{What Is Gilded Cinema}

About

Who are Alex and Trevor and why do they do what they do?

{About us}

The Business
of Art

Many see mainstream media as the sacrifice of art for financial gain. This point of view is understandable considering all of the rehashed ideas, familiar IP, and franchises that continue to appear month after month. But we at Gilded Cinema know and acknowledge that there is still room for original ideas and still a hunger for new and exciting films that will wow audiences.

Our Mission

To create visionary and compelling original films, television, and digital content that fuse the art and the business of the industry into one harmonious entity.

Our Vision

We draw inspiration from the “Golden Age of Cinema”, understanding that those days are long gone, but determined to bring that creative spark back into the industry.

{Our Services}

Solving the Puzzle.

Filmmaking is like solving a puzzle. There are thousands of pieces and only one way that they can fit together. We help projects find and put all of the pieces together in the form of: script development, business plan creation, packaging, financing, and marketing.

{Our Services}

Crafting a Story.

Crafting a story in film is more than putting words on the page. It is managing a team, navigating rough waters, and steering the ship toward a clear vision. We utilize our decades of combined experience and knowledge of producing, directing, cinematography, and editing to craft meaningful stories and create finished films.

{Co-Owner}

Alex Darke

Alex Darke is a filmmaker originally from Las Vegas, NV. His love of films came at a young age, and a curiosity about the inner workings of the industry led him to attend the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated with a degree in the Critical Studies of Cinema in 2008.

At USC, Alex and Trevor met, joined forces, and formed Gilded Cinema, an independent production company that has produced internationally distributed feature films, television shows, and digital series.

Understanding the importance of the business of film, Alex pursued a career in distribution and international sales where he became one of the youngest acquisition executives in the game and eventually became a consultant in Sales, Marketing, and Fulfillment for a highly successful international sales agency.

In the production end, Alex has had a career in cinematography, working as the director of photography for the Emmy-nominated series Larry King Now as well as numerous other film, television, and digital series.

Alex is an Arri Certified cinematographer and continues to bring his visual acuity to every project that he helms.

{Co-Owner}

Trevor L. Nelson

Trevor L. Nelson began his film journey at as many do, creating films in his parent’s back yard in Minneapolis, MN. He continued his interest through high school where he created videos for the school’s television broadcasts. This led him to pursue film as a career and sent him to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated with a degree in Critical Studies in 2007.

At USC, Trevor and Alex met, joined forces, and formed Gilded Cinema, an independent production company that has produced internationally distributed feature films, television shows, and digital series.

During his time at USC and after, Trevor became the Head of Video Production and Post-Production for USC’s Davis School where he oversaw the production of major collaborations with companies such as Bank of America, AARP, and Merrill Lynch.

Trevor continued to work at USC until he was scooped up by Larry King’s production company Ora Media where he directs and edits the Emmy-nominated, Webby Award-winning television series Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King.

“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.”

- Stanley Kubrick