Dr. Melissa Caudle - Biography
Dr. Melissa Caudle
Dr. Melissa Caudle is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of On the Lot Productions, a Louisiana-based production company. Dr. Mel is an experienced producer and brings her expertise to production in the areas of budgeting, script breakdown, shoot scheduling, casting and more. She has built a solid reputation as a documentary and independent filmmaker. Her documentary films include Mexico Missions, The Dolphins in Terry Cove, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Sean Kelly’s Irish Pub, Beauvoir and Voices of the Innocent. She just recently produced the independent films Dark Blue in association with David C. Kirtland of New Guy Films and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads and currently is in development on the television series The Keystroke Killer that will be shot in New Orleans. She also has a weekly blog, Dr. Mel’s Message, (www.drmelcaudle.blogspot.com) that will include sections for producers, crew, screenwriters, and actors. The title pages within the blog are:
1. Dr. Mel's Message - Updates from Dr. Mel on The Keystroke Killer project as well as other productions, her thoughts, and articles from free-lance journalists.
2. The Actor's Slate - For actors to receive advice on auditioning, headshots etc.
3. The Back Lot- Covers production tips for producers, directors, and other crew-members involved in the production of films, documentaries, and music videos.
4. The Script Doctor - Covers writing screenplays, pitching them, format issues etc.
5. Ask Dr. Mel – this section Dr. Mel answers one or two questions she received in her email, or on her blog or Face Book page she feels would be of general interest to her followers.
6. Member Spotlight - this is reserved for a peer of Dr. Mel’s that she discusses. This person is chosen by Dr. Mel. He or she could be an actor, director, screenwriter, blogger, a magazine, or book she recommends.
7. That's a Wrap - My thoughts on current film, DVD, and book releases etc.
Dr. Mel has created five reality shows including The Baker Girls: Sealed with a Kiss and Hoops: Life off the Court, The Body Shop, At a Glance, and Reel Um In. She is currently in production on reality shows That’s Game: The Paintball Crew, River Kings, and The Body Shop and in pre-production on the sitcom, 40 & Leroy directed by Reed McCants, which is currently a web series. This series is a comedy with a host of comedians and actors including one young actor, Jamie Alyson, from New Orleans. Dr. Mel’s co-executive producer is the Emmy Award winning Director Neema Barnette, who recently directed the film Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day. “I knew the instant I met Neema, that I wanted to work with her again,” Caudle said. “It was within a matter of months that we teamed up on 40 & Leroy.” The sitcom is in its third season as a web series on Blip TV.
Besides being a filmmaker, Dr. Caudle is an author with more than a dozen books and articles in magazines around the world on production, creating reality shows, and screenwriting. One of her most popular books is The Reality of Reality TV: Reality Show Business Plans and The Reality of Reality TV
Workbook, which has been translated into five languages and selling
worldwide. “I receive over 300 E-mails everyday from
people all over the world,” Caudle said.
“To my amazement, I get at least five a day in a language I don’t
understand. Luckily, I have software for
a language translator; otherwise, I don’t know what I would do. Bollywood can’t get enough of my books in
stock.” Another best seller for Caudle is her book
series for Screenwriters. She named the
series, Rescue the Dog as a pun on a
statement she wrote in one of her books.
“My readers kept writing me comments on a particular section in one of
my books where I use my own dog as an example and that he needed rescuing after
I dressed him up for the annual Barkus Parade,” Caudle said. “It just stuck.” The series includes quick guidebooks for
screenwriters on how to develop and use a beat sheet, write a logline,
synopsis, and create a one pager for screenplays. Caudle also has published two books on raising
funds. Fundraising for Low-Budget Films and 150 Ways to Raise Funds for a Reality Show are the third selling
books for Caudle.
All of Dr. Mel’s books are available on Amazon.com or at www.therealityofrealitytv.com. These books are in high demand from screenwriters, reality show producers, and reality show creators and are fast becoming the “BIBLE” on reality show formatting, guidelines and creating business plans for reality shows. Next month, she publishes her next two books, The Art of the Production Coordinator followed by The Reality Show Handbook.
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