Melissa has a history of excelling in the creative sphere. Her feature and TV spec work ranked high in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competitions. In 2005, she won a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her thesis film, Charm. With a decade of experience living and working in Hollywood, Melissa now bases herself in Portland, Oregon, where she co-founded independent production company Gray Cat Films. Today, she creates award-winning branded content for companies like Bank of America, Pampers, LEGO, and Huggies.