Female Filmmaker Launches Production Company With ‘Wandering Off’

By Joe Meyers
Connecticut Post, Bridgeport

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) One of filmmaker Brittany Nisco’s long-held goals has been to bring more female production personnel into the moviemaking process. She’s proud of the fact that 27 percent of the crew for “Wandering Off” was female, which is much higher than the industry standard.

Connecticut Post, Bridgeport

Thanks to digital technology and the internet, “Hollywood” can be anywhere now. Even in New Milford, where filmmaker Brittany Nisco, 30, has launched a production company that has one movie about to be released, and another one set to go into production in the fall.

“You can pretty much do it anywhere,” Nisco says of staying in her hometown as she oversees the release of “Wandering Off,” which has been picked up by Amazon for streaming, but has no launch date yet.

Nisco’s debut film began as a collaboration with five fellow Western Connecticut State University students — Grant Kettner, Christian Gagnier, Travis Golino, Connor Misset and John Murray — who formed a production team in 2015.

“It was my idea to get the whole group together. I had worked with Grant, Travis and Christian on previous projects and we all worked very well together. I then met Connor and John on a different shoot, after the pre-production was already underway, and asked them to join the crew,” Nisco says.

“All of us were producers,” she adds. “On set, in addition to their producer role: Grant was first assistant director, Connor was a camera operator, Travis was a gaffer (chief electrician) and director of Internet technology, John was a grip (camera support), and Christian was script supervisor.”

Nisco says it wasn’t a major challenge to go from being fellow WCSU students to co-workers on a movie set. “We weren’t friends first and then co-workers, we were co-workers first that became friends. I think it’s unique going to school for film because you don’t sit in a class listening to a lecture, writing papers and taking tests. Sure there’s some of that, but what we’re really doing is learning hands-on in actual productions.

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