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Meet Andres O’Beirne and Loucas Tsilas of Alto Visuals in Downtown LA/Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andres O’Beirne and Loucas Tsilas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We actually started the company as sophomores in high school. We’ve been friends since childhood, but our passion for film originated at the end of middle school when we would go skiing every weekend and take our GoPros with us in attempt to make the ‘sickest, steeziest edit’ possible. As funny and terrible as those videos are looking back, it’s what sparked our interest in film at a young age. When freshman year of high school rolled around, we both decided to get drones (before they were popular at all). We printed some of the aerial photos we had taken from hikes and presented them to real estate agents in Seattle every Sunday during their open houses. We delivered our pitch, showed them the quality of photos we could produce, and left them with our contact information on a sticky note.

Within the first week of doing this, we got our first gig doing aerial photography for a property. On our way home from the shoot, we were both extremely proud of the $100 we made, and the rest is history. Once we got a bit more serious than the ski edits, we filed for a business license and became ALTO Visuals LLC. The real estate work gave us enough money to get some solid equipment to pursue our real passion, creative & commercial media production. After high school, we both went on to study together at the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts of Chapman University. College brought us to the LA area, and now we’re looking to keep growing together and expanding the business!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One obstacle we often face is our age. Being so young and jumping into the industry definitely has its difficulties, but we like to turn those into advantages. Another challenge we face is our lack of experience dealing with bigger budgets. Throughout the lifetime of ALTO, we have always been able to produce stellar work with limited funds, so the process of acquiring the large budgets is a bit unfamiliar. However, we know what we can do with the bigger projects, it’s just a matter of getting ourselves into the right door to be given the opportunity. This leads into the last main challenge, which is client acquisition. Since we originated in Seattle, we have some solid contacts and clients there. Moving to Southern California created a need for new clients, but we’re looking forward to establishing some new relationships in the near future. Despite the inevitable obstacles that come with entrepreneurship at a young age, we love what we do and are so excited to have found our passion and started our journey at such a young age.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about ALTO Visuals – what should we know?
ALTO Visuals is a full-service commercial & creative media production company offering film, photo and design services. We utilize an array of high-end equipment and creative software to produce stylistically innovative media at unmatched quality. Our team specializes in creating timeless content for clients who want to bring their visions to life. From pre-production to delivery, we offer continuous support, so our clients have complete control over their vision. Combining our unique, artistic approach with a dedication to impress, ALTO Visuals treats every project as another opportunity to Reach New Heights. ALTO Visuals does work ranging in all industries. From advertisement spots, Spotify vertical videos, motorsports, real estate, fashion campaigns, and story-based short films, we do it all. The current forms of media we offer are graphic design, photography, and film production work. We are starting to dabble in CGI for a couple of projects, and we are super excited to see how those come together.

What sets ALTO apart is that our aesthetic is always evolving. We are always creating content in so many different industries, which has allowed us to constantly be on our toes as we love taking on new challenges. Our vision for ALTO Visuals is to become a media production company with a team & network of producers, directors, DPs, photographers, designers, editors, etc. that can take on any project and treat it as an opportunity to surpass our client’s expectations. A few years down the road, we see ALTO working with the biggest name brands and companies around the world. We see ourselves contributing to the tech side of the creative industry and hope to make a disruptive impact in the advertising world. We also want to emphasize bringing awareness to social issues around the world and partner with organizations moving forward to share their stories. There’s a lot of possibilities and opportunities for us to pursue, and we truly hope to be leading our industry and expanding our operations around the US and even worldwide.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
At ALTO, we recently started developing a team of specialized employees, some of whom have been working with us since day one. As stated previously, our team began with us, Andres O’Beirne and Loucas Tsilas, as co-founders and directors. Carola Sacchi, the Director of Marketing, has been working on projects with us since we first began. She works on a variety of aspects from marketing and business management to styling and wardrobe design for shoots. Benen Weir, the Director of Business Development, is in charge of client acquisition, internal sales, and creative business development.

Another team member we met back in high school is Josh Huff, the Director of Finances. He covers all of our financials and taxes and is our golden numbers guy. Some new members we recently added to the team are Cam Daly as Director of Design, who covers graphic design for the company, and Megan Umansky as a Producer, who organizes our shoots and scheduling. In terms of our ALTO teamwork environment, we always like to keep it high-energy, fun and goofy but making sure we get the work done. As for day-to-day, most of the work is done through emails, phone calls or in person. And of course, the countless hours spent on-set filming or hiding in our rooms all night editing. We hope to be a large company one day, but we imagine our work environment to really comfortable place that encourages creativity and efficiency, because we love what we do, and don’t really see it as “work”.

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Andres O’Beirne, Loucas Tsilas, Cam Daly

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