Sallyanne Massimini was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After receiving her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art she moved to Los Angeles and became a visual effects artists and supervisor on commercials, television shows and features, accruing credits and several awards, including two Emmy nominations, a VES nomination and an OFTA. Credits and clients include, True Blood, Banshee, Fringe, Hemlock Grove, Fast and Furious, Straw Dogs, Once Upon a Time, Prada, Falling Skies, EA and Mountain Dew. Sal transitioned into directing 2nd unit for the television shows Greenleaf, Imaginary Mary and Step Up. She was recently a creative consultant for the new Netflix series October Faction.
, a short film that she directed, written by David Paul Francis, received an Audience Award for the California Women’s Film Festival and was selected for several other festivals. She just released another short, the first to be filmed on RED’s Hydrogen phone. N.I.
stars Giorgia Whigham (13 Reasons Why, The Punisher) and David Meza (Millennials, In Echo Park). N.I. was just selected as a finalist for the USA Film Festival and a semifinalist for the Etheria Film Festival. She has also been developing several of her own scripts and directing commercials; her feature script Simmer Stir Repeat was a finalist for the Barnstorm Festival and a quarter finalist for Cynosure contest. AUCTIV, a commercial she produced and directed was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual 16th New Director’s showcase. Some of her work can be seen at www.palopictures.com
Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema), Francis Kenny, ASC, and Richard Crudo, ASC in Master Cinematographers (www.mc4.la
) a multipurpose company focused on creating revolutionary innovations; the Steadicam Air and the Squish.
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.