Storytelling has been a part of Sal’s life since she was a child. Connecticut born, sketchbook always in hand,  art of every kind was Sal’s compulsive passion from a young age. Found at zoos, museums, or immersed in books studying everyone from DaVinci and Rothko to Bob Ross, she began selling portraits at the age of ten, which evolved into large murals and private commissions through college, where she graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on painting and drawing. 

In 2003, Sal moved to Los Angeles, tapping into her painting background to become a visual effects artist and supervisor. After accruing credits on movies such as Fast and Furious and Straw Dogs, several Emmy nominations and credits on shows that include True Blood, Banshee, Fringe and Once Upon A Time, Sal transitioned into directing commercials and television 2nd unit (clients and credits include Steadicam, Auctiv, Greenleaf, Step Up).  Her commercial for AUCTIV was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual 16th New Director’s showcase.  Sal filmed several shorts including Niles Canyon, written by David Paul Francis (American Gods, Krypton) and  N.I., the first live action drama shot on RED’s Hydrogen phone,  starring Giorgia Whigham (13 Reason’s Why, The Punisher) 

Sal was most recently a Producer and 2nd Unit Director for the television show American Gods (Starz). Her traditional fine arts upbringing is always present, even on the film set, where she firmly believes every frame in a film is a painting.

Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema), Francis Kenny ASC and Richard Crudo ASC in Master Cinematographers (MC4), a multipurpose company focused on creating revolutionary innovations; the STEADICAM AIR and the SQUISH. Check out their website at

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. 


“Sallyanne (Sal)  Massimini”

Below is a combination of childhood portraits drawn at the age of ten to  landscapes and a sample of Sal’s more recent abstract work.