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Annalisa Russell-Smith is an award-winning storyteller and producer of short films with experience in the UK and America. She's passionate about creating memorable digital content for your organisation whether it's for marketing, fundraising, creating awareness or recruiting the right kind of staff.
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this landmark exhibition about Hampshire's very own Jane Austen as it is being developed and built by Hampshire Cultural Trust. This film was installed as part of the exhibition marking the bicentennial of her death showcasing six portraits from private and public collections brought together for the very first time, works by artists including Grayson Perry, and Jane Austen at The BBC. Includes interviews with curators Kathryn Sutherland and Louise West, and exhibition designer and manager, Ioannis Ioannidis.
The Making of The Mysterious Miss Austen Exhibition: Prop and costume maker, Claire Isbester, explains how the copies she is making of Jane Austen's silk pelisse, a type of light coat that actually belonged to the much-loved author, will be used in the landmark exhibition.
The University of Winchester has its own record label, Splendid Fred Records, and this film is about an album of songs created to help raise awareness of climate change. It's also the 2017 Green Gown Award winner for Student Engagement.
Chasing Perfection follows the restoration of a baby grand Steinway over the course of several months as Shawn Hoar works his magic to bring it back to life in his state-of-the-art workshop, Shawn's Pianos in West Hartford, Connecticut. As a Master Craftsman, Shawn is always chasing perfection as he restores these complex instruments from the beams up, uncovering the secrets of the original craftsmen as he works. We also get to see his beautiful showroom filled with pianos, vintage and new, for pianists, piano lovers and collectors of all levels.
The film won a platinum in the 2016 AVA Digital International Awards and a gold Hermes award.
So Much More Than Pudding: The Human Story Behind Meals-On-Wheels. Connecting with the people whose stories you are telling is so important. On the day of filming, Alice changed her mind about being interviewed. But actually, she decided to get her hair done so she'd be at her best to explain why Meals on Wheels are such an important part of her life. CW Resources, Inc., a national nonprofit based in New Britain, Connecticut, creates more than 2.5 million meals a year for delivery to seniors like Alice, whose only contact with the outside world on most days, is from the driver delivering her meal. A 2017 Gold Hermes award winner.
This series of short films was made for CW Resources, Inc. a national nonprofit, to take to Washington DC as a lobbying tool to raise awareness among legislators of the 14(c) Special Minimum Wage Certificate, a provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act that has been up for repeal, which allows those with significant disabilities to work and earn at their own pace. It's a contentious subject because it raises questions about some basic human rights. The brief was to put a human face on a difficult issue and to create a deeper understanding overall by telling some very personal stories alongside the story of the organization. A 2017 AVA Digital Gold award winner.
Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) wanted to showcase the importance of their comprehensive behavioral health and addiction services to legislators, potential employees and to funders through the eyes of their clients and employees, to show the longterm value and effectiveness of their work helping people from all walks of life.
The Spirit of Caring is a series of short films I wrote and created about people who have worked hard to overcome some of life's most complex problems with the help of CMHA. The campaign won highest honors, a platinum at the 2016 Hermes International Awards and a gold in the International AVA Digital awards."