KIMISHA RENEE DAVIS

ABOUT

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hi, I am Kimisha Renee Davis! I am a Los Angeles based writer and director and I am committed to telling diverse stories that leave others moved, touched, and inspired.

 

I am all about positive vibes and I love creating dynamic visual storytelling through: screenwriting, detailed character development, selecting and manipulating lenses and cameras, composition, color design, and painting with light. Thus bringing beautiful stories to life.

I am a film student. I am
majoring in directing with an emphasis in screenwriting 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 pursuing the route of directing virtual productions. I am inspired by gaming technology, world building, and imagining the impossible. I have some experience with Unreal Engine and I am currently in USC School of Cinematic Art’s first ever virtual production class utilizing Unity.

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.

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 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 hero films. I am committed to creating ones that have super heroines, BIPOC characters, and Afrofuturistic themes in the forefront. I am in development on a feature film and television series.

I am devoted to telling impactful stories that evolve the world. I'm super grateful 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 this site myself. Hope you enjoy!

Gratitude,

Kimisha Renee Davis

"I am committed to telling diverse stories

that transform the world!"

-Kimisha Renee Davis

eXPERIENCE //

PREMIERE
95%
AVID
70%
FINAL DRAFT
95%
MOVIE MAGIC
80%
AFTER EFFECTS
70%
ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 
75%
SCENECHRONIZE
80%
WORD
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 (In Training)

Steadicam Flyer LE (In Training)

education //

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2021

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Directing Major/Emphasis in Screenwriting

Film and Television Production

School of Cinematic Arts

USC African American Cinema Society

(USC Grant , FAO Scholarship, and the

NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarship)

Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2023

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.)

2020

Sundance institute

Sundance Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling

(Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship)

2018-2020

ART CENTER

COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Cinematography Major/Directing Minor

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Creativist

(Dean's List, Mentorship Program,

Art Center Scholarship, H B Edwards Endowed Scholarship, Joseph and Rebecca Lacko Scholarship, and Ray Charles Fund Minority Scholarship)

2019

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Cinematography Intensive for Women

(Sponsored by Panavision and RED)

(Certificate)

2019

ASC 

crane & remote head workshop

(Sponsored by Women in Media,

Cinemoves, Panavision, and the ASC)

2017

Garnish Music Production School

Electronic Music DJ Major

(Certificate)

2008-2009

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Design Major

(1st Place Cotton Inc. Scholarship)

2021

american film

institute

Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange

2020

main media workshops

Lighting for Film and Television

(SLED Grant)

2019

SONY EDU

Commercial Workshop

(Sponsored by Sony)

2019

ARRI LIGHTing

CLASS SEMINAR

(Sponsored by Cinegear, the ASC, and ARRI)

2016-2017

Cincinnati State

Audio/Video Production Major

(Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List, Runner Up College Movie Festival, Associate’s Diploma)

2014

Landmark Education

The Forum, Advanced Course,

Self ExpressionLeadership Program,

and Causing the Miraculous Seminar Series

2004-2007

Carnegie Mellon University

Acting Major

(Spokesmodel, Admissions Assistant, and Residential Assistant)

2001-2004

School for

Creative &

Performing Arts

Acting/Vocal Music/Musical Theatre Major

(High School Diploma)

ORGANIZATIONS //

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USC AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA SOCIETY

MEMBER

Founded by reknown 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.

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sundance

Institute

MEMBER

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.

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film

independant

MEMBER

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

American Society of Cinematographers

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMA-

TOGRaPHERS

FRIEND

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

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society of

camera

operators

MEMBER

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.

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sporas

MEMBER

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

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WOMEN

IN

FILM

MEMBER

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.

Women in Media

WOMEN

IN

MEDIA

MEMBER

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.

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primetime

MEMBER

Primetime is a vetted visibility platform for all women working above and below the line behind the camera, campaigning for gender equality across every department in the Entertainment Industry.