August 19, 2011

Currently Working On:

1) a documentary about Street Pulse, a newspaper for, by, and distributed by homeless people in the city of Milwaukee. Initial shooting wraps August 29, with two more shoots two months apart. The feature documentary follows Bob and Angel, a homeless couple in Milwaukee, as well as other friends and acquaintances. More than just a Day in the Life, the documentary examines what it means to be homeless or help the homeless in Madison and anywhere.

Working as audio technician, co-producer.

(stay tuned for productions stills, updates, trailer and more)


2) a feature narrative dramatic TV series. Stay tuned for . . . everything.

Working as assistant editor.

August 14, 2011

Recently Finished:

a short film titled Old Country Lullaby, about a father and daughter moving from their old home.

Directed by Marc Kornblatt

(link to follow)

August 7, 2011

Recently Finished:

a music video for Katie Powderly to support her upcoming album and 50-state tour.

Directed by Alterity Productions.

(video coming soon)

June 29, 2011

Recently Finished:

a documentary about the political protests in Madison, Wisconsin, as editing assistant to Sam Mayfield. Stay tuned for links to the trailer and more.

May 1, 2011

Documentary Editing

Wrestling for Jesus clips

I was the assistant editor for this documentary in the fall of 2010. The director, Nathan Clarke, had shot footage over the course of 3 years, and had roughed together scene cards with a brief description and what he wanted the scene to accomplish.

Colors didn't actually mean anything. That I know of.

With guidance and final editing power resting with Nathan, I edited the film the film and DVD extras over the course of a few months.

The documentary made its debut at the Wisconsin Film Festival in April of 2011 to stellar reviews, and has been to various other festivals since, and will be released on DVD this summer.

I used Final Cut Pro to edit the documentary (and InqScribe to do a good deal of transcribing).

May 1, 2011


I helped film and edit the in-studio scenes for this video for Fourth Line Films for Synergy. I used various video, light, and sound equipment, as well as a teleprompter.

May 1, 2011

Cold War Kids – Video Review

The video review I did for Cold War Kids’ EP _Behave Yourself_.

Cold War Kids Video Review from Melanie Killingsworth on Vimeo.

Done for Paste Magazine in February 2010. Recorded with two Sony cameras (all hand-held), edited with Final Cut video, inter-cut with music, pictures, footage, and a music video from the band (used with permission). I loved how they name-dropped Erykah Badu so much, I had to name-drop their name-drop.

May 1, 2011

Independent Film

I spent a few weeks in Duluth, Minnesota, working with Rob Larson on an independent film. Rob is currently teaching media and journalism at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and studying for a doctorate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

I worked as co-assistant director, script supervisor, and camera operator (and occasionally craft service provider, grip, boom operator, squib-maker, and go-getter).

camera operator barbie

Clips when available.

May 1, 2011

The Admissions Office

A slightly more, er, repressed version of TV’s The Office.

The trailer for our pilot:

The Admissions Office – Pilot from Laura Kennedy on Vimeo.

The trailer for our second episode:

The Admissions Office – Walk In from Laura Kennedy on Vimeo.

We used two Sony HVR-Z1U Digital cameras (handheld), internal audio, natural lighting supplemented with one professional light, and Sony Vegas Pro editor.

May 1, 2011

Moonlight Bride live at Paste – Young Guns

Done for Paste Magazine in March 2010. Recorded with two Sony cameras (one tripod, one hand-held), ProTools audio, Final Cut video.