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An Edmonton Production Company

Welcome to Ramona Czakert Franson's portfolio site. Rolu Media Inc. is her production company based in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

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Graduate internship program expands possibilities for students, employers

June 22, 2017

This is a story and photo about the Graduate Student Internship Program at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. I enjoy promoting this program because I see it has such great benefits for these brilliant students, who need opportunities to shine.  Thanks to UAlberta news!

UAlberta winner to compete for Canada’s 3 Minute Thesis national award

May 17, 2017

Here’s a story and photo about UAlberta’s 2017 3MT Winner. Congrats to Autumn and thanks to UAlberta news!

Community validation played powerful role in non-binary person’s gender journey

January 13, 2017

I think this is an important story about the amazing winner of the 2016 Images of Research competition, Pony Meyer.  So happy the story was accepted by the main UAlberta news. Thank you!  Yes, it is promoting a competition, but it’s also a great example of what I love about documentary. I love to see a different point of view and yet be reminded of how we’re all the same.

Sustainable developments

October 26, 2016

Here’s my latest story with photos, about a Sustainability Scholar for UAlberta’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

What am I up to lately? I am really enjoying public relations and communications strategizing, and I knew I would.  Even as a creative in tv, I was always acutely aware that I was designing, which to me meant solving a problem and supporting business goals in my work. But interviewing Scott and Jasmine reminded me how much I miss interviewing people, even though I have done it many, many times, for me it never gets old. I would like to do more stories.

A Family that Volunteers Together…

September 3, 2015

Wendy and April David Boucher

I volunteer for Literacy and Learning Day and wrote an article about the wonderful family who keeps it going year after year. It was just published in Edmonton’s Child Magazine.

Quantum Entanglement Blew my Mind

July 19, 2015

I consider myself fairly empathic and I am always interested in why something is the way it is so I was fascinated when I found this podcast on the theory of quantum entanglement. I am sharing the link because basically, it blew my mind. Once entangled, particles remain connected even when separated by great distances. Can you know how someone feels at a cellular level? And once entangled, without realizing it, are you changed forever?  I obviously have more questions when I consider the possibilities. Maybe it’s something like the series Sense 8 but at an atomic, unconscious level.

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Kafka

Whether you read for fun or knowledge you must admit, it’s better when there’s at least a spark and magnificent when there’s a breakthrough. I found this quote on a post from one of my favourite blog sites brainpickings.org and had to share just in case you didn’t know about it.

I am delighted daily by Maria Popova’s posts in my facebook and twitter feed.

Thank you Maria Popova!

Brainpickings.org

January 29, 2015

Visual Storytelling: Tips from Photographer Laura Cook

August 6, 2014

This post has really good tips with beautiful examples and rich links for further information. I think I might be signing up for the MIT Documentary Photography free online course this afternoon. Thank you Laura.

The Daily Post

There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling. You can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.

You’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times, right? As a photographer, I believe this is true when we dedicate ourselves to seeking out images that really tell a story.

We often take images that are part of a set or portfolio, but it’s also important to seek out pictures that can stand alone — that invite you in and make you feel like part of one particular story. Our camera is a tool we use to tell that story, to capture not only a moment in time but also something bigger.

Laura Cook is a humanitarian and travel photographer who spends most of her year in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She loves meeting new people, and through her work, strives to highlight human dignity amid life’s struggles.

Laura blogs at The…

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“Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.”

July 10, 2014

The Daily Post

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

– Ray…

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What’s an inspirational blog without a TED talk? This one really hit home for me. Larry Smith blasts our excuses to not following our passions. Now, perhaps in part because I felt like one of those excuses growing up, I know I don’t have an excuse, other than fear, of course. I now have two very good reasons to follow my passion. In fact, since my children have come along, I have had an increasingly overwhelming need to show them what following your passion looks like. It’s why I started a company named after them.

Now I know, destiny is a scary word. Finding the highest expression of your talent sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But I have a theory I am in the process of proving.  I think if you start taking even the smallest steps, it gets easier, and your destiny, if you keep going, will find you.

Our Excuses For Not Following Our Passions

July 7, 2014

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