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 a moments of heightened reality that we wanted to bring out in both the design and cinematography.
Joy Joy Nails | Tribeca 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Romeo and Juliet
This is a concept I created for a remake of Romeo and Juliet. Rather than family feud prompting suicide, this version takes a contemporary approach. The lovers face racism and judgement, they come from two different worlds and their love cannot bridge the gap between their social groups.
Set along the L.A. river in an abandoned warehouse, Romeo's band of skinhead nazi's are hiding out in the basement, gathering and holding late night shows. In this sprawling industrial landscape, some of the traveling Capulets find their way to the roof of this same warehouse. A firework display is happening in the city and the kids decide to throw a secret rooftop show. As the sun sets, fireworks start to shoot up into the sky and kids climb to the top of the warehouse. This is where the lovers meet.