud to announce the second season of the successful web series, New York Underground Kingz which airs in full on YouTube. The show tells the story of a man called Osiris (Rubin Hernandez), as he is making his way in life. Osiris, commonly referred to as O, is navigating the street life and dreams of rap stardom.

Dallas breaks down the inspiration behind NY Underground Kingz: The original concept of the New York Underground Kingz was pitched to me by Omari Levers. I always wanted to do a web series, I was actually writing one at the time NY Underground Kingz came up. What made me take the project were the characters in the script, the challenge of putting a project of that magnitude together and I also can see the potential for this to be really big, especially with the web series genre growing.

Dallas breaks down the inspiration behind NY Underground Kingz: The original concept of the New York Underground Kingz was pitched to me by Omari Levers. I always wanted to do a web series, I was actually writing one at the time NY Underground Kingz came up. What made me take the project were the characters in the script, the challenge of putting a project of that magnitude together and I also can see the potential for this to be really big, especially with the web series genre growing.

I can see the potential for this to be really big.

Dallas Alexis

Director / Co-Writer / Co-Producer, DA Media

The Underground Kingz Breakdown:

“New York Underground Kingz” is a unique series that offers insight into the five boroughs of New York City. The show presents many pertinent subjects that a large demographic of the NYC population are routinely engaged in. The show captures the “only in New York” lifestyle and ambience with authentic imagery of distinct neighborhoods that reflect the urban landscape. “New York Underground Kingz” is inspired by true events.

Please check out The NY Underground Kingz Social Links:

IG Page – https://www.instagram.com/nyukingz/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/NyuKingz

Website – http://www.nyukingz.com/

More About Dallas:

Dallas Alexis is the Founder at D.A. Media and is the Urban Summit Director at the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC.