Age is Just a Number

I know in the recent year you all have been following the trend of #WomeninFilm. A few of our team members here at Trove use it quite often and it’s no doubt been seen across the industry worldwide. Women have been making their place know in the film industry, no longer willing to be overlooked and paving the way for young female filmmakers.

 Such as Marsai Martin. In case you haven’t read, heard, paid attention, live under a rock or don’t know, Marsai Martin recently became the youngest female Executive Producer of the feature film Little, at just 14 years old. The young actress was already known for her role as Dianne Johnson on the TV Show Blackish and now she’s also starring in this film.

 That’s right -14. What were you doing at 14? I for one was just learning how to use an iPod touch. Remember those?

 Marsai was inspired by the Film BIG starring Tom Hanks in 1988. She then thought of the idea for Little, in which a powerful Tech Company executive wakes up to find she’s had a spell cast on her, that returns her to a 13- year old version of herself. Marsai later pitched the plot of Little the Producer of Blackish, Kenya Barris. From there the film was picked up by Universal Pictures and the writer of ATL, Tina Gordon, was chosen to write the script. Cast alongside Marsai is Regina Hall, known for her roles in the Scary Movie series, The Hate You Give, and recently awarded the New York Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her role in Supporting the Girls. Here you have a film starring two black actresses, and is written, directed and produced by black women. This film also brings attention to another Hollywood issue: Ageism.

It’s no secret that in Hollywood, once an actress passes the age of 30, the range of roles offered to them starts to shrink. In recent years, actresses like Julianne Moore, Taraji P. Henson, and Viola Davis have challenged those in the industry to create and write roles that can be played by older, more diverse actresses.  The creators of Little have managed to do that, by casting a 14-year-old and a 48-year-old actress, the film displays a contrast in age but no contrast in power or personality. Showing that there are still powerful, diverse, and realistic roles to be played by older actresses in Hollywood and that there are still relevant stories to be told by them as well.

 In an industry where borders are now being challenged, Marsai certainly is no exception. You can argue that she already had a foot in the door being a well -known actress, but you can’t argue that what she has accomplished at her age is unheard of and we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from Marsai.

 

The Power of Story

There are things in life that are often unexplainable. Occurrences that are difficult to process logically. My Grandfather’s passing was one of these times in my life. The week after he passed was filled with funeral preparations and processions. As a young teenager, it was a difficult week for me. But, I’ll never forget the reprieve I found in my Uncle’s stories. My uncle would tell us stories about my grandfather and all of the outlandish things that had happened in his life. My siblings and I couldn’t get enough of them. Before long, I realized I was smiling and laughing again. Somehow my uncle’s stories had not only educated us about our grandfather, but they had also helped me through the process of grieving. This is the power of story.

I would like to present to you the idea that story is the most effective tool that we humans have when it comes to communicating. Story is something that humans have had for most of our entire existence. Stories have been used by every civilization around the world. What is especially interesting is that tribes and civilizations, completely isolated from each other, developed forms of storytelling. Stories have been used as a means of recounting history, entertainment, persuasion, and even for manipulation. But before we get into all of that let’s do a quick rundown of what story is.

Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher that lived almost 2,400 years ago, wrote a book called Poetics. In this book, he analyzes the stories of his time, most of which are either an epic poem or theatrical play. Aristotle discusses the idea of Plot, the concept that a story consists of a series of events, a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even today, every good story consists of these things. A story must have a plot, because the plot, in conjunction with conflict, is what drives the story forward to the biggest moment of the story known as the Climax. The climax is where a story’s main character confronts the greatest force of conflict in the story and must make a decision. This decision, whatever it may be, incites a change, a shift in the story. It is where the main character must walk away different. It is through this change that the meaning and the theme of the story shines through.

Now that is more specific to the overall concept of story and doesn’t necessarily fully correlate to a story that you may tell your friend about a funny incident that happened to you. But the core of a story is the same, that a story is comprised of a series of events. Nevertheless story is still very impactful. Exactly how is it impactful you ask? Great question! You see, a story appeals to one’s emotions, which then causes a connection between the emotion and what the story is about, or even the story itself. These connections are the reason why story is so powerful, and not just in books and movies. Story is powerful when used in… well, everything really, but especially in commercials.

