Anthony Pietromonaco is a Anthony Pietromonaco is a writer, director and cinematographer who has gained the majority of his experience through his work with business owners and on commercial/film sets. His craft has been forged through experience as well as theory having successfully executed over 100 shoots ranging from full length feature films to promotional work for local businesses. His commercial work has been distributed nationally, and his music videos have gathered hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube. The likes of Kelly Osbourne and Paula Abdul, as well as top level executives from companies like Microsoft and Google have all passed through his lens. Anthony takes pride in his ability to provide a range of creative content for a unique, specific purpose; as well as his ability to function within a team of talented individuals at any level. And no matter what the project, once he's signed onboard, he has a proven track record of seeing it through to completion.
His visual style has been cultivated to skew towards the "epic." Making key use of dramatic camera movement, atmospherics, and specific lighting choices, his work suggests a "larger than life" tone and feel. Anthony is also a seasoned martial artist, and as such has experience both shooting and choreographing fight sequences.
Wey Wang - Director of Photography
Wey grew up in northern New Jersey, in the shadow of New York city. He was always an avid storytelling. He also loved taking pictures. From an early age, he went through hundreds of rolls of 35mm film, shooting family vacations on a SLR. He also loved computers and technology, leading him to get a BS in Computer Science.
Upon graduating, Wey jumped on the digital revolution and bought himself a DSLR. But with every successive photo he took, he felt like the images were incomplete; they only told one part of the story. That's when he picked up a video camera and fell in love. It was then, that he decided to leave his successful career as a software engineer and pursue his dream of visual storytelling by getting his masters.
After completing his masters, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his dream to become a cinematographer. He has since worked on numerous narrative features and shorts; commercials; and music videos. He continues to push himself in the use of camera movement, composition, and lighting to become a better visual storyteller.
He is heavily influenced by Janusz Kaminiski; Robert Elswit, ASC; Robert Richardson ASC; Jordon Cronenweth, ASC; Roger Deakins ASC, BSC; and Christopher Doyle, ASC, HKSC.
Afton Adams - Special Effects
Afton A. Adams became a Special Makeup Effects Artist after working on a film called Silent Scream; before that movie, she didn't even know that it was a career. The feature film had a very small budget and therefore had no pre-production time. All the effects (and there were a lot) were done on set, in a time crunch, right in front of Afton's eyes. It changed her life.
Immediately after the film wrapped Afton moved 200 miles away to apprentice under the SPMUFX department head from Silent Scream, Ken Hertlein, who had learned from the Godfather of special makeup effects, Dick Smith. She immersed herself into learning everything she could from her mentor and then went on to work all over the state for the next 4 years doing commercials, theater,and anything else she could. In 2007, she then made the inevitable pilgrimage to Los Angeles where she has worked in the magical world of effects ever since.
Now that Afton has worked under award winning makeup and effects artists at the top of the business, she has her own studio in downtown LA to do her own shows and projects all while still assisting the best of the best whenever possible. She continues to work on everything from worthy passion projects, to multi-million dollar summer blockbusters, and everything in between and sees no end in sight.
David Daneshforooz - Executive Producer
David Daneshforooz is a serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for opportunity across industries. He is the President of Forooz & Associates, Inc. a privately held investment and advisory firm founded in 1986 in Las Vegas, NV. Since 2004 Mr. Daneshforooz invested, brokered, advised, developed, and managed more than $1.2 billion dollars worth of commercial investments in the Real Estate, Technology, and Entertainment industries.
Mr. Daneshforooz studied Computer Science and Art at Westmont College in Montecito, CA.
KT Kent - Sound Designer
KT Kent was born and raised in Upstate New York where she developed her love of storytelling. She lived in Switzerland for a year and assisted in the growth of a major nightclub. Kent then attended SUNY Binghamton and majored in film studies. After moving to Los Angeles, she continued her education at The L.A. Film School. She has alternated between UPMing a variety of projects from MTV music videos, to documentaries and narratives, and working professionally with Argyle Post and California Film Industry in sound design as well as post supervising the
films, Fathoms Deep, Hello and others.
Kent also works as a producer with Atomic Hollywood and has been a producer on several projects including; Buttons in the Ground, Firefly and Bright Eyes. She AD’ed the feature Seahorse in Alaska, and recently Line Produced the feature The Shift starring Danny Glover.
She is currently sound supervising the feature Undelivered, and co-producing/ post supervising
the feature length documentary The Principle on modern cosmology and producing Lockhart a feature film.
Zachary Ryan Block - Art Department
Zach develops and produces marketable and entertaining concepts for film and television media with integrity, creative passion and with a cohesive marriage between the business and the story. From motorcycle stuntman to writer and then director, with numerous completed projects and with the ability to see things from concept through creation, Zach fills a creative position and quality checks most things on a film set.
