Melissa O’Brien

Born in Dublin, Melissa graduated from Trinity College with additional studies at the International Center of Photography & School of Visual Arts in New York. She began her career there as a union camera assistant on feature films and commercials.

As a director of photography, she has lensed projects in Africa for the ‘Keep A Child Alive’ Foundation and filmed for Intel in Malaysia, India and Argentina to promote youth education initiatives. Melissa’s sensitive portrayal of her subjects challenges ideals of femininity, strength & beauty. She finds elegance in simplicity and her work shows a mastery of natural light.

Her award wining shorts are in the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum and have screened at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and at MoMA, New York.

Melissa collaborates with international commercial production companies such as Radical Media, Park Pictures, Supply & Demand and Picture Farm and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Melissa is based in Valencia & continues to work internationally.

Featured projects
ELON & EMMANUELLE
Cortometraje de danza prod: House Independent (2012) | dir: Natalie Galazka | nat: EEUU y Canadá
RIGHT THERE, A Short Film about Tolerance
prod: Project Buchan (2012) | dir: Florence Buchan | nat: EEUU
CANVAS
Cortometraje prod: PBS Creative (2015) | dir: Chiara Clemente | nat: EEUU
ALICIA KEY’S FOUNDATION ‘KEEP A CHILD ALIVE’
Documental prod: KCA  (2014) | dir: Earle Sebastian | nat: EEUU
I ❤ JOHN GIORNO
Capitulo - Película Independiente prod: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council & Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (2017) | dir: Ugo Rondinone y Rirkrit Tiravanija | nat: EEUU
Featured projects
I ❤ JOHN GIORNO
Capitulo - Película Independiente prod: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council & Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (2017) | dir: Ugo Rondinone y Rirkrit Tiravanija | nat: EEUU
ALICIA KEY’S FOUNDATION ‘KEEP A CHILD ALIVE’
Documental prod: KCA  (2014) | dir: Earle Sebastian | nat: EEUU
CANVAS
Cortometraje prod: PBS Creative (2015) | dir: Chiara Clemente | nat: EEUU
RIGHT THERE, A Short Film about Tolerance
prod: Project Buchan (2012) | dir: Florence Buchan | nat: EEUU
ELON & EMMANUELLE
Cortometraje de danza prod: House Independent (2012) | dir: Natalie Galazka | nat: EEUU y Canadá
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