Think about the type of commercials that you remember the most. I guarantee you it is either the ones that made you laugh or made you feel something. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with people who talk about the Super Bowl saying that they really just watch it for the commercials. Why is that? Well, it’s probably because during the Super Bowl, the commercials are some of the funniest that you will see all year. Catch that? Funny which causes laughter, which incites positive feelings, and positive feelings equal a positive connection.

There is this famous quote by Maya Angelou that says “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So, then the goal should be to concentrate on how you make people feel, right? Sort of. We have to be careful because the goal is not to manipulate people into feeling a certain way. The goal is to tell a story that people can then make their own emotional connections with. But even then, can’t that seem manipulative? Unfortunately, the answer is yes, it can. Like I stated earlier, this is the power of story.

I’ve got another quote for you. This one comes from your favorite comic book uncle, Ben Parker, Spider-man’s uncle, and it is “with great power comes great responsibility.” Everyone is a storyteller. Even if you think you aren’t, I promise you that you are. For instance, around 65% of our daily conversations consist of story related speech. This means that you hold the power of story yourself. Therefore, since we are all, storytellers, we must all be responsible with the power that we have to tell those stories. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that you shouldn’t go and tell your stories for fear of manipulating people. I’m actually saying the opposite. You have the most powerful form of communication at your disposal. Use it!

Even though humans have been telling stories for a long time, each storyteller is unique. You have your own unique perspective on the world, tell it. Be as subjective and honest as you can, because believe it or not that is what people will relate to the most, you. Not some objective robot that is featureless and tailored to please everyone. Tell YOUR story, the way you wanna tell it. But do so responsibly, do so for the good of the world!

Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials of 2019

Happy Monday Everyone!

Hope you all are recovering from the weekend well, especially the Super Bowl last night that was hosted in our very own ATLANTA!!!

Even though you can’t count on every Super Bowl to have you on the edge of your seat, you can always count on the commercials to have you crying from laughter or having your heart strings tugged. And this year’s commercials did not disappoint. In the name of creative advertising and film, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite commercials from the 2019 Super Bowl.

NFL 100

Of course, the NFL has to throw its own commercial in the mix and they took out all the stops. At the NFL 100 gala, with the most competitive and gifted players in the NFL in attendance, how could there not be an impromptu game? This commercial brought all the greats together to celebrate 100 years of “Football!!!”

 
 

Bud Light, Bud Knight

Dilly, dilly! The Bud light and Game of Thrones worlds collided in this commercial, combining the Medieval themes. This was a duo we had to see coming. With the Game of Thrones final season premiering in April, it was a great way to get exposure for both sides here.

 
 

The Team that Wouldn’t be Here

Verizon Wireless shed some well-deserved light on first responders, specifically those who have saved the lives of NFL players and coaches. Verizon is also running a campaign currently during which every time one of the players’ stories is shared online, $1 will be donated to first responders. So, click below to watch and share it!

 
 

Doritos

I want it that wayyyy -- spicy that is. Just like the Dorito’s commercial this year, featuring Chance the Rapper and Backstreet Boys. Coming together with two of our favorites music artists for our favorite nacho chips.

 
 
 

Expensify This

Catching some slight Ben Wyatt/Parks n’ Rec vibes here with this commercial featuring 2 Chainz and Adam Scott. Think it doesn’t work? Think again, music videos are made somehow and apparently, Expensify wants you to know it’s here for the finance part of that.

 
 

Mr. Peanut is Always There in Crunch Time

Go nuts! This commercial is outright hilarious. Everything about this commercial was ridiculous, in a good way. From the moment the Peanut-mobile rounds the corner to the moment Mr. Planter slides across the table this commercial is flat out over the top. It is this very factor that makes the commercial so good!

 
 

More than OK

Pepsi is mildly lashing out at coke with this commercial. Don’t worry, it’s not too mean. They are simply poking fun at the typical scenario of when a waiter or waitress asks if Pepsi is okay instead of Coke. Cardi B. Steve Carell and Lil Jon play off of each other excellently in this commercial.

 
 

Not Everything Makes the Cut

Amazon is at it again with their funny Super Bowl commercial. This year’s commercial features only a few celebrities definitely not as many as last years, but none the less this is still a phenomenal commercial. I won’t spoil the surprise for you but let’s just say that the line up is pretty stellar.

 
 

We’re here for you

T-Mobile took a different route from other advertising companies this year. Instead of having a celebrity endorse their product. They chose to keep it simple and just have a simulated text conversation on screen. That may not sound funny, but I assure you that the conversation that ensues is comedy gold. As an added bonus to the jokes, T-Mobile is giving away free stuff with their new T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign.

