© 2019 by Monica Arsenault

 Writing & Directing 

 Directing 
 

My directing reel is coming soon! For now, check out the short films and music videos I've directed as well as the trailer for Nun Habits below! 

Behind The Scenes
 
 
Writing 
 

All scripts and screenplays are works in progress and can be made available upon request. Check out my finished scripts in the short films below!

Short StorieS & Poems 
 

NIGHTMARE

A POEM

I dreamt that we were away in beautiful paradise. 

I dreamt that we were sleeping under the moonlight. 

No electricity. 

No sounds but the crickets. 

Just fireflies, stars, and moonlight. 

The Earth. It was God’s gift to us...

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 RESUME 

 about me 

"You don't have to be loud. If you know what you want, people respect that." — Sofia Coppola

I'm a freelance writer and director with proven creative, team management, and communication skills. As a director, my goal is to work with my team to turn a script into cohesive, visually captivating film. As a writer, my goal is to tell stories at the intersection of faith, womanhood, and sexuality. I'm seeking freelance directing and writing work on independent projects where I can use my skills to enhance the creative viability of a project and take on enacting a cohesive vision for an incredible project.  

 WORK EXPERIENCE 

Freelance

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Weekend, A Lydia Granered Music Video - Director & Producer

(October 2019 - Present)

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Art, Love & Money - Producer

(March 2019 - Present)

  • Female-driven Feature Film currently slated to film Spring 2020

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Hoofin' It - Line Producer & Production Coordinator

(February 2019 - Present)

  • Original Web Series currently slated to film Spring 2020

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Young Minds of America - Director, Producer, & Writing Consultant

(January 2019 - Present)

  • Short Film currently slated to film Spring 2020

 

QUARTER WATER FILMS,  The Gift That Aches - 1st Assistant Director

(November 2018)

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS & L2G PRODUCTIONS,  Cheer Up, Charlie - Producer

(May 2018 - Present)

  • Only Producer hired to oversee an original web series from development through distribution

  • Official Selection at over 10 film festivals including HollyShorts Film Festival (August 2019), Urbanworld Film Festival (September 2019), LA Femme Film Festival (October 2019), and more

  • Nominated for Best Directing Craft Award at T.O. Webfest (July 2019)

  • Winner: Best Short at The London Cannabis Film Festival (July 2019)

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Nun Habits - Creator, Writer & Director

(January 2018 - Present)

  • Creator of a six-part episodic web series.

  • Winner: Best Web Series at Ocktober Film Festival (October 2019)

  • Winner: Audience Choice Award at qFLIX Worcester, New England's LGBTQ+ Film Festival (October 2019)

  • Winner: Audience Choice Award at World Webfest Mania (September 2019) 

  • Nominated for Best International TV Pilot at Pilot Light TV Festival (May 2019)

  • Nominated for Best Dramedy, Best Actress, & Outstanding Achievement in Music at NYC Web Fest (October 2019)

  • Official Selection at over a dozen film festivals

Additional Work

STUART COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL,  Princeton, NJ - Filmmaking Workshop Instructor

(March 2019)

  • Inspired students to tell real-life stories visually by teaching a week-long filmmaking workshop to High School Sophomores & assisting them in creating mini-documentaries.

  • Showcased the value of education in underprivileged communities by partnering with nursery & middle school students in schools for single parents and low-income families.

VIRGIL FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT,  New York, NY (Oct. 2014 - June 2015) - Social Media & Office Intern

(October 2014 - June 2015)

  • Helped company identify target audience for Film Promotion and conducted social media outreach research for the company.

LAVNER CAMPS & PROGRAMS,  Princeton, NJ (Summer 2014) - Camp Director & Filmmaking Instructor

(Summer 2014)

  • Inspired students to tell real-life stories visually by teaching a week-long film

  • Successfully tracked the progress within the camp curriculum by overseeing employees and holding daily staff meetings.

  • Collaborated with parents to ensure their child’s progress within the camp curriculum as well as addressing any concerns they had.

  • Successfully designed & executed filmmaking curriculum in which campers were taught how to write, produce, & edit their own films.

 Education 

ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL,  Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY - Certificate of Completion

(July 2015 - December 2017)

  • Completed all 5 semesters of a 2.5-year immersive acting program from Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2017 

  • Completed six-week summer intensive from July  & August 2015

  • Marketing Director for theater company formed in final semester (April - Dec. 2017)

  • Stage Manager for Company show - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill (Oct. - Dec. 2017)

SVA, THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS,  New York, NY - Completed 2 years of 4-year BFA, Film & Video

(September 2013 - May 2015)

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA​​

  • 3⁄4 Semesters on Dean’s List

  • Wrote, Produced, & Directed 8 short films over 4 semesters

  • Worked as crew on over a dozen student projects over 4 semesters

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL,  Lawrenceville, NJ (Summer 2014) - High School Diploma

(September 2009 - June 2013)

  • Honor Roll & AP Curriculum

  • Journalism Academic Award

  • Four Years Community Service

 Special Skills 

Final Cut Pro X                     .                                      |    Microsoft Office Programs  

Screenwriting Software (Final Draft, Celtx, Fade In)   |    Studio Binder  

Google Hangouts                                                       |    Google Drive Programs  

Strong Writing & Editing Skills                                   |    Strong People Skills

Monica on set directing Nun Habits