BIO

BIO

Melissa Holt grew up in New Paltz, NY. As a prerequiset for being an environmental science major in college, she took an elective course in photography. She soon fell in love with studio shooting and darkroom procedures. As a result, this lead her into feature film exploration. It was upon seeing the film, "Bleu," and having an on-set conversation with DP Roger Pratt that she decided to change her major to film with a concentration in photography.

In 2001, Melissa continued to further her studies of filmmaking. By pooling her expertise in both photography and film, she decided to pursue an MFA in cinematography. She attended AFI and ventured on an independent study to Switzerland, where she was trained by Slawomir Idziak (the DP of "Bleu.") Unlike the Hollywood training that she was receiving in the US, Swavik taught her the European way of visually story telling. Melissa now uses an approach that best combines both techniques when approaching a film.

Melissa is a Local 600 union Camera Operator, SOC member, set Still Photographer and freelance DP. She has shot several award winning films, such as "Watercolors," which won 12 awards including one for best cinematography in 2009. For the past two years, Melissa has worked as the staff EFP DP and set still photographer on the hit show, "Chelsea Lately." There, she shot dozens of comedic sketches that were inserted into the show; and hundreds of still photographs for the web, some of which were printed in Vogue and Cosmoploitan Magazines. 

Melissa has shot on relatively all cameras and formats with budgets that are both large and small. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues to create a unique vision for each project that best tells the story and also knows how to work within the perameters of the budget. Melissa continues to strive for shooting interesting projects, is always up for a good challenge and has a possitive attitude.