Deadly Beauty: Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Noelle Bye
“Noelle Bye, co-director, director of photography, and editor on “Chill,” is an award-winning cinematographer/videographer and editor in Northeast Ohio, with more than 13 years experience shooting and editing.
Bye has worked on a number of independent films as a director of photography/cinematographer and editor. She also has extensive experience in news videography and editing, including her work in television (including a top 60 TV market station) and web with a focus on multimedia (including two two major news sites in Northeast Ohio).
Bye’s awards include, most recently, a second place win in the Micro Film Drama Category for the 2012 Indie Gathering International Film Festival, along with regional and state awards for television news reports (both as a photographer and on-camera reporter) and for newspaper entertainment reporting. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting from Western Kentucky University in 2002.”*
Location: (where is home base for you?) I currently live in Cleveland, Ohio, but it’s not my home state. Originally I’m from Virginia.
1. How did you get into the industry?
Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to work somewhere in the entertainment field. I went to college for television production, and my plan at that time was to work in news and documentaries. But a few years back, I tried doing a short, just for something different, and discovered I loved lighting and filmmaking, and I’ve been doing this ever since. I’ve worked on seven feature films as a director of photography (DP). I also co-directed “Chill: The Killing Games” which just got picked up for distribution and is coming out soon.
2. What Scream Queen (or person) inspired you most?
Oddly, my earliest influences were not in the horror genre. I was most inspired by the work of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. They sparked my interest in creative projects. I really didn’t get into horror movies until I was in college, and then my hero was John Carpenter, especially when I found out he had also attended my school (Western Kentucky University). I’m also a huge Hitchcock fan. I love the classic suspense.
3. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
I am currently working as a DP on a remake of a classic: “Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth.” I am also DPing Fright Teck Production’s new film, tentatively titled “Slay Bells.” And in the spring, I plan to start work — once again as a DP — on a feature surrounding serial killers.
*Bio Info Courtesy of Noelle Bye