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SceneProfiles| The Method of Love starring Chucky Venn

The cast

On 7th February, SceneTV attended the screening for new series The Method of Love, which stars Chucky Venn (EastEnders). With the pilot being released online on Valentine’s Day (February 14th at 5pm), the audience at the Soho House venue were definitely in for a preview treat. 

What's The Method of Love (TML) all about?

Using London’s buzzing streets as a backdrop, audiences will witness the characters go through hazardous journeys of self-discovery in the quest to find true love.

Regardless of whether TML becomes a web series or is commissioned for television, it definitely has a point of difference. There are quite a few web series and short films about dating and relationships but TML feels mature in tone, tackling relationships from a deeper psychological stand point and sits fully in the realm of a dramatic series rather than comedy. Quality is clearly top of their list and this shows through the acting and the production values. It’s always surprising and inspiring to see how much can be done on minimal budgets and with every new independent production that rises, it’s great to see production values get better and better. Of course, SceneTV loves anything that gives new and creative talent a platform and so is this TML, with established actor Chucky Venn starring alongside rising actors and actresses.

Make up touch up

So what about the stories? Well, there is enough to go around for everyone making this show both entertaining and relatable. April and Niko are newlyweds, passionate about each other but how long is it before the reality of life and tough love kicks in? Annabel is mysterious and in love, desperate to have the same love returned to her…but how far will she go? How does your cultural upbringing affect how you learn to give love to others? Charlotte has had to deal with loss of a loved one. With a young daughter dependent on her, will she be able to move forward and leave her demons behind? Then there are the playboys Frankie and Chris, enjoying the fast money and fast women…but for both there lies deep insecurities that are sure to be revealed. These are just a few of the stories bubbling in the show. What is most interesting is that clearly, nothing is as it seems and it will be fun to see twist and turns that take place.

The aim is for the series to be 9 episodes each 20 minutes long, but whether it comes to our screens depends on the support the pilot receives so stay tuned to SceneTV to get a first look at the pilot as soon as it drops. In the meantime, see below for teasers from the show.

 

For more information, visit www.themethodoflove.com

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SceneProfiles| BEN Television – 2014 Screen Nation Award Nominee

In the run up to the 9th Screen Nation Awards, SceneTV will be featuring all of the nominees in the public voting categories. Next up is BEN Television (Bright Entertainment Network) who are up for the Favourite Black Channel award.

BEN Television (Bright Entertainment Network) is a British television channel that launched in 2003 and is aimed mainly at expatriate Africans living in Europe and North Africa. BEN is a Black and Ethnic oriented, urban, diverse and cosmopolitan family channel, established to provide a wholesome mix of entertaining, educative and informational programmes suitable for family viewing. It includes ranges of cultured programming to empower, transform and challenge the conventional perception of Africa, Caribbean and African-descendants in the diaspora. Free to air on Sky 182, the channel’s content includes home grown shows, Nollywood films and also carries several hours of programming every day from NTA (Nigerian Television Authority). Viewers are able to watch news and current affairs, comedy, films, soaps, sport and music videos.

See below for more on a few of their lead programmes:

Lizzy Show

Lizzy-Show

The Lizzy Show is a weekly programme that appears on Ben TV in the UK and is presented by Dr Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu as the presenter. The show invites guests from a variety of industries to debate a number of issues including success, family life, business, education, career development, self-development, religion, youth education and much more.

Pauline Long Show

Pauline-Long-Show

The Pauline Long show is a premier global TV talk show that gives viewers the opportunity to be a part of the panel discussions. Topics discussed range from politics and the economy to beauty and entertainment – all viewers have to do is call in and give their opinions.

If you would like BEN Television to win the Favourite Black Channel award, click here to vote. Voting closes 12am 20th February.

For more information on BEN Television visit www.bentelevision.com 

The 2014 Screen Nation Awards take place on Sunday 23 February at Park Plaza Riverbank, London. Click here to grab your ticket!

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SceneProfiles| RepDat – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Award Nominee

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. Tickets to the awards are sold out but you can still attend the after party – click here.

Launched in 2009, RepDat aims to give a platform to a more balanced representation of modern black British culture in fields as diverse as charities, film, sports, fashion and music. Nominated for the Favourite Youth Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine award, we caught up with founder Shaka Henry to see how it all began.

“I started watching YouTube in 2010 and was drawn into the Grime scene as I was living in Kent. When I looked for ‘black British’, there was hardly any content so I wanted to redress the balance so that if there was the negative, there would also be the positive.”

A great mission to have – and RepDat have gone on to achieve so much in the cultural space. For example, in 2012, they expanded into the world of television with a show called ‘One Mic’ which aired on Sky Channel 199. But what has been the proudest moment so far?

