Writer/Director/Producer - SALLYANNE (SAL) MASSIMINI
Storytelling has been a part of Sal’s life since she was a child; her old sketchbooks are filled with drawings of magical worlds and their stories. She went on to graduate with B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art with an emphasis on painting and drawing but dipped into the world of visual effects her senior year. She moved to Los Angeles, where she still resides, and became a visual effects artist and supervisor. After accruing credits and several Emmy nominations on series like True Blood, Banshee, Fringe and Once Upon A Time, Sal transitioned into 2nd unit directing for the television shows Greenleaf, Imaginary Mary and Step Up. The short film Niles Canyon, directed by Sal, written by David Paul Francis and edited by Dmitri Gueer received an Audience Award for the California Women’s Film Festival, one of several projects she has teamed up with Dmitri on. Her commercial for AUCTIV was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual 16th New Director’s showcase; other commercial clients include Adaptive Life Company, Steadicam and Uovo. Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema), Francis Kenny ASC and Richard Crudo ASC in Master Cinematographers (www.mc4.la), a multipurpose company focused on creating revolutionary innovations; the most recent are the STEADICAM AIR and the SQUISH. She is currently developing several of her own projects and is the 2nd Unit Director and Producer for season three of American Gods (Starz). No matter what the medium is, storytelling is the root of everything for Sal, be it a film, a commercial, a photo or a drawing. More of her work can be found at
Editor - DMITRI A. GUEER
Dmitri Gueer has worked as a professional editor since the turn of the millennium. He began his career in the final days of linear editing, and brings an imaginative, aesthetic philosophy to his editorial work. Dmitri has edited a wide range of creative content across diverse media platforms. He has a keen eye for shot composition, detail and graphic layout, as well as a singular focus for timing and pacing. He draws his inspiration from the driving desire to develop new and unique styles of visual communication to produce creative content that engages all audiences across the cinematic spectrum. In his leisure time Dmitri likes reading books and watching film noir.
Dmitri Gueer’s experience includes commercial editorial (Audi, Ford, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Facebook, HP, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Dr. Pepper, Tropicana, AT&T, Charter, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Final Fantasy, Gamefly, Adidas, Skechers, Citgo, Toshiba, Craftsman and Autotrader), promotional editorial (NBC, ABC and Fox), and vfx editorial (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Serenity,
Pathfinder, Vacancy and Deuce Bigalow). More work can be found at: www.dmitrigueer.com
Associate Producer/Casting Director - THOM RIVERA
Thom Rivera is a classically trained television, film, theatre & voice actor and director. He is currently based in Los Angeles after 12 years living and working in New York City. He has toured nationally and performed at regional theatres throughout the US, including 3 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has written and produced 2 short films: The Stakeout and The Greeter, the latter of which he also directed. You may have seen him on TV on The Mindy Project, Rosewood, Zoo, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shameless, Law & Order, Eva Longoria's Telenovela or as a recurring character on New Girl. At the movies – Once Upon A Time In Venice starring Bruce Willis, Borderlands starring Bruce Dern and Peter Fonda or Antidote starring Randy Couture. He did his MFA training at the University of California, Irvine. He is the On-Camera Instructor at Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studios as well as being a private acting coach. Thom is a proud member of We Make Movies, The Acting Company, SAG-AFTRA & AEA.
Composer - THE ANGEL
Brooklyn native, The Angel, has established a unique voice as a woman in a male dominated industry, combining her skills as a record producer, recording artist and composer. Critically acclaimed for pioneering an eclectic sound, The Angel has had the opportunity to incorporate many diverse flavors into her records as well as TV and film compositions, since relocating to Los Angeles from her adoptive city of London. Featured on the cover of the LA Weekly, The Angel was described as “fiercely independent”… thinking outside the box creatively, while establishing herself as a trendsetter within the mainstream.
Known for her cutting edge score for the films “Boiler Room” (Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck),”Gridlock’d” (Tim Roth, Tupac) and the UK cult hit, “KiDULTHOOD,” (Noel Clark, Aml Ameen), Angel has also broken through the glass ceiling for women composers in television. Having scored both cable and mainstream network TV where the term “Angel-ize it” was coined in spotting sessions for the procedural drama “Standoff” (Fox), Angel has since been sought after and hired by director/EP Ava DuVernay “For Justice” (TV pilot/CBS ), showrunner Glen Mazzara (HawthoRNe/TNT), director Carlos Avila (Junkyard Saints & Tales Of Masked Men/PBS), UK director Menhaj Huda (WEST 10 LDN/BBC) and EP Idris Elba (Demons Never Die) among others for her dramatic TV and seminal film projects.
