Valerie Champagne: Resumé
Nickelodeon: Production Coordinator (2010-'11)As a production coordinator for "Team Umizoomi", I coordinate between the production, research, storyboard, design, and animation departments to make sure that notes taken during production meetings are carried out through all stages of production. I am the official reader for all storybooks presented to preschoolers during our research sessions.
Nickelodeon: Research Coordinator / Research Analyst (2009-'10)As research coordinator and analyst for "Team Umizoomi", an educational animated preschool series, I coordinated with schools to conduct research with preschoolers to test the appeal and comprehension of episodes in development. I analyzed the data collected from these focus group sessions and maintained a database of the curriculum games played in each episode.
Welcome Change Productions: Assistant Producer / Graphic Designer (2007-'09)As an assistant producer for documentary filmmaker Alice Elliott's production company, I managed the office, answered phones and emails, prepared shipments, made travel arrangements, and coordinated with film festivals and conferences. I continue to maintain the Welcome Change websites and have designed many of the company's graphics - postcards, posters, buttons, DVDs, and brochures.
Nickelodeon: Freelance Researcher (2008)As a freelance researcher for "Team Umizoomi", a Nick Jr. educational animated series, I analyzed data and helped conduct research in the tri-state area with preschoolers to test the appeal and comprehension of episodes in development.
IQrious: Content Writer (2008)IQrious, a Jerusalem-based start-up aims to transform the way people use the web into a new knowledge-exploration experience. As a content writer for the company's beta launch, I wrote a series of media-focused tutorials on topics ranging from Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Popular Culture) to the Writer's Strike of 2007 (100 Days of Silence).
MediaKidz Research and Consulting: Researcher (2008)As a freelance researcher, I helped conduct summative research with elementary school kids on "Panwapa Island", a new interactive website and video series from creators Sesame Street and partner Merrill Lynch.
Curious Pictures: Research Assistant (2006-'07)As a research assistant for "Little Einsteins", a Disney Channel preschool animated series, I helped test episodes in development by interviewing preschool children and statistically analyzing their reactions for reports sent to Disney every week. After starting as an intern, I was promoted to a research assistant position through the end of research on the series.
Northern Lights Post: Intern (2006)As an intern at this boutique post-production facility, I worked in client services and assisted the editors in the machine room with blanking, cloning, and logging tapes.
The Cannes Film Festival Work-Study Program (2006)As an intern with the American Pavilion Work-Study Program, I collaborated with other students in producing a short documentary and broadcast about the film festival in a competition sponsored by Adobe. My team was recognized for "Distinguished Documentary" and "Distinguished Broadcast".
USDA ARS SRRC: Documentarian (2003-'05)Working during the summer as a documentarian and videographer, I interviewed dozens of scientists to film, edit, and produce a series of videos documenting the research and cultural diversity at the United States Department of Agriculture Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I have produced more than half a dozen short films with budgets ranging from 3,000 to 65,000 dollars. As a producer, my responsibilities have included:
- Filing insurance and SAG paperwork
- Creating prospectus materials and promotional websites
- Creating budgets, tracking receipts, and preparing daily expense reports
- Preparing grant and fiscal sponsorship applications
- Scheduling and running casting sessions
- Scheduling shoots and overseeing sets
- Preparing location contract agreements; securing locations with state film commissions
- Communicating with equipment, prop, and vehicle rental houses
- Mirror Mirror
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Production Designer (16mm short)
- A Return to Shallot
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Production Designer (miniDV short)
- The Rainbow Garden
Producer, Cinematographer, Sound Designer, Production Designer (miniDV short)
Producer (16mm short, directed by Brittany Newsome)
- Big Country Blues
On-Set Production Manager (web series, directed by Brian Ross & Jonathan Rippon)
Producer, Editor (16mm short, directed by Noga Pnueli)
- Sweet Jesus
Producer (16mm short, directed by Swati Kapila)
- Personal Space Invaders
Producer (16mm short, directed by Leetal Platt)
- Ride the Pine
Producer (16mm short, directed by David Birinyi)
Awards & Recognition
- MIRROR MIRROR (2008 film)
- Audience Award for Best Horror/Thriller, Big Easy Shorts Film Festival 2008
- Audience Award for Best Student Film, Connecticut Film Festival 2008
- Best Narrative Film, Ozone Film Festival 2008
- Best Student Short, Kent Film Festival 2009
- Honorable Mention: Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival 2009
- Honorable Mention: Best Picture (Fantasy Genre), Shockerfest 2008
- Honorable Mention: Rising Star Award (Molly Chiffer), Shockerfest 2008
- OTHER RECOGNITION
- Graduated with Honors, New York University
- Undergraduate Producing Award: NYU First Run Film Festival 2010 (shared with Brittany Newsome)
- Distinguished Broadcast & Distinguished Documentary Award (with Christian Oh and Michelle Waring), Adobe Reel Ideas Student Competition
- NYU Sight & Sound Showcase Selection, Kindergarten documentary
- Most Promising Filmmaker, 1st Ozone Film Festival
New York University: Tisch School of the Arts
Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Bachelor of Fine Arts / Minor in Producing, GPA: 3.9/4.0
In 2005, NYU began offering a Producing Minor as a supplement to the BFA Film degree. I fulfilled the Producing Minor requirements under the guidance of these outstanding professors who are all working professionals in the industry:
Prof. Wilder Knight, entertainment attorney
Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry
Prof. Rosalind Lichter, entertainment attorney
Media Moguls of the 20th Century
Prof. Leon Falk, producer
Prof. Sharon Badal, producer, Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer
Producing for Television
Prof. Andrew Susskind, producer, director
Producing the Short Screenplay
Prof. Wendy Bednarz, director
Strategies for Independent Producing
Prof. Lisa Ketselas, producer