VANESSA SILVA

Filmmaker | Producer | Actor

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ACTOR

After attending university in NY and England for her passions - performance and filmmaking - Vanessa Silva received a degree in Marketing and Advertising with an emphasis in Media. Ultimately, her lifelong passions propelled Vanessa in front of - and behind - the camera. She has acted, and continues to act, in an array of new media, episodic series, industrials, and short and feature films.

In addition to regional performance academies, Vanessa has trained with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting/Art of Acting for Acting Technique, The Juilliard School for Voice, The Groundlings School for Improvisation, and is a Specialized Training Alumni with The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Camera Acting for Film and Television.

Vanessa's also had a variety of skilled instruction, such as fight choreography with Stuart Wilson (Owner of Action Acting & Bruce Willis' stunt double), and has studied martial arts from an early age.

In addition to acting, Vanessa enjoys coaching and teaching fellow actors, and even ran a successful ongoing Actor's Masterclass at the former Hollywood South Studios through a program called "Footlight Acting." Today, she continues to coach privately, prepping actors for auditions and upcoming roles.

"I’d love to see [the industry] grow into something where we no longer have to worry about fighting for equal opportunities and it just is – all the while continuing to make something great with passion at the forefront. And, at the end of the day, I just want to be a part of that.”

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IndieActivity Magazine
​"Interview with Filmmaker and Actor Vanessa Silva"

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FILMMAKER

DIRECTOR  |  WRITER  |  PRODUCER CINEMATOGRAPHER  |  EDITOR

Vanessa's natural interest in filmmaking was piqued at 8 years old when her parents bought her a PixelVision PXL2000. The system would allow for 11 minutes of black and white film and low quality sound, but forced Vanessa to be creative with micro shorts. At 11, she wrote her first 20-page spec script for a then-popular sitcom, and at 15, she worked in her high school's Television Studio,  began producing one take films, and crewed for the drama program. By 18, Vanessa was interning at Sunset Productions in New York City, while going to school for film honors, and assistant teaching in her former High School's drama program. While she graduated college with a degree in Marketing and Advertising - emphasis in Media - she couldn't deny the irrefutable pull of filmmaking. From writing to camera work, Vanessa made sure that she was always creating.  

In 2014, Vanessa Silva and Heather Hentila developed Footlight Entertainment, along with Ainsley Strachan and Chelsea Gray. They did so with the vision of creating characters they not only wanted to portray as actors, but to see more of on television and in films. Footlight Studios also tries to ensure that every set is a teaching set, so whether you’ve had a ton of experience or none at all, everyone learns something from each project, client, crew member, and actor. Vanessa believes that no matter how far you go in this world, in this business, and in this industry, you should never stop learning, and tries to lead that by example. In 2019, she was a Sundance Co//ab Scholarship recipient and learned directly under horror & psychological thriller Screenwriter, Scott Kosar.

Behind the camera, Vanessa has had training in conjunction with Sundance, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Canon Hollywood, Shane Hurlbut ASC, AbelCine, ARRI Academy, Filmmakers Alliance, NBC, Alliance of Women Directors and more. She continues to write, DP, direct, and produce a variety of films, series, and beyond.

"Vanessa [Silva] is breaking new ground and pushing boundaries with her filmmaking. It takes a unique person who has the resolve and courage to be able to do that. A person with vision who can look past the standard tropes and clichés of our craft. Vanessa is that person. She is pushing herself, and the industry, with a fervor that will not be outmatched.

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Script Summit
"In the Spotlight: Vanessa Silva"

FEATURED AWARDS

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THE VEIL / 2020 / SHORT FILM
ACTOR / WRITER / DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER / PRODUCER / EDITOR

Equal parts psychological drama and mystery, THE VEIL is a tense culmination of unraveling the past without losing grip on the future. THE VEIL is written and directed by Vanessa Silva, with story by Vanessa Silva & Heather Hentila ("Probable Cause") and produced by Footlight Studios.

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PROBABLE CAUSE / 2019 / TELEVISION SERIES (FULL PITCH PACKAGE)
WRITER/ ACTOR / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / EDITOR

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Alex Hudson, a street-smart, brazen detective, begins to unravel when she discovers the life-altering truth about her deceased father. The revelation provokes Alex to set off a chain reaction of lies and deception, in order to protect the people she cares about, while risking her life to uncover things that are meant to stay hidden.

FEATURED BRAND/
COMPANY PROJECTS WORKED ON

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