Amanda specializes in directing, storyboarding, and scripting comic books about mental health. She works with her crew of illustrators and subject matter experts to translate complex topics into user-friendly resources.

Education Through Art

Entertainment-Education is a type of  narrative messaging intervention that emotionally involves the viewer and aims to effect social change. For instance, how do we raise awareness and change perceptions about people with schizophrenia and psychosis?

Specialty topic areas:

  • Schizophrenia & psychosis
  • Suicide prevention
  • LGBTQ+ awareness
  • Youth advocacy

Translating Complex Topics

How do we show what people are feeling? For example, people who hear voices may identify as 'Voice Hearers' or have the diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychosis. In this example, we used voice bubbles with different colors to represent both 'good' and 'bad' voices.

Production Process:

Comic book production has a similar process to producing a film:

  • Kick-off: discuss vision, goals, audience, scope of work, budget
  • Pre-production: draft storyboards, identify/prep interviews, marketing strategy
  • Production: conduct interviews, onsite audio-visual recording
  • Post-production: media management, editing, color grading, sound design, review & approval rounds
  • Promotion: promote films across platforms & parters to reach goals & audiences

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