From Commercials to Movies to Music Videos, Kendall Does It All!

My name is Kendall Stetson, and I graduated from MPS in 2010.

After graduating, I attended The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communications Studies. During my junior year of college, I landed an internship working in Extras Casting on the Nicholas Sparks movie, Safe Haven. I have been working in the film industry ever since. A few notable feature films and TV shows I have been a part of include The Longest Ride (20th Century Fox, Feature Film), Good Behavior (TNT, TV Series), The Sinner (TNT, TV Series), Under the Dome (CBS TV Series), and SIX (A&E/The History Channel, TV Series).

After a few years of freelancing on different shows, I took a job with a commercial production company, Lighthouse Films. As their Production Supervisor, I work in all stages of our productions, from development through editorial. Depending on the nature of our shoots, I help schedule, maintain budgets, hire crew, and work with our clients to ensure successful shoots. Over the summer, I worked on a commercial for the HGTV Urban Oasis Home Giveaway in Portland, Maine, and, because of Covid-19, we had to have a super small crew, so the producers ended up making me the talent for a Duluth Trading Company campaign.

Recently our company produced a music video for Kygo’s latest remix of the 1979 hit by Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff.” The video starred Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes from the Netflix hit TV series, Outer Banks. I played a large role in this project from start to finish. One of the biggest challenges of the entire project was handling Covid-19. We were one of the first productions in our region to start filming in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of the cast and crew was our top priority. We had to figure out how to balance a tight filming schedule with protocols that were rapidly shifting within our industry. As you can imagine, this was no small feat. We went through great lengths to source personal protective equipment (PPE) for everyone, hired a doctor to advise on safety protocols on set, and tested each crew member three different times before we started shooting.

Additionally, our crew size was scaled down to be much smaller than what it would typically be on a project like this. That meant each crew member had to wear multiple hats. For me, this meant completing my regular duties plus helping with wardrobe, hair and makeup, and art, taking behind-the-scenes photos, and even acting as a stand-in for Maddie while the crew set up each shot. After we wrapped filming, I gave creative feedback to the editors and helped develop marketing with the artists’ label to help promote the track release.

Overall, it was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience and a great reminder of why I love working in the film industry!