Check out my films and behind-the-scenes below!
Empathy ProducedAmanda is mindful that interviewees are often sharing personal stories, or educating about topics that they care deeply about. Amanda has been on both sides of the camera, so she gets it. As a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Amanda upholds herself to ethical journalism - especially, "give voice to the voiceless".
Production best-practices include:
- Consent and collaboration
- Strategic sharing
- Person centered
- Identity driven
This short film is my personal favorite. A story about Drew’s experience with psychosis in NYC. Check out the full film learn more about the NYC Youth Psychosis project below.
Here’s how I started and some interviews I’ve done:.
Creative CollaborationOn every film, Amanda works closely with clients, interviewees, and relevant organizations to maximize impact. She believes creating a film is a discovery process, and an opportunity to build relationships and give voice to underrepresented stories.
- Kick-off: vision, goals, audience, timeline, budget
- Pre-production: storyboarding and scripting
- Production: interviews and footage
- Post-production: media management, editing, review rounds
- Promotion: marketing and distribution
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Theory to Creativity:Filmmaking is an art and science. Amanda's creative approach is grounded in social psychology, entertainment-education, and systems change theory. Essentially, the goal is to deliver prosocial health messages to positively influencing awareness, knowledge, attitudes, or behaviors.
- Transportation Theory (Green & Brock)
- The extent that individuals are absorbed into a story (identification)
- The Identification Scale (Cohen)
- The extent to which viewers identify with a character
- Entertainment Overcoming Resistance Model (Moyer-Guse).
- The narrative format increases absorption in the drama, reducing resistance to the messaging.
- Elaboration Likelihood Model (Petty, Cacioppo, Shrum)
- Immersive engagement making it easier to influence beliefs, attitudes, and behavior.
- Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura)
- The most commonly applied theory in the area of entertainment-education
Film AmbassadorAmanda believes films are a movement and call to action. She is a passionate ambassador of her films and the causes and organizations they represent. She leverages her public speaking platform to raise awareness on a larger scale. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches across the globe on filmmaking, mental health recovery, and social entrepreneurship.
Teens & Digital Wellness
A short series with Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM) led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pediatrics. These films showcase youth and researchers tackling the intersection of teens, tech, and wellness.Learn More
Tiny Homes for CA Camp Fire Survivors
A short documentary follows Alyssa Nolan-Cain, a local Butte County resident and single mother of three. This film aims to spark local & global awareness about Tiny Homes as an innovative, sustainable, and low-cost relief option for those in need.Learn More
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