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Kaitlin S. Morris

https://linktr.ee/ksmorris

kaitlinsmorris1@gmail.com

Multi Award-Winning Writer/Producer engaging international audiences through the film production of over 100 scripts for Emmy Award-Winning production companies, network television, radio, print, and digital mediums. An On-the-Fly decision maker who successfully navigates fast-paced, ever-changing, and challenging situations with outstanding results. Flexible, poised under pressure, and competent, with a demonstrated ability to easily transform diverse environments in deadline-driven situations.

 

EDUCATION

August 2019  

Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting                                                                   

DePaul University Chicago        

3.95

May 2008        

Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric – Creative Writing 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.34

SKILLS

Producing

Directing

Research & Creative Development

Screenwriting

Non-Linear Editing

Production Coordination

Production Management

Location Scouting

Travel Arrangements

Post-Production Supervision

Line Producing/Budgeting

Production Scheduling

Live Television

Television/Film/Digital Production

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

 

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

AVID Media Composer

Davinci Resolve           

Final Cut

Website Design & Management         

Microsoft Office Suite

Script Coverage

Google Suite

 

AWARDS/ASSISTANTSHIPS

2021               Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalist TV Diversity (Two | Fifths)

2021               WEScreenplay Top 7% Dialogue (Two | Fifths)

2021               New York Film Awards Best Drama Screenplay (Two | Fifths)

2021               Los Angeles Film Awards Best Fantasy Screenplay (Two | Fifths)

2021               NYC International Screenplay Awards Quarterfinalist (Two | Fifths)

2021               Festigious International Film Festival Best TV Screenplay (Two | Fifths)

2020               Los Angeles Film Awards Best Dark Comedy (September)

2020               Cyrus International Monthly Festival of Toronto Best Short 

2020               The IndieFEST Film Awards Best Web Series

2020               Montreal Independent Film Festival Semi-Finalist Best Web Series

2020               Jelly Fest Season 6 Semi-Finalist Best Series

2020               Los Angeles Film Awards Official Selection

2020               Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selection (Covid-19 Deferral Spring 2021)

2020               Chicago Indie Film Awards Official Selection

2020               Montreal Independent Film Festival Official Selection

2020               The IndieFEST Film Awards Official Selection

2020               International Online Web Fest Play-Off Official Selection (IOWF)

2020               Hyderabad International Film Festival Official Selection

2019               Hollywood Just4Shorts Best Television Episode Finalist 

2018               13th Annual Premiere Film Festival Producer (MFA Assistantship) DePaul University

2017               Courier 12 Hollywood Pitch Fest Selection                                                    

2017                The Second City Training Center (Summer Immersion Scholarship)

2005-2007      Illini Productions Student of the Year University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Division of Intercollegiate

                        Athletics - First Recipient of the Inaugural Award

 

TELEVISION/FILM/RADIO/WEB

2018-2019       Do Us Part Season One Web Series Los Angeles, CA

                        Executive Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Film Editor

2017-2018       The Hill Brothers Documentary Short Joliet-Plainfield, IL

                        Executive Producer, Director, Film Editor

2019-2020      NBCUniversal (NBC Sports) Chicago, IL

                        Associate Producer, Screenwriter

2018-2019      NFL Blitz (NFL Films on NFL Network on Demand) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Screenwriter          

2018-2019      Good Morning Football Weekend (NFL Network) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Development

2018-2019      NFL Films Presents (NFL Films on NFL Network)  Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Editor, Assistant Editor

2018-2019      All or Nothing (Amazon Prime) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Assistant Editor

2018-2019      A Football Life (NFL Films on NFL Network) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Assistant Editor

2018-2019      The Drive (Amazon Prime) Mount Laurel, NJ          

                        Assistant Editor

2018-2019       Playmakers (NFL Films on NFL Network) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Assistant Editor

2018-2019      Color Grading Suite (NFL Films) Mount Laurel, NJ  

                        Color Grading

2019               NFL’s 100 Greatest Donnie Wahlberg New York City, NY

                        Production Assistant

2018-2019      Good Morning Football (NFL Network) Mount Laurel, NJ

                        Production Assistant

2019                Sunday Night Football on NBC (Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears) Chicago, IL

                        Production Assistant 

2019                NFL on CBS (Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens)  Baltimore, MD                        

                        Production Assistant 

2006               Ed Reed Promo Spot (Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium) Baltimore, MD

                        Editor

2006               Todd Heap Highlight Reel (Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium) Baltimore, MD

                        Editor

2006                NFL on FOX (Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens) Baltimore, MD

                        Screenwriter, Editor, Production Assistant

2006               NFL on FOX (New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens) Baltimore, MD

                        Screenwriter, Editor, Production Assistant

2006               BaltimoreRavens.com Team Video shoot, Owings Mills, MD

                        Photography

2005-2007      FightingIllini.com This Week in Illini Athletics Show, Champaign, IL

