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 directing commercials (Steadicam, Uovo, Auctiv).  Her commercial for AUCTIV was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual 16th New Director’s showcase. 2nd Unit directing television credits include American Gods and Greenleaf.  Sal has gone on to film 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). 

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”