Baristaville has its share of big-screen filmmakers and screenwriters with new projects constantly bubbling up. But lately we’re seeing lots of tech-savvy locals creating their own TV and video projects, as well. Among the shows we’ve been hearing about:
Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow, two self-described Montclair soccer moms, have created a kids’ DVD called “Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake,” which introduces children to classical ballet through animation and live world-class ballet performances.
Says Troeller, via e-mail: “This past year has been a huge learning curve for us, with the complexities involved with our project, from writing our business plan to negotiating international licensing deals, combining animation with filming live-action, writing, directing, and producing the entire show ourselves (and I have 4 kids under the age of 8).”
Montclair’s manners conscious mom Lisa Finan is also creating TV for kids by taking her “Courteous Child” classes to the screen. She’s created a kids’ game show tentatively titled “Put Your Manners to the Test” and is offering local little ones a chance to appear on camera — casting calls are ongoing.
And Montclair residents Connie and Greg Mattison have also been busy producing television (though despite being the parents of an utterly adorable preschooler, their show isn’t kid-related). They’re the co-creators and hosts of “Green By Design TV,” a series that explores sustainable living throughout the New Jersey area and spotlights the Mattison’s own efforts to live a bit greener while still living in the real world. They got their start on Montclair’s TV-34 and are now seen in nearly 3 million homes across NJ, NY, PA and Connecticut. But they haven’t forgotten their roots — the current episode spotlights environmental efforts right here in Montclair.
Now tell us — any other locally grown TV or video projects you’re hearing about from your neighbors? We’d love to know about them.