Ella Greely of Massachusetts – Programming Coordinator
What’s the best part about your work?
The best part of my work is onboarding new live producers. Working with them to take their ideas and actually bring them to life live on tv is super fulfilling. New producers vary in technical background, but everyone is always so appreciative of the extra guidance and support.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
I’ve been fortunate enough to not run into too many challenges regarding me being a woman in this industry. One thing I can note is that I’ve noticed our counterparts being surprisingly impressed by the work that we put in to our projects. Expectations and standards shouldn’t be any different for men and women. We all love what we do, therefore we’re always putting our best work forward. Don’t be surprised!
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I hope to see way more respect and support shown towards women that choose to take on large roles and responsibilities. Women shouldn’t have to think twice about going after the positions that have been historically male-dominated. The standards for exceeding in this industry should be based on individual merit in regards to professional roles. Also, I really hope to see more women of color represented in film. So many stories have yet to be told!
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
Support women everywhere! Uplift great ideas, go see your friend’s shows and screenings, give honest feedback on screenplays, constantly make connections with other like-minded women! We’re out here and we’re not going anywhere, it’s time to start allowing ourselves to make noise and carve out this path so that girls behind us have the direction to continue the legacy!
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Do it! Vet all your ideas. Not all ideas will be good, but all good ideas can be great! Don’t be afraid of what people might not like. Always create the things that YOU wish existed! At the end of the day, no one will ever do it like you do. And that’s a pretty cool thing.
What goals do you have for this year?
I want to start pushing more of my creative projects out into the world. I really feel like I’ve been in a sort of self-induced state of arrested development in regards to growing and nurturing my craft. I’m relearning that conditions will never be perfect, so you start anyways. Work with what you’ve got, and always offer what you have when you’re sitting at the table.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
One woman I really admire in the New England area is Keaton Fox. I’ve had the pleasure of working in the same office as her at work, but it’s the ventures that she tackles outside of the job that are really inspiring. Her projects are far from mundane and they exceed expectations. A lot of times I don’t even know what to expect, but she ties them up so nicely like she knew what she was doing all long. Who does that? She’s art herself, full of unapologetic expression. In the symbolic phrase, “going against the grain,” Keaton would definitely be quinoa.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
I’m currently leading a video project called 24 Hours in Cambridge. Our goal for this project is to showcase snippets of the everyday lives of unique individuals here in Cambridge, and help foster culture and diversity within the community. We’re inviting participation from the people who spend time anywhere in the city to record 60 seconds of video, showing us what they’re up to at any given moment of the day. We’ll then compile all the entries into one video that’ll depict the 24 hours of a day. I’m really stoked about the project, and think it would be incredibly neat to see the different point of views of the strangers we spend so much time around!
How can your fans find you!?
All information about our 24 Hours in Cambridge Project can be found at cctvcambridge.org/24Hours As for me and my personal journey, I’ll be online on FB and IG @ellagreely while working on my craft irl.