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ABOUT

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"I am committed to telling diverse &  inclusive stories that transform the world!"

-Kimisha Renee Davis

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Hey, I am Kimisha Renee and welcome to my world!

 

I am a Los Angeles based filmmaker and I am passionate about directing, narrative game writing and designing, virtual production, and AI. I am dedicated to telling diverse and inclusive stories that leave others moved, touched, and inspired.

I am focusing on directing, producing, and writing, with an emphasis in virtual production in the division of Film and Television Production at the
University of Southern California. I was awarded the USC Grant, FAO Scholarship, the NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarship to attend the School of Cinematic Arts.

I am a rising senior and my expected graduation is

Spring of 2024.

I am an alum of the: SUNDANCE Institute Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling Workshop (Scholarship), AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE Cinematography Intensive for Women, sponsored by: Panavision and RED Digital Cinema, and RESPECTABILITY ENTERTAINMENT LAB, sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.

Furthermore, I am proud to share that I am a winner of USC’S FUTURE OF THEMED EXPERIENCES, judged by senior entertainment executives from: Marvel, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros Discovery, Paramount Pictures, Prime Video and Amazon Studios, Epic Games, Dolby Laboratories, and Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.

I aspire to hire at least 50% women, BIPOC, LGBTQ +, and disabled cast and crew members on every project. I champion inclusion riders to hire diverse film production employees in leadership positions above and below the line. Additionally, my sets are environmentally friendly to support efforts to end climate change. I especially enjoy action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and super heroine series and films.

I am pursuing the route of directing virtual productions, interactive games, and artificial intelligence. I am inspired by gaming technology, world building, and imagining the impossible. I am in development on a feature film and television series, as well as a graphic novel and video game. I am devoted to telling impactful stories that evolve the world. I'm thankful for my blossoming career, and I am looking forward to connecting with other like minded collaborators and making a positive contribution.

P.S.

I designed and created this site myself. Hope you enjoy!

Gratitude,

Kimisha Renee Davis

technology eXPERIENCE

PREMIERE
95%
AVID
70%
FINAL DRAFT
95%
MOVIE MAGIC
80%
AFTER EFFECTS
70%
ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 
75%
SCENECHRONIZE
80%
MICROSOFT OFFICE 
95%
CASHET
90%
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LENSES

Angenieux

Arri

Atlas

Canon

Cooke Optics
Fujinon
Hawk

Kowas

Leica

Nikon
Panavision
P+S Technik
Service Vision Scorpio

Sigma

Vantage
Zeiss

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Cameras

DIGITAL
Arri: Alexa, Alexa Mini, Amira,

LF, LF Mini, SXT, and XT
Blackmagic: Cinema
Canon: 5D Mark III
Panasonic: AG-HPX372, EVA1, and VariCam 35
Panavision: DXL2
Red: Epic W, Scarlet, Ranger, and Komodo
Sony: AS7 II, FS5, FS7, and Venice

FILM
Arri: Arriflex 16 and 416, Arriflex 35 BL
Bolex: Super 16
Panavision: Panaflex Millennium XL2

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Stabilizers

Easyrig

Ready Rig Movi/Ronin

Steadicam Flyer LE

fine arts education

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2021-2024

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Directing I Producing I Writing I Virtual Production

Film and Television Production

School of Cinematic Arts

Founder: USC Black Women of Cinematic Arts

Member: USC Reach I USC Women of Cinematic Arts

USC Grant , FAO, NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarships

Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

2021

respectability entertainment lab

Directing Fellow

Sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.

(Certificate)

2020

Sundance

institute

Directing Fellow

Sundance Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling

Sundance Institute Scholarship

(Certificate)

2018-2020

ART CENTER

COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Cinematography I Directing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Creativist

Dean's List, Mentorship Program,

Art Center, H B Edwards Endowed, Joseph and Rebecca Lacko, Ray Charles

Fund Minority Scholarships

2019

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Participant

Cinematography Intensive for Women

Sponsored by Panavision and RED

(Certificate)

2019

ASC 

crane & remote head workshop

Participant

Sponsored by Women in Media,

Cinemoves, Panavision, and the ASC

2017

Garnish Music Production School

Participant

Electronic Music DJ Major

(Certificate)

2008-2009

Fashion Institute

of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Design

1st Place Cotton Inc. Scholarship

2021

american film

institute

Participant

Directing Workshop for Women:

The Interchange

2020

main media workshops

Participant

Lighting for Film and Television

(SLED Grant)

2019

SONY

EDU

Participant

Commercial Workshop I Directing

Sponsored by Sony

2019

ARRI LIGHTing

CLASS SEMINAR

Participant

Sponsored by Cinegear, the ASC, and ARRI

2016-2017

Cincinnati

State

Audio I Video Production

Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List

Runner Up College Movie Festival

Associate’s Diploma

2014

Landmark Education

Participant

The Forum, Advanced Course,

Self ExpressionLeadership Program,

and Causing the Miraculous Seminar Series

2004-2007

Carnegie Mellon University

Acting

Spokesmodel, Admissions Assistant, and Residential Assistant

2001-2004

School for

Creative &

Performing Arts

Acting I Vocal Music I Musical Theatre

(High School Diploma)

film, TV, game, & AI
organizations

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USC

BLACK WOMEN OF CINEMATIC ARTS

Mission
The mission of USC Black Women of Cinematic Arts is to provide a sisterhood, professional development, and networking opportunities, while empowering and connecting Black female USC School of Cinematic Arts students and alumni.

 

Purpose
We are committed to shedding light on the authentic Black female experience and creating a more positive and intersectional representation of Black women in film and television.

Founder & President

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USC WOMEN OF CINEMATIC ARTS

WCA is the official organization of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, a collective of female and gender-nonconforming students. Through an engaging slate of professional and social programming, opportunities are offered for our members to band together, support each other from school to graduation to retirement, and dismantle inequality in the entertainment industry. 

Member

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film

independEnt

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions the independent filmmaker.

Member

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USC African American cinema society

Founded by renown writer/director, John Singleton, the mission of the African-American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

Member

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WOMEN

IN

FILM

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, WIF provides members with camaraderie, networking opportunities, educational programs, scholarships, grants, film finishing funds, access to employment opportunities and mentorships.

Member

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sundance

Institute

Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship recipient.

Sundance Institute supports and champions independent artists because they believe their stories and perspectives are essential to a thriving, informed and connected society. They provide safe and nurturing spaces where artists can develop and share new work while building networks and community with one another.

Member

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WOMEN

IN

MEDIA

ZEISS Cinematography Lenses grant winner.

 

Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them.

Member

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society of

camera

operators

The Society Of Camera Operators was founded in 1979 under the name Society of Operating Cameramen. Its primary mission is to advance the art, craft and creative contribution of the camera operator in the motion picture and television industries.

Member

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMA-TOGRaPHERS

The American Society of Cinematographers, founded in Hollywood in 1919, is a cultural, educational, and professional organization for cinematographers.

Member

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sporas

Sporas is a platform for cinematographers, directors, and film technicians of color.

Member

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