New York born, Katie Travis-Plaisted grew up in a theatrical family with a passion for hope-!lled cinematic storytelling. With over ten years of experience and skill in nearly every aspect of the!lmmaking process, Katie along with her husband Mitchel Plaisted o”er a wide range of quality video services ; as well as, create narrative !lm productions that have been recognized nation wide.
In 1999, Katie moved to Minnesota and at the age of eight was hired as a performer in the USA touring stage show “Illusion & Beyond” until 2007. For over twenty years she has been trained in classical ballet and performance; with seventeen of those years spent at Reign Dance Theater, a non-pro!t theatrical dance organization. Since age twelve Katie has been contracted by Reign Dance Theater as their media/graphics designer creating promotional materials, website, performance event DVDs, etc., and for four years served as Media Director and Acting Coach.
After graduating from high school in 2010, Katie Travis-Plaisted received training in !lmmaking through Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Cinema: Directing and Producing A.S. degree program – through which she also received her Cinema Production Certi!cate. Her thesis !lm project The Golden Key; won MCTC’s 2012 Cinema Excellence Awards for Directing, Cinematography, Editing, and was a Finalist for Screenwriting.
In the summer of 2013 she started her own LLC, Katie Travis Films, to produce her !rst independent short !lm outside of !lm school – Summoned. The 50-minute adventure/fantasy !lm was shot with a cast of over twenty actors, period costumes, visual e”ects, and in locations from Hector, MN to Maiden Rock, WI. “Summoned” premiered at the Marcus Shakopee Cinema on September 20th, 2014. The !lm went on to be an O#cial Selection 2015 at Speechless Film Festival (Mankato, MN), Illinois International Film Festival (Westmont, IL), and Barebones International Film and Music Festival (Muskogee, OK) – where it was also an Award Nominee 2015 for “BEST FAMILY FEATURE” and the “FORD AUSTIN’S BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE” and Award Nominee 2016 for “BEST ORIGINAL MOVIE SCORE”.
In 2015 Katie Travis-Plaisted directed and produced the dramatic short !lm Not Titled which was honored as an Official Selection 2016 at Speechless Film Festival and Illinois International Film Festival. By fall 2017 she began teaching !lm production and acting classes as an instructor at homeschool co-ops in the Twin Cities for grades 5-12 (learn more).
Today, Katie is training dozens of students in cinematic storytelling and inspiring them to shine a light of hope in a very dark industry; and through Katie Travis Films, LLC is providing the Twin Cities with quality video production services.