Production Design Initiative by Adam Alonso

It’s hard to believe that a little over a year has passed since being accepted to the Art Director’s Guild Production Design Initiative. Since joining, hard work has truly lead to some amazing opportunities. What a wonderful journey it’s been!

Incase you missed the write up in last year’s issue of Perspective, I’ve included it below. Enjoy!

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Taylor Swift's ME! "Cool Chicks" by Adam Alonso

It’s not every day you get a chance to illustrate for a Tailor Swift music video! If you haven’t seen ME! yet, check it out. I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the fabulous Ellen Brill and Jon Hutman.

Scrub to 0:59 to see my “Cool Chick” and Dixie Chicks paintings in action:

I painted 7 of the 12. Can you guess which?

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Check out more below!

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HBO's Here and Now by Adam Alonso

I had the honor working with Costume Designer Chrisi Karvonides on HBO's new series Here and Now. Below you will find a few of the Costume Concept Boards I created while working on the project. I'm happy to report that the boards were displayed at HBO's production office on the Paramount lot during production!

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The Tragedy of Carmen @ The San Diego Opera 2017 by Adam Alonso

The reviews are in, and our reimagining of The Tragedy of Carmen is a critical success! Check out the reviews below and video by the Union Tribune to see how the team dusted off a classic in service of creating an evocative, controversial, current, and powerful operatic experience.


Director: Alexander Gideon

Costume Design: Adam Alonso

Scenic Design: Adam Alonso & Yuki Izumihara

Projection Design: Yuki Izumihara

Lighting Design: Johnny Garofalo

The production’s design — particularly Adam Alonso’s time-bending costumes, John A. Garofalo’s lighting and Yuki Izumihara’s digital projections — is creative, and conductor Christopher Rountree drew a spirited performance of Bizet’s classic score from the San Diego Symphony musicians.
— Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Izumihara’s (and Alonso’s) aptly minimal stage design fit well Brook’s pared-down aesthetic. The pile of detritus out of which Carmen climbed at the opening of the opera could have come from that nearby quarter of downtown where our homeless citizens camp out. Adam Alonso’s extravagant, eye-popping costumes contrasted superbly with Izumihara’s grunge-inspired hues. And the stunning digital video designs that glowed across the back of the stage—joint concepts of Izumihara and Alonso—aptly captured in bright hues and vivid abstract patterns the emotional quotient of the opera’s action at that time.
— Ken Herman, San Diego Story

Behind The Scenes: A look at the makings of The Tragedy of Carmen by Adam Alonso

Below I've posted two interviews in which director Alexander Gideon and star Peabody Southwell pull back the curtain on our irreverent reimagining of The Tragedy of Carmen presented by The San Diego Opera's Detour Series. Check it out!

Take a look at Yuki Isumihara's projection animation at 9:40. Scrub to 12:55 to hear about the Costume Design, then 14:55 to see some costume renderings!

PBS: The Lotus Gun by Adam Alonso

The Lotus Gun was selected as a part of PBS's 2016 Film School Shorts collection. You can find the full film below with some love from Amanda and Jennifer Herrema. August 11, 2016.