Michelle Brennan

Freelance Writer & Video Editor

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
Production assistant with 5 years experience working for a variety of production companies. Broad range of knowledge on multiple aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production. Motivated leader with ability to work under pressure in fast paced and high volume environments. Eager to gain more professional experience in order to head future productions.

DePaul University Bachelor of Arts in Communications, June 2007
Double Minor – Digital Cinema/Psychology
GPA 3.0/4.0
Relevant Work History
Story Associate Producer, Fresh Horses, Inc – Hardcore Pawn, Chicago, Illinois Pilot/Season 1 – July - Sept. 2012
• Kept detailed notes of live action scenes and their correlated time codes in order for
post production, director, and producers to use as reference
• Collaborated with producers to discuss story ideas
• Created questions to be asked during talent interviews
• Compose daily summaries of each scene for the producers and director to refer to during
cast interviews
• Assist producers and director with interviews by providing detailed notes about each scene
when needed
Production Assistant, CD Services, Inc. – The Glee Project 2, Chicago, Illinois November 2011
• Facilitated large casting call by leading contestants to proper judging rooms
• Worked simultaneously with numerous people to maintain efficiency of production
Intern, Ki Edit & Design, Chicago, Illinois August 2011 – December 2011
• Assisted with production of live web morning show, Get Tasted, for tastytrade.com
• Prepped studio with proper lighting and placement of microphones
• Operated TriCaster switchboard and LiveText program
• Gathered still images and video segments from show using Final Cut Pro and Xillisoft
• Assisted with filming of various shoots

Production Assistant, State Penn Productions, LLC – Untitled Project, Chicago, Illinois May 2011
• Assisted with productivity of casting call
• Viewed applicant videos for segments to include in show

Casting Assistant, BL4 Productions, Inc. – The Biggest Loser 11-13, Chicago, Illinois July 2010/Feb. 2011/Aug. 2011
• Greeted applicants and guided them to the line
• Distributed forms to each applicant and confirmed documents were completed
• Directed applicants to group interviews and kept guests in line entertained
• Timed group interviews to keep producers on schedule
• Prepped applicants for interview
• Communicated with other assistants to manage casting call smoothly
Screener, Weigel Broadcasting Co. – WCIU/THIS TV, Chicago, Illinois March 2009 – April 2010
• Screen movies for inappropriate content prior to airing on television
• Log time code and description of expletives
• Work closely with editor to discuss material in movies

Production Assistant, 3 Ball Productions – The Biggest Loser 5, Chicago, Illinois December 2007
• Aided with 3 day ‘at home’ shoot for show contestant
• Assisted producer with legal release documents
• Responsible for transporting crew members to shoot locations
• Set up production design for show interviews
• Break down set after completion of filming

Production Assistant, NBC Universal – The Jerry Springer Show/Steve Wilkos Show July 2007 – December 2007
• Worked as liaison between producers, clients, and vendors
• Worked under pressure in environment with tight deadlines
• Responsible for retrieving guest information from hotline and booking guests for show
• Provided transportation and hospitality for show guests
• Create archives of weekly show upon completion of relevant materials
• Documented expenses for show budget
• Manage wardrobe per producers recommendations
• Fulfill and coordinate guests’ requests
• Oversee activity of interns
Additional Work History
Bartender/Manager, Mullen’s Bar and Grill, Norridge, Illinois October 2012 – Present
• Ability to multi-task in a high volume work environment
• Responsible for all cash flow during shift
• Provide consistent, quality service while handling challenging situations
• Manage servers throughout each shift
• Upsell products to achieve maximum sales
Bartender, The Howard Street Inn, Niles, Illinois March 2011 – July 2012
Bartender, Ruby Tuesday, Skokie, Illinois December 2010 – July 2011
Bartender, The Brickhouse Tavern and Tap, Niles, Illinois February 2010 – March 2011
Server, Chamber’s Restaurant, Niles, Illinois March 2009 – February 2010
Bartender/Server, Bailey’s Restaurant, Park Ridge, Illinois June 2005 – February 2009
Skills (2) Rating
Video Editing