Archive for May 1st, 2011

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.

May 1, 2011

Chiropractic Information Video

This is a take from a series of videos I did for a chiropractic office in Wisconsin. They have not yet released the videos on their site, but this is a brief clip for near the end, with a forced perspective on the speaker (the notes and things in the background are from earlier in the talk).

Alternate Ending from Melanie Killingsworth on Vimeo.

I used a Rebel T2i for video, Olympus LS-10 for audio, and Vegas Pro for editing (though the only editing done for this clip was to sync audio and video and compressing for better online streaming, as their priority was buffering speed).

May 1, 2011


I worked for my (very tiny) alma mater’s publications office, and my boss decided to let myself and a friend establish a weekly webcast with the dual purpose of entertaining the student body and marketing the college to high school juniors and seniors.

Patterned audaciously after SNL’s ‘Weekend Update,’ NathaCast was a small production. Laura and I wrote, filmed, edited, green-screened, mixed, and produced the NathaCast weekly, with help, advice, and supplementary filming and editing by Rob Larson.

Our First NathaCast – Rough vision of what was to come

The Director’s Cut – Alternate take of our fourth effort

Finals Week Approacheth – Near the end of our first semester of filming

Guest Host – The US Women’s National Team assistant coach filled in for Laura

Retrospective – Everyone has one, right?

We used a Sony HVR-Z1U Digital camera, internal audio, various light equipment,* and Sony Vegas Pro editor.

*I do mean various. As you can see, our location changed often, and we gained more equipment including real lights with C-stands and barn doors, reflectors, and even an umbrella which we mostly used because it gave us something cooler to look at than blue plastic chairs.