Joy Joy nails was made “as a response to Sarah Maslin Nir’s NY Times exposé ‘Unvarnished,’ exposing the injustices towards immigrant workers in New York nail salons. Writer/director Joey Ally wanted the salon feel like a chipped nail, whereas the tenement housing revealed the reality of their low income and long hours. We relied on color to emphasize this contrast, boosting the neons in the nail salon and aging down the colors in the tenement housing.
“Beast” is a short film about two sisters. When a destructive force shifts the balance of power between them, it tests the strength of their relationship. Their story is told through a combination of live action performance and stop motion animation.
The film is currently in post production you can find updates at: https://www.beastmovie.online
Cat House | 35MM
The film follows Sophia, a day in the life of a young prostitute. The portrayal reflects on what it's like to be "girlfriended-in" to prostitution. I worked closely with cinematographer, Mary Ma to envision the world. We wanted it to be stylized and gritty but grounded in the reality of this lifestyle.
Nights of Being Loose
This Old House
This Old House is a psychological thriller about a woman trapped in her childhood home. Originally written, the house was more of a hoard the character was constantly cleaning but the piles would not go away. Instead, I suggested dust, a haunting dust that she can never remove. This allowed the character to appear more normal so as her pschosis intesifies it's not preconcieved by the audience.
White River Tales
The film explores fate, family, and fatherhood. It's a very human story about the duality of man and the struggle to do good in the face of adversity. I worked closely with writer/director, Steve Ohl and cinematographer, Scottie Summers to establish a world that was dated and evolving in a very deliberate color palette. It was always important to us that the world feel realistic, but the story has moments of heightened reality that we wanted to bring out in both the design and cinematography.
And We're Out of Time
And We're Out of Time is a black comedy. It's a dark take on a talk show host who's losing touch with reality and grasping for the fame they used to know. Director, Jake Yuzna wanted the design to feel like Liquid Sky by Slava Tsukerman.
Glimpse | 35MM
Set along the LA river, two lovers decide to end it all. A modern day Romeo and Juliet, the design of the world was inspired by Ash Thayer's photography series, Kill City.
Sunset & Gardner | 35MM
Director Maximilla Lukacs and cinematographer Oliver Lukacs are the children of our main character, Laszlo. This project is a portrait of their father and celebration of his life.
Blue By You
Blue By You is a fantasy set in a contemporary suburban house. A man missing his wife meets a friend who gives him a new drug, a drug that lets you relive memories. Drowning in depression, he risks overdose to spend one last moment with his wife.