The Keystone General Awakening Project is the film production aspect of Keystone General. K-GAP has also worked in association with Perdie Productions to create narrative and informative content.
Jeffrey R. Nichols, Director of Photography
1984 Jeffrey R. Nichols, upon exiting college, went on to graduate at the top of his television and broadcasting class from Miami Lakes Technical Educational Center. At age 22, he accepted a staff position at WFOR CH 4, Miami’s #1 CBS news affiliate. Within four months, he was promoted to the highest ranks of “special assignment team”, where he covered such visually-intensive stories as the “DEA Undercover Sting Operation;” “1984 Miami Riots;” “Coast Guard High Seas Drug Bust”, Police Helicopter Surveillance, and Court Room Pool Camera Remotes. 1985 Mr. Nichols obtained the prestigious position of Chief Cameraman for the #1 Spanish International Network…UNIVISION. * Responsibilities: ordering and maintenance of two full professional camera and audio packages … Training: Electronic Field Production (EFP) camera and audio personnel, (Some trainees became producers for Univision and various networks). Editing show packages. During employment, he established the shooting style for UNIVISION’s first live, two-hour morning talk show, “Mundo Latino”. While traveling and shooting in many different countries for “Mundo Latino”, he developed innovative Electronic Field Production (EFP) skills, and assisted in producing live satellite field productions feeds…filming travel shows, cooking shows, fitness shows and sporting events, as well as aerial and underwater shooting. 1987 ” Mundo Latino” relocated to Los Angeles. * Responsibilities: same as above. Later started freelancing as a news cameraman for several southern California news stations: KCBS CH 2, KCOP CH 13, KTTV CH 11, and KTLA Ch 5. He was offered staff positions several times by the various news stations. Mr. Nichols really enjoyed the freedom of freelance, and declined humbly every time.
1988 Founded FirsTake Productions, a professional film and video production company that specializes in shooting a variety of projects for film and broadcast television. As the founder and Director of Photography (DP), Mr. Nichols has established a superior reputation in the film and television industry, and is one of the most sought-after DPs in Hollywood.
1990 Traveled to South Africa to produce and shoot The Release of Nelson Mandela , a documentary on the release of the South African civil rights leader, and the critically acclaimed Time Out: The Truth about HIV, AIDS, and You . As DP, he has filmed behind the scenes specials for Sylvester Stallone’s Demolition Man, Steve Martin’s Leap of Faith, Spider Man, Frost, Val Kilmer’s Batman Forever, and Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar just to name a few. He has also worked on the NAACP Image Awards, The Essence Awards, The Grammys, and the Billboard Music Awards. While working in Los Angeles, Mr. Nichols also acquired a valuable amount of studio camera experience.
His list of current/former clients is extensive – embodies: Direct TV n3D Network , American Idol 19 Entertainment, Jerry Springer “Baggage” Comcast Network, The Africa Channel , Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal / MCA , UPN Network, de Passe Entertainment, MTV, NBC Promotions, Tribune Entertainment , Fox Network, Quincy Jones Entertainment, Tri-Star Pictures, Columbia Pictures and CBS Promotions.
2010 Mr. Nichols’ 3D Cinematography and 3D editing , (extraordinary cutting edge technology) is presently his professional DP birthmark… filming for Direct TV’s n3D Network .
He is also involved in 3D test shoots. Attending 3D workshops, i.e. Dolby, Sony, and Panasonic 3DSystems Development Groups. “Networking is a key component. One objective is to articulate and unite this awesome technology to my production students”.
2011- current Guest Artist in Residence– Northeast Alabama Film and Entertainment Initiative (NEAEI), Film Production Workforce Development Training–instruction conducted at Jacksonville State University. Jacksonville, Alabama
MEMBER: INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD (IA) UNION 600
Amanda Read, Screenwriter/Assistant Director
Jacksonville State University, graduating December 2017, Master of Arts in History.
2016 James Madison Fellow.
Jacksonville State University, 2009-2010, B.A. program majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Appeared on the President’s List and Dean’s List.
Troy University, 2011-2013, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in History (European/Asian/African emphasis) and minor in Political Science.
Attended “America’s First Principles of Freedom” seminar by the Alabama Policy Institute and Intercollegiate Studies Institute at Samford University, July 17th-21st, 2012.
