Jared Donald Carlson

Jared Donald Carlson

Art Director, Director, Model Maker, Prop Master and Set Decorator

Los Angeles, California

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February 2014
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About Jared

Jared Carlson was born and raised in Southeast Michigan where he pursued a degree in political science at Oakland University. While earning his bachelor's degree Carlson began to moonlight on local film sets, discovering a passion for the art department- especially prop building. Since 2009 he has worked on feature films, commercials, music videos, and independent shorts, applying his creativity to procuring or manufacturing everything from prop paperwork to miniature robots, and even C4 time bombs.

Jared won his first award from the 2012 Broke Student Film Festival for his short film, "Disorder," which displayed his versatility with its complex costume and production design. Carlson worked on his first feature that same year, building props and assisting with the construction and dressing of sets. Soon after he decided to move West to Los Angeles to attend the New York Film Academy (NYFA) to get his Masters Degree in Filmmaking.

During his time at NYFA, Jared's talent for providing quality production design while operating within a budget became well known in the student body and he worked as a production designer on eleven student shorts during his two years of schooling. He completed his thesis short, "The Citizen" and remains in Burbank, continuing his art department career.



  • Cherry Pop

    Cherry Pop (2016)
    Film by Assaad Yacoub (Comedy and Musical) Art department Cherry Pop! is a crazy night in the life of a small local bar's drag show. It's about a newcomer struggling with being the outcast on his first night. And a legend coming to terms with life after her last night in drag. And it's about a bunch of other back-stabbing queens with their own problems who just plain can't stand each other. Even the stories of some of the patrons play a part in the chaos. Cherry Pop is a real-time roller coaster ride where you better be strapped up, tucked in, and ready to go!

  • The Citizen

    The Citizen (2015)
    Film (short) by Jared Carlson (Drama and Sci-Fi) Director, Writer In an alternate world, an acquiescent man named Rueden works for an authoritarian dictatorship though he himself harbors anti-government sentiments. He is forced to confront his own shortcomings when his revolutionary friend is caught by the state. Rueden must choose whether to save his own life by continuing to submit to society, or to save his friend.

  • Bloody Boots

    Bloody Boots (2015)
    Film (short) by Leila Vieira (Thriller) Production designer After stealing a pair of cowboy boots from an antique store a group of college students start to get haunted by the spirit of an old cowboy during a Halloween party.

  • Helping Hand

    Helping Hand (2015)
    Film (short) by Lin Zhao (Drama) Production designer A man with a hardened heart meets a homeless woman who activates his desire to help others.

  • Modern Monsters

    Modern Monsters (2015)
    Film (short) by Clark Birchmeier (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew When Von loses his job, he forces his roommate Frank Endstein to sell lemonade to bring in money.

  • The Wing

    The Wing (2015)
    Film (short) by Assaad Yacoub (Family and Thriller) Set decorator After being forced into a mental institution by his own family to be "fixed", Christopher must keep his wits through agonizing experiments in order to escape with life.

  • Thick Water

    Thick Water (2015)
    Film (short) by Prince Domonick (Drama) Set decorator A mid 20's Caucasian male who has a close relationship with his younger African American step-brother, learns the hard way how different society treats them in certain social circles when one of them must stand up and take the fall and ultimately leads to a life of regret. Written by Prince Domonick

  • For We Walk by Faith

    For We Walk by Faith (2015)
    Film (short) by Tyrone Breaux (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Three friends have the daunting task of trying to get a nun to hang out with them.

  • Needlestick

    Needlestick (2015)
    Film by Steven Karageanes (Thriller) Art department, Camera and Electrical Department A desperate doctor locks down South Union Cardiac Hospital to keep the greatest discovery in human history to himself, while a young intern races to save a dying young dancer, his ex-girlfriend, and his best friend, and stop his mentor.

  • House Slave

    House Slave (2014)
    Film (short) by Prince Domonick (Drama and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department A House Slave named Rosa is separated from her brother Nelson, when their Slave Master forces him to work as a field slave.

  • Signs

    Signs (2014)
    Film (short) by Leila Vieira (Comedy and Drama) Production designer Popular extroverted hairdresser who gives romantic advice to all her costumers has to face her own insecurities in order to keep her five year relationship alive

  • Alone

    Alone (2013)
    Film (short) by Jared Carlson Director, Writer, Editor

  • The Side of the Road

    The Side of the Road (2013)
    Film (short) by Alex Nardelli (Drama) Art department, Camera and Electrical Department

  • Vindication

    Vindication (2013)
    Film (short) by Allyson Manno Camera and Electrical Department

  • Candyman: A Bittertreat Symphony

    Candyman: A Bittertreat Symphony (2013)
    Film (short) by Johnny Flynn (Comedy) Actor, Art director

  • Disorder

    Disorder (2012)
    Film (short) by Jared Carlson (Action, Sci-Fi and War) Director, Art department, Production designer, Writer, Miscellaneous Crew, Editor, Costume and Wardrobe Department, Costume designer, Producer, Production manager A soldier must confront ghosts from his past.

  • All In

    All In (2011)
    Film (short) by Jared Carlson (Drama) Director Close friends and roommates Joe and Darren, in the absence of their normal poker partners, are joined by Joe's girlfriend Natalie instead. When the competition gets a bit heated, their relationships are tested.


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