Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

Melissa has been producing videos for over 15 years, and has been knocking around the industry for even longer. She has worked on projects throughout the United States and around the globe. (How nice to be called for gigs in Buenos Aires and London!) Before joining Jell, she worked at several of Chicago’s leading video firms, including IPA, Rivet Media, and Resolution. Over the years, her roster of end-clients included Kellogg’s, GM, Walgreens, Sprint, AstraZeneca, and BMO Harris.

Melissa’s specialty is making video teams and projects work — knowing all the right people, meshing personalities, budgeting tightly when that sort of thing is required, anticipating pitfalls, and plotting alternate scenarios to get jobs done on time and on budget.

A native of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Melissa came to the Midwest to attend the University of Chicago and has never looked back. (She did occasionally rue the absence of proper steak sandwiches, but is now mollified by the excellent Philadelphia cuisine at Monti’s.)

When she’s not thinking about crews, cameras, and cuts, she can be found improvising in the kitchen, reading two or more books simultaneously, practicing yoga, and obsessing over the needs (imaginary or otherwise) of her dog and cats.

  • free-form

  • triangle • TCM • sun • aural • books • mat • puppies • prairie

  • food

  • salt • spices • roasted anything

  • music

  • Magnetic Fields • Deerhoof • Patti Smith • Kronos Quartet • Parts & Labor • Iggy • Shonen Knife • Julietta Venegas • Dwight Yoakam • PIL • Amadou & Mariam • any accordion

  • books

  • Truth & Beauty • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Interpreter of Maladies • Gone Girl • The Lake • The Known World

  • periodicals

  • Tribune • NY Times • Yoga Journal • One Story

  • casts

  • Radio Lab • • The Wire • Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me • America’s Test Kitchen • Mad Men • Battlestar Galactica

  • creatives

  • Patanjali • Philip Glass • Piet Oudolf