Meeshelle ‘Meesh’ Neal has been involved in making films for over ten years. She is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker best known for writing, producing, and acting in the short films Mental & Therapy, as well as directing Sweet Release, Check, and Ladies Don’t Wear Slacks.
She adapted Mental to the screen from a one-woman stage play. The film went on to receive BravoFACT funding as well as multiple awards, international recognition, and recently earned her a WIFTV Spotlight Image Award for an outstanding short work that shows production excellence or a unique, visionary approach.
As part of her professional development, Meeshelle participated in workshops such as the: STORYHIVE Career Accelerator Program, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Career Advancement Module, and the WIDC’s immersive Story and Leadership program.
Following on the heels of a concept short she shot under the same title, Meeshelle is in development on her first feature film Sweet Release. This full-length magical realism story is being brought to life with the help of a two-year WIDC mentorship. The script has received funding and is currently in the second round of consideration for the Sundance Development Track.
Meeshelle is proud to have served a full term on the board for Women in Film & Television Vancouver and sat on the jury for the WIDC Feature Film Award. She is often hired to write for film & TV, story edit, career / writing consult, and/or as a pitch coach.
She is mentored by well-respected director / producer Gary Harvey.
In addition to working in film, Meeshelle is an author and (to date) has published two novellas in her series Betwixt. She enjoys telling heightened reality stories that remain grounded in the nuanced complexity of human emotions.
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As a part of her ongoing professional development, Meeshelle has attended workshops such as the Storyhive & CWWA Career Accelerator Program and the WIDC Career Advancement Module as well as the Story & Leadership intensive.
She is mentored by Gary Harvey, recently finished her third narrative short and is in development on her first feature by the same name, SWEET RELEASE.
BOTH short films she directed last year premiered at the Covellite International Film Festival (2018) with CHECK taking home a Best Short award.
Meesh has multiple TV series and features optioned as well as poems and short stories published. Her novella’s BETWIXT & BETWIXT: THE CALL OF THE VOID can be found on Amazon. There is a feature film script already attached to book one.
Meesh’s past blog posts can be found on the M&J website. The posts that end with ~M were written by her (with input from Jax) and visa versa the ones ending in ~J were written by Jax (with input from Meesh).
Together they were co-heads of Creative Services for JBA.
Leo nominated, Meeshelle enjoys being a highly proactive member of the Vancouver Film & TV community both in front of and behind the scenes.
She is proud to have served a full term on the board for WIFTV.