Sandra D. Carmola

Sandra D. Carmola is a registered architect from Charleston, South Carolina. She has over 10 years of experience in conceptual design and construction documents, coordination with consultants and contractors, procuring agency approvals, interiors, presentation media, furniture production and construction. She attended Clemson University where she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree in 2004 and a BS in Design in 2000, including a semester studying in Italy. Her architectural background has allowed her to transition well to the craft of production design.

Vectorworks, SketchUp, PowerCADD, AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, hand drafting, perspective drawing, model building, construction


Ying Te Julie Chen

Born in Taiwan, Ying Te Julie Chen graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she studied fine art. In college she collaborated with filmmakers on films, commercials and music videos. She has served as the production designer on more than 28 projects in the past four years. Many of these projects have screened at different festivals and won numerous prizes, such as the College Television Awards and CLIO Awards, and several have been included in the Cannes Short Film Corner.

Final Cut Studio, SketchUp (basic), Photoshop, InDesign, MS Office, hand drafting, perspective drawing, set construction, scenic painting, oil painting, acrylic painting, Mandarin Chinese, English, Taiwanese


Sarah E. Cole

Sarah E. Cole holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. She has worked for two and a half years as a production designer in Orlando. Cole worked as a production designer on two feature films and seven short films. She also has art directed for four short films and a commercial. In addition, she has been the Set Dresser for a feature film and several other short films.

Photoshop, MS Office, scenic painting, prop making, budgeting, drafting, sketching, model making


Benjamin K. Cox

Benjamin K. Cox has six years of experience working as a production designer and art department coordinator on commercials and features in New York as an active member of United Scenic Artists. After his recent experience working on EUROPA, designed by Oscar®-winner Eugenio Caballero and BLOOD TIES, designed by Ford Wheeler, Cox returned to school to specialize in production design for narrative filmmaking.

SketchUp Pro, Rhino, MS Office, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, team management, model making, logistics, research, budgeting, fabrication, carpentry


Kedra Dawkins

Kedra Dawkins is a scenic and production designer with a BA in Technical Theatre and Design from Cal Poly Pomona. She has art-directed and production-designed a dozen shorts and two feature films. With skills in costume and fashion design, Dawkins has also worked wardrobe on music videos and styled editorial fashion photo shoots and runway shows.

Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, Vectorworks, hand drafting, construction, scenic painting, costume design, model building, prop building, set dressing


Yihong Ding

Yihong Ding was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She earned her BA Degree in Set Design for Stage and Screen at Wimbledon College of Art in London. In spite of having learned all the basic skills for being a production designer, she had little practical experience before she came to AFI. By challenging herself in the past year, she is learning not only to be a real production designer but also a real filmmaker. She has enjoyed her time at AFI and is looking forward to the challenge of the next year.

Photoshop, Illustration, SketchUp, Final Cut (basic), scenic painting, hand drafting, model making, storyboarding


Susannah Honey

Susannah Honey graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BA in History and German. Her first foray into design involved designing, building and running a small bar in the ski resort of Gulmarg, Kashmir in the summer of 2010. She has five years experience in floristry and event design, experience that has come in handy during her first year. AFI has nevertheless been thus far a pleasantly challenging process of acquiring new skills. In her first year she has designed sets, including a rundown motel, a high-end art gallery, and a post-apocalyptic wood cabin, and has thoroughly enjoyed doing so.

SketchUp, Photoshop (basic), hand drafting, concept drawing, construction, scenic painting, floral design


Emma Anabel Koh

Emma A. Koh, a native Californian, began her interest in fine art at a very young age and continued to study fine art in college, graduating with a BFA from Cornell University with concentrations in Photography and Sculpture. Prior to her acceptance into AFI, Koh worked in various positions in the Art Department on independent features, music videos and shorts, which sparked her ambition to become a production designer.

Photoshop, InDesign, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Final Cut Pro, illustrating, rendering, metal working, painting, model making


Juli Kunke

Juli Kunke graduated from California Lutheran University with a BA in Theatre Arts. She took a set design class her sophomore year of college and quickly fell in love with it. Before graduating in 2011, she designed two realized productions: "Dog Sees God" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Kunke received CLU's 2010-2011 Lolita Ball Designer of the Year Award.

Vectorworks, Photoshop, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SketchUp (basic), model making, hand drafting


Allison Lopes

Allison Lopes was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in classical Architecture. Lopes gained experience working for Notre Dame Television and was part of the art department on the feature MODEL HOME.

AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Photoshop (basic), SketchUp, hand drafting, sketching, watercolor rendering, set construction, scenic painting


Erik Robert

Erik Robert was born and raised in Inglewood, California. After pursuing a career in professional soccer, Erik began his study of design by attending UCLA Extension's Interior Architecture program. He worked within the Art Department on the feature film NOT SAFE FOR WORK (2013) with Production Designer Barry Robison.

Photoshop , SketchUp (basic), hand drafting, sketching, scenic painting (basic), set construction, photography


Anelisa Torruella

Anelisa Torruella is a recent graduate of Miami International University of Art and Design, with a BFA in Film and Digital Production. She won third place for Best Film with her short musical, ROXIE, at the 2010 Student Film Festival at the University. She has interned in the art and production departments of the production house Venevision, which produces and records Hispanic soap operas and talk shows like QUIEN TIENE LA RAZON and CASOS DE FAMILIA. Torruella is currently working as a video production specialist at Atlas Air, where she is in charge of the production and art direction of commercials and training videos for the airline. She also is in charge of the cinematography and visual effects of Bubbles Bodywear's online product videos.

Photoshop, SketchUp, hand drafting, sketching, construction, set decoration, scenic painting


Haisu Wang

Haisu Wang graduated from Beihang University in China, with a BS in Industrial Design. He was enrolled in a half-year program in visual effects at the Institiute of Digital Design. He then worked as a visual effects artist at Base FX. Within a year Wang participated in many projects such as THE PACIFIC, SUPER 8, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and I AM NUMBER 4. The Base FX team for THE PACIFIC received the 62nd Primetime Emmy Award® for Best Visual Effects.

Maya, SketchUp, Houdini, Zbrush, RandomControl, Photoshop, hand drafting, illustrating, sculpting, scenic painting


Aleksandra Zgorska

Aleksandra Zgorska is originally from London, England. Since the age of three she has been fascinated by theater and how it made her feel watching shows such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats.” This naturally progressed to finding the same enjoyment in films and from then on she knew they were going to be her life. After finishing her BA in Classical Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.

SketchUp, Photoshop, hand drafting, scenic painting, set dressing, set building, drawing, painting, model making