The analytical approach to storytelling via musical score has organically led The Angel to expand her creativity to screenwriting, producing and developing TV drama series; the first of which garnered an offer from BBC America with Idris Elba as a producing partner. Angel has recently co-produced the award winning sports documentary, “Born To Lead: The Sal Aunese Story” and concurrently composes and develops for television and film.
Sound Design and Re Recording Mixer - GARY DELEONE
Gary DeLeone was born in New Haven, CT where he spent his childhood as a guitarist and eventually attended the renowned Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. There he acquired his base of knowledge and skills in the technical aspects of audio engineering, while training as a classical guitarist and studying music history, theory, and composition. He graduated from Hartt in 2005 with a B.A. in Music Production & Technology, made the Deans list all 4 years in a row, and the Presidents Honors list for 3 semesters.
After graduating college Gary immediately began his career as an audio engineer by working at multiple recording studios in Connecticut, including Trod Nossel in Wallingford and The Tapeworks Inc. in Hartford. During that time he did voiceover recording, sound design, music implementation, mixing, and mastering for several projects such as Connecticut Lottery radio commercials, New Britain General Hospital radio commercials, various audio book series, and more. He was also the recording and mixing engineer on several projects in multiple genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, rock, and, bluegrass. In addition to his studio career he also worked for The Mohegan Sun Casino doing live sound for major world acts like Tony Orlando, Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Cirque Dreams, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Colbie Caillat, and much more.
In 2008 he decided to pursue a career in film and television post production by moving to Los Angeles. That same year he began working for Westwind Media, a post production house in Burbank, CA where he is still currently employed today (in addition to bonzirecording!). In his past 8 years with Westwind he has worked on many major television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Nashville, The Affair, Fringe, The Flash, Criminal Minds, and more. He is currently the final sound effects mixing engineer on Grey’s Anatomy.
In his spare time Gary loves to write and record his own music, plays hockey, and loves video games.
Colorist/VFX - VINCENT BLIN
Vincent Blin is a multi-talented Flame Artist/VFX Supervisor with a rich background in commercials and feature films for top shops including MPC, eightvfx and Lola Visual Effects. The French-born talent spent two years in medical school before making the migration to his filmmaking passion and studying editing in Paris. He returns to Zoic Studios after taking on one of his first U.S. gigs as an Intern here, sparking his passion for all things VFX. He has handled compositing on such major feature films as Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and 2 (2011 and 2012), Life of Pi (2012) and on-set supervision commercials, compositing and finishing for such brands as Pistachios, Twix, Acura, Activision and Samsung, among numerous others.
Post House - ZOIC STUDIOS
Zoic Studios is an entertainment company based in Culver City, California, New York, NY and Vancouver, B.C., which creates computer-generated visual effects for film, television, commercials and video games.
“Visual Evolution” is their mission: to evolve the story, art, and technology of the moving image. Zoic’s accomplished artists and producers understand story, process, technique and relationships. Their team has a proven track record of success in a range of media including episodic, film, commercials and gaming. Masters in the fields of 3D, Compositing, and Production Management, their elite reputation attracts additional talent and encourages a strong work ethic. Zoic’s relationships with its clients are deep and long lasting. The company is known for results-driven excellence in all endeavors.
Palo Pictures is an American production company founded and run by director Sallyanne (Sal) Massimini, crafting memorable stories and content.
FULL CREW CREDITS
WE MAKE MOVIES
1st assistant camera
2nd assistant camera
b camera operator
location sound mixer
hair and makeup
head of data i/o
sound design/re-recording mix
Original music written, produced, and arranged by
THE ANGEL FOR DEVILISHLY GOOD PRODUCTIONS
Published by Supa Crucial Music (BMI)
performed by Margaret Lewis with Grace Tennessee
written by Ernest Walker
courtesy of Fervor Records
SPECIAL THANKS TO
David Paul Francis, Chris Jones, Loni Peristere, Justin Jones and Renee Hayden