Left to Right: Ethan Denning, Prateek Rajagopal, Cameron Kostopoulos, Evan Siegal, Taylor Woods, Ty Kostopoulos, Charlie Anderson
Cameron Kostopoulos is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and XR pioneer. The overlap between his alternative writing & directing and technical VFX skills frees him to create dreamt worlds, fading memories, and deeply intimate experiences.
In May 2022, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, with a BFA in Film & Television Production and a minor in Future Cinema. Currently, he is studying under Nonny de la Peña and Mary Matheson at ASU’s Narrative & Emerging Media Program.
With a multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking, his work blends poetic cinema with narrative storytelling, relying on emotional realism to explore the inner human psyche. He has worked with leading LGBTQ+ organizations to create and promote stories about queer identity, including The National AIDS Memorial and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and has collaborated with queer artists including Jason A. Rodriguez, co-star of the FX series POSE, to bring underrepresented characters to the screen.
Moving into the future, he is continuing to explore the intersection of technology and intimacy, while writing and directing live-action films and XR experiences.
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Evan Siegal is a Director, Musician and Unreal Engine Artist originally from San Antonio, Texas. In 2020 he graduated from The USC School of Cinematic Arts with a B.A. in Cinema & Media Studies and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. After graduating Evan founded Stray Films, a directing team that makes music video, photo and commercial content that is more experimental in nature. Evan also makes Dark Techno/Electronic music under the artist name “thought cabinet”. All of Evan’s creations are heavily influenced by art house works all across the world, and with each artistic medium Evan’s goal is to take bold risks and to viscerally impact his audience.
Prateek is a genre-bending composer, record producer and guitar player whose artistry spans across many musical explorations.
His most recent credits include Synth Programming on The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+), Additional Music on Fairfax (Amazon Prime), and Sample Instrument Designing on He-Man and the Master's of the Universe (Netflix), amongst others. He is also co-writing and producing a record with a Stones Throw Records artist.
From scoring films, producing records, composing music for the concert hall and touring alongside some of the topmost metal bands, Prateek's willingness to take chances, work as a collaborator and continue learning has allowed him to tell meaningful stories in uniquely emotional ways.
He recently graduated with a M.M. from USC's prestigious Screen Scoring program; and currently works alongside Joseph Shirley in Los Angeles.
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Originally from Phoenix, Ariz., Lennon Torres, began her training at Dance Connection Scottsdale, a nationally ranked dance studio, where she were able to foster personal connections and perform works by Peter Chu, Jenn Freeman, and other renowned contemporary, jazz, and ballet choreographers. Lennon’s dance training led her directly to USC Kaufman where she has performed works by William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, Matthew Neenan, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor, Sonya Tayeh, and more.
Lennon has also simultaneously found a passion for advocacy, especially in regard to gender inclusivity. Lennon is the CEO and Founder of Continuum Community, a company that strives to provide practical and easy to understand resources to help communities evolve into gender inclusive spaces. Lennon is transgender and uses she/her pronouns. As she began advocating and learning about her own gender identity, she published a book An Evolving Conversation on Gender: Dance Edition, available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Installation Production Designer
Taylor Woods is an accomplished production designer, scenic painter, and animator based in the Los Angeles area. While attending USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts, Taylor first began to work on live action and animated films. Her work has been featured in multiple award-winning films, both animated and live-action, and won USC’s Ruth Weisberg Prize for Drawing, along with a grant for her own solo art exhibition, Compulsive Corruption. Since graduating, Taylor has spent the majority of her time as a freelance production designer and scenic painter, combining these skills to create immersive experiences of her work. She uses vaginal images, body innards, spirals, and the distorted female body most commonly in her work.
For Body of Mine, she wanted to design and build a space that would continue the VR experience even after the headset comes off. Through these stories, she aims to guide the viewer through a nearly over stimulating experience about identity, femininity - or the lack of it. Taylor aims to portray and contain generational thought cycles while implicating the user in their continuation by incorporating the viewer into the immersive art piece. The viewer should leave questioning their role in the artwork, and how that affects others in their own lives.
Installation Art Director
Ethan Denning is a Los Angeles based cinematographer interesting in both narrative filmmaking and documentary work. After serving as a director for his sports broadcasting club in high school, he majored in the Film & TV Production program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Ethan’s documentary work focuses on understanding the interplay of artists in their work, as well as documenting the relationships between in humanity and nature. He uses this same documentary approach with his narrative cinematography, working to document performances and provide a space of play for actors. When not working in film, you can find him wrenching on his old VW bus, and bouncing between national parks across the US.