Professional Highlights

  • Cross-disciplinary communications professional with 15+ years experience producing multimedia for major museums, visitor centers, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
  • Participated in three master classes with Academy Award nominated film director Jane Campion.
  • Named one of 2001's Top 100 Producers by Studio Monthly magazine (formerly AV Video Multimedia Producer).
  • Communications consultant and strategist for political and issue-based campaigns.
  • Award-winning video editor of single and multiple-screen media experiences that educate and entertain.

Media Production Experience

Video Producer

  • Research, write, and develop storyboards and voice-over scripts
  • Select talent, music and locations
  • Create and coordinate production schedules
  • Determine lighting, photographic and sound requirements
  • Direct video productions and distribution activities
  • Track budgets and invoice clients

Video Editor

  • AVID video editor since 1994
  • Ensure technical quality of project masters
  • Recommend audiovisual hardware and software purchases
  • Organize and maintain media assets, videotape library and database
  • Completed authorized AVID education courses (Henniger Media Services, Arlington, VA).

Technical Skills

  • Videography and still photography
  • Remote/studio lighting
  • Operate EFP/studio cameras and teleprompters
  • Photoshop for video
  • Author and encode media for DVDs (DVD Studio Pro)
  • Compress media for delivery over the web

Familiar with Content Management Systems (WordPress, Joomla, TERMINALFOUR and OpenText).

Work History

Work History

Production Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Madison

As a graduate student, I worked part-time for the following units at the University of Wisconsin:

Instructional Media Development CenterProduction Assistant, Oct 1987 - July 1989

  • Edited videos programs in Beta, 3/4" and 1/2" formats; directed telecourses; operated studio/EFP cameras; teleprompter; and assisted producers during video productions for the School of Education.  Taught Wisconsin Union Mini-Courses in VHS video editing.

School of Nursing Television StudioAssistant Director, July 1989 - Nov 1989

  • Responsible for operating switcher and character generator during live broadcasts;  studio  lighting; and constructing sets.

Wendt Commons LibraryProduction Assistant, Dec 1986 - Oct 1987

  • Videotaped lectures and duplicated videos for School of Engineering faculty and students.

Instructional Media CenterMedia Assistant, Sept 1985 - Dec 1986

  • Helped library patrons use 35mm copy stands, film projectors, tape recorders,audio mixing equipment and other audiovisual resources.
Aug 2010 - Present

Web Developer

Virginia Commonwealth University

Web Content Management System Support (OpenText, TERMINALFOUR)

Manage CMS users, editorial standards, and web publishing activities including quality control and documentation.Produce digital content (text, images, audio, video) for delivery across multiple devices.

  • Deliver quality client services; solicit and act upon user feedback.
  • Communicate technical information to non-technical computer users.
  • Analyze and evaluate technical issues and implement solutions.
  • Develop customized instructional manuals, style guides, and screencasts.
  • Deliver individual and group instruction to academic staff and faculty.
Aug 1998 - Oct 2007

Associate Producer/Video Editor

Pyramid Studios, Inc.

Produced media exhibits for major museums, visitor centers, corporations, and organizations.  Specialized in editing multiple-screen media experiences for various display configurations and formats.  Key member of multidisciplinary creative and technical team.  Coordinated and responded to a variety of project demands.  Worked closely with executive producers, art director, and graphic artists to anticipate potential problems in projects.  Identified areas of improvement and implemented changes in the post-production process.  


  • Executed the creative vision of self and others.
  • Oversaw the post-production needs of clients, executive producers, and graphic artists.
  • Logged, selected, digitized, imported, and edited digital media for multimedia projects.
  • Managed, purchased, and coordinated production resources required for projects on a daily basis.
  • Identified issues and solutions in proactive manner.
  • Organized and maintained database of analog and digital media assets.
  • Researched, licensed, and acquired archival images, stock footage, and other media assets.
  • Mananged video editing suite, hardware, and audiovisual equipment and performed  troubleshooting when necessary.
Oct 1993 - Dec 1996

Vice President/Executive Video Producer

Capitol Lights Productions

Managed the daily operations of a progressive political communications firm* specializing in video, television, and radio spot production.  Ensured timely, effective, on-budget development, production, and delivery of client-tailored media.  Researched and wrote scripts; selected talent, music, locations; and directed EFP and studio productions.  Created and coordinated production schedules.  Planned, targeted, and executed media buys.  Invoiced clients and monitored production expenditures.  Supervised graphic artists, production assistants, and interns. Provided media coaching and training to select clients.  Developed media strategies and campaigns for elected officials; trade unions; and non-profit organizations.* Firm owned by Wisconsin-based attorney and political commentator Ed Garvey, the editor and publisher of

May 1991 - Jul 1993

Newscast Director

WKOW-TV Channel 27 (ABC affiliate)

Directed WKOW-Channel 27 Eyewitness News and Eyewitness News Update newscasts, including live remotes. As an A.D. I communicated changes to anchors and tracked timing of broadcasts; created shot lists for camera operators; operated studio cameras, teleprompter, and generated on-air graphics.  Directed the sequencing of network promos, station IDs, and PSAs.  Pre-produced teases, freezes, and box effects.  Operated studio cameras and teleprompter.