 
 

We all win

Rounding out our list of Super Bowl LIII commercials today is an inspirational one from Microsoft, featuring their new Xbox Adaptive Controller for their Xbox One game console. This commercial features children who would normally have difficulty using a regular Xbox controller, finding their groove with Microsoft’s newest controller made specifically for people with disabilities. It’s hard not to smile when this commercial is over, so we would recommend you check it out. Enjoy the smile!

 
 

These are just a few of our takeaways from last nights game, other than the fact that the Patriots predictably won again. Honestly, Tom, didn’t your mother ever tell you to let the other kids have a turn?  Well, that sums up our list of our 10 favorite commercials from Super Bowl LIII. We hope you’ve checked out a couple and feel a little happier and a little more inspired. What about you? Did your favorite commercial match up with ours? If not, what were some of your other favorite commercials from the Super Bowl?

The Oscar Noms are Coming

Cue the music people, it’s our favorite time of year, and no, I’m not talking about the holidays, although I do hope all of you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! I’m talking about, drumroll please, award season! Particularly the Oscars. Yes that’s right, the films that mean anything to anyone finally get their recognition and the actors who have been snubbed for years finally get their awards (shoutout my man Leo). And with the nominations coming out in just a week’s time, we here at Trove have been discussing who we think is going to win what, specifically the coveted award for “Best Picture”. Of course, the Oscars are in place to acknowledge so much more than “Best Film of the Year”, but c’mon, who can name every single category being recognized without looking it up? If so, I’ll give you all the money left in my bank account ($10.27 last time I checked! I’m doing great Mom and Dad, I promise!)

There’s a lot of speculation on which one’s will be nominated, so we might as well go through them all:

For starters, we can’t talk about the Oscars without mentioning A Star is Born. It would be blasphemous at this point attention and critical acclaim it has received, although when you have a blue-eyed heartthrob with a fake Texan accent and a superstar singer working together in one movie, you’d have to try really hard to miss the mark. I went to an early screening of this film back in October and fell IN LOVE. This feeling could be due to the fact that I was truly moved by the story and the emotions of the characters, or it could be because after the film there was a Q+A where I sat a mere 20 feet away from Bradley Cooper himself (sans Lady Gaga, annoying but whatever), and the man was an absolute doll. This film, one of many by the same name which came before, took the story of Jackson and Ally and really made it its own. While I can’t necessarily see Bradley stealing the spotlight for Best Director (no shade against him, but it’s highly unlikely that his directorial debut will be his winner), I would not be surprised if Lady Gaga was recognized as “Best Actress”. If anything, the film is a shoo-in to win “Best Original Soundtrack”, and I mean there should really be a category for “Best On-Screen Couple”, but I believe prestige awards such as those are only doled out by MTV or I don’t know, the Kid’s Choice Awards or something.

The next big contender is Green Book, Peter Farrelly‘s race relations dramedy. The film was expected to be a hit, and while I haven’t seen it yet, the trailer had me hooked from the start. Unfortunately though, its box office performance has been so-so, and to top it off, it’s been plagued by negative attention owing to the film’s depiction of pianist Dr. Shirley. Some viewers have not been too happy that this story of a black man was written from the perspective of a white man, but that’s not the only controversy the film has faced. There has been news coming out that Farrelly used to expose himself to his cast and crew (ew), one of its lead actors who plays the bodyguard to Dr. Shirley, Viggo Mortensen, used the n-word when discussing social progress in the U.S. (ew), AND one of the film’s screenwriters, Nick Vallelonga, has recently apologized and deleted his Twitter account after an old tweet resurfaced containing an anti-Muslim comment (ew). That’s three “ew”s guys. Take all of this into account, and the film is basically a PR nightmare. Nonetheless, many still believe that the film has a strong chance to not only be nominated for “Best Picture”, but win, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the film’s quality outshines its controversy.

Another film we must talk about is Black Panther. Yes, it did indeed come out in 2018 in case you had forgotten, but don’t worry guys, I forgot too, considering the film came out pretty much an entire year ago in comparison to its opponents which have all been released roughly in the past few months. It has high hopes of snagging the award, being the highest grossing film of 2018 and critics praising it for utilizing the first all-black cast in a mainstream, superhero film. While a Marvel action movies don’t exactly scream Oscar winner, Black Panther’s widespread popularity and critical acclaim has to count for something, right?

