SALLYANNE (SAL) MASSIMINI

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 and museums or immersed in books, Sal studied everyone from DaVinci to Rothko to Bob Ross. She began selling portraits at the age of ten. This endeavor evolved into large murals and private commissions through college. Sal received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on painting and drawing. www.salmassiministudio.com

In 2003 Sal moved to Los Angeles and applied her fine arts background to visual effects. After accruing credits on movies such as Fast and Furious and Straw Dogs, several Emmy nominations and credits on television shows including True Blood, Banshee, Fringe and Once Upon A Time, Sal transitioned into directing commercials and 2nd Unit for television. Her clients and credits include Steadicam, Auctiv, Greenleaf and Step Up. Her AUCTIV commercial 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). 

In 2020 Sal was the Second Unit Director/Producer on Season 3 of American Gods (Starz). That year Sal also worked with Disney, producing a Covid stock footage library compilation. Using her personal network of cinematographers, quarantined cities were filmed throughout the world. Footage of both ground and drone shots showcased the empty cities, including London, Paris, Rome, Mumbai, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Most recently, Sal was the VFX Supervisor for Billie Eilish’s concert film “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles.” The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne was shot at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will feature the Grammy winner performing every song in sequential order for the first time. The film will also include animated elements that will take viewers through Eilish’s Los Angeles hometown and its most well-known backdrops. Sal’s role was extremely hands-on, ranging from shooting live action footage to piecing the show together with the editorial team, through to final color. Her traditional fine arts background is ever present, particularly in film where Sal believes every frame 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 dedicated to creating revolutionary innovations such as the STEADICAM AIR and the SQUISH. www.mc4.la

No matter the medium, authentic storytelling informs Sal’s work in film, commercials, photography and fine arts.