“I have many achievements, from having a Rep Dat stage at Wales’ biggest festival SWN, creating and broadcasting One Mic 1&2 on Sky TV to millions globally, drawing up and executing the Lambeth council adoption strategy that was promoted throughout London, sponsoring fashion shows, being media partners with the Afro Hair & Beauty, The Arfican and Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, TheVoice and turning a council flat dream into a business earning just under 2k a month. Still my proudest achievement is being nominated as you would never have known the above unless we were acknowledged.”

What has been the biggest learning?

“When I demanded to be released from a television contract, I experienced the most backstabbing and Babylon side of the business. This made me more determined to find another contract just to prove that we were for real, a force and that you never need to compromise your morals to succeed you have to believe in Jah and just RepDat.”

Hard but important lessons to learn, however by the sounds of it Shaka has a lot more positivity lined up for the near future.

“There are many options from clothing lines to DVD merchandise on the table. I guess the fact that I'm also working with 16-19 year olds to help get them into jobs for Reed Employment means the future is yet to be written but nothing happens before time and RepDat is for life ;)”

Finally, why should people vote for RepDat?

“RepDat is about coming from a notorious area and representing all that you can be; it's for all those kids written off by society sharing council flat dreams knowing they can compete and have the skillset but are given the chance to RepDat. Rep Dat means to represent that which is you so when you see the logo it's Jahreen, Leroy, Timeless, Aaron, Shaka, Jane, Dion, Jimmy, Rhian, ShotzTaken, Nebula and everyone contributing to create a better platform for Black Britain.” 

To vote for RepDat to win the Favourite Youth Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine award, click here.

For info on RepDat, see the links below:

www.repdat.com

Twitter: @RepDatTV

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SceneProfiles| Brothers With No Game & Zephryn Taitte – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Award Nominees

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. Tickets to the awards are sold out but you can still attend the after party – click here.

If you’re a fan of the UK web series then we’re sure you will have heard of the award-winning Brothers With No Game. They have not only been nominated for the Favourite Web Series Award, they are also in the running for Favourite Web Series Ensemble and one of the lead ‘Brothers’ Zephryn Taitte (who plays Dorian) is up for Favourite Web Series Actor. We caught up with Zephryn and the guys behind the web series to find out more.

What made you embark on your online journey:

Zephryn: I quite simply liked the concept of Brothers With No Game. I thought it was fresh and of the time so I had to be a part of it.

BWNG: I think it was just a natural progression for us as content creators. We started off with the Brothers With No Game blog and in the midst of being blown away by how popular it was becoming, there were a couple of moments of sanity and heavy Ginger Beer consumption where we thought about making our content visual. Fast forward a chance email from a budding director and fan, an affinity towards web shows like ‘Awkward Black Girl’, ‘We Need Girlfriends’ & ‘The Guild’ and the opportunity to showcase our different skillsets, the BWNG web series was born.

What has been your proudest achievement to date?

Zephryn: My proudest achievement to date would be a mixture of two productions I was blessed to be a part of. One being The Island by Athol Fugard,Winston Ntshona and John Kani. The second, playing Prospero in the Tempest. Being poles apart; they had their individual intricacies and demanded a lot from you emotionally and physically ultimately challenging me as an actor. These roles not only changed me and my approach to my craft but changed me as a person.

BWNG: That’s a tough one! It’s impossible to single out a particular achievement. I hope this reads/sounds ok but it’s more the case of our journey as a whole being our biggest achievement, rather than a single moment. If that makes sense then turn it into an instagram quote, if it doesn’t then it’s because I haven’t had coffee today.

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SceneProfiles| Segilola Scott – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series Actress Nominee

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. Tickets to the awards are sold out but you can still attend the after party – click here.

The next featured nominee is Segilola Scott, who is up for the Favourite Web Series Actress award. She is the lead actress in the web series Breach, which was the beginning of her online journey. However, this young lady has more than one string to her bow as she also has her own production company and directs. Speaking about her proudest achievement Segilola said:

“Producing my first feature ‘Mum, Dad, Meet Sam’ under my own production company OKP Productions”

And her biggest learning?

“Learning how to direct on the go for the first time. I directed ‘Love Prevails’, a 10 minute short film in May this year which then went on to be officially selected at the British Urban Film Festival in September. I plan to market my feature film and have a film premiere in May and then hopefully on to worldwide distribution.”

