Art school taught me that collaboration is the key to living an artistic life.

Art and collaboration

SCADemys 2013: Reel Tradition Wins Best Original Score

I was blessed to met Shelly Short, Writer and Director of Reel Tradition, at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).  We soon became fast friends sisters.

When invited to work on her film I did not hesitate to jump on board!

I started as an assistant set designer working with the very talented Yolande Thame.

To create the fish shed / man cave we categorized and tagged every item we placed – organizing a space for the actor to settle into his role, but mindful we’d need room for the camera, dolly, lighting and a crew of 10.

Would you believe when we started this area was a blank slate.  Nothing but a window and counter space.

Collaboration of Set Design

Reel Traditions: Set Design

During the days of shooting I helped Yolande as much as I could and spent the day with our amazing camera crew (Whitney Hess & Zack Karmalegos) working as a script supervisor.  It suits my personality to monitor continuity.  Plus, since a lot of what we did was in a boat, I got to help out as 2nd assistant camera.

The point is, there’s a reason why there are so many names listed at the end of the movie.  It takes a village to raise a film.  Ask Neil Short, Shelly’s husband.  He’s currently directing a film he wrote and I’ve been lucky enough to be helping out there too.

Learning to communicate, trust, empower and collaborate creates incredible pieces of art.  I’m always shocked that we only require one communication class in liberal arts studies.  It’s one of the most important.  Learning to share and express an idea will open many doors.  You just can’t do it alone.

Stop, collaborate and listen” – Vanilla Ice

Gonna Catch A Big One

When Shelly and Whitney started talking about music for their film I suggested they get together with Jeff.  I knew he would create something perfect.

I was thrilled when it all came together and proud when the collaboration picked up a SCADemy for Best Original Score!


On Tuesday June 11th.  Shelly will be presenting Reel Tradition and giving a talk on collaboration in film at the Artel Gallery in Pensacola, Florida.

We create stories because we love to share them.  If you’re in the area please drop by and say hi!

Peace in,


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