8 Leaf Production Studio
My production studio. I specialize in design for all aspects of filmmaking, including props, costumes, sets, weaponry, and more. Alongside my design skills, I am also well versed in costume creation, prop building, and all manner of creative technical work, all in pursuit of executing my unique visions.
Below are links, as well as a portfolio of all my past projects. More will be added as pieces are designed and constructed.
“My work comes from a variety of inspirations. I have knowledge of filmmaking in a general sense, earned from past pursuits in directing, as well as an acute knowledge of storytelling and everything under that umbrella. If you need costumes, you better expect visually stunning pieces of fabric art. Props? Expect imaginative pieces sure to catch your audience’s eye. I’m only ever limited by budget.
Two brothers, one a famous actor and one a humble family man, meet for the first time in years in a quiet Minneapolis kitchen on a rainy night, and discuss what it means to be truly happy.
Now, the heart of the subject. Explore below to see examples of my past work. This page is updated every time I make something new, so keep checking back to see if something catches your eye.
Costumes should be memorable, even when they’re meant to blend in and disappear. I have a vast understanding of clothing design, whether rooted in reality, or fantasy. I have a talent for designing characters and outfits that linger in the minds of the audience, and utilize color, patterning, and other mental tricks to ensure you never forget a face, or a nicely tailored jacket.
Props add reality to the world the story takes place in. Good ones make the illusion impenetrable. I love spending time thinking of the story of the piece, adding dirt where it would naturally appear, or chipping something to indicate past damage.
The main purpose of the job. Aside from all the practical skills I’ve come to develop through the years, design was the original inception behind every piece you see on this page. Also included are digital designs of posters, covers, and more.
To showcase what I would be designing for a project I’m hired onto, I’ve included theoretical production boards from media I enjoy. Have a look at how I would design aspects from well-known novels.
The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
One of my mother’s favorite novels, as well as an inspiration for my own Plight of Steel series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is already being adapted for television by Amazon Studios. Some of their visual choices are questionable in my opinion, and so here are examples of how I would design the show, based directly on text from the novel.
Moiraine, the Aes Sedai lead of the novel, is an important character that needs to be portrayed accurately, with an outfit to match the descriptions given. Among these descriptions are those that point to her dark blue cloak over a lighter blue dress slashed with cream, as well as the famous blue jewel hanging at her forehead.
I included all described details in the introduction paragraphs she appears in, along with my own little touches and interpretations.
Elan Morin Tedronai
The mysterious figure who appears in the prologue of the novel is not described in incredible detail, and so the imagination must be used. All that is noted are his black clothes and the white strings tied at his neck. Silver topped, turned-down boots are also mentioned. What his face looks like is never clear.
I went with a more complex design than just a simple black robe. Runes line some of his pieces, and a grey shoulder-cape is draped over one side. He needs to look primordial and full of magic, I feel.
The Winespring Inn
The inn of the Two Rivers seems to play a large role in the show, as we see in the preview clips released – which are inaccurate to the novel, by the way, and a little melodramatic.
The inn is described in the novel as a two-leveled structure, the bottom of which is made of stone. A red shingled roof, the only one in the village, stands out amongst the rest of the structures.
I wanted to show the whimsical styling I picture in my head while reading, while also remaining faithful to reality and what makes sense.