                        Producer, Screenwriter, Voiceover, Editor

2005-2007      I on the Illini Show Fighting Illini Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL

                        Producer, Screenwriter, Editor

2005-2007      Fighting Illini Men’s and Women’s Basketball Champaign, IL

                        First and Second Camera Operator, Replay Operator

2005-2007      Fighting Illini Football Champaign, IL

                        First Camera Operator Production Assistant, Replay Operator

2005-2007      Fighting Illini Women’s Gymnastics Champaign, IL

                        First and Second Camera Operator

2005-2007     Fighting Illini Women’s Volleyball Champaign, IL

                        First and Second Camera Operator

2005               WPGU Illini Media Radio (107.1 FM) Champaign, IL

                        Sportswriter

 

SELECTED EXPERIENCE

2021-Present       Northwestern University Evanston, IL

NHSI Film Institute Director

Personnel Management

Supervise 60 students and 20 Staff Members in all daily operations. Coordinate hiring, training, orientation, curriculum planning, and daily operations. Interview and select Faculty and Faculty Associates. Review and evaluate student applications. Conduct Faculty Orientation for staff in Residential life, Police, Student Services, Health Services, and The Family Institute. Hold All-Institute Meetings and weekly faculty meetings for professional and wellness check-ins. Support and resolve staff issues.

Administration Management

Collaborate with office on recruitment, selection, budgeting, and planning. Determine and create faculty/staff/student policies. Develop plans for emergency situations, in cooperation with staff and public safety agencies. Generate and implement all documents for the core curriculum, electives, film festival program, and master schedule for faculty and staff. Coordinate student placement in core classes, electives, and masterclasses, final production and independent film production crews. Co-create activities for students, including Institute Banquet. 

Student Management

Manage and ensure safety, supervision, and security processes, including crisis management procedures. Maintain the discipline and morale of students based on NHSI policies, procedures, and code of conduct in a consistent and fair manner. 

Organizational Climate and Improvement

Collaborate with personnel on implementing best practices for overall wellness of faculty, staff, and students. Promote a positive, welcoming, and engaging climate for academics and recreational activities. Promote and adhere to ethical and professional behavior among faculty, staff, and students.  

 

2019-2020      NBCUniversal (NBC Sports) Chicago, IL

Associate Producer (Live Television)          

Pitch, research, write scripts, and produce television and digital content. 

Work closely with producers, and editors in production of content. Collaborate with senior producers to ensure content is presented dynamically and accurately.

 

2019- 2021       Innovations High School Chicago, IL (South Loop)

Media Arts Teacher       

Prepare and deliver media arts curriculum through in-person and online synchronous and asynchronous learning platforms. Interact with students in a professional manner, offering constructive, encouraging, and timely feedback. Counsel students regarding their performance in the course. Encourage complex thinking, participation, and discussion by all students. Quickly identify and address problems with course content or technology. Provide timely grade postings and feedback. Participate actively in course discussions, ensuring that all students are participating and interacting with one another. Respond to written assignments with personalized comments.

                               

Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs. Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress. Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by laws, district policies and school regulations. Serve as an advisor and implement advising curriculum. Participate in professional learning community meetings, parent meetings, and behavior intervention meetings. Serve on student portfolio panels and IEP meetings when necessary. 

 

2018-2019        NFL Films Mount Laurel, NJ

Producers Department Intern and Freelancer        

Train under 127-time Emmy-Award Winning Producers Department. Write scripts for NFL Blitz on NFL Network-On-Demand. Write for NFL Films blog. Manage media, research footage, review script treatments and edit for NFL Films Presents segment, NFL Top 100, A Football Life, All or Nothing, The Drive, NFL’s 100 Greatest, and Playmakers. Pitch ideas during development meetings for Good Morning Football Weekend. Assist hosts and stage manager during live studio production for Good Morning Football. Travel to Assist Camera Operators with Media Management for Regular season and Playoff Games.

