Melissa Mae
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Melissa Mae has had a love for film and theatre since the age of five; appearing in over forty stage productions, commercials and short films.

Melissa Mae has won numerous awards for acting and stage design both in New Zealand and in the United States of America. However, she chose a career in the health and mental health sector and after twenty rewarding years resigned to attend film school in New Zealand and actively pursue film and television producing full-time. 

Now eleven years on, Melissa is an independent producer/ line producer and director with a bucket full of learnings and accomplishments in film & television. Her key strengths lie in an aptitude for quickly gaining an understanding of complex processes and providing innovative solutions, along with high-level proficiency in logistics, operations and planning and a keen understanding of people with an ability to bring the best from them and for them. Melissa is also the Communications and Marketing Executive for Priority One. Melissa has continued to be active in local theatre as a director, actor, set designer and stage manager and held a seat on various committees for 16th Avenue Theatre Company in Tauranga. Melissa has produced, production managed and directed multiple television series for broadcast and on-demand, short films, documentaries, corporate video, communication and marketing content for the private and public sector and live theatre productions including: 

Film & Television  

2012 - Production Manager Kā TV  Season 1 - eight-episode children’s television series for Maori Television

2012 - Producer Nice to eat you - short film

2011 - Production Manager Sticky TV  Seasons 9 & 10 - 43 episode children’s television series for TV FOUR 

2010 - Producer Love inspired by a Mexican Prisoner - short film

2010 - Actor Lemonade - short film

2010 - Producer More than meets the I - documentary 

2010 - Production Manager The Concert - short film

2010 - Producer Regrets - short film

2010 - Actor Ripple - short film

2010 - Production Manager Bryan & Bobby Season 3 with Suzy Cato - ten-episode children’s television series for TV FOUR 

2022 - Director Yeaagghewahh (Love Ya Face)- short film (Regional winner of Wift Best Female Filmmaker, Best Performer,  VFX 48 Hour Film Festival)

2021 - Producer/ Actor Joyless Pussies - short film (Regional winner of best use of the element, original score and VFX 48 Hour Film Festival)

2019- Producer/1st AD In the Rainbow - seven-episode web series for TVNZ OnDemand 

2017 - Production Manager The Education - short Film

2013 - Writer/Director/Producer Big Pot Little Pot - pilot episode children’s television series

2013 - Production Manager Attitude TV - 43 episode documentary television series for TV ONE for over four seasons

2012 - Art Director The Last Supper - short film (Winner of best screenplay - 50 Kisses Film Awards, London)

2012 - Producer Lucky Girl - short Film (National winner of best use of character, 48 Hour Film Festival) 


2022-2023 - Director/ Producer Priority One - Instep Young Leaders Series, Future of Work video, Young Professional Series
2016-2023 - Director/ Producer CCS Disability Action - series of seven InDesign training videos, CCS Disability Action- Welcome aboard induction film, Access Aware App product launch video, Māori Leadership Framework video, Disabled Leadership video, Language Matters Series, Disability Rights Series

2017 - Director/ Producer Toi OHomai Institute of Technology - international recruitment marketing video
2017 - Producer Te Puia Thermal Reserve - international marketing video 
2017 - Producer Usana Health Sciences - international marketing video
2011 - Director/ Producer Telstra Clear- series of twelve marketing videos 
2011 - Director/ Producer  Simpl - marketing video 
2011 - Director/ Producer AA Insurance - marketing video 
2011 - Director/ Producer NZIM - marketing video 
2012 - Director/ Producer Zeacom - marketing video 
2012 - Director/ Producer Ike GPS - marketing video  
2012 - Director/ Producer FrameCad - marketing video
2012 - Director/ Producer Baldwin’s Intellectual Property - marketing video


2018 - Director The Perfect Murder - theatre production

2018 - Co-Director Jack and the Beanstalk - The Pantomine - theatre production