Deborah Schildt has worked in the film industry since graduating with honors from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982. After completing her BFA degree, she spent a year doing graduate studies in film. She taught fine art for two years at a private arts school for children in Vancouver. While in British Columbia she wrote, shot, and edited, A Sense of Loss, an award winning 16mm documentary film broadcast by CBC nationally across Canada.
In 1983, Deborah moved to Los Angeles and began a career in freelance film production spending the next eight years working on feature films, television series, commercial and independent productions. Her film credits include twenty-three feature films and over one hundred commercials as an Art Director, Casting Director, Production Coordinator, Property Master and Set Designer. She has worked in Los Angeles, across the United States and internationally in Canada, Cuba, China, Europe, Jamaica, Mongolia and Siberia. Her footage and films have appeared on BBC, the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel in the United States and New Zealand.
She is a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Art Directors Union, Los Angeles local. She is a founding member of The Alaska Film Group, a non-profit trade association of film and video professionals in Alaska, serving in the past as their President and Vice President.
Recent work includes several short films for Memoirs of the Sisterhood Chapters One and Two. “Wild Lands Through the Eyes of the New Explorers” and a compilation entitled “The New Explorers” 6 short films written, directed and shot by rural Alaskan youth exploring their relationship with wilderness. The New Explorers projects were funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service. Currently, Deborah is on staff as a Production Manager for Piksik, an Alaska Native owned film support Services Company based in Anchorage, Alaska.