When asked why people should vote for her Segilola goes on to explain why she place ‘DIY’ over complaining about the lack of diversity in the industry:

“I work hard at my craft and I’m one of the few actresses who instead of moaning about the lack of roles for black females actresses, I’ve gone ahead and written, directed and produced my own projects with great roles for myself. Winning this will propel me to the next level I need to be at, at this stage in my career and will allow me to be seen as a role model on a larger scale.”

To vote for Segilola to win the Favourite Web Series Actress Award, click here.

To find out more about Segilola, see the links below:

www.okpproductions.com

Twitter: @Segilola

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SceneProfiles| The British Blacklist – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle Web or Mag Nominee

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.

The British Blacklist launched in 2012 as the UK’s only database of Black British Talent. After a successful year of keeping us all updated with hot news and information, they have been nominated for the Favourite Arts/Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine award. We caught up with the founder and managing director Akua Gyamfi to find out more.

So why the need for a database?

“I started The British Blacklist because I wanted to create something which celebrated and honoured the legacy of the talents of British AfriCarib people in the Entertainment industry.”

Maintaining any kind of database is going to take a lot or regular updating and hard work. Akua states that this is something that they are proud off – reaching their 1st year without collapsing under the pressure of maintaining the website. It is for this reason that they have become a reliable and trusted resource. There must have been some key learnings to take away right? Akua listed:

“Patience, belief, teamwork, confidence.”

So what’s the plan for The British Blacklist?

“Just to get better at meeting the needs of our audience and evolving The British Blacklist accordingly.”

Finally, on why you should vote for them Akua said:

“Hmmm I'll say vote for The British Blacklist if you feel it's a useful, helpful, satisfactory, professional, informative, entertaining resource.”

To vote for The British Blacklist to win the Favourite Arts/Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine Award, click here

To find out more about The British Blacklist, see the links below:

www.thebritishblacklist.com

www.twitter.com/BritBlacklist

 

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SceneProfiles| Tanya Vital – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series Actress Nominee

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. Tickets to the awards are sold out but you can still attend the after party – click here.

You might recognise Tanya Vital from Emmerdale, Holby City or urban fantasy thriller Sokorates alongside actor Wil Johnson. She’s up for the Favourite Web Series Actress award and we caught up with her to find out a little more.

On why she decided to join the cast of Sokorates, Tanya said:

"I think the Director Ricardo Barker, Wil and I were all under the same impression that the work wasn’t coming to us at the rate that we would have liked and we were not being seen for, or offered, the types of work we wanted to create so we should somehow get out there and create our own.”

Many have turned to the web for this exact reason as it offers a platform to tell your own stories as well as gives audiences content that they have been craving. We’ve heard from many of the nominees that seeing an initial idea grow into something watched worldwide is a proud moment – the same goes for Tanya.

“My proudest achievement to date has to be Sokorates. We all worked so hard with little to no budget to create a type of show that wasn’t being done by people like us. Ric gave me a chance to be a superhero – when will a short, brown, northern girl ever get that chance again?”

Having spent some time working on two big British programmes Emmerdale and Holby, Tanya has some interesting insights about the world of an actor.

“The acting profession is like a huge anthropological experiment and there are lessons to be learnt about life and human nature around every corner. I think somebody said it best when they said ‘Life’s a marathon, not a sprint’. The same is true of the acting profession.”

When asked about her plans for the future, Tanya is quite candid about her thoughts on diversity in the UK TV and film industry.

“I graduate from RADA in January and then after that the world is my oyster. The cons of this industry are that unless you’re in a soap the work is sporadic, but the pros are that the work can take you anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat. It’s no secret that there just isn’t enough work here for people of colour so maybe America will have me? Who knows.”

Finally, on why should people vote for her?

“Because it’s our time to show that there is culture and diversity beyond Watford Gap. We created a unique type of show and frankly it’s good. Series two will be coming soon.”

To vote for Tanya to win the Favourite Web Series Actress Award, click here.

To vote for Sokorates to win the Favourite Web Series Award, click here

To find out more about Tanya, see the links below:

www.tanyavital.com

Twitter: @TanyaVital

 

SceneProfiles| Travis Watson & ‘Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies’ – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Short Film Nominee

Travis Watson

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.

We caught up with Travis Watson, the writer and director of Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies, which is up for the Favourite Short Film Award. With such an in-your-face-title, we were keen to know where the inspiration for creating this film came from.

“I was inspired by filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese to tell real urban stories. I also made a documentary about my Grandparents who came to England from the Caribbean during the 1950’s. Their stories and their dignity and incredible resilience in the face of a very difficult situation, not only inspired this film but also inspired me in life.”

And that’s not the only place inspiration can originate. Travis makes a great point about taking guidance and notes from everything around you – in particular, they place you come from.

