Katarina Givens was born deaf into a hearing family and wears cochlear implants. Pursuing an art department career in motion pictures, quick to understand the concepts to offer a creative approach to developing minds. She grasps new techniques and processes quickly whether it be made by hands or using technology. A background in films and fine arts gives her knowledge of art materials and motion picture skills. She had worked on multiple short film projects, specializing in arranging the overall look of the film on several student projects while at the University of Texas at Arlington. At the Southern Shorts Award Competition/ Festival, her work won the Excellence of Achievement in Production Design in Ball is Life. Her curiosity and passion for learning keeps her skill set always developing. A team player, she is confident and hard working.
Unique traits: Deaf
Film (short) by Annie Bradford Production Design
Film (short) by Katarina Givens Writer, Director & Production Design Elizabeth, a deaf college student, experiences a particularly hard day with her disability. The only bright spot in her day is getting to see her sister, Jane. Unfortunately, it’s made clear that even the closeness of family is not enough to feel understood.
Bubble Gum Girls
Film (short) by Jasnik Moreno Production Design
Film (short) by Mary H. Tran Set Dresser & Script Supervisor Set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, a religious Christian father and his daughter lives quietly trying to survive with the limited resources they have left. As his illness gets worse and he begins to fear the possibility of leaving his daughter behind, they stumble upon another male survivor.
Film (short) by Heath Huston Production Design A sullen woman battles herself in a dream and in hopes to end a battle against depression. She decided she cannot bear herself any longer and ends her life.
New Hope, Texas
by Shelly A. Brandon Production Design After a life altering crisis, Bill, a nearly retired rancher and his wife, Gloria, find out how to love when everything about their relationship suddenly changes.
Film (short) by Jasnik Moreno Production Design Dolores, a recently divorced mother, forces her two resentful teenagers on a road trip in a desperate attempt to escape the choices she's made recently.
Ball is Life
Film (short) by Terry Raper Wardrobe & Set Dresser Ball is Life is the story of a young female basketball star on the verge of earning a Division I scholarship under the intense coaching of her overbearing father. But when her hoop dreams are jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy, she must decide which is more important, Ball or Life?
Film (short) by Vernon Lacour Wardrobe Growing up with the absences of her parents, Jessica finds comfort in her next door neighbor, Tyler and his family. Tyler was more than just a best friend or a crush, he was her world. When the new girl, Zoe takes Tyler away from her, Jessica is determined to break them up using the advantages of social media, not realizing the consequences.
Film (short) by Katarina Givens Writer, Director, Editor & Production Design This 4 minute short film called, Decision is about a family finding out their youngest daughter is deaf, and trying to figure out the next step. You will notice when the youngest daughter walks in the kitchen there is nothing but silence.
Excellence of Achievement in Production Design- Southern Shorts Awards Competition- “Ball is Life"
Visual Art Scholastic Event of Achievement- Texas Art Education Association
University of Texas - Arlington