Born in Northwestern Montana, Zachary Block had few to zero opportunities to tie in with filmmaking. Having an interest in the professional eventually let him to Los Angeles where he worked as a motorcycle stuntman, an actor and eventually as a filmmaker. With the help of his limited industry contacts, Zach wrote, produced and directed his first short film titled “Bucovina Card Game.” Which played in a few festivals and garnered a distribution deal from OUAT MEDIA. A year later, Block teamed up with Russell Whaley (producer) and made his second short film “One Man’s Goal” which was nominated for a handful of awards including “Best Actor,” “Best Cinematography,” and “The Precious Award” for a cinematic moment of film. Next came Zachary’s first full length film “Fathoms Deep” a crime drama filmed in Los Angeles and Montana. Zachary has completed his second feature film disorientation and is currently working on his 3rd feature and a surfing television show. More information can be found online at www.kavadba.com/entertainment.html
Marco Antonio Velasquez III - Storyboard / Concept Artist
Marco Velasquez is a Self-taught Artist/Illustrator with only 2 Semesters of Drawing classes in High-School.
And a Masters Degree in the "School of Hard Knocks". He's been drawing since he could hold a pencil in
In 1995 he was "discovered" by Diego Angel of "Angel Studio (now Rockstar Games)" that sent him onto
his dream of becoming a Concept Artist starting in Video Game design. That later also included Square LA
(Square Enix) and the 1st 3 phases of the acclaimed "Parasite Eve". After that experience, he gained a
wider variety of subjects as well as delving into the world of Storyboards, various Indie Films, Games and TV
Music has been a big part of getting through it all, along with his beliefs, ethical integrity and pride in his
work, sometimes to a fault, but always the music and his favorite Illustrators influencing his creations.
With a compelled sense of purpose to see whats coming around the bend and tackling every challenge
headlong, Marco is an extremely valuable addition to the Manifest team.
Karl White - G&E
Karl is a dedicated writer, producer and director, his work has been featured on Spike, NFL Network, ESPN, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Fight Network as well as Sky1 and Bravo in the United Kingdom. He is highly experienced in every aspect of production from development through post. With a well-rounded creative arsenal that includes over eight years of hands-on editing experience – making him a complete storyteller.
Karl holds a BFA in Film Directing from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, where he directed two award winning short films. He has also won several screenwriting competitions.
Currently, Karl is developing a massive transmedia project, based on his critically acclaimed comic book series – Legends of the Night.
Giuseppe Rinaldi - Photographer
He is a Photographer and Digital Tech based in Los Angeles from New York. Graduated Brooks institute in 2010 and he currently works at Smashbox Digital in West Hollywood as a Digital Coordinator. He loves cooking from scatch and photographing life in high speed as well producing short films. He accepted the position as photographer on this project because he was obsessed with the concept of bringing a video game to life. It was excatly what he dreamed of as a kid.
Renee George - Actor / Producer
Born to an Assyrian-American family in Chicago, Renee George grew up in a world of creative culture; performing in the theater was just the beginning of many collaborative ventures. Upon her arrival to the City of Angels, Renee booked national voice over work, commercials, short films and starred opposite Danny Trejo in drama indie-flick, Valley Of Angels.
Renee also freelanced as a copywriter, created and wrote two television pilots and started producing short films to start her collaborative journey. Landing the Associate Editor position for online destination, Live Fast Mag, she celebrated international talent, ranging from rising artists and designers to actors and stories of wanderlust. Her content impressed Quixote & Smashbox Studios, where she currently holds the Social Media Editor/Editor In Chief title for the both studio marketing initiatives and their respective blogs.
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Charlie Glackin - Actor
A once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess.
Artist/Actor, Writer, Filmmaker. Attended film school at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a minor in BTMM (Broadcast Television and Mass Media.He has acted in over 60 projects ranging from television, commercials, webseries, and major feature films. When not acting he is an accomplushed set builder with over 20 years of experience
Andre Bolourchi - Actor / Grip / Production Design
Andre Bolourchi was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Orange County. His father is Iranian and his mother, a native Oregonian. He graduated from California State, University Long Beach with a degree in Translation and Interpretation in Spanish/English. Before moving to Los Angeles to launch his acting career in 2008, Andre pursued his passion for travel- from living a year in southern Spain, to riding camels through the Sahara Desert, to sailing tall ships across Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
He has booked several national commercials including the likes of Corona, Subaru, Old Navy and Xbox/ESPN. Andre recently wrapped his first full length feature film, and has a number of screenplays in the works. A conscious adventurer of Life and an avid lover of the great outdoors and vintage motorcycles, Andre also maintains a daily spiritual practice of Kundalini Yoga- starting his days at 3am with bitter cold showers, and a healthy regimen of yoga and meditation before sunrise.
His motto: "Let no inkling of fear stand between you and your Greatness."
He is currently cast for the role of Alex's brother, where is slated to play a half fungus/human hybrid.
Geoffrey Murad - Fungus Creature
Geoff Murad was born and raised in Queens,N.Y. where he was introduced to martial arts at an early age. When he was 18 he moved to California and began his love for photography and travel developed.
In the past decade he has taken his passion for the arts with him in his extensive travels over seas. He has lived in Israel and Costa Rica, and various locations throughout the US. He recently played the part of the creature in Manifest Film's "What Remains" where he developed a sterling reputation for being one of the most agreeable zombies the world has ever known.
Currently resides in Las Vegas, and enjoys a good sunset.