costelloMELISSA COSTELLO is a writer, dialogue director, seasoned interviewer and filmmaker whose work is characterized by compelling storytelling and naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike. Through her production company in Chicago and her former company in Los Angeles, Costello has directed numerous national commercials for advertising agencies across the country and their Fortune 500 clients. Her talent for successfully working with even media-challenged individuals in the business, sports and entertainment fields gave rise to a vibrant collaboration with political media consultant and former White House Senior Advisor, David Axelrod. For more than ten years Costello directed Axelrod’s national and regional political television commercials including ads for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.