Director/Founder of Palo Pictures & Partners with Master Cinematographers
Storytelling has been a part of Sal’s life since she was a child; her old sketchbooks are filled with drawings of magical worlds and their stories. She went on to graduate with a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art but dipped into the world of visual effects her senior year. She moved to L.A., where she still resides, and became a visual effects artist and supervisor. After accruing credits and several awards, including two Emmy nominations working on series like True Blood, Banshee, Fringe and Once Upon A Time, Sal transitioned into 2nd Unit Directing for the television shows Greenleaf, Imaginary Mary and Step Up.
Busy directing and writing this past year, she just released a new short film N.I., starring Giorgia Whigham (The Punisher, 13 Reasons Why), the first narrative drama filmed on RED’S new Hydrogen phone. . Her other short film, Niles Canyon, written by David Paul Francis, received an Audience Award for the California Women’s Film Festival. One of the several commercials she directed this year was selected for the 2018 SHOOT Annual New Director’s showcase. Commercial clients include Auctiv, Steadicam, Uovo and Adaptive Life Company.
Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (RED Digital Cinema CEO), Francis Kenny ASC, and Richard Crudo ASC, in Master Cinematographers (, creating revolutionary innovations; the most recent are the Steadicam AIR and the Squish.
No matter what the medium is, storytelling is the root of everything for Sal, be it a film, a commercial, a photo or a drawing. More of her work can be found at , the production company that she founded, crafting memorable stories and quality content.
To learn something new and to bite off more than I can chew.
Does this path have a heart?
Updating the website for the short film I just made and finishing a script I’m currently working on.
Bringing my own bags (plastic ones for the actual veggies too) to the farmer’s market!
I heard this and thought it was pretty great: When something goes wrong in your life just yell PLOT TWIST! And move on.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love the warm weather and the ocean here. L.A. is saturated as far as the film industry goes, but with that saturation comes an incredible amount of contacts, support and knowledge. I wouldn’t be where I am at if it wasn’t for all of the wonderful people that I’ve been in contact with who have helped me on this journey.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Beef cheek and grits at Gjelina with great company, followed by dessert and a cappuccino. But I’m a big fan of breakfast at home, so that’ll usually be scrambled eggs and a heap of spinach with some music playing while I work.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I’ll be waking up, checking emails, and getting ready to work. I’m a morning person so the early hours are really productive for me. This all happens unless my friends have texted me and are surfing, then I’ll get into the ocean for an hour. I feel so clear headed after spending the time outside, it actually makes the rest of the day more productive.
10:00 AM – Working. Depending on what stage of a project I’m in it’ll either be writing, prepping, filming or working in dark caves filled with computers till we emerge with a completed project.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Uovo. The pasta there is insane.
7:00 PM – If I didn’t fit in a workout before I’d do it now. Usually HIIT that I do from home, keeping it short but sweet. And meditation is key – I try to do that every day. Then I go right back to work.
11:00 PM – I hope I’m sleeping by then. However, if I’m in the middle of a project or a shoot, I’ve got hours to go before I see the bed.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Water. Lots of water. And I love my green tea.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
App would be waze. Between L.A. traffic and all the traveling I do this has completely saved me. I love @chivexp. He’s such a great cinematographer, it’s inspiring to see what he sees.
What should everyone try at least once?
Surrendering to the universe, looking at every situation as a glass half full.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Well I’ve got a pretty big imagination, so probably there. But if we are talking literally, I was recently lost in the halls on the ABC Disney lot, which is always special, looking at all the old posters and artwork.