Almost from our first school day in 2008, non-profits, civic groups, DOE and private schools, and local commercial businesses began calling to ask if our students could create media for their ever-growing needs in the 21st century marketplace. Increasingly, every business was finding it necessary to have a serious presence on the internet with websites containing more and more sophisticated media. We, at TvF, saw this trend as a wonderful opportunity to provide our students with outside professional experiences, earn some additional income for school projects, generally help in our greater community, and, in the future, even provide some student college support.
NEXT STEP PICTURES INC., a fully independent company wholly owned by TvF and incorporated in 2009, grew out of this experience and a belief that college and career preparation complement each other and are most effective when they involve students collaborating closely with accomplished adults on actual real-world projects.
To create NSP, we assembled a group of industry and educational professionals and designed a full service video production company allowing our students a hands-on experience working in and managing a business while earning money for independent video projects and post-secondary studies.
To date, NSP has produced over 30 pieces including work for The Municipal Arts Society of New York (MAS), New Visions for Public Schools, Socrates Sculpture Park, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP., the National Dance Institute, Crossings TV Network, the East River Development Alliance, OWNC, and the New York City Department of Education, to mention a few.
NEXT STEP PICTURES INC. exists to create work experiences for TvF students in visual media production and to support the successful transition of these students into entry-level employment and post-secondary studies. In order to achieve these goals, NSP offers a range of visual media production services to clients on a fee-for-service basis. Students work alongside industry professionals receiving training and hands-on experience in all aspects of managing and working in a viable production company.
Alan Metzger, in a career of over 35 years, has worked as a camera assistant, camera operator, and director of photography before moving 'above the line' and directing over thirty network and cable movies and numerous one hour episodes. Alan is a member of IATSE Local 600 and the Directors Guild of America.
Ryan Bennet Since 2014 Ryan has been teaching Career Technical Education courses at the Academy for Careers in Television & Film. In 2015, he became the manager of Next Step Pictures, working with clients and students to create content seen across New York City year round.
Jeff Crook Writer, Director and Producer Jeffrey Crook has been involved in independent film making and commercial production since finishing graduate school at NYU in 1999. Since that time he has produced dozens of commercial for clients such as Heineken and Amstel, and has directed or produced nine feature films as part of the Crook Brothers Production team. His films have all achieved wide distribution through companies such as Artisan and Lions Gate and have been shown at festivals including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Jeff’s latest film, the intense crime drama, La Soga, was released in theatres in August 13, 2010. Jeff joined TvF in the Fall of 2009 and teaches production classes.
Ricardo Thompson Ricardo Sean Thompson earned a B.B.A. in Advertising from Baruch College in New York City. He then spent the next decade pursuing independent film projects on the East Coast. His first feature film Rap War One premiered at the 2003 American Black Film Festival where Maverick Entertainment acquired it for distribution. A year later Mr. Thompson worked as Producer and Editor on the Lion’s Gate released urban action feature film Ghetto Dawg 2. The success of those urban film projects led to Mr. Thompson being hired to write film projects for multi-platinum selling artists such as 50 Cent, Sean “P-Diddy" Combs, and Jay-Z while working for MTV Networks and Nickelodeon. That was then followed by his work as writer and director of the independent feature length film Back Stab. Mr. Thompson’s most recent feature film, which he wrote, directed, and edited, is a Latino crime thriller titled A Kiss Of Chaos. A Kiss Of Chaos went on to be in competition for the Grand Prize at the American Black Film Festival; NY International Latino Film; and won Best US Feature Film at the Soho International Film Festival. Mr. Thompson teaches film production classes at TvF.
NEXT STEP PICTURES provides the following services at a highly competitive cost:
-Design and production of industrials, media commercials, and PSAs, as well as instructional/informational videos
-Design and production of full advertising campaigns
-Design and production of informational videos for schools’ open houses and general recruitment
-Creating animated effects
-Shooting narrative sequences for websites
-Editing and finishing event footage
-Editing and finishing interview footage
-Editing and finishing narrative sequences
-Editing and finishing PSAs