Growing up, I could not have predicted that I’d be living in California and working in the film industry. Art has always been a huge part of my life.
Back in 2006, I watched a behind the scenes segment on an episode of “Friends”. They interviewed the property master, Marjorie Coster, and as she so elegantly described what it was like building the props—from conception to completion—I knew at that moment I wanted to follow in her footsteps. Being a Property Master brings all of my interests and strengths of research, arts and crafts into one.
Later that year, I volunteered at the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival where I met some incredibly talented people who would soon become close friends. Together in 2007, we went to Sundance Film Festival where I continued making connections while learning about the festival circuit-something I am incredibly proud to be part of as I continue to work the Sundance Festival each year. It was there in my first year at Sundance where I had the opportunity to be put in touch with a Production Designer who gave me my first feature prop gig, “Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake”. The experience was eye-opening, to say the least. But I left with a strong sense of what the job entails and since then, I’ve learned more with every new project and have fully fallen in love with everything the Art Department has to offer.
Having a paintbrush in my hand at three in the morning made me realize with certain clarity that this is where I want to be and this is what I want to do. I truly believe that my hard work and adaptability will determine my success in the field I have become so passionate about.
Name: Amanda Hart
Lives in: Hollywood, California
Occupation: Prop Master, Art Director, Production Designer and Set Decorator
1 Mile to You
Film (Drama and Sport) Art department LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS is an uplifting and emotional romantic drama about the power of our happiest memories to sustain us in the worst of times. After a teenager's best friends die in a tragic accident, he finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. Running, however, also brings him a certain notoriety, and he soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
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Film (Thriller) Art director When recovering alcoholic Joe McNeal's nephew is abducted, his personal investigation leads him to powerhouse undercover African American Detective Marcus Knight. Together, they take on LA's seedy underbelly of child sex trafficking.
Film (Horror and Thriller) Art department Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
Scales: Mermaids Are Real
Film (Fantasy) Art department Siren Phillips has lived her life thinking she's an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her twelfth birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a Mermaid at the age of twelve, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying good bye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of Hunters are after her, trying to catch her. She soon becomes friends with Adam Wilts, a new boy at school, who she turns to for help. He agrees to help her, but finds himself caught in the middle, when it's his own father who is after Siren. When Siren's mother is taken, the town must rally behind her, and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find out where she is. Written by Fromage Pictures
Last Call at Murray's
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Art department Dwindling clientele and new smoking ordinances have forced veteran bar-owner Murray to make a tough decision: it's time to close the bar. However, Murray's hopes for a quiet closing are dashed when a freak blizzard whips through, stranding a host of zany people all night. Between drinks and karaoke, alliances are formed, broken, and blown sky-high. A new life comes into the world, and an old one leaves. And when the plows finally arrive in the morning, no one goes home the same. Written by Brian Beatty & Betsy Morris
Film (Short, Action, Adventure, Family and 1 More) Production designer Join 10-year-old Sophia on her adventure into her world of fantasy and real life to become a masked wrestler by any means possible.
Film (Short, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Production designer A troubled man, on a downward spiral after a tragic family loss, gets a call in the middle of the night asking if he'll come back to work. After a vigorous workout, the only thing which will quiet his mind, he decides to accept the job and return to the world and work he abandoned. But he quickly finds out over the course of the day that his demons are always going to be with him, and "who he is" and "what he does" are forever linked.
Kittens in a Cage
Television (Comedy) Art department Ukulele-playing bad girl Junie Butler gets muscled into prison by her rat fink friends. Abandoned by all, she turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate as they plot to escape from a power hungry prison matron and an axe-murdering beauty queen.
Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake
Film (Comedy) Art department Warner De Santis, a cosmologist obsessed with trying to hear God back in time at the "Origin of the Universe," gets fired from NASA, drives to the Mojave Desert, crashes his car, and remains in a small mining town until his car is fixed. There, Warner encounters persons that might be "spirit messengers." Taking their words as instructions, he goes on a mission to find what the Native Americans regard as the "Place of Origin." In the end, Warner finds in the ordinary world, close at hand, the spiritual meaning that escaped his reaching into the distance of space and time. Written by Dominique De Fazio
John Stewart: Rise of the New Lantern
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Film (Short, Action, Drama and Sci-Fi) Art department Sci-fi action drama, set in year 2117. Future metropol 'Zen City' is home to two classes. The elite, who are allowed to gene manipulate themselves to better humans and the rest of the people who are forbidden to manipulate. People who have upgraded genes are called 'Geners'. Those who are not allowed but yet become Geners - 'unlawful Geners' - are considered 'illegally armed' by their bare increased physical abilities and must attend frequent 'relax controls' to be drugged down to 'normal'. Some follow, some don't... they hide in the underwater system of Zen city. Written by Anonymous
When You Find Me
Film (Short and Drama) Art department A young boy asks his pregnant mother if he will like his baby brother, and he asks her if she has a brother. This sends the mother, Lisie, on a reverie of her relationship with her older sister, Aurora, when they were kids and their mother was dying. Flashbacks show the contrasting reactions of the two girls, Aurora's anger and Lisie's innocent determination to find her mother. The boy's questions also prompt Lisie to visit Aurora and to tell her a story. Written by <email@example.com>
Fix It in Post
Video (Short and Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Aspiring filmmaker Ray gets a surprise with lunch: Renee brutally breaks up with him. Will a long night of drinking with his verbose best friend reveal the answer to his problems? It's not a perfect world. Yet.
Film (Short and Drama) Art department Terry and Duke are wannabe producers without money or a project to produce. Knowing "sex sells" and reality shows are the future (and the cheapest way to hit it big) they brainstorm an idea for a reality show about strippers. Bottom Feeders is their journey pitching the idea, raising the funding and entering the seedy underworld of strip clubs while dealing with conflicting values, relationships and personal issues. Terry's wife is pressuring him to take over the role of bread winner so she can quit her job and they can start a family. Duke is a womanizer who is quickly using up his trust fund and his family's patience. They both desperately need the reality show to succeed at all costs. Written by Christine Vaughn
Venice Beach Sushi
Film (Short and Comedy) Art director Venice Beach California attracts eclectic characters to its sun drenched boardwalk and beaches. No more evident than that is Venice Beach Sushi. This restaurant is an institution, a home, and a hub to the color and diversity of Venice Beach. Written by Jay Anthony Foster
Un dia en el banco
Film (Comedy) Art director After celebrating her 65th birthday home alone with her dog as her only companion, she decides to spice things up and leave everything behind to rob a bank. Her plans are foiled by the bank manager, the employees and the police who have the outside the bank surrounded.
Bodog Music Battle of the Bands
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