Contributing Writer- Los Angeles
After many years of trying, I finally succeeded in getting my green card, and in 2014 I officially made the move to Los Angeles, where I now call home. I just go where the adventure takes me.
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.
Alison graduated from the Media Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. 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 is 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.
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 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. Monica also maintains the site eldestandonly.com.