 

2018-Present        Do Us Part Web Series Los Angeles, CA

Executive Producer, Director, Screenwriter, & Editor         

Executively Produced, Directed, and Wrote Season One of Award-Winning Do Us Part under the tutelage of Hollywood Director Tommy O’Haver. Took on roles of Unit Production Manager, Casting Director, Line Producer, Location Scout, Craft Services Coordinator, Production Designer, Prop Master, and Transportation Coordinator. I also collaborated in creating Director of Photography shot lists, production schedules, call sheets, and contracts. Supervised 39 cast and crew members from conception to completion during pre-production, production, and post-production. The Web Series is currently recognized by eight film festivals as Official Selections, both nationally and internationally, in addition to a Best Dark Comedy, Best TV Episode Finalist, and a Best Short Award.

 

2018       DePaul University’s 13th Annual Premiere Film Festival Chicago, IL

Producer         

Produced film festival held at The Music Box Theatre. Manage a crew of 45 faculty members and students: Organized and hired pre-production, production, house and floor crew. Coordinated equipment needs, deliveries, host auditions, and marketing distribution.  Organized and facilitated meetings. Managed Film Freeway submissions. Judged film entries. Offered returning Producer position for 2019 festival.

 

2006        NFL Baltimore Ravens Owings Mills, MD

Broadcast Department Intern                                                                

Trained under the 14-time Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Department. Edited and wrote for network television, digital platforms, and in-stadium video game day boards. Wrote lead-ins for pre-season network television games for FOX on NFL Sportscaster Dick Stockton. Coordinated travel arrangements for NFL Sportscasters Tony Siragusa, Daryl Johnston, and Dick Stockton. Offered full-time employment with team travel, upon completion of internship.

 

2005-2007      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Video Production Intern                   

Produced, edited, and wrote scripts for weekly FightingIllini.com and video gameday board shows including I on the Illini and This Week in Illini Athletics. Trained 12 interns in AVID Media Composer, interviewed student athletes, and recorded voiceovers for video spots. Utilized first and second cameras, and instant replay for Division I NCAA football and basketball games. 

 

2005         WPGU Illini Media Radio (107.1 FM) Champaign, IL

Sportswriter                                                                                           

Used the AP as a general guide to write over 250 high quality, up-to-the-minute sports news for Chicago Media On-Air talent Jon Hansen. 

 

2004-2005       Inner Voice Social Issues Theatre Ensemble Champaign, IL

Playwright & Performer               

Addressed social and health issues through live, fun, informative, and challenging 

performances. Composed scripts for discussions and acted in 40 touring shows. Excellent ability to develop and present educational programs and workshops. Completed intensive training in rehearsals three evenings per week, while memorizing and writing scripted material.

 

PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

2018         DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts Directing in LA Los Angeles, CA               

Filmmaker                                                                                

Produced, directed, and edited pilot webisode as part of inaugural Directing in LA Summer Program under the direction of Hollywood Director, Thomas O’Haver. 

 

2018        DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts Personnel Committee Chicago, IL

Graduate Assistant                                                                    

Recommended by faculty to serve as a Student Representative and participate in the tenure-promotion process. Conducted surveys of former students and advisees. Reviewed and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data spanning seven years from over 100 students. Prepared a 20-page written report as part of faculty member’s tenure-promotion materials. Presented my summary report to the School of Cinematic Arts Personnel Committee.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE / MEMBERSHIPS

2022                National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Chicago/Midwest Chapter)

                        Voting Member

 

2022               Women in Film Los Angeles, CA 

                        Creative Level – Member

 

2022               After the Peanut Foundation Joliet, IL

                       Board Member

 

2022               Prestige Athletic Club Joliet, IL

                        Board Member, Vice President

 

2022               Joliet Ravens 13u Spring Football Joliet, IL

                       Team Manager, Volunteer

 

2021               Warren Sharpe Community Center Garden Joliet, IL

                       Volunteer

 

2019               Feed my Starving Children Aurora, IL

                       Volunteer

 

2018-2019      NFL Films Affinity Groups Mt. Laurel, NJ 

Member & Event Committee                                                                         

Holiday Card Drive for the Troops – Donations & Event Volunteer

Pick an Angel – (Toys for Tots) – Gift Sponsor for Two Toddlers

High School Outreach and Mentorship Program – Speaker & Mentor

2nd Annual Speaker Series – Event Committee

NFL Films Annual Film Festival – Co-Lead Coordinator

 

EXHIBITIONS JURIED

2018               DePaul University 13th Annual Premiere Film Festival, The Music Box Theatre

                       Producer                                  

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