Andrea Arce Duval

Andrea Arce Duval holds a BA in Audiovisual Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. While in school, she worked on several short films, music videos and TV shows. Her professional career began as a production assistant on Isaki Lacuesta’s feature film THE CONDEMNED and as the costume designer for Thomas Sanchez’s LA NAVAJA DE DON JUAN. Her most recent work as a production designer includes Julio O. Ramos’ A DOCTOR’S JOB and BEHIND THE MIRRORS, which showcased at the Telluride and Camerimage Film Festivals and picked up top awards at Palm Springs, Nashville and Havana.

Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, hand drafting, model making, scenic painting, construction


Robert Brecko

Robert Brecko is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany with a degree in Visual Communication, Photography and Film Design. Since graduation, he has worked as a freelance art director, set designer and photographer. His list of international clients includes brands like Adidas, Hugo Boss, Joop!, Montblanc, Stone Island and Nike. In the last 10 years, he was responsible for the concept design and production management of these companies on site-specific locations in Italy and Germany, among other projects. Additionally, Brecko has worked as a commissioned editorial and portrait photographer for several magazines, including Achtung, Dazed and Confused and I Love You.

Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Capture One, SketchUp, Bridge


Brittany Elias

Brittany Elias is a production designer, painter and props artisan from Palm Harbor, Florida. She holds a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Central Florida where she was honored with a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival nomination for Design Excellence. Professionally, Elias has most recently worked at the Tony® Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Tibbits Opera House, Weathervane Playhouse, American Stage Theatre Company, Utah Festival Opera and UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has had the opportunity to work on shows designed by Broadway greats Eugene Lee, Michael Yeargan and Allen Moyer. Her property work can currently be seen Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” designed by Lee Savage.

2D & 3D Vectorworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, hand drafting, model building, intermediate scenic carpentry, advanced scenic painting, upholstery, tole painting, carving, molding and casting, sewing, puppetry, furniture building and repair, property graphics and design


Kelly Fallon

Originally from the Midwest, Kelly Fallon attended the University of Notre Dame where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art History. After graduation, Fallon moved to Los Angeles where she worked for a year in post-production creative advertising. During this year, she discovered her love of narrative storytelling through visual media. She came to AFI to further develop her skill set as a production designer and storyteller. Fallon is looking forward to gaining more industry experience this summer before returning to AFI to continue her studies.

Photoshop, SketchUp, hand drafting, period research, set decorating, photography, scale model building, set construction (basic), scenic painting, puppetry


Daniel Frank

Daniel Frank is currently a First Year Production Design Fellow at the American Film Institute. Prior to AFI, Frank lived in New York City, where he worked on several small films – first as an assistant art director, then as a production designer. In addition to film, Frank helped design, construct, paint and dress sets for various television, web and print productions. He received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Art History from Colgate University. While at Colgate, he studied scenic design under Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, worked in a professional scene shop for three years and designed numerous stage productions.

Photoshop, Vectorworks, SketchUp, InDesign, hand drafting, concept drawing and illustration, set construction


Felipe Herrera

Felipe Herrera has over a decade of video and film production under his belt. It has long been his passion to work on other ambitious projects. Born in Mexico City, Herrera evinced a passion for the arts at an early age. In his later years, he found himself venturing out to California to pursue a more in-depth industry education after having attended ENAP-UNAM for a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Sculpture, Painting and Set Design. Herrera attended workshops at the New York Film Academy, graduated with an Associates degree from the Los Angeles Film School with an emphasis in Production Design. And in 2013 he was the production designer for the feature film MY NAME IS VIVIENNE, which premiered at the NoHo Cinefest in April 2014. Herrera is the Vice President and co-founder of a Mexican-based non-profit organization supporting and protecting cultural arts.

SketchUp, Photoshop, Flash, hand drafting, sculpture, set construction, wood working, enameling, jewelry design, candle making, special FX makeup


Mari Lappalainen

Mari Lappalainen comes from Finland, where she completed vocational school, graduating as an exhibition builder in 2007. After graduation, she started working for a Finnish set construction company where she received her introduction to the film industry. After three years of working and traveling – also living in New York and the UK – she started the Set Design for Screen course at Wimbledon College of Art, London. Over time, she has been involved with various projects from small independent films to bigger budget feature films, exploring different art department roles and working on TV and live entertainment.

Photoshop, InDesign, Rhino, SketchUp, model making, concept art, hand drafting


Daniela Medeiros

Daniela Medeiros earned a double-degree – one in Architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, and the other in Design at Federal Technological University of Parana in Brazil. During her studies she had the opportunity to amplify her knowledge through two international study experiences: a semester at the renowned architecture school ETSAM in Madrid, Spain and one year at the Visual Arts, Design and Marketing Institute (IADE) in Lisbon, Portugal. After graduation, she studied film for a year and started a post-graduate course in Scenic Design until she was admitted to the Masters degree program at AFI. Professionally, she has worked on four short films and two video clips. Medeiros also had a two-year internship at an architectural firm during college. Her international experience helped her develop a broader view of culture as well as a global perspective and aesthetic from classic and contemporary influences.

Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Revit, SketchUp, Vectorworks, Adobe Photoshop, model making, 3D modeling, drawing, hand and computer drafting, illustration, scenic painting, set construction


Ella Thompson

Ella Thompson graduated from Chatham University with a Bachelor’s in Interior Architecture and a minor in French. In the past, she has worked as a scenic design intern at The Pittsburgh City Theater as well as an art director on several short films. While at Chatham University, Thompson studied architecture, language and cinema in Paris during a semester abroad.

Revit, SketchUp, Prezi, Photoshop, hand drafting and sketching


Tyler Vince

Tyler Vince is an artist and designer from Los Angeles, CA. He has been working in the film industry for the past five years as an on-set dresser for various productions, some of which have been released by Walt Disney Studios. His passion for expressing himself in the media arts has led him to pursue Production Design at the AFI Conservatory. When he is not working, Vince is either chasing a swell somewhere around the globe or preparing for his next art exhibit.

Photoshop, SketchUp, Word, Excel, hand drafting, model making, perspective drawing, painting, sketching, spray painting