Attended “Acton University 2013” by Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 18th-21st, 2013.
Published Writing Experience:
A biographical chapter about Harvey Wiley in Indiana’s 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State, edited by Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair (Indiana Historical Press, 2015).
Pastime (2017), drama/comedy/scifi web series co-written with Leona Worcester; directed by Joshua Sheik; produced by Luke Historians Media (owned by Amanda Read).
Episodes for Romans XIII (2014), drama/comedy/suspense web series produced in association with Perdie Productions. www.romansxiiiseries.com
Informative video on Article V of the U.S. Constitution (wrote and hosted, produced in association with Perdie Productions). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVQH0JbwIgA
The Crusading Chemist (2006-2009), a historical/biopic/drama script about the life of Harvey W. Wiley. It is currently represented by Abbot Management and may undergo a second revision by the author.
Magazines, Webzines and various Online Publications:
Correspondent for The History Author Show.
Contributor to the Conservative Book Club.
Contributor to The Daily Caller.
Contributor to Live Action News.
Contributor to ViralRead.com.
Columnist for The Washington Times Communities from 2010 to present. Author of “Not Your Average Read,” in the Politics section, http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/not-your-average-read/
Writer and Researcher for Live Action from 2011 to present.
Writer for Resist44.com from 2012 to present.
Contributor (appointed chief editor) to Unliberal (www.unliberal.com) from 2010 to 2011.
Founder, Editor and Contributor to Luke Historians (www.lukehistorians.com) from 2009 to present.
Contributor to Awaken Generation (www.awakengeneration.com, division of American Family Association) from 2009 to 2011.
Contributor to Latitude 821 (www.latitude821.com, formerly Cross-Eyed Blog) from 2008 to present.
Contributor to The Girlhood Home Companion from 2007-2009.
Author of Amanda Read: A Journal of Critical Thinking (www.amandaread.com) from 2006 to present.
Contributed article on homeschooling to Countryside and Small Stock Journal in 2004.
Keeping the Family Flock: A Primer on Keeping Chickens (Fair Hills Farm, 2008)
The Modesty Handbook, co-author (Cross Eyed Webzine – now Latitude 821, 2009)
Thank You: 20 Homeschool Grads Tip Their Hats to Homeschool Parents, co-author (Amy Puetz, 2010)
The Femininity Handbook (also sold in print), co-author (Latitude 821, 2010)
Technical Experience: Uses Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmandaChristineRead), Twitter (www.twitter.com/SincerelyAmanda) and owns, designs and maintains four websites: www.amandaread.com, www.lukehistorians.com, www.thecrusadingchemist.com, www.notjustanopinion.com.
Vice President of Research for Pure Path Capital Management Group LLC (2012-2014).
The Rick Amato Show, “Young Conservative of the Week” segment, February 14, 2011.
The Morning Drive with Demetri Ravanos on July 19, 2012.
The Masked Elephant Show with Dylan Ferrell, March 31, 2011.
Young And Conservative: The Future of Conservatism, a documentary by Alexander Thompson featuring Amanda Achtman and Amanda Read (released September 2012).
Episode #1 of The Perdie Patriotic Hangout (July 12, 2012)
Episode #2 of The Perdie Patriotic Hangout (July 17, 2012)
Episode #3 of The Perdie Patriotic Hangout (July 19, 2012)
Episode #4 of The Perdie Patriotic Hangout (July 26, 2012)
Episode #5 of The Perdie Patriotic Hangout (August 2, 2012)
Award-winning “Featured Tweeter” (Twitter commentator) for the Values Voter Summit 2011.
“Featured Tweeter” and Co-Sponsor Blogger for ProLifeCon, January 23, 2012.
November 27, 2010 column “Angelina Jolie thinks Thanksgiving celebrates a ‘story of murder’” appeared in Rush Limbaugh’s “Stack of Stuff”.
March 5, 2012 column “Satire and Sandra Fluke: Was Rush Limbaugh really wrong?” appeared in Rush Limbaugh’s “Stack of Stuff”.
July 16, 2012 column “Is Mitt Romney…Batman?” appeared in Rush Limbaugh’s “Stack of Stuff”. http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/07/17/the_batman_campaign
Amanda Read was named one of the “Top 30 Hottest Political Women” of 2012 and 2013 by Eric Golub of The Washington Times Communities.