I started freelancing for Blue Chalk in 2016, picking up jobs as a DP and AC on awesome projects in New York City and across the Eastern Seaboard. After working as an editor in Portland, OR on the Pearson Explainers project, I’m thrilled to announce that I will be working full-time as a Director of Photography. Blue Chalk has long been a company I’ve admired for their sensitive, documentary approach to non-fiction storytelling and, of course, their outstanding cinematography. I’m absolutely honored to have been asked to join the team.
I'm honored to have 'My Angel Wing' selected for 1st Place in the Long Form Multimedia category for the 2018 Northern Short Course contest. I produced this film during Mountain Workshops in Morehead, KY in 2017. The Northern Short Course is a photojournalism conference conducted in conjunction with the National Press Photographers Assn. and was held this year in Fairfax, VA in March.
In addition, the short film was selected to screen at Wavestock Film Festival in Staten Island, NY; Nederland International Film Festival in Nederland, CO; and at UPIKE Film and Media Arts Festival at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY.
A quick life update
It's been a busy year! Between shooting, editing and networking, I've managed to keep myself out of trouble. Not to mention I (finally) moved to New York - Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be exact.
Most recently, I cut a new cinematography reel (see above) and made some slight design changes to my website which I'm excited to populate with some new work in the very near future.
I broke some critical ground in Syracuse, NY while working on The Sickness, a documentary about the opioid epidemic in Central New York. With post-production in sight, I'm eager to devote every minute I can to finish this film!
Left: Still from The Sickness. Center: Still from My Angel Wing, from the Mountain Workshop. Right: Melissa Hosier, featured in The Sickness
Besides working on the heroin project, I shot a short film in Colorado (which is still being edited), I flew my drone (a lot), and I attended workshops. Lots of workshops. I got seriously motivated during The Image, Deconstructed Workshop in Denver, I served as a multimedia coach at The Fall Workshop at Syracuse University, and I created a short film at WKU’s Mountain Workshop in Morehead, Kentucky.
Looking forward to winter (yes, I like the snow), I plan to keep my eyes peeled for full-time video production jobs as I continue to develop my visual storytelling toolkit. Have any projects you want to collaborate on? Let me know!
A quick life update
Moving on, Moving Forward
After completing my two year tenure as First Assistant and working an additional six months as an Associate Video Producer at Stephen Wilkes Photography, I am excited to be moving on...
It's a bittersweet feeling
During my time with Wilkes, we visited 16 countries across five continents while working on Day to Night. For the past 12 months of these travels, I filmed for a documentary-style, behind-the-scenes series of short films to be released in conjunction with Day to Night, the fine art book to be published by TASCHENin Fall, 2017. In addition, I worked as Production Coordinator during the filming of the unreleased documentary, Jay Myself, which solidified my goal of eventually moving entirely into documentary filmmaking.
Left: Varanasi, India. Center: Sharjah, UAE. Right: Steeple Jason, The Falkland Islands
With these experiences under my belt, I am eager to begin looking for full-time jobs in the documentary film and video journalism industry. In the meantime, I am available for assignment and I would greatly appreciate any leads that you may be able to pass my way, both full-time and freelance. I will also be available for freelance photo assistant jobs to aid this transition.
This is a nerve-racking and exciting time in my life, so as my last note, I want to say THANK YOU for contributing in one way or another to the amazing first couple of years that my career has been.