Art Directors Guild Panels at Comic-Con 2023

The Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800 will be representing our members and crafts throughout Comic-Con 2023, including through information, displays and conversation at booth #1500, and at three exciting panels where members will be presenting their work: Women of the Hollywood Art Department, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. - The Art Department, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - The Art Department. In addition, several ADG 800 members will participate in portfolio review sessions on Saturday morning at 11AM in the Sails Pavilion.

Please find below our full panel descriptions with dates, times and locations, followed by the Bio information for all of our member panelists.

Panel Schedule and Descriptions

Friday, July 21st

11:00 - 12:00 WOMEN OF THE HOLLYWOOD ART DEPARTMENT: Room 9- Join us as we explore the works and minds of several of the talented women and members of the Art Directors Guild who are responsible for dreaming, designing, and drawing some of the most memorable and immersive environments for Film and TV. Panelists include: Amelia Brooke (Everything Everywhere All At Once, Westworld), Danelle Davenport (Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Little Mermaid), Kelly Rae Hemenway (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Bullet Train), Rupali Ingle (Star Trek: Picard, Abbott Elementary), and Daniela Medeiros (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Ragnarok). Moderated by Kate Weddle (Yellowstone, WandaVision).

Autograph Session: 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Sails Pavilion, Table# AA02

2:00 - 3:00 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3. – THE ART DEPARTMENT: Room 9- Meet the artisans of the epic conclusion to the Guardians trilogy! The Art Department brought the latest saga to life across time and space over years of collaboration with visionary Director James Gunn and Marvel Studios. From the grandeur of spaceships to a villain's geometric fortress, swimming through an endless planet of anatomy, or reconstructing a celestial body, this team transported the cast, crew, and audience into these fantastic worlds. Join us in a discussion with IATSE Local 829 Production Designer Beth Mickle (The Suicide Squad, Drive), and IATSE Local 800/Art Directors Guild members: Supervising Art Directors Alan Hook (Black Panther, Iron Man 3) and David Scott (Spider Man: No Way Home, Avengers: Infinity War), Art Director Lorin Flemming (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Justice League), Graphic Designer Kelly Rae Hemenway (Bullet Train, Batman vs Superman), Set Designer Tim Croshaw (Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), moderated by Samantha Avila (Spiderman: No Way Home, Our Flag Means Death) about the development, process, and execution of the sets built for our heroes’ adventure. No task was too large, and no detail too small for the crew who crafted galactic dreams into reality. Room 9

Autograph Session: 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Sails Pavilion, Table# AA02

Saturday, July 22nd


Room 29CD- Black Panther will once again descend upon San Diego Comic-Con with an inside look from Wakanda Forever's Art department! Find out what goes into building the vibrant Afrocentric sci-fi world of Wakanda. Panelists include Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800 members, including Oscar winning Production Designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Moonlight, Creed), Concept Artist Till Nowak (The Lion King, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), Art Director Jason Clark (Mulan, Loki), Art Director Marlie Arnold (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Loki), Set designer Tim Croshaw (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Aquaman), and Moderated by Storyboard Artist Jasmine Alexia Jackson (Snow White, Station Eleven). Wakanda Forever's Art department is excited and ready to share everything down to the nitty gritty that goes into building the world of Wakanda Forever!

Autograph Session: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Sails Pavilion, Table# AA02

Member Panelist Bios

Marlie Arnold

Marlie Arnold is an Art Director whose most recent work includes THE BIG DOOR PRIZE, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, IRONHEART and LOKI.


Raised in Indiana, Marlie grew up memorizing and watching movies on repeat with her twin sister, later dragging her friends to opening night screenings, never imagining she would one day be a creative part of this world. Taking a leap of faith and leaving her architecture career behind, Marlie began working on fun and amazing projects as a Researcher, Assistant Art Director and now Art Director.


Marlie's first introduction to Wakanda was in the early days of the original BLACK PANTHER, where she was invited on a 3-week scout to South Africa and South Korea with Production Designer Hannah Beachler. This scout proved to be one of the most educational and formative experiences of her life, opening her eyes to diverse cultures, incredible architecture and breathtaking landscapes. Taking and transforming a set from early conceptual illustrations and discussions to final completion is truly the heart of Marlie’s love for Art Direction. Marlie humbly considers herself lucky for the opportunity to continue to experience creative design challenges with each new project she’s handed.

Samantha Avila 

Samantha Avila is an Art Director in film and television. Recent credits include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 and SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

Raised in rural Colorado and Texas, Samantha imagined voyaging into her favorite adventure, science fiction, and fantasy stories. Her love for the visual narrative led to academic studies in film, architecture, and theater at the University of Texas at Austin, where she discovered her spirit soared being part of a collaborative world building hive and found her creative home in the Art Department. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has been fortunate to work as an Assistant Art Director on such films as JURASSIC WORLD, SAVING MR. BANKS, and A WRINKLE IN TIME, and an Art Director on HOTEL ARTEMIS, WESTWORLD, and OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH. Surrounded by the alliance of skilled artisans, she nurtures her devotion to design as a storytelling language and takes pride in composing these immersive settings with her team.

