Contributing Writer- Toronto | Researcher
Alison graduated from the Media Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada this past year. During her time at school, she art directed numerous student films while volunteering as a set dresser and props assistant on non-union productions. The art department is a natural fit for Alison given her passion for graphic design, theatre, film, and interior design.
Most recently, Alison has joined the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) in the art department and spent her summer working as an Art Department Trainee on various shows shooting in Toronto. She hopes to continue working in the art department and gain more knowledge about every aspect of her craft.
Contributing Writer- Los Angeles
Monica Sotto is an Art Director, Art Department Coordinator and avid #artdept tagger born and based in Los Angeles. She studied film production at the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts (then School of Cinema-Television), where her love for art direction was honed and implemented in student, then professional production work. She found that art direction melded two of her favorite worlds together – fine art and film.
She currently works in both the union and non-union production worlds as a freelancer and as a member of the Art Directors Guild and IATSE Local 871. Previous motion projects also took her to Chicago and San Francisco – she looks forward to the next opportunity to work outside of California’s borders.
Monica also maintains the site eldestandonly.com, where she writes about design, and the occasional love letter to art direction found in film, television, theater and music events.
Contributing Writer- London
Film design geek and full-time DeLorean evangelist. Lover of industrial design, constructivism, mid-century interiors, brutalism, ceramic tiling and the works of Giugiaro.
Matthew’s art department specialty is SketchUp digital previs, both for sets and props, and either as plans or rendered images. He also makes excellent tea. Matt has a BA in Film and Television Production, and slightly less uselessly is a graduate of Terry Ackland-Snow’s Art Direction program at FDi Pinewood and a BFDG Affiliate. Represented by Sara Putt Associates, he also has experience with white model making – both practical and digital, draughting, graphics, set dressing. With a background in both propmaking and carpentry, Matt is well versed in the processes of getting things made as well as a deft hand with Photoshop and Illustrator.