Category Archives: Video


Sparkle Reel from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.

This is a reel of my video producing, shooting, editing, and writing.

Includes clips from:

Chris Mills music video Escape from New York
Pirate Treasurer
The Community Organizers (drawings by Maria Schneider)
The Day’s Last Peace Bear (additional camera Crystal Bahmaie)
United We Stand Beer
Mingus Big Band
LifetimeTV “Gift Intervention”
Baron Vaughn promo for Shoot The Messenger
Manhattan Young Democrats promo
Ladyland (additional camera Philip Shane)
Lianne Smith music video Postcard to a Bird
Ready to Rock, FUSE pilot

Chris Mills Music Videos


Longtime collaborator Chris Mills has a new album out:  Chris Mills and the Distant Stars – Alexandria.

Shannon provided footage for these two videos:

Heavy Years

Three videos shot and edited Shannon Manning for Chris Mills album “Heavy Years 2000-2010.” Title drawings by Emily Flake.  Shot during 2005 Wall to Wall Sessions.


Escape From New York

A Farewell to Arms (on Village Voice)

You Are My Favorite Song

 Chris Mills is Living the Dream 

Music by Chris Mills from the album  2005 The Wall to Wall Sessions

Orchestral arrangements by David Nagler
Shot and edited by Shannon Manning

Recorded and mixed live to 2-track tape January 5-9, 2005 at Wall To Wall Recording, Chicago, IL performed by Chris Mills, Jason Adasiewicz, Nick Broste, Dave Max Crawford, Stephen Dorocke, Gerald Dowd, Ryan Hembrey, Kelly Hogan, Nate LePine, Fred Lonberg, David Nagler, Patrick Newbery, Nora O’Connor, Jen Clare Paulson, Jay Pike, Aram Shelton, Susan Voelz, Deb Stevenson.

Most songs were recorded with only a few takes, one run-through and the entire ensemble going into the control room for playback and ego-free feedback: “I’m too loud in the mix.” Shot with only one camera using the various takes (the band is perfect every take.)

Live The Dream

Mingus projects

Video production, promotion, management for the Mingus bands and production of the Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of Music and NEA American Masterpieces tour and NPR broadcast of Mingus Orchestra. Production for 2011 Grammy-winning album.


The Community Organizers

The Community Organizers (to promote campaign). Drawings by Maria Schneider

The Community Organizers (Episode 1: Marriage Equality) from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.


A project of Manhattan Young Democrats

Produced by Sparkle Television

Written, directed, edited by Shannon Manning

Illustrations by Maria Schneider

Music by Greg Peterson

Voices by:
Shannon Manning
Jed Resnik
Emmy Suzuki Harris
Mike Trupiano
Benjamin Yee


Crystal Bahmaie, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn

Projects with Lizz Winstead: Pilot for FUSE, LifetimeTV series, stage show

With Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the Daily Show:

Produced, directed, and edited a web series for Lifetime TV called Gift Intervention

Produced, shot, directed, and edited a reality-show pilot for Fuse TV

Wrote and produced video segments and produced live stage show with 3-camera shoot and web podcast Shoot the Messenger

 “As the quiet chaos of the comings and goings and People With Keys continues throughout the evening into the night, the writers work. It is equal-parts newsroom budget meeting and Saturday Night Live bull session – demanding, funny, intense. At the moment, the crew is still searching for a slogan that will sum up a holiday special that attempts to persuade all religions to embrace materialism the way Christians have with Christmas. Slogans are tossed out. Some are met with indifference, silence, polite chuckles. Then, out of nowhere, Manning says, “Consume All Ye Faithful.” Ding-ding-ding. We have a winner. But there are no high-fives, no exaggerated back-pats, just a natural move to the next order of business: There’s more work to be done, as show time is two days away.”

Writing and video clips available upon request.

Obama for America ’08

Shannon Manning was the New Media Deputy for New York City in 2008, with focus on social media used to maximize old media effectiveness.

• Optimized New York State page on to improve volunteer user experience and boost participation in key state canvassing and local phone banks
• Was integral part of the data team that distributed voter file data to phone bank sites, exceeding rapidly escalating weekly goals from HQ
• On Election Day, handled data requests for all of New York State’s phone banks, which resulted in 1.3 million GOTV calls to key states
• Updated New York State blog. Wrote, researched, and vetted volunteer-submitted reports and slideshows. Promoted selected grassroots events
• Shot and produced volunteer recruitment videos


David Pollak, New York State Director, Obama for America
“Shannon was a dedicated and hard worker in an impossibly stressful environment – a Presidential campaign. She worked long hours, beat all deadlines, and she and her team accomplished the impossible, generating 1.3 million GOTV phone calls from more than 20 volunteer phone banks throughout the State.”

Benjamin Yee, New Media Director and VoterFile/Data Manager, NY, Obama for America
“During the Obama campaign Shannon was indispensable to the functioning of the New Media department. Shannon’s skill set is diverse – capable of helping with both web design and programming as well as creating the content necessary to make a website worth visiting. She is also more than capable of independent action, figuring out ways to solve problems that were posed to her. A pleasure to work with and very humorous, she has become a good friend of mine post-campaign.”