“I learn by watching people in my hometown of London, the beauty and simplicity in everyday interactions and the characters that you see as you travel around this great city. This is what teaches me and guides me in my filmmaking.”

So what’s next for Travis? Well people can look out for a feature film he is currently writing called 'Sounds of the Soul'. It is set in London and aims to explore the incredible and unique talent that black people have for creating music that enslaved Africans transported with them. It also looks at the temptations of fame and the greed of the music industry.

When asked why people should vote for his film, Travis said:

“I am trying to tell real stories about our beautiful black people, the side that is often ignored for the stereotypical caricatures, which have sadly portrayed us in the past. We have enormous creativity and I want to help inspire other black filmmakers to make films so that one day we can argue over whether there are more great black filmmakers or musicians. If you support me in this black film movement to tell our stories with honesty, I will be humbled and massively grateful.”

To vote for 'Sorry We Don't Help Darkies' to win the Favourite Short Film Award, click here. 

To find out more about Travis and Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies see the links below:

YouTube

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SceneProfiles| SPIN & Kingsley Amadi – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series & Actor Nominee

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.

Meet Kingsley Amadi, the talented actor up for the Favourite Web Series Actor Award for his portrayal of Dan in the web series SPIN. In a double whammy he is also the Director of Snowpix Media, the company behind SPIN which is up for the Favourite Web Series Award.

Experienced both on the stage and in front of the camera, why take on the world of the web series? Why not? Kingsley said:

"I originally wanted to create something I’d want to watch, not knowing the buzz it would pick up in such short time. We plan to finish SPIN and possibly another season and also launch a new web series called 'JUICY'."

It couldn’t have been easy; as all web series producers know the learning curve can be an interesting and stressful one.

"Creating SPIN I learnt I needed to film all the episodes prior to release, but I was caught off guard at first."

Even so, they have gone on to produce one of the most popular series on the web. In addition to this, Kingsley also lists being established in the UK media industry and creating music videos for up and coming Afro-pop musicians as his proudest achievements to date. When asked why people shout vote for him and well as the web series SPIN, the multi-talented Kingsley said:

"We are very hard working and driven. We have the young active and creative minds it takes to break barriers. We believe in results, we only want recognition for the hard work of everybody involved in the creation of SPIN, to keep going and creating magic for the supporters of web series."

To vote for Kingsley to win the Favourite Web Series Actor Award, click here. To vote for SPIN to win the Favourite Web Series Award, click here.

To find out more about Kingsley and SPIN, see the links below:

Twitter: @Kingsleyamadi

www.youtube.com/SpinDramaTv

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SceneProfiles| Letitia Hector – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series Actress Nominee

Letitia final

As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.

First up is Letitia Hector, who has been nominated for the Favourite Web Series Actress Award.

The opportunity of playing the leading lady in the popular web series came about after Letitia applied for a role in the theatre production Love is a Losing Game’. Now while the audition was unsuccessful, she obviously did something right as six months later she received a very interesting call. Babi Isako, the writer of the play shared plans to create a web series called 'Venus vs Mars' and she had Letitia in mind for the star role. Speaking of that moment and how her web series career began Letitia said: “I wasn't totally taken with the proposition at first but after we met, read through the script, met the cast…it felt right!”

One year on, 'Venus vs Mars' has a successful series one under its belt with season two launching very soon. Some people in the industry can be a bit sceptical about the world of the web series but this has proved to be a great move for Letitia’s career.

“I’ve managed to do so many things off the back of 'Venus vs Mars' and for that, this project has been my biggest achievement to date. It's so nice to be a part of something that started off as such a small vision and managed to cause the MAJOR waves it has. That's just amazing to me. I feel real blessed to be a part of Venus vs Mars because I truly believe as a team we have the power to exceed the skies.”

Everyone knows that the life of an actor is a hard one but Letitia clearly has her eyes on the prize. So what’s next for this determined lady?

“My plan is to continue working hard because I believe you get what you put in. I believe I have places to go, people to see and I know I won't achieve this if I'm twiddling my thumbs. I woke up this morning for a reason, so I want to show God he made the right choice.”

Finally, when asked why people should vote for her, Letitia put her case forward.

“Because I'm just a girl who decided to go for it!! Please support my dream and the dreams of many of those who believe they can't.” 

To vote for Letitia to win the Favourite Web Series Actress Award, click here.

To find out more about Letitia and see her in action in Venus vs Mars, see the links below:

www.letitiahector.co.uk

www.venusvsmars.co.uk

Twitter: @letitiahector  @followvenus

Instagram: LetitiaHector VenusvsMarsShow 

 

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