Reel Girl: Ava Karvonen

I grew up working in the film and TV industry here in Alberta.  My first paid job was when I was 12 years old and voice acting on a series of radio plays that were part of a three year multi-platform project (radio, film and print).   At the time, the terms “new media”, “digital storyteller”, “transmedia” didn’t exist in our industry.
I run a production company called Reel Girls Media. My work is also my hobby.  I love what I do.  With each project I get to meet new people and learn new things.  
I produced the serious game “Murder or Suicide” and worked with police officer and blood spatter expert, Joe Slemko.  
When I travelled to China, I directed a film that tells the story of the power of friendship and the work of two scientists who return to China to help to save the environment.  
When I travelled with the military to Afghanistan when I directed and produced a one hour special for Global TV that told the stories of five soldiers and their families from pre-deployment until their return.
In Tokyo, Japan I received the Japan Prize and I have since been back four times to serve on their jury.
I teach in the Design Studies Program. In addition to teaching, I am also a “digital storyteller” , creating and producing transmedia (telling a story across multiple platforms)  content.
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