Just a few months into her Film Connection
apprenticeship, Shameka Cole
is already seeing many of her long-term dreams come to reality—most notably, the opportunity in June to direct her first music video in Atlanta, GA, for none other than Maybach Music Group
hip-hop artist Tracy T
Originally hailing from New York, Shameka moved to Atlanta in 2007 and found herself in the midst of a blossoming community of creative people like herself. Even from an early age, she says she could hear the music and envision every detail of what the music video could look like. When she enrolled in the Film Connection this spring and began her apprenticeship at Radiant3 Productions
in Atlanta, little did she know how many opportunities would come from that decision, or how quickly they would take shape.
“I love it. I’ve never been through a program, even in college, that has opened up so many doors for me.”
Not only was the music video with Tracy T
a great success for the practical experience it gave her, but Shameka says it has also opened up other connections as well. As it turns out, reality TV star Mama Dee
was present during the shoot, and was so impressed with Shameka’s work that she approached her and asked if she might be interested in shooting another music video with her!
“We exchanged business cards and made a connection,”
says Shameka. “It was a great experience.”
In addition to her dream to direct more music videos, Shameka aspires to be a screenwriter, and is currently collaborating with screenwriter Mark Gibson
on a feature-length thriller in the vein of TV series Revenge
. She also has a long-term goal of directing her own feature films. Through the Film Connection, Shameka Cole continues to make great strides toward seeing these dreams come to light. Congratulations, Shameka!
At the Recording, Radio and Film Connection
, we find that our students who go the furthest are the ones who make the most of the opportunities that on-the-job learning provides. Film Connection
apprentice Fabrice Murgia
is a great example. Since starting his apprenticeship with Horacio Jones
in the San Diego area, Fabrice has assisted on numerous shoots and is rapidly becoming an integral part of the studio.
Says Fabrice, “Horacio is now assigning me the entire raw footage and trusting me with full content editing, selecting and adding soundtrack, and video editing…I have also put together some promotional videos for his company to market services like aerial videography and corporate videos.”
In addition, Fabrice says two short films are on the docket over the next month, including one for the San Diego 48-Hour Film Project
, which he will co-produce and co-direct. In preparation, Fabrice says he’s doing everything from production budgets to location scouting to auditions.
“We have a crew of 10 people and 6 actors. We even got an amazing composer from Hollywood,”
Meanwhile, Film Connection Career Services
has given Fabrice a lead on a paid gig with a local production company with the possibility for full-time employment after he finishes his apprenticeship. Fabrice has also set up his own brand, ID11 Films (id11.com
) and is working on getting the funding for his first feature-length film. Way to go Fabrice!