Samantha continues to explore this magical world, and many more, as she sails across the multiverse on a journey she once only dreamed of.

Her full list of credits and work can be found at:

Hannah Beachler  

Hannah Beachler made history when she became the first African American to be nominated, and to win, an Academy Award in 2019 for Production Design for her work on the Marvel superhero film BLACK PANTHER, directed by her long-time collaborator Ryan Coogler. Most recently she designed NO SUDDEN MOVE with Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh, and DARK WATERS with Academy Award nominated director Todd Haynes.

Hannah designed Beyoncé’s stunning visual concept album LEMONADE and earned a 2016 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Nonfiction Event, a 2017 Peabody for her work on the visual album and took home the 2017 Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for Awards for Event Special. She joined the singer again in 2018 to design the interstitials for Beyonce and Jay-Z’s mega tour OTRII. In 2019, Hannah was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Marie Claire Magazine’s 50 New Guard, Elle Magazine’s 2019 Women in Hollywood’s Power List, and InStyle’s 50 Badass Women List. For her work on BLACK PANTHER Hannah was named Ellevate’s 2019 International Woman of Change and received the Critic’s Choice Award, Hollywood Film Awards, Latino Entertainment Journalists Association Film Awards, Music City Film Critics’ Association Award et al.

In 2016, Hannah collaborated with director Barry Jenkins on the 2017 Best Picture Oscar-winning film, MOONLIGHT, a coming-of-age tale that transcends traditional genre boundaries. The film was named one of the top 25 movies of the 21st century by the New York Times. She also Designed Don Cheadle’s directorial debut feature film MILES AHEAD, Sundance Film Festival Audience and Jury Award winning film FRUITVALE STATION, her first collaboration with Director Ryan Coogler. In 2015, Hannah designed CREED, Coogler’s sophomore feature film, the story of Apollo Creed’s legacy. She has been the keynote speaker for tech, automotive and architecture firms all over the world, such as Google, Ford’s World Symposium, Detroit CityLab, The PGAV, UX Week 2018, MoMa NYC, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, United Nations African Descendants, and given Master Classes in Production Design at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Collaborators include: Academy Award Winning Director Steven Soderbergh, Academy Award-nominated directors Todd Haynes and Dee Rees, Grammy and Emmy-nominated directors Khalil Joseph and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Academy Award-nominated cinematographers Ed Lachman, Rodrigo Prieto, and prolific cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Malik Sayeed; and legendary Academy Award-winning costume designers Ruth Carter, and Colleen Atwood.

Based in New Orleans, she is represented in the United States by William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Amelia Brooke

Amelia is a designer and fabricator who approaches life and projects with creative and inclusive solutions. Researching new topics, developing ideas while listening to every voice in the room, and deploying mindful material applications, she thrives on curating a positively unforgettable experience for an audience, as well as the crew.

In recent years Amelia has continued as an Art Director on a popular genre of hers, science fiction. Most notably, the HBO series WESTWORLD, the Oscar Award-winning A24 film EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE, and two Apple+ shows, MYTHIC QUEST, and MADE FOR LOVE. In 2022, she was the Production Designer of additional photography on the PREDATOR franchise with PREY. Amelia has had an on-going collaboration with JJ Abrams since 2012, as a Production Designer on the additional photography of STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, and THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, amongst other smaller projects with Bad Robot.

Jason Clark

Jason T. Clark’s unique vision and scope has helped shape some of Hollywood’s more recent memorable films with his keen focus on storytelling through design and his attention to detail.

From the nation building of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER to the German expressionist palette of THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, Mr. Clark has been crucial in bringing these worlds into reality. Mr. Clark has a robust working knowledge of each facet of the design process through concept and construction to virtual environment and extension. He has worked extensively around the globe from Dubai, on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL to Budapest, on the dark Sci-fi world of SPECTRAL. He has been nominated and won multiple Awards for his art direction.

Tim Croshaw 

Tim Croshaw is a highly accomplished Hollywood Set Designer with a career spanning over a decade. Since 2007, Tim has been an integral part of the film and television industry, contributing his exceptional talent and creative vision to numerous blockbuster productions.

Tim’s impressive portfolio includes some of the most iconic movies in recent memory, having made his mark with influential projects such as Twilight, X-Men: First Class, the groundbreaking Avengers series, and the visually stunning Star Trek Into Darkness.

With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of storytelling, Tim has lent his artistic prowess to nearly a dozen Marvel movies, leaving an indelible imprint on each project. Additionally, he has ventured into the realm of DC projects, showcasing his versatility and ability to adapt to diverse creative visions.

