Sam’s interest in architecture and design has led him to work in the art department for film and television. He was accepted into the 2018 Art director’s Guild Trainee Program, and has spent the past couple of years learning from top production designers and building his experience for ADG Union entry as an Assistant Art Director and Set Designer. He is a 2018 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s production design track where he expanded and refined his design skills. His thesis film The Motions was accepted into 11 festivals around the world and won the top prize in the Student film category at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Williamsburg International Film Festival. You can see Sam’s design portfolio at his website www.samrashba.com.
In the summer of 2015 he studied Architecture through Harvard’s Graduate School of Design Career Discovery program, where he greatly expanded his ability to think and create spatially. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College some months prior as a Visual Art major, where he did a studio thesis project articulating a ‘filmscape’ of concept art and research for the novel The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafón as if he were pre-visualizing the story for a film adaptation. While in college he was also an art director for the Harvard Lampoon, where he oversaw the design and publication of 8 issues while also regularly contributing as an illustrator. In addition to his film work Sam continues to make art as a freelancer, selling prints and originals of his illustrations. You can see his work on his art Instagram at rashba_illustration. He is thrilled to contribute as a researcher to Fort LA’s mission of documenting and sharing the rich history of architecture throughout Los Angeles.