Amanda currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Minnesota, she moved from Minneapolis to attend Columbia College Chicago's Film School. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Video, with a concentration in Production Design.
She develops and designs stories into films. As a designer, she prefers to work closely with props, decoration, and wardrobe to ensure aesthetic congruence. Similarly, she prefers small, close-knit art department crews.
Amanda has designed films that take place everywhere from a 1960s New Years Eve bash; to a dystopic future in which a lone protagonist must travel back in time; a game show dream, somewhere Pee Wee's Playhouse and The Dating Game may meet; the dark, dangerous streets of Detroit; and the solemn, muted apartment of a recently-deafened young man.
Above is a short film that is very dear to me. I made it in my first year of film school. I find that oftentimes people tend to throw away or ignore their past works. I still stand by Earthworms. It's a simple story about a girl's imagination and infinite fascination with things she yet cannot empathize with. "Lola" is played by a wonderful young actress named Maisie Merlock.