BIOGRAPHY

TAYLOR MCNELIS

Founder/Sole Member of Wild Lion Productions. 

I was born in Panama City, Florida, and lived all over the U.S and even Germany throughout my childhood.  I have a younger brother who played College Soccer and I played football for JMU.  Diehard Jacksonville Jaguars fan, and live and breathe football.  So how did I get into video production?  Good question because I'm not entirely sure how I did either haha. 

       It all started in High School english class when we read Macbeth, and our teacher gave us the option to make a video instead of writing a report or making a presentation on the story.  Naturally, my friends and I didn't want to write paper and why not make one of us dress up as Lady Macbeth?  I guess you could say it started then, but it was never a serious passion of mine; my passion was always football and I grinded constantly to make that dream happen and eventually got to play for James Madison University. 

       During my time in college I continued making videos on the side, short films, music videos and of course just goofy skits with my friends.  It was then, when I realized I could actually do something with this skill; not only was it something I enjoyed, and naturally talented at, it was a desired skill that people wanted.  So I continued taking business classes while teaching myself shot composition, lighting, framing, editing, etc.  Eventually I switched Majors to study Video Production and was able to network with so many other talented people in my field.  The rest is history as they say. 

     A simple High School Class project my friends and I did to get out of a writing assignment sparked my film career.   I love what I do and my goal is to continue creating entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

FILMOGRAPHY

10-59
July 2019

Two buddies mess around with a police scanner and decide to follow up on a crime.

RVA 48hr Film Fest 2019

Lunch Break
May 2019

Two girls decide to rob a dry cleaners on their lunch break.

Currently in Post Production

Mount Skylight
July 2018

A group of recovering alcoholics find peace taking hikes together.  Until one day they return home and find the entire town has vanished.

Currently in Festival Circuit - PM me for link to watch.

Breaking and Mentoring
October 2017

An abandoned boy and his bear befriend a burglar.

 

Made for the Adrenaline Film Project.

Fragile
August 2016

A widowed traveler confronts his grief in an unusual way.

Hampton Roads 48hr Film Project

Bottle Service
May 2016

In this mockumentary - a camera crew follows around a group of people trying to become Master Sommeliers. A pompous business man, an oddball couple and a drunk college student.

APEX FILM FEST

2019

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Official Selection for MOUNT SKYLIGHT

72HR FILM PROJECT

2017

RICHMOND

48HR 

FILM FEST

2019

TOP 10

Top 10 recipient for '10-59'

DRAFT FEST 2019

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Official Selection for MOUNT SKYLIGHT

JURY AWARD

JURY AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN THE ADRENALINE FILM PROJECT

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