Paper Crane Productions is a privately financed, LA-based company established in 2012. Our Team is made up of five creative heads with unique life experiences, sharing a passion for authenticity, and a commitment to quality storytelling. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our development and production process as we strive for excellence in the realms of film, television, and commercials. We believe in the transformative power of great stories, knowing that a well-told tale can inspire hope and change in the lives of our viewers.

Paper Crane Productions is where imagination takes flight.


Born in a quiet Washington town, Angelo discovered his love for movies at a very young age.  But it wasn’t until the middle of pursuing a biblical studies degree at Simpson University, where his passion and opportunity would collide.  In the fall of '04, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center would bring him to Hollywood and land him an internship in the feature production office at 20th Century Fox.  His time on the studio lot earned him acceptance into Act One, an intense writing program designed to guide and mentor budding storytellers.  By the fall of ‘07, he was surrounded by a tight-knit group of filmmakers, who were young, talented, and just as broke as everybody else.  Yet it was through these intimate relationships that he found success, launching Paper Crane Productions' first short film, GRANDE DRIP.  It featured music from Ingrid Michaelson and a hilarious cameo by the director of PRETTY WOMAN, Garry Marhshall.  Angelo would go on to write and produce several commercials along with his second award-winning short, KNIGHT TO D7, which featured performances by Emmy-winners Jackée (SISTER SISTER, 227) and Hector Elizondo (CHICAGO HOPE, VALENTINE'S DAY) scored by the Grammy-winning composer, Mateo Messina (JUNO).  As he continues to create the future, Angelo hopes that the Paper Crane Team will strive to produce stories that are not only entertaining and compelling, but also significant.


Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Chicago, Hugo lived in the iconic cities of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and London. He earned his master’s degree at Northwestern University, focused on managerial communications.  In addition to his work as an independent film-maker, Hugo spends the majority of his time as Sr. Vice President at Zócalo Group, a leading word of mouth and social media agency. At Zócalo Hugo serves as a lead strategist and client relationship manager, focusing on creating and executing groundbreaking programs for iconic brands. Throughout his varied career, Hugo has participated, created and led a diverse range of programs in a variety of categories, from fast moving consumer goods, to health and beauty, pharmaceuticals, education, entertainment, and pet care, among many others. As a former journalist, his work has been featured on NBC Network News, MSNBC,, CBS News, and across a variety of niche entertainment and news websites. His efforts have earned him a National News Emmy and a TV Feature First Place Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. His communications initiatives have also been awarded Peabody and Beacon awards.  *(Hugo focuses on strictly film projects at Paper Crane Productions and does not contribute or participate in marketing or advertising projects for the company).


Originally from Louisiana, Emily moved to Los Angeles with a film production degree from TCU in Fort Worth, TX.  She landed a job right out of college working at 20th Century Fox Television in comedy development. Emily spent two years learning the ins-and-outs of television development from pitch to script to pilot.  Her next position at Fox was as a Feature Film Production Coordinator where she developed skills of scheduling, budgeting, coordinating location scouts and liaising with film commissions all over the world.  Emily then moved into the freelance world, jumping on board the summer blockbuster X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE as Assistant Visual Effects Coordinator followed by working alongside legendary writer/director Garry Marshall as Script Coordinator for his films VALENTINE'S DAY and NEW YEAR'S EVE.  

For the last four years, Emily has served as Creative Executive of the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX where she has been in charge of programming, as well as conceptualizing and directing original video content with some of the biggest names in TV.   In addition to studio films, Emily has produced two award-winning short films with her Paper Crane Team, GRANDE DRIP and KNIGHT TO D7.  Emily's directorial debut, the Twilight Zone-inspired thriller DRINK, premiered at the 2014 Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood to rave reviews.  Most recently, Emily has had the opportunity to shadow several notable television directors including Allison Liddi-Brown on ABC's SCANDAL, Rick Bota on SyFy's HAVEN, and Joel Zwick on Disney's GIRL MEETS WORLD.  Emily is set to direct the indie feature film INHERITANCE next year and is currently writing several projects, including a television series inspired by her short film, DRINK.  In her spare time, Emily likes to travel the world, eat good food, and meet new people.


Raised in Indianapolis, Greg went to Taylor University to study zoology. He dreamed of one day having his own wildlife show about big cats, but after a semester of roaming the green hills of Ireland, Greg realized that making movies was the life for him. Armed with his biology degree, he headed west to take his chances in the jungles of Hollywood. Through the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Greg landed an internship with legendary writer/producer/director Garry Marshall. The internship led to a full-time assistant job for Garry on the Lindsay Lohan/Jane Fonda film, GEORGIA RULE. After the film, Greg moved up to become the Director of Development at Garry’s company, Henderson Productions, where he was a part of bringing the box office hits, VALENTINE’S DAY and NEW YEAR’S EVE, to the screen. During his time at Henderson, Greg has also written and produced several commercials and award-winning short films with his Paper Crane partners. Greg passion is bringing quality entertainment to the big screen by telling stories that will touch hearts and challenge minds.


Ryan hails from Saint Joseph Michigan, where he earned a Film Studies degree from Spring Arbor University.  Upon his arrival to Los Angeles in 2004, Ryan studied screenwriting and video production at The Los Angeles Film Studies Center.  He has worked for numerous production companies, including Weed Road, Radar, and currently, Red Granite Pictures.  Ryan is a storyteller by design with a special knack for comedy.  He finds the most satisfaction in his work when he can make someone laugh, which has led him to develop and produce a number of award winning short films and commercials.  He has also had the privilege to work on such films as MILKand SMART PEOPLEWOLF OF WALL STREET and HORNS, which will both premiere later this year.