Molly of Denali

INTERSTITIAL PRODUCER/DIRECTOR – Episode 101, Episode 111, Episode 118, Episode 119…

MOLLY OF DENALI, a new animated series that will debut nationwide in summer 2019 on PBS stations, the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms. Produced by WGBH Boston, MOLLY OF DENALI is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl. MOLLY OF DENALI is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character. Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.

MOLLY OF DENALI is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. A foundational aspect of literacy education, informational texts are designed to convey information, and include written words, images, and oral language. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more. Molly also shares the information that she gathers through a vlog, offering short-form videos in which she shares aspects of her life in Alaska with kids in the lower 48 states and around the world.

 

 

FRAME – Film Production Services

Keeping University of Alaska Fairbanks students working on productions gives them hands-on experiences and a professional portfolio before they graduate from college. For this reason, I started UAF FRAME FPS – Film Production Services. FRAME provides ongoing professional film services for researchers, programs, and students across the campus, and as an ongoing production company, we have worked with national clients as well, including the National Endowment of the Arts, SAG-AFTRA, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Through FRAME I employ 2-4 students a semester, and often work with 10-12 clients a year.

Samples of Student Work

Students in FLPA 231 :Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema are pushed to get ready to shoot their first film. They worked in production teams and each student:

  1. Wrote and Polished a short screenplay
  2. Storyboarded and Photoboarded a screenplay from another student
  3. Scheduled and Budgeted a screenplay from another student using Movie Magic software
  4. Created Animatics of their concepts using storyboards/photoboards/ or 3D Animation software.
  5. Worked with actors to create an audio track for their animatics
  6. Created websites for their work
  7. Pitched their scripts and films to a jury of peers.

Here are some links to a few of their sites:

Kenton Berg: generikmedia.com

Joe Yates and Daniel Walker: FBX Films

Janis Carney: http://jjanis44.wixsite.com/carneysshowhouse

David Parker: http://dmparker4.wixsite.com/christmasghoststory

 

FRAME Highlight: Student Support Services

One amazing evolution of  UAF FRAME-Film Production Services is being able to connect with other programs of the University of Alaska Fairbanks system, and learn more what they do. Here’s an example of a FRAME project I mentored this spring with a film major at the helm.

The Emerging Scholars Academy prepares incoming, first-time-freshman for college, and provides 8 academic credits saving the average student over $1000 in classes.

Music Video for OCnotes

Sometimes, you just need to do something different. Had a blast making this impromptu video with the talented Silver Jackson and OCnotes in Juneau, Alaska. My boy even got his first cameo!

Shot by Maya Salganek, Zak D. Wass, TJ Cramer, Nicholas Galanin, & OCnotes

Directed by Silver Jackson & OCnotes