Role: Head of the Art Department, aka Production Designer
Budget Range: $1,000 - $250,000
Film is an extraordinarily taxing medium. It requires the
understanding and orchestration of multiple, specialized departments;
the willingness to work incredibly long hours, and the ability to stay
in the moment and improvise throughout.
As a Production Designer (2007 - 2014), I was responsible for the
visual identity of commercial, film and still photography productions.
Each detail, from graphics to furniture to locations, require
evaluation and integration into the overall world the project seeks to
create. Seamless and natural looking in the end, a Production
Designer's job requires a high level project view in concert with an
exacting attention to detail.
Below please find some selected projects from that body of work.
The 2014 Broadway run of All the Way, a play centered on the
presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, featured Bryan Cranston (Breaking
Bad, Drive) in its limited run. For this advertisement of the
production, I worked with AKA NYC and KWC Productions to create this
replica of the 1964 Oval Office, with Cranston, grippingly, at its
This 2014 short film for the Smithsonian National Archives seeks to
visualize the Archives' contents through the use of real and animated
effects. For this production, I worked directly with curators from the
Archives in order to build a replica of the storage rooms as well as
to stop motion animate works of art from the Archives "coming to life"
in the hands of a researcher.
For Karolina Kurkova's launch of her signature fragrance, she called
on DP Robert Ascroft and I to create her the dreamy world of KK. Shot
inside a historic building in Brooklyn, NY, my team and I created a
lighter-than-air runway scene with hand painted elements to celebrate
the new, luminous fragrance.
In a supremely fun shoot, Harbor Picture Company (NYC) and Gap called
on me to create a candy-crazy world for their Christmas 2011 campaign
featuring singer Maria Aragon. Designing and fabricating all the candy
instruments as well as their store location, this project was a sugary
For the understated, luminous band Au Revior Simone's All or Nothing
video with DP David Black, we honestly almost set fire to picturesque
upstate New York cabin. Shot entirely using candlelight, this
shimmering video used talismans, crystals, and the women themselves to
speak to the bonds of friendship, sisterhood, and spiritualism. We
didn't end up burning anything except candles, btw: everyone / thing
came out unscathed.
Partnering with Olivia Munn (Magic Mike, Iron Man 2), Paul Downs
(Broad City) and director Lucia Aniello (Broad City) for this spoof on
the horror genre, I created the bland, restful world of a young
married jock, whose most prized possession is his wife's tits.
Hilariously, this project caused several
"is-this-real-is-this-not-real" internet threads, giving us all a good
Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage, PCU) starred in this promotional
video for the 2011 Emmy Awards with directors Paul Downs and Lucia
Aniello (Broad City). Treating his Emmys like babies, we walked
through the streets of New York, quickly collecting a gaggle of
onlookers, several of whom thought Jeremy had simply lost his mind.
Sponsor: Audi AG.
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Bastards, Django Unchained) starred in
this short film with DP & Director Robert Ascroft for New York Moves
Magazine. For this dialogue-less project, I wrapped this powerful
actor in a gritty alleyway setting for his short route from calm
civilization to incendiary violence. On the spur of the moment, I was
also cast as the voice of the therapist Christoph calls to talk him
down from the edge. It was great fun to wear the hat of a voice actor
for couple hours! Unfortunately, the video for this work is
unavailable at this time.
As part of Covergirl cosmetics long standing celebration of woman in
leadership, I teamed up with Janelle Monae & her creative squad to
create an interview and video space. Using elements from the set
itself, I created a graphic location for this dynamic and stylish
group. Unfortunately, the video for this work is unavailable at this