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Check Out Hannah Welever’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Welever.

Hi Hannah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
After leaving college with a focus in cinematography, something really clicked. I had the skills to create but had the drive to explore other mediums in the field – such as writing & directing. While remaining a working DP/Camera Assistant (and member of Local 600) I would start directing short films, music videos, commercial content and more. As time went on, so did my momentum in the film industry – so in 2019, I decided to start my own production company called Good Trouble Films. GTF has been an amazing vessel to help me create my own content while also encouraging minority filmmakers to take the reigns of some of our big projects. Sharing my skills with women, LGBTQ and POC creators has always been a passion of mine – so I often make room for other voices to take leadership positions on set or in the editing room. 2020 was no doubt an unexpected year, but as far as a filmmaker and business owner it really helped reignite my love for creating and collaborating.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Coming out of college things were pretty bumpy. I had a stronghold on my life, in which I wouldn’t let myself take work that wasn’t film-related. I needed to prove to myself that I could make things happen with my relationships and skill set. I’d say some struggles even continue today – like when you make a project and the client just upright doesn’t like it. Or your collaborators decide to go a different direction. These things don’t get easier, but coming from a freelancing background, my skin has grown pretty thick to these natural trials and tribulations. I appreciate a good learning experience as I take those moments with me along the way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
It really depends on the project! These days you can find me on Showtime’s ‘Work in Progress’ as the Director’s Assistant. Whereas other days you can catch me Directing & Shooting a remote production, or DITing a commercial. I think being well-rounded has been my biggest asset in this industry. I can learn from every position and use these skills when wearing other hats – especially in leadership roles. These days I specialize in Directing – with a few award-winning webseries, social media campaigns, and music videos under my belt I’m really looking to dive deeper into my voice as a Writer/Director. Recently I won Best Director at Series Fest, was a Semi-Finalist for the Community Grant for my short script ‘Soiree’, and currently have my first feature script BEARDS on the Black List (check it out!). Projects I’m most proud of include my short film ‘Swipe Up, Vivian’ that recently had its festival run (Frameline, OutFest, InsideOut, Chicago International) and my Nike Force is Female campaign that won my team & I an AICE award for best short-form content. Honorable mentions include my work as cinematographer on ‘Damaged Goods’, nominated for a Webby and ‘Brown Girls’ that was nominated for an Emmy and picked up by HBO. It is always such a privilege to lead incredible creative teams and to be recognized for our work. That truly is such a cherry on top to some extremely long days and lots of preparation. I think what sets me apart is my hustle mentality – I’m often juggling many projects because I find them all exciting in different ways. A challenge doesn’t scare me – and you never know what project will be your newest and proudest achievement.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
You have to adapt. Plain and simple.

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Greg Stephen Reigh Christopher Hainey Collectivo Multipular Ariel Pomerantz

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