One film that’s a total toss up is the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. While audiences have been responding well to the film, it’s received countless criticisms from critics claiming that it downplayed the significance that Freddie’s sexuality played in his life. That, coupled with some historical inaccuracies found within the timeline of events in the band’s trajectory, it was pretty well understood before moving into award season that Bohemian Rhapsody would be recognized but never legitimately considered for any of the big awards. Nevertheless, the film definitely shook things up at the Golden Globes a few weekends ago when it won “Best Drama”. Even I found myself to be a tad ⁓shook⁓ when I heard the results (sorry, my millennialism just reared its ugly head). Say what you want about the film. I absolutely loved it. Of course, I wasn’t around during the reign of Queen, so my perception of the band is much different than say that of my parents. Overall though, I found it to be an extremely enjoyable, educational film, regardless of whether or not the events happened the way they happened. I also wholeheartedly disagree that the film overlooked/downplayed Mercury’s sexuality. In fact, sometimes I think they were a little too on the nose about it, but whatever you think about the film itself, there is not single person on this planet that can say Rami Malek did not absolutely SLAY his role as Mercury, and if they did, they clearly didn’t watch the same movie… or are dead inside. He was recognized at the Golden Globes for his stellar performance, and I would not be surprised should he be acknowledged again when the Oscars roll around.

Last but not least, we have to consider Roma, the Netflix original by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. Given that it’s a black and white film spoken entirely in Spanish, it’s not that surprising if this is the first time you’re hearing about it. Should it win, it will probably elicit more head-scratches of confusion than cheers of excitement from the average American viewer. But to us film folk, Roma winning the award could be a huge deal for the film industry. Not only does the look and language of the film go against the norm, but the fact that it premiered on a streaming service makes it stand out from the other contenders like no other. When I attended the Cannes Film Festival two summers ago (best experience ever, 10/10 would recommend if you ever get the opportunity) it was the year that Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories premiered. Both were Netflix original films and both were booed during their premieres by the audience members. I’m serious, like the French literally sat there and booed the films while members of their casts and crews were in the theater. So bleeping rude (excuse my French.) This then sparked an entire debate about the definition of film, and whether or not movies made for the small screen can be consider “real cinema”…excuse me, my eyeballs hurt from how hard I just rolled them. My hope is that should Roma be nominated, it is treated with a little more dignity than its predecessors and is hopefully considered just as noteworthy as its opponents who all debuted on the big screen.

There are a handful of other films that have come out this year that while they may not be clear contenders for “Best Picture”, their chances of at least getting nominated are pretty decent. Melissa McCarthy’s Can You Ever Forgive Me, a story about a writer gone rogue, was good enough; maybe good enough for Melissa McCarthy to nab a nom for “Best Actress”, and definitely good enough for Richard Grant to win “Best Supporting Actor”.

Bo Burnham’s directorial debut Eighth Grade also received a decent amount of attention from both critics and audiences alike. I would love for Eighth Grade to win something. Literally anything. I’m a huge Bo Burnham fan. HUGE. I went to the premiere of the film in LA this past summer, and he was there. We met. He’s tall (6’5”). We spoke. We hugged. I swooned. We took a photo together. We will be getting married in June. Okay, obviously the last one is not true, but a girl can and a girl WILL dream. I wish my unrequited love for the man could help him win an Oscar, but I don’t believe it’s strong enough to pull off that sort of magic.

Another one of my favorites this year was John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place. Normally I hate all things scary, but this was a film written, directed, and starring Jim from The Office… with a beard. Nuff said. To top it off, he was working alongside his stunning wife, Emily Blunt, which I’m pretty sure if you looked it up in Urban Dictionary, is the literal definition of #couplegoals, so I mean there’s no way I was going to just sit back and not watch this movie. All jokes aside, the story is truly captivating, and the sound design is nothing short of superb. It makes the crunching of a foot against a leaf sound like a plane just crashed into a train which crashed into another train going in the opposite direction, creating a level of suspense unparalleled. It was so intense, I found myself trying hard not to make a noise in the theater for fear that the monsters would jump out of the screen and kill me instead. What really sealed the deal for me with this movie though was the incorporation of ASL into the story and utilizing an actual deaf actor to help give it some grounding in reality. I mean seriously? Points all around man. This film is a total winner in my book, but you know, the committee still has yet to reach out to me to weigh in on the matter.

