Risha Mody is a filmmaker, musician and multimedia artist. At The College of New Jersey, she pursued a BA in Interactive Multimedia with a minor in Classical Studies. Mody spent her four years at TCNJ developing skills in video production and music technology. She is a dedicated and driven artist who loves all things media. Check out more of her work at rishamody.com!
Gold Frames Media is a multimedia company specializing in full service video production located in the Trenton/Ewing area. I spent the fall semester researching, brainstorming and outlining a potential company that I could start up post graduation. I created a business plan and presented it to a few small companies/businesses. The feedback I received from them was incredible; some of the companies were impressed with my work and were interested in collaborating in the future. During my spring semester, I focused on creating a variety of videos to show content the company could create.
For my project, I knew that I wanted to challenge myself, think outside the box and truly deliver something that I was really proud of. I wanted to be ambitious and think of the craziest idea, which led me to think: what if I start my own company? I’m young enough to take a risk, so I did! Ambition became my inspiration.
I collaborated with my professors and peers to receive lots of constructive criticism and feedback. It was extremely helpful throughout the thesis process!
With this project, there are endless things I could do to impact life beyond TCNJ. I have the ability to collaborate with people in need to share their stories.
Professional and Creative Goals
I want this work to show my hardworking personality and dedication. I felt as though this project already has allowed me to learn more about myself and what I am capable of. I would love to further continue this idea in the future and one day start my own company. For the time being, I’m interested in pursuing a career in TV/Film Production and/or Audio Engineering, so I hope this project can show my passion for both.
My biggest challenge was myself. There were times where I faced a lot of internal struggles - motivation, self doubt, etc. At the end of the day, I am proud that I encouraged myself to keep pushing forward.
Adapting to COVID
COVID-19 definitely impacted my project big time. I had planned to use the Lighting Studio and computer labs in order to create the most professional videos I could. However, having to do this at home was interesting. I did not have any of the equipment I hoped to use, so I spent two weeks building a studio in my room. I had to make DIY softbox lights, an overhead rig and use my brother’s old toys to create stabilizers and sliders. Honestly, it was a lot of fun to see everyday items being used for my thesis project.
Hardware and Software
Programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Bridge, Logic Pro X.
Tools: Macbook Pro, Nikon D500.