Sophia Segal is an interdisciplinary artist. She began creating music videos in 2006 for artists in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Her debut German Expressionist inspired music video "Mirror Mirror" (produced in the fall of 2006) was nominated for "Best Indie Music Video" at Yahoo's Veddy Awards in early 2007. Her second produced music video "11:11" is a fairy-tale, fantasy thriller seen through the eyes of a child. The concept was inspired by watching episodes of Sid and Marty Krofft's Liddsville as a child. The video received an honorary "Orson Welles Award" from The California Film Awards in 2010 for "Best of Category." Since the inception of her first music video, Sophia's work has been "officially selected" for film and music video festivals in Los Angeles, New York, and abroad Paris and Denmark.
Sophia not only directs, films, and edits her productions, but she also designs all the work featured in the videos and shorts. She's also the featured singer and performer in her self-produced music videos. In the comedic Halloween shorts "An Evening At Nossy's" she playfully pokes fun at famous classic horror characters and monsters such as Nosferatu, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy. These shorts feature her love of 1950's B-horror films and 1980's comedy shows like "Three's Company." On the more commercial side, her fantasy based commercial spec "Dream Big" received an "Honorable Mention" from a city-wide commercial contest sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, CA.
Her unique surrealistic thumbprint thrives on original concepts and whimsical character designs. With the ability to achieve high production values on ultra-low budgets and bare bone production crews, her work ethic not only inspires fellow professionals but her clients. She gives full credit to her disciplined training in stage and theatrical production as a teenager and young adult. Her early training as an artisan and stage technician led to stage managing and directing high school and college productions. She quickly gained professional work at several major repertory theaters and performing arts centers on the West Coast as a stage technician, scenic artist, and prop designer. While continuing her dramatic arts education at AADA (West) Sophia was approached to direct an original thematic work for a public art event in Los Angeles, CA. She later went on to direct, and stage-manage shows at entertainment parks in Orange County, CA. She also conducted house operations and acted as prop master for celebrity events at a prestigious performing arts center. After years of professional employment in multiple entertainment industries, working with local unions, and training in performance and fine arts, it was inevitable that Sophia sought the multifaceted task of producing, writing, directing, filming, and editing her productions. She now creates unique intellectual properties and develops original content for features, episodic serials, short films, and the occasional music video. Writing for virtual reality and creating new worlds for video games is also an inevitable prospect.
Sophia began her creative path with musical theater productions and dramatic plays in high school. She received multiple awards for stage performance, stagecraft, and technical production from fellow peers and local scholastic competitions. After graduation, Sophia was immediately hired for her scenic talents by repertory theaters in San Diego. Shortly after that, she was employed by several repertory theaters in Orange County for her work experience. Being closer to Los Angeles County she began acting in feature films, commercials, and television shows. Her first day on set was playing a bit part alongside Chevy Chase in "Memoirs of an Invisible Man." Sophia also worked with Dana Carvey and Mike Myers in Wayne's World, with Rhea Perlman and Woody Harrelson on "Cheers" and many other talented professionals over the years. She later migrated to Seattle for artistic and musical endeavors, and became a staff member at a reputable theater company (was grandfathered into IATSE), and started freelancing for several repertory theaters on the side. It was here she began applying hundreds (and thousands) of hours practicing the profound nuances of physical mechanics behind dynamic character movement.
Sophia's diverse repertoire of performance skills as a professional character model and character movement artist became widely sought by feature animation studios, video game companies, toy manufacturers, VFX schools, fine art academies, ateliers, colleges, and educational institutions in Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego. She has worked with numerous professional educators, conceptual artists, fine artists, animators, technicians, illustrators, and visual effects artists since 1995. With thousands of hours of direct application accumulated in focused professional studio settings, Sophia offers her knowledge of craft as a character movement consultant and intimacy director/coach. She actively instructs and educates the depth of awareness (on both sides of the stage and screen) the higher standards of professional practice, and artistic mindfulness needed to perform more complex, private or fully exposed moments choreographed for the stage, on set or in "the volume" for motion-capture. She consults and assists producers, directors, stunt and dance choreographers, motion capture supervisors, capture artists, actors, voice-over artists, other movement artists and performers seeking to create more diverse and impactful visually storytelling through the practice of conscious (safe, healthy, self-empowering) authentic based movement.
Sophia's published work as a filmmaker, writer, artist, photographer, and singer/songwriter is seen and heard on industry blogs, entertainment e-zines, radio podcasts (Philadelphia), global radio stations (London, France, Germany) and satellite networks as far as Indonesia. The Black List currently hosts her screenwriting endeavors.
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Portrait by: Peter Konerko / 2015