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Susan Bell

Interactive Producer at JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Pasadena, California
Media Production
  1. JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory),
  2. Charon Pictures Inc.
  1. First Person,
  2. Transmedia Storyteller Ltd,
  3. ShadeMaker Productions, Inc. aka Cinderbiter
  1. Florida State University
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JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Interactive Producer

– Present

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I'm a very hands-on technical professional with a proven record of managing diverse media projects thru development, production & post-production. Fifteen years experience across film, TV, new media, animation & transmedia platforms.

Transmedia & Digital Storytelling
Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG)
Film & Video Production/Post-Production
DVD/Blu-ray Content Creation & Authoring
Stop-motion Animation

Budgeting, Line Producing & Cost Reporting
Script Breakdown & Scheduling
Legal & Clearance Procedures
Delivery Bibles & Inventory/Wrap
Event Coordination

Active Social Media User
Web, Interactive & Print Design
Script & Copy Writing/Editing
Testing & Bug Reporting
Content Management Systems
Experienced Picture & Sound Editor

Very Friendly, Client-Side Personality!
Open to all consulting & job opportunities!

I'm also an active NASA Social media participant and a private pilot.


Interactive Producer

JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
– Present (1 year 1 month)Pasadena

Working in Earth Public Outreach, I produce video series, social media shareables and graphic artwork for NASA missions, campaigns and events. I was the lead producer of the #GlobalSelfie Earth Day 2014 campaign. I also staff educational & community events where I demo apps and speak about NASA's earth science missions.

Producer/Experience Designer

Charon Pictures Inc.
– Present (4 years 11 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

Owner of a film & transmedia production company. Productions include:
+Order of Umbra ARG (WyrdCon '12 & '13)
+A Haunting in the Hotel experience (WyrdCon '12)
+Carol's Haunting - ARG
+LAGP - reality-based show about Los Angeles ghost hunters.

I also do freelance producing, design & writing, as well as teach an overview workshop of transmedia production.

Sr. Project Manager, Interactive

First Person
(2 months)San Francisco

Creative Technologist

Transmedia Storyteller Ltd
(1 year)San Francisco Bay Area

Designing, writing and testing interactive stories told across social media and mobile platforms.

Assistant Production Manager

ShadeMaker Productions, Inc. aka Cinderbiter
(6 months)San Francisco

Henry Selick stop-motion animated feature for Walt Disney Studios.

Position more akin to Line Producer. Approved weekly payroll & POs for 160-person union production. Worked closely with department coordinators to track overtime & spending. Reviewed weekly cost reporting & calculated projections. Supervised inventory & wrap when film shut down.

Experience Designer/Producer

The Miracle Mile Paradox
(8 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

An alternate reality game comprised of online elements and a 3-month long live Los Angeles event. Responsible for the overall player experience design via multiple platforms, including character blog, faux corporate website, Facebook pages & interactive text messaging. Programmed player interaction via Transmedia Storyteller's Conducttr & Tropo scripting. Designed key artwork, created physical artifacts, edited video/audio elements. Project was a hands-on workshop for Transmedia LA and funded via Kickstarter.

Associate Producer / Project Manager

(3 years)Los Angeles

+ Robot Chicken Seasons 4 & 5 (40 eps)
+ Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episodes II & III (hour specials)
+ Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Season 1 (10 eps)
+ Titan Maximum Season 1 (10 eps)

Produced 9 DVD/Blu-ray packages. Tracked S&P, legal & clearance status. Conformed scripts. Managed & edited publicity requests & pitch materials. Budgeted & coordinated events. Prepared award submissions. Managed vendors.

Closely worked with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences governors & staff to recognize stop-motion artists in live-action peer groups such as costuming and cinematography.

Assistant to Producers

(2 years 2 months)Los Angeles

+ Robot Chicken Seasons 2 & 3 (30 eps)
+ Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode I
+ Moral Orel Seasons 2 & 3 (33 eps)

Developed Filemaker inventory & script databases. Created websites. Organized producer's office, including consolidating numerous filing systems for improved accessibility. Screened calls, scheduled meetings, read scripts, prepared correspondence & pitch materials.

Various Production Roles

(2 years)Fort Worth, Texas

Worked in production & post-production positions on film & video productions.

Director of New Media

(3 years 9 months)Fort Worth, Texas

Documentary production company also represented the historic Russian State Film & Photo Archives Krasnogorsk. Co-authored business plan & private placement memorandums. Coordinated multilingual catalog development.

Additionally worked on several documentary projects:
+Yanks for Stalin, The History Channel as Editor
+Red Files, PBS - winner of the IDA Best Limited Series award

Logger & Tape Operator

Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting
(2 months)Atlanta, Georgia

Performed live logging of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games events & competitions. Operated digital tape decks, producing master tapes for IOC archives.


Producers Guild of America

– Present

AP Council Board of Delegates (AP/PM/PS), 2013 - 2016
Northwest Chapter Board Member, 2012 - 2013

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Active Member, Animation Peer Group
– Present

Transmedia LA

Director of Programming

Alameda Aero Club

– Present


Florida State University

MFA, Film School

One of six students chosen by faculty to write & direct a fully-funded thesis film.

Activities and Societies: Dean's List.

Baylor University

BA, Telecommunications

Was a BSE Mechanical Engineering major until junior year when my love of storytelling lured me into communications. That's where my highly technical side comes from!

Activities and Societies: Honor's Program Graduate with Distinction, Dean's List, Baylor Presidential Scholarship recipient, Chi's service club member



  • Photoshop I (Studio Arts LA)
  • Photoshop II (Studio Arts LA)
  • After Effects I (Studio Arts LA)


The Miracle Mile Paradox(Link)

Story Producer and Project Manager

Team members:


  • Film
  • Post Production
  • Video
  • Animation
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Social Media
  • Producing
  • Documentaries
  • Facebook
  • Storytelling
  • Content Strategy
  • After Effects
  • Video Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Photoshop
  • FileMaker
  • Blogging
  • Video Editing
  • Film Production
  • Final Draft
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Event Planning
  • DVD authoring
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Dvd
  • Cinematography
  • JIRA
  • CMS
  • Cost Reporting
  • Deliverables
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Pro Tools
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • HTML + CSS
  • Flash Video
  • Wordpress
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Compressor
  • FTP
  • Filemaker Pro
  • Alternate Reality Games
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Honors & Awards

Contributed to 7 Emmy Awards & 13 nominations
Contributed to 7 Annie Awards & 17 nominations

DGA Women's Student Award Honorable Mention Winner (2005)
MPSE Golden Reel Nominee - Verna Fields Award (2006)

Film Festivals Awards:

+Best Horror Short, Shockerfest 2006
+Best Short Screenplay, Best Music, Alumni Award, International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2006
+Best Horror Film, San Francisco Women's Film Festival 2007

+Best College Short, International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2005
+Second Place Super Short, Shriekfest 2006
+Best Mini-Short, Danville Children's Film Festival 2006
+Winner Fuji Film Award, Shockerfest 2006

+Film Radar Award, Bleedfest 2011
+First Place Gothic Horror, Dragon*Con 2003
Also licensed for a 3-year run on IFC cable channel

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Susan is looking for:

Causes Susan cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Susan supports:

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