Marissa's interest and experience in making observational video and film, stems from background of balancing the narrative of printed image with written journalism. She studied Art History at the University College London, and following a course in photography at Brighton University went on to work as a photo editor, art director and commissioner, freelance and later in-house at The Guardian; producing, and editing digital multi-media content, for their award winning supplements.

Following an intensive course in documentary film-making at The London Film Academy, 

she has directed, edited and screened short films with the Glasgow Woman's library about the Orcadian artist and film maker: Margaret Tait: Film Poet, which screened last year at the Glasgow Film Festival and MOMA, New York in 2013.

In 2015 she directed and edited a short documentary: March of Women funded by Creative Scotland for the Glasgow Woman's Library and the RCS.

Marissa's work pivots around her background in research. She has a passion in archival material and works with sound and footage archives in many of her video and film projects. Funded by a Creative Wales skill set fund, she worked as a researcher for director Jeanie Finlay on a BBC Storyville feature documentary Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.

She is currently freelancing on short form documentaries in Glasgow and London.

Qualifications and courses:

Guest Lecturer for 3rd year Visual Communications students at the Glasgow School of Art, 2015
Awarded skill set archival training with the Arts Council of England for director, Jeanie Finlay, 2015
Guest Lecturer for 3rd year Photography 2012, University of Northants
Documentary Filmmaking course 2011, London Film Academy
Critical Documentary course 2011, City Lit
Soundtrack Pro 2011, Ravensbourne Academy
Judge, AOP Student Awards 2010, AOP
Final Cut Pro 2009, Metropolitan University
Judge, Open House Photography Awards 2009, London Open house
Judge, Sony Ericksson Awards 2008, The Guardian
Creative Photography 1998, Brighton Universtity
History of Art BA (2:1) 1997, UCL

Computer skills: Final Cut Pro, Premier, Soundtrack Pro, Soundslides, Adobe Suite, Word, Powerpoint, and Indesign.
Languages: Intermediate French (spoken and written) Basic Spanish and Italian.