A graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Fine Arts, an accomplished cinematographer and director, Sam Nicholson’s distinctive art combines photography, light and time with traditional oil painting on canvas. His extensive background in motion pictures and commercial art enables him to fuse fine art and technology into dramatic and compelling images, many captured during his world travels and adventures to locales including Africa, Morocco, India, Sri Lanka, Bora Bora, Japan and Europe.

Sam is founder of Stargate Studios, an award winning, state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989. He draws from more than 30 years of expertise in film, television and visual effects production to lead his company of more than 200 creative artists and technicians in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Malta and Dubai. Under Sam’s direction, Stargate has been nominated for numerous awards including three Emmy award wins and multiple Visual Effects Society awards.


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