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© 2018 MELANIE KILLINGSWORTH. All RIGHTS RESERVED.

WEB DESIGN: WEBVOLTA       IMAGES: MORE THAN JUST PICTURES

About the Director

I'm a director and showrunner living in Melbourne, Australia, with 10 years experience in American and Australian productions.

I've written, produced, or directed six short films, three feature films, and several narrative fiction series.

In my capacity as creative producer of b-wind media, I am directing a webseries, and developing the script for my feature directing debut The Brazilians.

I spent hours with my grandmother watching the classics

I LOVE LUCY
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
THE RED SKELTON SHOW
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EARLY ON...

I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though I wasn't allowed to watch much TV (and was never allowed to watch a movie adaptation of a book if I hadn't read the book first), I spent hours with my grandmother watching the classics on VHS box sets (yeah, I'm of the Age of VHS!)

 

I moved to South Carolina as a teenager, and it was then I got more creative about watching movies; I would sneak to the theatre, or record movies from network TV to watch at 2am when everyone else was asleep.

 

It was also there I attended journalism classes and wrote for the local paper before enrolling at Maranatha University in Wisconsin, where I lettered in DIII soccer while earning a BA in Humanities with minors in history and writing.

 

I intended to to pursue print journalism, so began writing for the University's Communications Department. I quickly became involved in video productions, which incorporated my lifelong love of narrative and creative storytelling with my journalism and writing background. In addition to producing college promotional videos and internal pieces, I partnered with another film student to write, film, edit, and produce skits, parodies, shorts, and a weekly webcast.

I got more creative about watching movies

I WOULD SNEAK TO THE THEATRE, OR RECORD MOVIES ON VHS TAPES TO WATCH AT 2AM WHEN EVERYONE ELSE WAS ASLEEP.
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LATER ON...

After graduation, I interned at Paste Magazine in Atlanta, where I edited and produced live musical performances, podcasts, radio broadcasts, and video reviews. After my internship, I returned to Wisconsin to pursue film. While working on a feature documentary and Hulu's first fictional narrative series BATTLEGROUND, I continued writing short stories, screenplays, and columns for culture and TV review websites.

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I wrote and directed my first short in 2013; a 26-minute black-and-white neo noir mystery. I've since written and directed four more short films, studied as a story producer and showrunner on shows for HULU and VH1, associate produced two feature films, edited an award-winning feature documentary, and directed several web series episodes. I'm currently in the post-production process for Neighborhood Watch, a Melbourne-based web series, associate producing a feature narrative, and will be directing Gemma starting mid-November.

I quickly became involved in video productions

WHICH INCORPORATED MY LIFELONG LOVE OF NARRATIVE AND CREATIVE STORYTELLING...
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My Approach to Film

...is story and character driven first; the shots, lenses, colours, editing, and acting must serve the story. It's bringing those pieces together which makes me a good director, and being able to look forward in the story or season to see what's coming and shape accordingly which makes me a good showrunner. As I started as an editor, I'm able to consider the final edit even when making a shotlist, and know whether something will cut together. As I continue to keep writing and learning, I understand what makes a good story, and how that can be shaped on the page, on set, and in the edit.