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Melanie Star Scot

Melanie Star Scot

Topp Scot Productions
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Asheville, North Carolina

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November 2012
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About Melanie

Mom, horse lover, phoenix. Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Credits and Full bio on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4221506

I wanted to work in film and television since I was a tiny girl but lost the dream somewhere along the path of life. When I accompanied my 15 year old actor son to his first film set, I was hooked! Enamored with every aspect of being on a set, I knew I was where I had always belonged! I began working on every set I could for free, in all departments, just to get the experience and learn how a set operated from bottom to top.

At age 49, I accomplished a life long dream and made my first short film "The Box". I'm incredibly proud of it as a first time producer and director and it won some nice, small awards. I have since written, produced and directed a total of 4 shorts, all averaging 20-30 minutes and have written an action/drama feature script, "Phoenix 454".

Executives at the AFM in Santa Monica told me that my Phoenix 454 idea was "genius" and "has the potential for mass, global appeal." So I produced and directed a 23 minute long Proof of Concept film for the script, which was edited by Clint Eastwoods editor of the last 20 years: Liz Radley. Liz told me the script is amazing and while editing my footage, told me that I was a very good director! I premiered that POC in North Carolina and Los Angeles and have been bowled over by the enthusiastic and positive feedback that it has gotten! The script has since been selected as a Quarter Finalist in the distinguished ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.

I tend to write for people who need a "boost" - a "lift" - people who have failed to live up to their own expectations and dreams, who need to be inspired and motivated, as well as entertained. This is usually people aged 30-35 and over but in "Phoenix 454", I have written in characters and elements that will appeal to the younger 15-30 demographic as well, in other cultures and especially the Asian film market.

I would love to connect with a good talent agent and am also looking to network with Producers and Executive Producers who can help get "Phoenix 454" made into the blockbuster that I wrote it to be. :)

Hopefully, I have my Stage 32 profile set up with relevant and helpful info and my full bio and credits are here on my IMDb profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4221506/

Thanks so much for reading!

~Melanie

Loglines

  • Phoenix 454

    Phoenix 454 Budget: $1M - $5M | Action Drama A middle-aged mother finds new life and new passion in an unconventional arena after her husbands funeral when she drives his classic Corvette Stingray to become a female "Rocky" of street racing and battles against a human-trafficking crime boss.

Credits

  • Phoenix Full Throttle

    Phoenix Full Throttle (2017)
    Film (Short) Writer, Director, Producer We shot a 23 minute long Proof-of-concept short film for my action/drama feature film script, Phoenix 454. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7258348/

  • The Golden Plates

    The Golden Plates (2016)
    Film (Thriller) Producer 1 Housecall, 2 Mormons, 3 Hipsters...What could possibly go wrong?

  • Magical Mystery Cure

    Magical Mystery Cure (2016)
    Film (Short) Producer Two teen brothers on a road trip to find happily-ever-after. When the younger brother is diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, instead of going into chemo and radiation treatment, the boys take off in search of a magical mystery cure they find online. Written by Sharon Y. Cobb

  • Sangria Lift

    Sangria Lift (2015)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama and 2 More) Writer, Director, Producer Michael is having a bad day. Intense, impatient, self-absorbed, he crosses paths with several people in one 24-hour period who will change his life. Through the actions of these people, some of whom he will never meet, he receives many lessons in perspectives, perception, compassion, trust....and in the end, given the opportunity to forgive.

  • Secrets in the Fall

    Secrets in the Fall (2015)
    Film (Family) Location management, 2nd AD Nothing is impossible for a group of young campers, friends and enemies alike, on a weekend retreat at Camp Pinnacle. But what starts as an exciting wilderness adventure turns into trouble when a young camper goes missing and the rest of the group must set out to find him. The campers are forced to overcome their differences and band together to re-claim their weekend and make it out of the woods before dark!

  • Morningside

    Morningside (2015)
    Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department In the world of the wealthy where money, power & prestige can form greed, lies, & corruption, 2 friends reunite in their hometown after being away for years. Both guard deep-rooted secrets from their past, and things are not as they seem.