VICE, If Beale Street Could Talk, Crazy Rich Asians, Blackkklansman, and The Favourite are all in the running as well, although I haven’t had the chance to see these films yet, so my opinion on the likelihood of them winning would be essentially useless to you.

And there you have it, Trove Studio’s Oscar nom predictions! We can’t wait to hear the results next week, and don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Febuary 24th to see who actually wins!

Until next time Trove Troops!


Streaming Away

With the new year fast approaching, and the upcoming releases of Disney’s own video streaming service, it is no secret that the competition has been pushing other current and new streaming services to get or stay in the game.

 

With so many to choose from- Who is to know which has your favorite shows and which one will have more diverse content than the others?

 

So, let’s compare the current leaders in streaming services, and those soon to come-

 

Netflix

The OG streaming service has recently started producing and distributing their own content. They began this transition in 2013 with the release of their first original series House of Cards. Some of the more popular items being 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, Ozark, specific standup comedy specials and most recently the film Dumplin. Netflix has also been able to cast some larger stars in such shows including Jason Bateman, Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Jennifer Anniston, which no doubt has helped contribute to the success of their new content.

 

Hulu

Another streaming service to look out for, one that carries many of your favorite TV series and includes one factor that Hulu always held over Netflix: Access to week by week episode releases. Also keeping Hulu in the game of streaming, is the on-demand access offered of over 40 network channels. Hulu also recently added a bundle that streams Spanish Language programming, helping to diversify their content.

 

SLING

Coming in hot with their already lower package prices, what really sets sling forward is the ability to stream your favorite TV shows and connect your account to a satellite connection, making it possible to pay for both your streaming and live TV all in one cheap package as low as $25 a month.

 

For all of these streaming services however, the only content you won’t find is that of channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz and CBS; who all have streaming services of their own.

 

Add that to the list of accessible streaming worldwide.

 

BUT WAIT…

THERE’S MORE.

6 more services to be exact.

 

Come 2019 there will be 6 new streaming services on the market.

Jumping on the stream- boat [ see what I did there] will be Amazon Studios, Apple, DC Entertainment, Disney, Walmart and Warner Media.

 

Perhaps you recently heard about Netflix shelling out $100 Million in order to retain the rights to distribute the hit TV show Friends? Well that decision was due to Warner Media wanting to pull Friends from the Netflix service, in order to secure it for their own service in 2019. Netflix certainly paid a hefty price, and unfortunately that price will only secure access to Friends through the year 2019. But this is just one example of how streaming services are competing with one another to be the top streaming service around. From holding on to their most popular content to producing their own.

 

It will be interesting to watch where our favorite TV shows and movies end up. AND just how many different services we’ll have to pay for, in order to watch them all.

 

To tie it all together in a bow, how do you decide which service is the best service? The answer seems to be that it really depends on how much you’re willing to spend and what you want to watch.

-       For now, Netflix will still hold some of your favorite TV shows and classic movies, however, in the future if you want access to such things you may want to consider Hulu or Sling. But if you’ve enjoyed Netflix’s original stuff so far, then stick with it, loyalty is key!

-       Hulu and Sling will also allow you to catch up on your current TV favorites. Missed an episode of This is Us? No worries, either one will let you catch on.

-       However, one fact is inevitable, if you’re going to want to binge watch Friends for the 63rd time, you will eventually have to give Warner Media service a try. And this may become true for some of your other favorites as well.

 

With the golden age of TV streaming hanging in the balance, there’s no doubt that there is an abundance of services to choose from.  Another question to ask: is streaming a forthcoming permanent way to access film and TV series? Or will it one day become outdated? This is definitely a trend for all film and television creators to keep their eye on.

 

Happy Binging!

 

Hey Y’all!

 Just like everyone else, we here at Trove Studio are prepping for the holidays!

All of us are departing for a few days to enjoy this time with our families. However, we will back next week. In the meantime, I thought, what is one thing everybody loves over the holidays? Well of course, binging our favorite TV shows while once again immobile due to insane amounts of food we have consumed.

Therefore, I put together a list below of some of the classics to put you in the holiday-ish mood.

 

1)    Friends Season 3 “The One with the Football”

We all remember this one, right? It contains another one of Monica and Ross’ childhood traditions of a touch football game. No one actually does any of the obligatory thanksgiving traditions. Instead the gang spend the majority of the day participating in the ever-present sibling rivalry between the Gellers.

