MakeMake Entertainment has announced the opening of the MakeMake Residency category.
Supported by a network of leading culture-changing organizations, including the Ghetto Film School, UCLA Center for Scholars and Storytellers, Storyline Partners, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and more, the program received enthusiastic feedback from over 500 applicants.
The five residents chosen to star in the show are Adiana Rivera (Editor), Mohammad Rahman (Editor), Jason Gaines (Design and Visual Effects), Pilar Fitzgerald (Sound Control) and Anverne Aguado (Production).
Dr. Jennifer Sophia Hall says: “As residents explore their interests in creative ways, they have the opportunity to gather meaningful resources and industry knowledge, preparing them for a productive path. We are grateful to our partners at Netflix, whose support allows us to continue our commitment to the future of the industry."
The nine-month paid residency program is designed to pave the way for a diverse group of professionals working in the entertainment industry. Focus is on editing, visual effects, design, sound management and production. Netflix is dedicated to helping create new opportunities for underrepresented communities in entertainment, supported by the program's lead partner, the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity.
Working directly with MakeMake artists and producers, residents will participate in the company's unique multidisciplinary approach and are already working on active projects at the studio that include documentary content, screenplays, feature titles, entertainment marketing and global advertising.
Led by Residence Directors Liath Rubin and Bedonna Smith, Lead Talent Anne Hwang, and Executive Director Jennifer Sophia Hall, the program includes one-on-one training with MakeMake professionals, internal and external speaker events, career development, and interaction with major organizations. . Studio staff and a wide range of clients. Throughout the program, participants will work on the craft of storytelling and continue to develop the skills necessary for success. Evaluators will collaborate with the entire MakeMake family of companies, including Rock Paper Scissors, Elastic, a52, Primary, Jax, Indestructible, and MakeMake Entertainment.
"We are delighted to welcome Pilar, Adi, Moh, Anferni and Jason to the studio," said Angus Wall, founder of MakeMake. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to learn from these five designers who will help shape the future of our company. We look forward to developing our future residency program and our partners with Netflix.” For their vision and continued support.”
More about MakeMake Residency:
Permanent editor: Adiana Rivera is a documentary filmmaker and Bronx native. Diana's work focuses on identity, promotion, community and culture. His talents include cinematography, photography and video editing.
Resident Production. Anferni Aguado (she) is from Los Angeles and has been a film/video producer for three years. He has experience working on a variety of projects including music videos, short films and commercials. He looks forward to continuing his career and growing as a professional.
VFX Design & Resident. Jason Gaines (he) is a self-taught director, director and VFX artist. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he began independent filmmaking after high school, working on everything from music videos to feature films, sketches, and commercials. Inspired by early 2000s YouTubers like Corridor Digital & Dormtainment, Jason's passion for content creation crystallized. Jason enjoys creating VFX content for social media, sharing his short films on YouTube, and working on feature films.
Permanent editor: Muhammad "Muhammad Rahman" is the editor-in-chief of Astoria, Queens. He has been in the industry for five years and has edited everything from commercials to feature documentaries. His early influences include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Pokemon (Kanto – Sinoh) and late night movie segments on PBS. These days he's watching movies like Drive to Survive and How to with John Wilson and Mike Leigh.
Sound Curation Resident. Pilar Fitzgerald (he/she) is a musician who is passionate about the intersection of diversity, discovery and curation. After working in event management at Harvard College, Pilar joined National Public Radio's growing events team, where she oversaw a variety of events and editorial programs, most notably the annual Small Desk Competition. Pilar's dedication to helping artists grow eventually led him to attend Berklee's Master's Program in Global Entertainment and Music in Valencia, Spain. He is interested in delving into visual media music and learning more about the creative elements that bring visuals to life.
MakeMake Entertainment produces award-winning feature films, TV shows, commercials, trailers, titles and more. Projects include Jennifer Lopez's Netflix documentary Midnight Is This Black Enough for You?!? and Freedom on Fire. Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Titles for HBO's The Last of Us and Hulu's Only Murders in the Building Avatar. Wasser Wasser Nike You Can't Stop Us Nike FCs Visual Effects Welcome to Soccer World for Taylor Swift. Short Film : The company provided editing, design and visual effects for several commercials that premiered at NFL Super Bowl LVII.
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