Melissa Smith

Freelance Video Editor & Photographer

Location:Houston, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Melissa Smith
165 Shadow Springs Drive ? Alpharetta, Georgia 30022 ? (713) 306-7556

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences, August 2008-May 2012
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Major: Telecommunications and Film (Sequence: Media Production)
Minor: Studio Art (Sequence: Photography)
Grade Point Average: 3.97/4.0 (Summa *** Laude)

Study Abroad, Photography, January 2011-April 2011
Camberwell College of the Arts, London, England
Focus: Photography

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES Final Cut Pro 7/X, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Avid, Photoshop, Lightroom, Filezilla, Audacity, I-Movie, I-DVD, Adobe Encore CS6, Feed-For-All, Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, Excel), Windows Movie Maker, Prezi, Keynote, Canon 5D/7D, Canon T2i/T3i/T4i, Wordpress, Blogger, SEO, social media channels (Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr), GarageBand

RELATED EXPERIENCE Videographer, December 2011-May 2012
Ferguson Center Services, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Filmed events at the student services center to continue the increase of incoming students
• Edited pieces together to create entertaining and informational spots for promotional purposes
• Organized meetings among leaders of various groups for future spots

Video Production Assistant, October 2011- May 2012
Center for Public Television, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Filmed and edited series of promotional spots for WVUA-TV’s "Alabama Life" project
• Set up production schedules for producers throughout the week
• Conducted research and made phone calls in order to gain awareness and ideas for new pitches

Dayside Field Reporter/Editor Intern, August 2011-December 2011
WVUA News, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Edited using nonlinear software, such as Final Cut Pro, as well as with linear editing to broadcast the story the same day it was filmed
• Arranged meetings with anchors and reporters to validate a flow of efficiency within the station

International Office Assistant/Personal Assistant to Study Abroad Coordinator, August 2011- May 2012
Capstone International, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Held general Information sessions in the Study Abroad office
• Monitored the office for a set amount of hours per week and attended bi-weekly meetings
• Acted as the secretary and task manager in charge of coordinating events for the adviser

Student Ambassador, Marketing Intern June 2011- May 2012
Study Abroad Italy (SAI), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Initiated a blog for the company in order to generate awareness as well as advised any students hoping to study abroad:
• Organized events on campus to gain more curiosity about the program among students
• Facilitated informational sessions about studying abroad to classes and organizations on campus

Intern/Production Sound Mixer, Show Engineer, Commercial Editor, April 2011- August 2011
America’s Web Radio, Atlanta, Georgia
• Engineered live and pre-recorded shows
• Conducted pre-production, production, and post-production for all audio and video using Audacity and Final Cut Pro
• Filmed footage of radio hosts and owner for online commercials
• Embedded radio shows to the website and ITunes using Filezilla and Feed-for-All computer software

Broadcast Production Intern, June 2010-August 2010
22squared Advertising Agency, Atlanta, Georgia
• Fulfilled dub requests
• Shadowed producers at local production studios, such as Doppler Studios
• Assisted sound editors to create sound pieces for television and radio spots for companies such as Toyota, Publix, and Buffalo Wild Wings
• Acted as the screenwriter, director, and sole editor for an intern-led video which was shown to the agency:

Videographer, August 2009-May 2010
Creative Campus, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
• Edited pieces to create short films using Final Cut Pro, I-DVD, I-Movie, and Live Type Fonts
• Organized events to bring together students of all organizations on campus
• Interviewed and filmed key figures in the city of Tuscaloosa for short documentaries
• Made many important networking connections across town

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Nursery Care Assistant January 2009-December 2010
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Cashier/Sales Associate May 2009-August 2009
Once Upon A Child, Roswell, Georgia
Child Care Assistant January 2008- August 2008
L.A. Fitness Sports Club, Roswell, Georgia

Pi Beta Phi sorority 2008-2011
Photographer, Student Government Assn. Communications Directors 2009-2010
Source Board of Governors 2009-2010
Historian/Officer for Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society 2008-2010
Freshmen Forum, Student Government 2008-2009

HONORS AND AWARDS Movie Premiere at Cannes Film Festival in France 2012
“Best Cinematography” and “Top 3 Drama”: Campus Movie Fest 2012
Campus Movie Fest: Top 16 out of 94 Videos, Director and Editor 2012
Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society 2011-2012
President and Dean’s List for all four years 2008-2012
Capstone International Photography Contest: Second Place 2011
Capstone International Agent Scholarship 2011
Study Abroad Italy (SAI) Photography Contest: First Place 2011
Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Assn. for Communication Studies 2008-2012
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars 2008-2012
Alumni Scholar Award 2008-2012
Alumni Heritage Scholarship 2008-2012
Capstone Scholar Award 2008-2012
Pi Beta Phi Meg Ingram Scholarship 2008

COMMUNITY SERVICE Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2011-2012
Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2008-2012
Relay for Life, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2008-2010
Read Across America, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2008-2010
Skills (2) Rating
Video Editing