Recognition For My Filmmaking

May 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had my film reviewed on the popular and highly respected independent film website, Short Films Matter. It was truly an honor to get such a positive review. As an artist, when you put out your work to the public and they understand the message, there is nothing more powerful. The review was extremely detailed and reading it makes me feel so respected.

You can see the full review here: The Power of Choice Review on Short Films Matter

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Creating Documentary Films Is My Passion

May 01, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

It's been awhile since I posted. I became an educator for four years teaching film production in South Central Los Angeles at the high school level. I learned more than I could ever imagine. I was able to use my creativity to design lesson plans and effectively teach young people how to tell stories. It was an honor. At the same time, I missed telling stories through my own films. I left teaching in the classroom for now, but I have my Arts, Media and Entertainment CTE teaching credential so I can always go back. For the past year I've been busy creating two of my own films and am working on a third soon. Not bad for my first year back!

There are several steps to create a documentary. Having a thirst for knowledge is definitely a must. Having a desire to share knowledge with others is key as well. If you don't have a team of people you are working with, it is still possible to create a film!

 

Below are the steps I take as a ONE PERSON TEAM with NO BUDGET!

1. COMING UP WITH AN IDEA

2. RESEARCHING THE SUBJECT, WHETHER IT'S A DOC ABOUT A PERSON OR A POLITICAL MOVEMENT, YOU SHOULD HAVE AN IDEA OF YOUR SUBJECT BEFORE YOU DIVE IN.

3. FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUBJECT BY THE END OF THE FILM.

4. DECIDING ON A DOCUMENTARY STYLE. WILL IT BE AN EXPOSITORY, OBSERVATIONAL, POETIC, PERFORMATIVE, PARTICIPATORY, REFLECTIVE DOCUMENTARY OR ANOTHER STYLE?

5. WRITING YOUR SCRIPT. I WRITE A BROADCAST STYLE SCRIPT. IT INCLUDES: TEXT ON SCREEN, IF ANY. B-ROLL IMAGES/VIDEO, VOICEOVER WITH THE WRITTEN SCRIPT AND THE TIME EACH SCENE TAKES WITH THE VOICEOVER.

6. GETTING ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT IN PLACE. THIS INCLUDES: CAMERAS, LENSES, SOUND EQUIPMENT LIKE LAVALIER MICS.

7. GATHERING FOOTAGE, SHOOTING YOUR OWN OR STOCK

8. DOING INTERVIEWS WITH EXPERTS IF IT IS NECESSARY

9. DOING THE VOICEOVER AND FINDING MUSIC

10. EDITING IT ALL TOGETHER!



 


New Life at Naheedence: Teaching Video Production in Los Angeles!

August 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's been awhile since I have written a blog post, I have been quite the busy bee here at Naheedence Photographic. As some of you may know I've been a full-time freelance photographer and videographer since 2006*

Now I have earned my first position as a full-time video production teacher! I am ready to share my knowledge with students. I remember my first cinema study class in high school. It really opened up my eyes, no pun intended, to the power of visual communication. After shooting my first short films I was hooked! I studied journalism and photography in college and the rest is history.

It's been quite the ride and I will share my experiences as a teacher on my blog, and my photography and videography.

I have heard teaching is like running a marathon, hopefully I will be on the winning end! (Eventually ;) I feel so lucky to have had hundreds of devoted clients through the years. I am so grateful and excited for this new adventure in my life.

Longterm I am hoping to hold photography and video workshops at my studio in the summer. I am still available for seasonal assignments, commissions and special projects. 

Cheers!

*Full-time except for when I raised my daughter for 2 years. During that time I worked part-time.


Hepp's Salt Product Micromercial Video Shot at my Los Angeles Photo Studio

June 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hepp's Salt Micrommercial VideoCommercial produced in Los Angeles of Hepp's Salt based in Venice and Minnesota.

Exciting video projects are brewing at Naheedence this summer. I have several product micromercials lined up to shoot, produce and edit. Doing everything from start to finish is the best. My clients give me a basic idea and I come up with a storyboard for their commercial. I am looking forward to doing some voice over in my next production. Guess what?! Having me do it all saves you money! It also gives me the opportunity to produce quickly, turnaround time can be between 2-5 days and voila, a social media video creation by yours truly is delivered to your dropbox, inbox or flash drive.

Want a video to entice your prospective customers but don't have the time? Invest as little as $350 and I can create professional grade videos that stand out and look amazing. I work with customers locally and nationwide. I can provide you with the unique content you are striving for. Call or email for a quote today!

I look forward to working with you!


Visit East Los Angeles

June 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

East Los Angeles Tourism Advertisement Short Form Video. For social media. Recently I created a video for a client to capture the eye of tourists visiting Los Angeles. Many people travel to LA without ever seeing "The Eastside". There are visitors out there who are searching for more than Hollywood tours and Disneyland.

Case in point, a couple I know visited from Australia last month had a one day layover. They visited a few places in their short time here: East LA's Boyle Heights to eat, Little Tokyo for a quick walk through and a bar in the Arts District. All of those areas are a quick drive or a 20-minute walk away from each other.

East LA is so culturally rich and flavorful it was hard to cover a lot in a one-minute video! I chose colorful Talavera tiles as the backdrop to my titles because of their beauty. You see them everywhere throughout East Los Angeles. Dancing and mariachi music are definitely part of the rich culture here. The music I chose, produced by Nomadico, is a perfect combo of traditional Latin music and the futuristic sounds of the pulsating city.

East LA is very close to Downtown Los Angeles, a 10-15 minute drive or 25-minute bus ride away. You may be surprised how many fireworks you hear year-round. Your tummy will be happy as you get fresh tacos outside and eat colorful pastries called sweetbreads. Driving through the city you will see Piñatas, palm trees and plenty of street art. I hope my video entices you to visit East LA!

 

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