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Melissa McNerney, Tampa Bay Branch Member


A native Floridian, Melissa has returned home to continue her career in film and television after studying and living in New York for ten years. Her interest in performance and directing was fostered during her four years in the Dr.Phillips High School Theatre Magnet program in Orlando, FL before moving to New York to study Acting at Marymount Manhattan College.   During her time at Marymount, she served as the President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance where she led efforts to support the needs of women and children in the community of New York and around the world. FMLA also provided a platform for Melissa to co-direct and produce annual productions of The Vagina Monologues, marrying her love of performance and production with humanitarian benevolence.  Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the BFA Acting program, Melissa spent her first 3 years out of school collaborating with fellow alumni and MMC faculty members to create Blueprint Theatre Project- a theatre company dedicated to producing original, site-specific performance art throughout New York City. The success of the Blueprint productions served as a launching point for Melissa’s professional career as an actress, which shifted quickly from theatre to film and television.   A member of SAG-AFTRA since 2011, Melissa has worked on shows including The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, and All My Children in addition to various feature films and shorts. After returning to Florida in 2015, she signed on to play the supporting role of Angela Logan in Mirrors - a pilot she is now also producing alongside Orlando-based writer/director Corey Beauregard. In addition to working actively in the commercial and voiceover market, Melissa stays involved with organizations including Women In Film and Television to support camaraderie in the filmmaking community and to encourage production development in the state of Florida.





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WIFT-FL MEMBER PUBLISHED IN StudentFilmmakers Magazine  Decembers Issue

"Get a Grip" Kit

by Jeremiah Baumbach Be Prepared When you arrive on set, you need to come ready to troubleshoot problems and, of course, offer solutions. One way to accomplish this is by bringing along some personal items, such as a pair of leather gloves, earplugs, business
cards, a felt-tip marker, a small flashlight or headlamp, and a multi-tool such as a Gerber or Leatherman. These items will fit in your pocket or hang off your belt. Arriving on set with this essential inventory demonstrates that it’s not your first rodeo. The tool belt will suffice for some time. However, once you are ready to upgrade to the tool kit, you will need to get yourself a bag and fill it with an array of supplies which may come in handy while on set. When purchasing a grip bag, you’ll want it to be small and manageable, yet able to hold a fair amount of stuff. Most of the items you’ll need can be found in your junk drawer or can be purchased at a dollar store, but, you’ll find they are invaluable when on set. Here’s a list of items I keep in my own personal grip kit:
• Travel-Size Toiletries
• Tampons / Sanitary Napkins
• Hand Sanitizer
• Sunscreen
• Bug Spray
• Baby Wipes
• Alcohol Wipes
• Band Aids
• Lip Balm
• Tweezers
• Safety Glasses
• Cheap Sunglasses
• Hair Ties
• Bandanna
• Floppy Hat
• Leather Gloves
• Snack / Granola Bar
• Rain Poncho
• Earplugs
• Earbuds
• Breath Mints
• Aspirin
• Ibuprofen / Tylenol (Individual Packs)
• Floss
• Travel-Size Lint Roller
• Translucent Powder / Shine Remover
• 8 oz Bottle of Water
• Multi-Tool
• Allen Wrench / Hex Key Set
• Adjustable Wrench
• Phillips Head Screwdriver
• Flat-Head Screwdriver
• Jeweler’s Screwdriver Set
• Scissors
• Box Cutter
• Reusable Zip Ties (Various)
• Bungee Cord
• BongoTies
• Measuring Tape
• A Level
• Superglue
• WD-40 (Small Can)
• A Lighter
• C-47’s (Clothes Pins)
• Pair of Spring Clamps
• Carabiner Clip
• Scissor Clip

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