2)    How I Met Your Mother Season 3 “Slapsgiving”

On this thanksgiving, excuse me, Slapsgiving, Barney receives yet another hardy slap from Marshall as part of their slap bet. The kicker is that for the better half of the episode Marshall relinquishes the slap to someone else in the group- so Barney spends most of the night antagonizing people in order to get the slap over with. By the end of the night Marshall delivers another head spinning slap on Barney and all is well at Slapsgiving.

3)    Gilmore Girls “A Deep- Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

The Gilmore Girls, as popular as they are, are quadruple booked for thanksgiving and must somehow make it to all four celebrations without entering into a food coma.

4)    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Need I say why?

5)    The Office “Dwight’s Thanksgiving Theme Park”

Didn’t we all love it whenever Dwight would whip up some crazy idea that ultimately was a ginormous mess while simultaneously warming our hearts? That’s basically everything packed into this episode of The Office.

 

Well I hope these serve you all well over the holidays whether providing some comical relief or a nice way to end the day with friends and family.

Paying Tribute to Stan Lee

November 12 will now be earmarked as another sad day in the entertainment and film world. As it lost another legend, Stan Lee- comic book writer, producer, and publisher. Stan Lee passed this Monday at the age of 95.

Creator of such iconic stories that we all love such as Spider Man, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four- course I could go on and on. In order to pay tribute to him, I wanted to a give rough overview of Lee’s career.

 

This man sent Marvel into the status of No. 1 publisher of comic books, which then later developed into one of the leading multimedia companies in the Entertainment Industry.

 

Lee got his start as an assistant at Timely Comics when he was 16. It was here that he began working under Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the creators of Captain America. Not long after, Lee was promoted to Editor at Timely Comics and continued writing for the company as well.

Then in the 1950s Timely, (then named Atlas) trying to keep up with DC Comics, gave Stan Lee the chance to create his own collection of superheroes. Need I say much else? This opportunity is what really sparked the fire in Lee’s career. It brought the creation of his best stories.

And In 1961 the world saw the debut of Fantastic Four. Not long after came some of his other most reputable characters; The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider Man, and Thor.

 

Lee’s characters were known for their humanity and vulnerability. They garnered such adoration because these externally strong characters were coping with the same daily insecurities as us mere mortals.

 

Regardless of some struggles that Lee faced in his finals years he will be remembered as one of the most successful writers and creators in the Entertainment Industry.

 

If you’d like to see the fun side of Lee, Click Below to watch a short compilation of his movie cameos!

Vivian Nguyen

Hey Trove fam! We have to introduce you to our new assistant editor Vivian, she is pretty awesome! What makes her so awesome? Well, just asking her what she finds interesting about herself she said, “I feel like I have an ability to make the most mundane activities seem interesting. I’ve spent the last year getting to know myself a lot, and I’ve accepted that one of my superpowers is having a natural positivity towards anything I invest time in. I love helping people get excited about simply... living. “ Wow! What a statement right? Everyday Vivian shows up to Trove with a smile on her face and she is just so inspiring as a person, you can’t help but want to be around her! :)

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Some of her hobbies consist of trying new restaurants and then going home to try to replicate the food she just tried. She also likes to watch “Chef’s Table”; hmm maybe this is where her food inspirations come from? She even likes to bring us some new food and drinks to try in the office, another reason why we love her. :)

Besides watching Chef’s Table, of course she likes to watch other tv shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “This Is Us.” As for movies “Short Term 12”, “Her”, and Wong Kar Wai films. Basically anything emotionally heavy and character-driven, she loves it!

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Music is another love of Vivian’s she enjoys making playlists in her free time! Sound is what got Vivian started in the film industry. She helped establish “Sofar Sounds” in Athens Georgia, where she was a videographer and video editor. “I discovered a community of people who wanted to help create this platform for artists to express their musicality. I transitioned into filmmaking through a similar collaborative process, but that’s where I discovered my passion and appreciation for editing”, she says. We definitely feel that Vivian is in the right field for sure!

Since starting at Trove, Vivian has found that she really appreciates the balance of professionalism and interpersonal conversations between everyone. “I think that level of comfortability is important for a company’s growth,” says Vivian.

Some of her goals for the Film Industry over the next two years are to focus on being the best AE any Editor would need. Eventually, she would like to be pass over that knowledge and work her way up to be a full time Editor. In the meantime, Vivian is still trying to figure out what her “editing niche” is and enjoying the creativity from looking at the color orange (Trove Studio)! :)