Art Director and Parent: Michael Stanford, Stanford James LLC

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Michael Stanford (colloquially known as Stanford) works in film, events, theater, and is a Cuber!

Before the film world converted him into a New Yorker, Stanford was studying architecture, drafting, and communications in high school in Philadelphia, and architecture was the end game for him. When he was 3 months away from graduating, his high school had a presentation introducing him to film production and from there we went to film school.

He finished college and immersed himself in the industry right away. He was a production assistant for 3–4 years in art and general film production. Devin Delano, a designer Stanford met on a TV show that was shooting in Philly, gave him a ring to work on a web series. It was the night before set and Stanford received the call sheet — the production was in New York. He didn’t have a car, but he’s a man of his word, so he was going to get to that set. He took a train and started commuting to New York and New Jersey jobs for 8 months.

He was originally saving up for the big move to Los Angeles, but instead realized he had a good thing going in New York. He used the money he saved for LA and finally packed up north to the New York scene. He was still working gigs across the board and even got into Assistant Directing, but once you’re in the art department it’s hard to love another department as much (I write, very much biased).