D O M I N I C   O R L A N D O


       A veteran director of the film and video business, Dominic was born in Balestrate, Sicily and emigrated to the United States as a child. Raised in the streets of Detroit in the 1950s, his old neighborhood was a cauldron of diverse immigrants, both from overseas and the American South. Childhood friends of Irish, Italian, German, African-American and Kentucky extraction were all part of the mix that help create Orlando's taste for music and cultures of all colors and persuasions.

        After spending his adolescent and teen years in the ideal American heartland, the small town of Covina, California, Dominic moved to South Central L.A. He went on to study film at USC, where he had the opportunity to meet, be inspired by and learn from some of Hollywood’s legendary directors and producers like Frank Capra, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, Bob Clampett, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

        An interest in cartoon animation led to an early career as an animator in Hollywood. As a fledgling cartoonist he studied under Art Babbit , one of Disney's original "ten old men" of animation. Early successes ranged from children's instructional films to national commercial spots for WEA Records promoting James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot and the Doobie Brothers. During a period when Dominic was animating freelance for Hanna-Barbera's Flintstones, The Smurfs, Plasticman, and Scooby Doo, he was also working on early underground music videos for Los Angeles-based punk band The Screamers, Tomata DuPlenty and N.Y. punk diva Sheela. Orlando's animation experience turned out to be seminal. With the birth of the music video business, Dominic's background in animation proved invaluable. His early storyboards were instrumental in not only securing his first videos, but also in their fast and efficient production.

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