Sunrise: VFX Tests

We've been developing different VFX looks as we power through for final delivery of Twilight Storytellers: Sunrise in early July. I was looking for a magical storybook realism, and am pretty happy with what we've been able to do so far. See a test below:

We Wrapped Twilight Storytellers: Sunrise!

We wrapped on May 11th! What a whirlwind! Found out April 1st that I was selected to direct. Crewed up and did all pre-production and principal photography for this Egyptian 1800 period piece within 5 weeks. So impressed by our stellar team and what we were able to accomplish on this short turn-around. Here's a pic of Maritte Go, superstar producer, and I in the wee hours of the morning on our final day.

Vampire Movies!

We're deep in the "research" and planning phase for the Twilight Saga mini-movie, "Sunrise" so of course I'm revisiting and discovering as many Vampire movies as I can!

"Let the Right One In" - Pool Scene!

Here's a list that friends have helped me compile (in chronological order):


  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
  • The Twilight Saga Movies (of course) (2008 - 2013)
  • Under the Skin (OK - we'll count that!) (2013)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
  • Byzantium (2012)
  • Let Me In (2010)
  • Let The Right One In (Swedish and American versions) (2008)
  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Interview With a Vampire (1994)
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
  • Sleepwalkers (1992)
  • Vampires Kiss (1988)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • Friday Night (1985)
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre (Herzog) (1979)
  • Salem's Lot (1979)
  • Captain Kronos (1974)
  • Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • Return of the Vampire (1944)
  • London After Midnight (1927)
  • Nosferatu (1922)


  • True Blood (2008 - 2013)
  • Buffy and Angel (1997 - 2003)
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Dracula
  • Lost Girl (2010 - 2013)
  • Demons (2009)
  • Moonlight (2007)
  • Sanctuary (2007 - 2011)
  • Blade (2006)
  • Dark Shadows (1966 - 1971)
  • The Vampire Diaries (2009 - to date)
  • Being Human UK (2009 - 2013)

Twilight Saga New Storytellers Project

I'm excited to announce that I am one of six directors chosen to create a short-film based on the Twilight Saga as part of the New Storytellers contest sponsored by Volvo, Women in Film, Lionsgate, and Tongal! I'm incredibly honored to have this opportunity. 

I'll tell the story of Benjamin and Tia of the Egyptian Coven, based on Alanna Smith's winning screenplay, Sunrise. Middle Eastern actors are rarely afforded mainstream leading roles in American Movies. 

 Tia and Benjamin's Vampire creation Story

Tia and Benjamin's Vampire creation Story

In my directing choices, I've made it my goal to include more diversity on screen and am happy that I'll be able to continue to do so with this film.  

I intend to represent this unique time period in Egypt (1800 - 1810) on screen with as much historical accuracy as possible, and am working with a Middle Eastern Scholar to do so.

Gorgeous Titles for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 above. Benjamin and Tia are in this movie.

I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to continue to practice my craft alongside a fantastic crew under the mentorship of brilliant leaders from Women in Film, Lionsgate, and Stephanie Meyer, creator of the Twilight Saga.

MIRA Wrapped!

I'm excited to announce that we wrapped all principal photography and pick-ups on short film MIRA last weekend (March 29th)! We're well into our 4th edit and will editorial picture lock in mid-May. It'll be a while longer for VFX while I raise more money for post, but it feels good to have this done. 

 New friends at the San Pedro harbor on our return from Catalina Island

New friends at the San Pedro harbor on our return from Catalina Island

 Mira's Temporal Lobectomy Recovery Room (Taper Hall at USC)

Mira's Temporal Lobectomy Recovery Room (Taper Hall at USC)