What is the Program?
PRGtv is an advocacy program that provides college-age young adults in Brooklyn with an opportunity to advocate on local and global issues with media arts as their tool; additionally, providing participants with comprehensive video programming and entertainment skills.
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Theron Smith, or Tee Smif, a Brooklyn, New York native, first got his start in 1994 as an intern for Spike Lee’s movie Clockers and as an extra for the movie Malcolm X. Solidifying his foundation early within the film industry, these opportunities lead him to work with entertainment company, Winsome Sinclair and Associates. During his time there, he worked on other Spike Lee films including He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, and Inside Man. He also contributed to major box office films including Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Tony K’s American History X, Hype Williams’s Belly, and John Singleton’s Woo.
His transition into the music business came shortly after being featured in Bamboozled. He started his own production company, juggling the tasks of creative and music video directors alongside friend and music producer, Bruce Waynne from Midi Mafia. Throughout his time in music, he formed professional relationships with Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Kanye West, and Swizz Beatz all the while working on music videos for Nas, TLC, New Edition, and Notorious B.I.G. to name a few.
With directing and film work under his belt, transitioning into television was a natural progression. His cinematography lead him to work on MTV News, BET News, 106 & Park, BET Rap City, The Chappelle Show, New York Undercover, national TV commercials, and documentaries, including Jay-Z’s Fade to Black. Most notably, he revived 90s cult hip-hop show, Yo! MTV Raps: Classic Cuts. He helped create an international presence for MTV2’s Sucker Free Countdown, which will begin airing throughout various countries in Africa, Europe, Australia, India, and Japan.
Requirements for qualification to the program include written recommendations of the candidate from reputable sources. The candidate with be interviewed by the Dean of Studies. Also, the candidate is required to produce a 60 second Video Essay on why they she be recruited into the program. The Video Essay is to show the candidates ability to handle the visual medium of video and allows them an opportunity to show and express their creativity to the Dean.
After qualifying for the Program, candidates go through 4 weeks of Media literacy training workshops equipped to teach them the essentials to create, produce, deliver and exhibit assignments and individual projects for PR-G TV. Workshops will be in the form of 2-2 hour sessions per week for the 4 weeks
• Development: learn the processes of developing their ideas into an executable production.
• Writing/Script: learn the art of Story Structure to be implemented into their production.
• Producing: learn the responsibilities of leading a production team towards the completion of a production.
• Cinematography: learn the techniques of creating high quality visuals off of their ideas they developed.
• Audio / Sound: learn that audio is just as important as the visuals and how to obtain quality audio to match their visuals.
• Editing / Post-Production: learn the art of piecing together their visuals and audio to complete a full audio/visual experience for their audience
• Delivery: learn the specifics of formatting and delivering their content for the highest quality online visual experience.
• Audience Creation: learn how to identify and create an audience for their content through social media and grassroots marketing and promotion.
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