Born in a quiet Washington town, Angelo discovered his love for movies at a very young age. But it wasn’t until the middle of pursuing a biblical studies degree at Simpson University, where his passion and opportunity would collide. In the fall of '04, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center would bring him to Hollywood and land him an internship in the feature production office at 20th Century Fox. His time on the studio lot earned him acceptance into Act One, an intense writing program designed to guide and mentor budding storytellers. By the fall of ‘07, he was surrounded by a tight-knit group of filmmakers, who were young, talented, and just as broke as everybody else. Yet it was through these intimate relationships that he found success, launching Paper Crane Productions' first short film, GRANDE DRIP. It featured music from Ingrid Michaelson and a hilarious cameo by the director of PRETTY WOMAN, Garry Marhshall. Angelo would go on to write and produce several commercials along with his second award-winning short, KNIGHT TO D7, which featured performances by Emmy-winners Jackée (SISTER SISTER, 227) and Hector Elizondo (CHICAGO HOPE, VALENTINE'S DAY) scored by the Grammy-winning composer, Mateo Messina (JUNO). As he continues to create the future, Angelo hopes that the PAPER CRANE TEAM will strive to produce stories that are not only entertaining and compelling but also significant.
Raised in Indianapolis, Greg went to Taylor University to study zoology. He dreamed of one day having his own wildlife show about big cats, but after a semester of roaming the green hills of Ireland, Greg realized that making movies was the life for him. Armed with his biology degree, he headed west to take his chances in the jungles of Hollywood. Through the LA Film Studies Center, Greg landed an internship with legendary writer/producer/director Garry Marshall. The internship led to a full-time assistant job for Garry on the Lindsay Lohan/Jane Fonda film, GEORGIA RULE. After the film, Greg moved up to become the Director of Development at Garry’s company, Henderson Productions, where he helped bring the star-studded, box-office hits VALENTINE’S DAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE, and MOTHER'S DAY to the screen. The "Garry Marshall holiday trilogy" generated over $400M in worldwide box-office receipts, breaking several weekend records along the way. During his time at Henderson, Greg has also written and produced several commercials and award-winning short films with his Paper Crane partners. Greg's passion is telling stories that will touch hearts and challenge minds.
Originally from Louisiana, Emily moved to Los Angeles with a film degree from TCU. Emily's first home was at 20th Century Fox where she worked in television development, feature production, and visual effects. During her time there she strengthened her storytelling muscles, developed "nuts and bolts" skills like budgeting and scheduling, and got first-hand experience taking concepts from pitch to screen. Following a job as a session director for a high-profile commercial casting office, Emily set out to pursue directing. That journey led her to work alongside legendary writer/director Garry Marshall as script coordinator for his films VALENTINE'S DAY and NEW YEAR'S EVE. Garry was one of Emily's first directing mentors. Since working with Garry, Emily has had the opportunity to shadow a number of successful television directors on shows like SCANDAL, SPEECHLESS, SCREAM QUEENS, and GIRL MEETS WORLD. She was selected as an "Emerging Female Director" for the WeForShe DirectHer Program and as a fellow for Ryan Murphy's new HALF FOUNDATION Directing Program.
Emily has produced two award-winning short films, GRANDE DRIP and KNIGHT TO D7 and her directorial debut, the Twilight Zone-inspired thriller DRINK, premiered to rave reviews. The short "went viral" gaining nearly 2M views on YouTube. She has directed two features for Lifetime, the thriller NANNY SEDUCTION (2016) and the holiday charmer CHRISTMAS IN MISSISSIPPI (2018) and is currently slated to direct two more films this year in addition to writing her first for-hire script. Emily is developing several other projects, including a scripted anthology series and an indie dramedy based on the story of her in-laws honeymoon in the 1970s.
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Ryan hails from Saint Joseph Michigan, where he earned a Film Studies degree from Spring Arbor University. Upon his arrival to Los Angeles in 2004, Ryan studied screenwriting and video production at The Los Angeles Film Studies Center. He has worked for numerous production companies, including Weed Road, Radar, and Red Granite Pictures. Ryan is a storyteller by design with a special knack for comedy. He finds the most satisfaction in his work when he can make someone laugh, which has led him to develop and produce a number of award winning short films and commercials. He has also had the privilege to work on such films as MILK and SMART PEOPLE, WOLF OF WALL STREET and HORNS, which will both premiere later this year. Ryan is currently the Director of Engagement at United Way of Southwest Michigan, where he’s brought his storytelling skills and digital marketing experience to the Michigan non-profit.
Hugo was born in Puerto Rico, lived in the iconic cities of Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., and London, England, and now resides in the city he grew up in, Chicago, IL. Ever since high school and college, where he studied broadcasting and produced all sorts of television shows with his friends, Hugo has always been focused on bringing ideas to life. His career has kept this passion at the forefront, from journalism, to corporate communications, to brand spokesperson, marketer, advertiser and now as content creator. Today Hugo spends the majority of his time as an executive at a global communications firm, helping brands develop sustained engagement, real connections, and increased recommendations through the uncovering of a an authentic narrative. He has worked with a wide-range of brands including globally recognized companies like Taco Bell, Starbucks, Frito-Lay, and Mars, Incorporated. His specialty is short-from content that works across multiple mediums. As a former journalist, his work has also been featured on NBC Network News, MSNBC, msnbc.com and CBS News. He is the recipient of a National News Emmy, and been part of Beacon and Peabody winning projects.