Nov 1989 - Dec 1990

Associate Broadcast Specialist

University of Wisconsin Center on Education & Work (Vocational Studies Center)

Conceptualized, developed, and produced "Education for Employment" videos (such as Job Connection: Applying for Work) for the Wisconsin Career Information System - a comprehensive, statewide labor market information source, career exploration and assessment system, and a resource system for counselors, teachers, and administrators.


  • developed creative treatments and storyboards
  • selected talent, music, and locations
  • determined production needs
  • established production schedule
  • coordinated and directed production
  • oversaw editing and other post-production activities.


Jan 1985 - Jan 1991

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Completed 55 graduate credits

Master's Thesis Project: WOMEN & AIDS (30 min. video)

Broadcast: June 22, 1989, CitiCable Channel 12, Madison, Wisconsin

1981 - 1985

Bachelor of Arts

Ithaca College

24 credits in Film Production & Theory

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Spring, 1984), School of Humanities and Sciences, Sociology Department.

Research fields:  

  • Social and political theory of media
  • Documentary and experimental film/video/digital/installation
  • Feminist film theory and production
Sep 1980 - May 1981

Syracuse University Project Advance

Syracuse University

Earned seven college-level credits during high school.

Media Exhibitions for Museums & Cultural Institutions

I edited the following single and multiple-screen video exhibits:

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Exhibit: how wars have shaped America’s history and society.

Revolutionary War Story Station - video interactive
Mexican War Story Station - video interactive
Civil War Story Station - video interactive
World War II Story Station - video interactive
Vietnam War Story Station - video interactive
Medal of Honor Story Station - video interactive
Civil War Photo Frieze - (3 screen) photo montage.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History/Behring Center, Washington, D.C.

West Point in the Making of America (1802-1918) hosted by General Norman Schwarzkopf. HIghlights significant contributions of West Point graduates in the shaping of America.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, TX

Connecting Texas hosted by Ray Benson, leader of the Grammy award-winning band, Asleep at the Wheel. Museum visitors choose to take video tours of nine Texas cities.

Encounters on the Land tells the story of the first encounters between First Americans and explorers from Europe (3 screens).

Oil Changed Texas narrated by Walter Cronkite uses historical footage to examine the social, political, and economic impact of early oil discoveries in Texas.

Reel Texas Cowboys includes favorite clips from Hollywood Westerns portraying Texas cowboys (filmed at Willy Nelson's ranch).

Retreat of the Indian Frontier draws from present-day interviews with Comanche elders and focuses on the history and life of the Plains Indians of Texas.

Revolution! presents the story of the Texas revolution (HD theater, 7.1-surround sound).

NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis, IN

Behind Every Championship, Beside Every Champion presents the philosophical views of three prominent coaches.

Choices: the Story of Champions features former student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and careers beyond the game.

What is a Champion? Three-screen theater presentation offering insight into the day-to-day lives of student-athletes and what it means to be a champion.

Look Up to Champions: a ceiling mounted video display that allows viewers to see various sports as if they were positioned beneath the action.

National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

American Rodeo: Heart of the West - the spirit of the American cowboy exemplified in rodeo is captured by legendary announcer Clem McSpadden and country western singer and Broadway star, Reba McEntire.

Silver Screen Cowboys: Inventing the American West illustrates Hollywood’s interpretation of the American west; narrated by Sam Elliot.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Visitors Center, Chicago, IL

The Fed and You introduces the Federal Reserve System to visitors.

Set the Course is a four-screen interactive presenting viewers with several scenarios indicating the state of the economy.

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA

Union, Home, Freedom was a fundraising video; narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.

What Caused the Civil War? (three 16:9 screens).

The Emancipation Proclamation: Words that Changed a War and a Nation (single 16:9 screen).

Legacy & Memory (three 16:9 screens).

Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Whose Land? explains the strategic importance of the Forks of the Ohio during the Great War for Empire in which British, French, Colonial, and Native American forces struggled to control North America.

The Revolutionary War in the West is a short video including historical re-creations of the struggles between the French, Native Americans, and the British.

Frontier Texas! Visitor Center, Abilene, TX

The Frontier Experience Theater is a dramatic 10-screen, 360-degree visual program of Texas frontier history (1780-1880). Filmed in Super 16mm and HD with full 7.1 surround sound, the theater experience includes six 9’x12’ screens and four 50” plasma screens.

Maymont House Museum, Richmond, VA

In Service and Beyond is a permanent exhibition exploring Maymont as a workplace for domestic service workers during the Gilded Age of Richmond, the South, and the United States.