With a passion for storytelling, a wealth of experience, and a commitment to excellence, Tim Croshaw continues to shape the cinematic landscape with his extraordinary set designs, leaving an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

Danelle Davenport

Danelle Davenport is a storyboard artist who has aligned her love of drawing, painting and storytelling to build a career based on creating visual narratives. As a small child she wrote and illustrated her own stories. She received a scholarship to study at Yale where she earned her B.A. in History, and also studied drawing and painting and designed theater sets. After college, she worked briefly in theater design but then moved into storyboarding commercials, music videos and feature films. While working as a professional illustrator she earned her M.F.A in Illustration from Cal State Long Beach.

The deeply collaborative nature of film provides many opportunities to learn and grow as an artist and storyteller. Danelle likes assignments that allow her to dig deep into visual and film language in search of interesting solutions to complex story moments. Danelle has worked on films with visual styles as diverse as Edgar Wright’s graphic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and his action-packed Baby Driver. She has also helped create moments for characters such as Ursula in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and for Marvel superheroes in films such as Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Madame Web.

Lorin Flemming

Lorin Flemming is a highly accomplished and seasoned art director with over 25 years of industry experience. Holding a degree in Production Design from The Los Angeles Film School and fueled by a lifelong love of movies, Lorin brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to her work. Her unique perspective as an unapologetic gamer and sci-fi enthusiast infuses her projects with a fresh and imaginative approach. Lorin has contributed to notable films such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Ghostbusters, among others. Her portfolio showcases her keen eye for detail and ability to guide teams of artisans in the creation of visually stunning worlds.

Kelly Rae Hemenway

Kelly Rae Hemenway is a highly accomplished graphic designer and artist, known for her exceptional work in feature films. With a diverse background in music, fine arts, and the film industry, she embarked on a multifaceted career that encompassed gallery exhibitions as well as behind-the-scenes work in films and commercials. Her early work ranged from construction and paint to special effects, and she even took on the role of a boom operator.

In her early days, Kelly’s artistic talents found expression in creating scenery and props for studios, and painting backdrops for museums, retail, theater, and corporate print advertising. Eventually, establishing her reputation as a Lead Scenic. As her work in the industry evolved, she embraced digital tools and transitioned into the role of a Graphic Artist.

Kelly has recently made contributions to several high-profile projects. The live-action adaptation of Moana, as well as Marvel’s highly anticipated films Blade and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Her artistic contributions also extended to the action-packed thrillers Bullet Train and The Suicide Squad.

Reflecting on her career, Kelly passionately expresses her deep connection to the art department and the collaborative spirit it entails. She considers it a great honor to collaborate with immensely talented designers, art directors and artists from various crafts.

Rupali Ingle

Born in Rangilo (colorful) Rajasthan and raised in the city of dreams Mumbai, India, Rupali is a quirky visualizer who loves to dive deep into imaginative fantasy world’s full of color & dimension to create interesting environments for the characters of a story. She is a member of The Art Directors Guild Local 800 as an Assistant Art Director and was a participant in the ADG Production Design Initiative Program in 2021. She is also a current participant in the BAFTA Newcomers Program as a Production Designer based in LA. She won & got nominated for several ‘Best Production Design’ awards for her short films A YEMENI & THE HOUSE OF THE BUTTERFLY.

Her credits include the hit Paramount+ series STAR TREK: PICARD (the final season), Fox series 9-1-1 (season 6), ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (season 1), WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP, and Bollywood movie KEDARNATH. Rupali graduated with an MFA in PRODUCTION DESIGN from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts in 2021, where she was a Fellowship recipient. She loves to play with color, pattern, texture and graphic design to create impactful environments for effective storytelling. 

Please visit to check out her quirky creations.

Jasmine Alexia Jackson 

My name is Jasmine Alexia Jackson and I’ve been drawing pretty much drawing my whole life. Ever since I can remember, as a kid I used to make little flip books of short stories that kept me entertained. Both of my parents worked a lot so I spent my childhood by myself watching movies and making stories. When I was seventeen, I went to Columbia College Chicago to study Production Design, Producing & Film Business. During my time in college, I interned at a small production company in Paris, France making online content which landed me a spot at the Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China to work on a trans media documentary. When I finally returned to the US and got my dual BA in Cinema Arts & Sciences, I decided to go to Atlanta’s growing film scene and work my way up from a production assistant. In Atlanta, I bounced around as an Art Department Assistant on movies and television. I got to work with some of the most talented and amazing people and I got some experience trying different positions in the art department. Over time, my focus became more and more centered around Storyboarding. I’ve done storyboards for HBO, Marvel Studios, Paramount, Netflix, A24 and more as well as mentioned on the 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 list for Hollywood and Entertainment.