  • Quitter

    Quitter (2014)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Short) Writer, Director, Producer Quitter is an uplifting and humorous look at a young man's journey through the cycle of addiction. Addiction is all around us; for some it's food, cigarettes, the internet, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping or other compulsions. Through his journey, Gabriel finds out that we are never truly alone in our struggles. Everyone will find something they can relate to and smile about in this inspiring short film. Written by Maura Muhl

  • Our Father

    Our Father (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Producer An estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family.

  • The Box

    The Box (2013)
    Film (Drama and Short) Writer, Director, Producer At the height of the American Civil War, two young lovers pledge their love and devotion as they plan their future together. Their lives are torn apart and dreams are shattered as tragedy shakes their world to the core. More than a hundred years later, high school student Madison Long is discontent with relationships and the whole idea of love. She finds comfort in the home of a new friend to whom she feels strangely connected. While visiting one day she finds something which mysteriously ties the present to a not-so-distant past... The Box. "Can true love transcend war, death and eternity?" Written by Kimberly B. Davis

  • The Dark One

    The Dark One (2012)
    Television (Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew A dark wizard by the name of Syris, hunts down the last known pure blood wizard Michelle, to feed on her soul and gain her power. Along with his minions Bella and Brick, he strikes down anyone in his path unmercifully. Can Alex, a fellow magical apprentice, protect Michelle from this soul hungry mad man? Written by John Dondero

  • Cole Younger & The Black Train

    Cole Younger & The Black Train (2012)
    Film (Western) Miscellaneous Crew COLE YOUNGER & THE BLACK TRAIN traces Cole Younger's experiences with the Black Train first as a teenager, then into adult life as he partners with Jesse James to create the most notorious outlaw band of the old West, the James-Younger gang. Written by Anonymous

  • Meet the Cleavers

    Meet the Cleavers (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Horror and Mystery) Miscellaneous Crew A dark comedy / horror movie about a not so normal 1950's family who happens to live in modern day America...people keep disappearing in town..whenever they: Meet The Cleavers.

  • It's Supernatural

    It's Supernatural (2012)
    Television (Talk-Show) Actress Sid Roth interviews various people who have experienced supernatural messages, dreams, miracles and visions.

  • Sybling Rivalry

    Sybling Rivalry (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Family is all about a love/hate relationship... and the ties that bind.

  • A Cold Day in Hell

    A Cold Day in Hell (2011)
    Film (Western) Miscellaneous Crew Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1887: William Drayton, once a crack sharpshooter in the Civil War, has lost his wife and home. He has ascended to the high country, wanting never to be heard from again.

  • Dancing in the Dark

    Dancing in the Dark
    Film (Drama, Music and Romance) Writer Add a Plot »

  • Phoenix 454

    Phoenix 454
    Film (Action) Writer She had no idea that a death would give rise to her rebirth.

Awards

  • Quarter Finalist - Screen Craft Screenwriting Fellowship - feature script "Phoenix 454"
    (2019)

  • Grand Winner - Best Director - 'Sangria Lift" - California Film Awards
    (2015)

  • Best Short Film - "Sangria Lift" - IndieFest Film Awards
    (2015)

  • Best Public Service Programming - "Quitter" - IndieFest Film Awards
    (2015)

  • Best in Women Filmmakers - "Sangria Lift" - Accolade Film Competition
    (2015)

  • Best in Women Filmmakers - "Quitter" - Accolade Film Competition
    (2015)

  • Best Film Short - "Sangria Lift" - Accolade Film Competition
    (2015)

  • Best in Fitness & Nutrition "Quitter" - Accolade Film Competition
    (2015)

  • Best in Personal Growth - "Quitter" - Accolade Film Competition
    (2015)

  • Best Short Film - "Sangria Lift" - Best Shorts Competition
    (2015)

  • Best in Women Filmmakers - "Sangria Lift" - IndieFest Film Awards
    (2015)

  • Best Local Filmmaker - 3rd Place - Mountain Xpress Magazine - Asheville, NC
    (2015)

  • Bronze Telly Award - "Quitter"
    (2014)

  • Bronze Telly Award - "The Box"
    (2013)

  • Best Costuming - "The Box" - Bare Bones Int'l Film & Music Festival
    (2013)

  • Best Actor - David Topp - "The Box" - Young Artists Awards - Hollywood
    (2013)

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