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JEFF BATES
PRODUCER | FILMMAKER

 

Jeff’s 30 years of filmmaking experience as a director and editor reveals an ability to succeed in almost any genre. Clients rave about his ability to tell stories and, as a director, coax meaningful, emotional performances from real people. He has directed and edited hundreds of award-winning television commercials for national clients including Mitsubishi, LG Electronics, FedEx, Imation, Leatherman Tool, AT&T, Honda Motorcycles, Blackberry, Harry & David, and others. For 12 years, Jeff wrote and produced TV & Radio as an advertising agency creative, giving him an insider’s collaborative perspective when working with ad professionals and their clients.

Jeff's most recent experience has cast him with American film and television director Dallas Jenkins, best known as the creator, director, and co-writer of The Chosen, the first multi-season series about the life of Christ and the most successful media crowd-fund of all time. Jeff has spent weeks filming the series in Texas.

He has also crafted numerous heart-stirring documentaries and long-form television productions, including In the Hands of the Enemy, The Hell Gate Experience, Petra Beyond Belief, Carman – Revival in the Land (co-writer, producer, editor), Bridges of Hope - South Africa, Amour’s Mission, and the acclaimed children’s musical film The Ruby Princess Runs Away (editor). He has also contributed in music videos for a number of prominent American and Canadian recording artists. The roster includes Christian rock legends Michael W. Smith (this video won Gospel Music’s Dove award), Carman, Petra, Connie Scott, and The Kry.

 

He lives in Oregon where he raised 5 children with his stunning, talented wife, Gena.


MELANIE CARDINAL
VIDEOGRAPHER | PRODUCER

 

Melanie E. Cardinal graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.A. in Telecommunication with an emphasis in film and video production. She worked for the ABC news station in Medford, Oregon for over ten years in production, directing, cameras, editing commercials, audio, graphics, and production staffing. She also worked behind the scenes in concert logistics for nine years. She is a photographer/mixed media artist who has shown her work throughout Oregon and in the traveling Words in Red exhibit, and she has been a board member at Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts since 2009. Currently, she is working in video production at Trail Christian Fellowship. Melanie is married and has one son, Archie.