Outside of Storyboarding and Illustration work for productions, in my free time I’m working on paintings and drawings comics. Currently I am in Los Angeles as an ADG 800 Illustrator working, learning and looking forward to all the new adventures that come with working in storytelling.

Daniela Medeiros

Daniela Medeiros is a Brazilian artist working in the film and television industry. Her portfolio as a Set Designer includes notable projects such as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3, BLACK ADAM, GODZILLA – KING OF MONSTERS, and THOR: RAGNAROK.

Born and raised in Brazil, Daniela has a deep-rooted passion for art, storytelling and the creation of fantastical worlds. With her background in architecture and an MFA in Production Design from AFI, she merges these disciplines to create magical environments, constantly trying to push the boundaries of her creativity and seeking new challenges. Her love for studying, traveling and exploring new places and cultures greatly influences her work, increasingly providing her with one of the things she values most - a growing perspective on cultures and global aesthetics.

As a Production Designer, she has made her mark on projects such as DETAINED, SATANIC HISPANICS, and ALL THESE VOICES, further highlighting her versatility and ability to bring imaginative visions to life.

Passionate about the collaborative nature of this magical industry, Daniela cherishes the invaluable experience of learning from exceptionally talented artists who inspire her to keep on imagining and creating.

Beth Mickle  

After growing up on a goat farm in rural Pennsylvania, BETH MICKLE (Production Designer) began working with her brother, director Jim Mickle on his student films. This quickly led to a career in the independent film world, with films such as HALF NELSON and director Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES and DRIVE, for which she received an Art Directors Guild Award nomination. After designing Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut LOST RIVER, she began working on studio films such as FOCUS and MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. Mickle made the leap to superhero filmmaking when director James Gunn gave her the life-changing opportunity to collaborate with him in 2018. Since then, she has designed THE SUICIDE SQUAD, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3, and is currently working on SUPERMAN: LEGACY. She is proud to be advocating for more female representation behind the camera in this blockbuster arena.

Till Nowak

Till Nowak is an artist and filmmaker born 1980 in Germany, now based in Los Angeles. In 1999 he founded his animation studio frameboX while studying Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences in his hometown Mainz in Germany. His graduation film DELIVERY won the short film award at AFI Fest 2005 in Hollywood. In 2006, Till became a pioneer of video projection mapping, which eventually resulted in several permanently installed large scale architectural light installations. Parallel, he gained international recognition through the viral success of his short films including THE CENTRIFUGE BRAIN PROJECT about an eccentric scientist presenting absurd amusement rides. After moving to Los Angeles in 2015, he worked as a worldbuilder on numerous films, such as MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THOR: RAGNAROK, HOTEL ARTEMIS, BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, THE LION KING, RON’S GONE WRONG among others. This summer, Till has a solo show of his non-film related fine arts running at the HR Giger museum in Gruyerès, Switzerland. Find @till.nowak on Instagram for more information.

David Scott

Growing up outside of Philadelphia in suburban New Jersey, David was an early fan of horror, suspense and all things Superhero. He credits Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton as strong early influences on what would eventually become a career in film. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA focused on Illustration, he moved to Los Angeles to start a career. As many do in the film industry, he started as a production assistant, but soon found a niche in graphic design for film. With over 40 credits, films such as SUPER 8, TROPIC THUNDER, THE ISLAND, TERMINATOR 3, and TRON LEGACY took him into the big budget action film world. David soon made the move to Art Director and began to build a resume of higher profile titles like TERMINATOR GENISYS, multiple TRANSFORMERS films, and JURASSIC WORLD. He ultimately found his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe including CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BLACK PANTHER, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME and eventually, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.3. As a Supervising Art Director, he enjoys both the creative and the art department management side of film. He currently splits time between Los Angeles and Atlanta and is always looking forward to new films that require creative world building abilities.

For more information on David's full work history visit

Kate Weddle

As a union Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Set Designer, my professional journey has been one of constant exploration, collaboration, and growth. Despite my early career in coding and computer networking, I changed my path toward the space where art and design intersect, first as a graphic designer for magazines and newspapers, followed by 3-D animation and video game design, and finally leading me to design for live action film and TV.

I graduated from the American Film Institute with a MFA in Production Design, and was immediately accepted into the Art Directors Guild’s newly created training program. Because of the many people who lifted me up and guided me along my career journey, I am passionate about mentoring and helping other eager and talented people make their way and grow in this industry. More than anything else, I hope that becomes my legacy.

I have had the privilege of collaborating on numerous notable projects, such as WANDAVISION, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, and more recently, BEL-AIR, MADAME WEB and YELLOWSTONE. From working alongside talented Production Designers and Directors to collaborating with some amazing art department and production teams, each project has encouraged me to evolve as a creative, pushing my own boundaries and embracing every new challenge in this industry as an exciting opportunity.

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