The Nature Center at Maymont, Richmond, VA

Animals on the James - a video montage of wildlife found along the James River.

Eagle/Osprey Challenge - challenges visitors’ knowledge of eagles and ospreys using a multiple-choice game format and live action video.

Fish Restoration on the James is an interactive video that shows visitors what is being done to restore shad, striped bass, and sturgeon in the James River.

Historical Floods of Richmond documents several great James River floods using historical footage.

The Land Beneath Our Feet uses 2D and 3D animation to educate visitors about plate tectonics and the geological formation of the Falls of the James River.

The Many Faces of Maymont is an interactive video that gives viewers a glimpse of the many things to do and see at Maymont.

Recreational Activity on the James is a continuously looping video depicting recreational activities on the James River.

Pamplin Historical Park & the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Petersburg, VA

In the Surgeon’s Care is a video depicting a historical recreation of a Civil War soldier undergoing amputation.

Pack Your Knapsack is an interactive computer game.

The Preacher’s Story is a video re-enactment of a Civil War era sermon and how the conflict produced a wide variety of religious reflection and thought.

Awards (excludes independent film & video festival exhibitions)

2007 Bronze Telly Award, Port to the New World (video), Port of Virginia, Norfolk, VA.

2005 Bronze Telly Award, A Passion for Excellence (video), Dominion Resources, Richmond, VA.

2005 CINE Golden Eagle Award, A Passion for Excellence (video), Dominion Resources, Richmond, VA.

2005 PR News Platinum PR Award, Honorable Mention, Employee Relations, A Passion for Excellence (video), Dominion Resources, Richmond, VA.

2005 Medallion, Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Internal Video, A Passion for Excellence, Dominion Resources, Richmond, VA.

2001 Named one of The Top 100 Producers by AV Video Multimedia Producer magazine, (November 2001, Vol. 23/No. 11, p. 50).2000 Aurora Platinum Best of Show Award (Drama), What is a Champion? (three-screen video), NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis, IN.

1999 Gold MUSE Award (Best History/Cultural Studies Video).  American Rodeo: Heart of the West (video), The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

1999 Aurora Gold Award (Documentary-Historical Event video), American Rodeo: Heart of the West (video). The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

1996  Athena Award, Outstanding Achievement in Long Form Music Video, The Cowgirl Sweethearts (video), Northern Arts Entertainment and The Naiad Press, Williamsburg, MA.

1996 Communicator Award (Award of Distinction), Clueless Spot #1 and Clueless Spot #2 (30 second political advertisements).

1996 Communicator Award (Honorable Mention), Pulling Together for a Better Industry (video), Wisconsin Operating Engineers, Local 139, WI.

1996 Bronze Telly Award, Wisconsin’s Best Kept Secret (video), Wisconsin Operating Engineers, Local 139, WI.

1994 First Place: Public Education, Protective Behaviors for Children (video), produced for the Madison police Department's "Crime Prevention" series.


“I had the pleasure of working with Melissa Dopp on numerous projects throughout a nine year period at Pyramid Studios. Pyramid Studios produces a wide variety of one-of-a-kind media programs for history museums and corporations across the U.S.  Melissa was an essential part of that effort during my time there and was responsible for a good part of our success. As Senior AVID Video Editor, Melissa proved to be a tireless and truly creative collaborator on all the projects we worked on together. I found her open and eager to take in other points of view while at the same time bringing a distinctive voice to the process. Her research skills are impeccable, her choices were always right on the mark and her editing skills are excellent. Her attention to detail and her ability to work within limited time and budgetary constraints made her an essential part of the Pyramid team.  As an Assistant Producer, Melissa communicates her ideas clearly and succinctly and is a great leader and team builder. She guided numerous successful projects through the Pyramid pipeline. She is a consummate professional. On a personal level, I have to say that I enjoyed working with Melissa immensely. She is mature, intelligent and has a great sense of humor. I consider any production facility that gets her to be very lucky.”

- John Moon, Independent Entertainment Professional

“I worked with Melissa on two major projects for Pyramid Studios and then, when faced with another tough editing job for NASA, I went to her because I knew she would get the job done right. Don't let her organizational skills fool you, Melissa is an extremely talented and creative person. I always felt that I got my best projects collaborating with her, not just making use of her editing skills. An experienced producer, she understands every aspect of media and has the technical skills to bring even the most ambitious projects to life.” 

- Jim Meehan, Government Relations Professional

“I have worked with Melissa on several issue based campaigns involving sustainable land use and cutting edge environmental and conservation practices. Melissa is a one of the most talented, creative individuals I have had the pleasure of working with on a project. She is not only an excellent manager she develops very effective marketing and communication strategies. She works well with a diverse group of individuals in a wide range of settings.”

- Martha Wingfield, Former Board President, The Virginia Conservation Network