Mary Kuper

Why do stories matter?
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Hi there!

I’m Mary, and I love to tell stories and communicate via video, multimedia content, and the written word.

The most important aspect of creative storytelling to me is the balance between narrative consistency and ingenuity—namely, how I can consistently surprise myself and others with the work I do.

I think creative storytelling is the fabric of what can make the human qualities of our world more beautiful. Stories connect, stories inspire, and stories motivate, and I’m passionate about helping you tell yours.

I’m open to exploring most any role in that world where business and creative combine. As a very detailed and method-oriented person, I thrive on the entire process of filmmaking, especially the big-picture to smallest-detail role of the producer; as an avid reader and writer who desires to make a difference, I make a point to be engaged in my community in ways that make use of my strengths.

I am from and currently live in Seattle but am willing to relocate or work remotely. Please get in touch if you feel you could use my skills and enthusiasm on your team!

Relevant Skills

Creative and Analytical Writing
90%
Event Planning and Management
90%
Project Management & Logistics
85%
Research and Learning
80%
Video Editing, Adobe Premiere & Final Cut Pro X
80%
Videography and Sound Recording
80%

Experience

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Production Assistant

Freelance
Seattle, WA

June 2018 – present

My work as an independent contractor includes:

• Jason Reid’s “Tell My Story” documentary on teen suicide in partnership with ChooseLife.org, in theaters 2020
• CreativeLive, supporting instructors who are experts in their creative fields + Podcast Week, Photo Week, and other conferences
• Strange & Wonderful, with clients like PopSockets and Amazon
• other: Digital Farm, Microsoft Studios, RUN Studios

Production Coordinator

CreativeLive
Seattle, WA

July 2018 – August 2019

Facilitated production-day operations alongside crew and Line Producer via in-ear IFB system on over 30 shoots at company’s Seattle studios. Transported rented gear for shoots in Seattle area in a safe and timely manner. Handled company credit card and kept receipts, taking care to keep runs under budget.

Provided in-studio support during live segments with audience members and instructors. Prop stylist and wardrobe stylist for models when needed.

Preserved cleanliness and tidiness of company kitchen, including fully stocked pantry and refrigerator. Prepped catered lunch daily and made creative snacks in-house for studio audience and crew members. Organized wrap parties for in- house talent and crew.

Elementary School Art Teacher

Kids Create
Seattle, WA

Spring 2018

Assisted K-2nd graders at Queen Anne Elementary in imagining, playing, sketching, problem solving, and exploring their ideas as they worked collaboratively and independently on projects like mosaic pinch pots, garden “fairy houses,” and steampunk insects (part of the program’s “Art in Nature” springtime enrichment curriculum).

Emphasized art as a process of joyful curiosity, self-expression, and learning rather than a final product.

Creative Writing Teacher

Walla Walla Whitman Imaginative Writing Partnership
Walla Walla, WA

January 2018 – May 2018

Led middle school students in Walla Walla Public Schools in imaginative writing exercises meant to inspire the best poems, essays, and stories possible

Helped students revise and edit pieces for publication in a creative anthology

Off Campus Studies Intern

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

September 2017 – May 2018

Facilitated student and community outreach programs, including participation in panels and coordinating semesterly Q&A sessions for students

Promoted social media campaigns through the creation of “Digital Stories” and multimedia trailers (check out my portfolio below!)

Organized and delivered major presentations encapsulating the study abroad experience to students

Archival Intern

Mechanical Dreams VR / Electric Dream Factory
Seattle, WA

June 2017 – August 2017

Completed office tasks such as filing receipts, transcribing 2 development interviews for upcoming scripts, and managing and distributing 1500+ stills for actors and producers for 2 projects

Organized appointments with sound stages in Los Angeles and attended to other production needs in the office

Digitized the company’s entire project-related and financial history from 2012 to present

Director of Recruitment Records

Delta Gamma
Walla Walla, WA

December 2016 – December 2017

One of three main administrators of sorority recruitment, managed 75+ members

Operated the chapter’s recruitment management system online to ensure the organization, timeliness, and accountability of chapter members during recruitment

Multimedia Coordinator

Delta Gamma
Walla Walla, WA

January 2015 – December 2017

Directed and produced two of our chapter’s annual Recruitment videos

Created slideshow, teaser video, and weekend “memory” video for chapter’s Centennial Celebration Weekend in April 2016 for 250+ guests for keepsake purposes

Social Media Intern

Broadway Bound Children’s Theater
Seattle, WA

May 2016 – July 2016

Selected and managed web content and organized archived materials using Google Drive and Dropbox to increase traffic to the organization’s new website

Director of Scholarship

Delta Gamma
Walla Walla, WA

December 2015 – December 2016

Planned, conducted, and spoke publicly at biannual Scholarship Luncheons; 150+ guests attended, including faculty and staff members of Whitman College

Managed GPAs and scholarship opportunities of chapter members to maintain academic standards of the chapter; highest Greek group GPA at Whitman College for four continuous semesters

Teaching Assistant

Lakeside School Investigative Learning Camps
Seattle, WA

June 2015 – August 2015

Managed classes of 5th-8th graders ranging from 8-20 students in size for Digital Photography and Debate camps

  • Digital Photography: Assisted students in editing photos for their digital photography portfolios
  • Debate: Helped students synthesize information and develop arguments to better their public speaking skills

Education

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Class of 2018

Bacheolor of Arts, Cum Laude
Film and Media Studies
Minors: English and Creative Writing
Member of the Order of Omega for leadership in interfraternity activities
Undergraduate Honors and Academic Distinction

CIEE Central European Studies

Prague, Czech Republic

Spring 2017

Film and Media Studies
Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and Charles University
Semester GPA: 4.0

Lakeside School

Seattle, WA

Class of 2014

Newspaper Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Commencement Speaker as chosen by peers
Student Alumni Representative 2014-2016