Melina started out in audio post-production by creating sonic link effects for the documentary The Bluenose Legacy (2011), which aired on CBC's Absolutely Canadian. She was later selected to take part in the Screen Composers Guild of Canada's Apprentice Mentor Program (2016) and studied under two professional film composers. The following year, Melina earned her first IMDb credit contributing score for the online sitcom Borderline. She also had the honour of contributing supportive research for the SCGC subgroup Women Composer's Advisory Council's study, Gender In The Canadian Screen Composing Industry.
2017 also saw Melina complete her co-op in music supervision and post production for animation and an internship with in radio. She then started freelancing as an audio/visual media associate, creating digital and radio ads. A couple years later, she was working full-time as an audio engineer with a post house. There, she contributed towards the editing, mixing, stem-scoring, composing and performing sound design for a variety of productions such as television series, podcasts, video games, audiobooks, voice-over demos, promos, stock music libraries, and described video for animation. (For a complete list, visit her LinkedIn.) Melina is currently freelancing and performing the edit, sound design and final mix for an indie horror film, and doing the edit and mix for a podcast series. She has also been recently chosen to be a part of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's third cohort of Women in Post, presented by Netflix.
If you are interested in working with Melina Coolen for your production, please reach out to her at melinacoolenmusic(at)gmail.com.
And if you are looking for royalty-free music for your productions, Melina has recently started populating her own Pond5 account with the goal of uploading her hundreds of pieces she has composed over the year.
Background photos taken from lyric video made by Chris and Sophie Purcell
Portrait by Max Denley