James Masino is a New York-based Visual Developer with a passion for innovation, art direction, activism, and creating dialogues. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Savannah College of Art in Design in Animation and Film & Television and an associate’s degree from Madison Area Technical College in Animation and Concept Development. He worked as a digital matte painter at The Mill, a visual effects and animation studio for ads and film content.

James is also a freelancer, where he has done work for tabletop game companies and is published in multiple board game titles. James’ work focuses on environmental compositions and assets that build and develop unique worlds. He also independently produces and writes short films where he’s able to incorporate his concept art workflow in developing ideas.

James is also an avid activist who focuses on the issues of our time, in this pursuit, he worked on a 2018 Congressional campaign and was responsible for its ad content, ranging from a motion media graphic series, print media, billboards, and live-action ads in which he wrote and produced. James’ ambition to take his art into other mediums and work between disciplines allows him to use his experience to challenge the status quo.


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James participating in a panel about his activism on climate change with U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Volunteer Highlights

NYC Metro Chapter Leadership Member
The Climate Reality Project

  • James is currently a member of the Leadership team for Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, where he applies his relative experience in grassroots political campaigns and youth movements to help inform climate action in New York City. 

Mentor, United Climate Artists Working Group Chair
The Climate Reality Project

  • Chair of an arts and communications based professional network.
  • Mentor to new Climate Reality Leadership Corps members.

Chapter Chair
The Climate Reality Project

  • Headed the Savannah College of Art and Design Climate Reality Chapter and ran voter registration drives, registering 200 students to vote during the 2018 midterms.

Youth Delegate
Global Climate Action Summit

  • Attended GCAS 2018 as a representative of Georgia’s Congressional District One and the Climate Reality Project.

Board Game Highlights

Dreams of Tomorrow
Weird Giraffe Games

  • Now available in retail outlets world wide.
  • Illustrated the entirety of the game, which focused on creating an ambitious color palette.

The Search For Planet X
Foxtrot Games

  • 400% funded on Kickstarter.
  • Endorsed by the Planetary Society, with some versions signed by Bill Nye!

Film Highlights

FOR LUNA (2019)
Writer, Art Direction, Animation Department

Writer, Producer

Writer, Producer


Red Dot: Communication Design, 2019
USA Film Festival’s International Short Film & Video Competition, 2019

OCTOBER (2017)

Official Selection
Outfest Los Angeles, 2018
Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival, 2018
Bushwick Film Festival, 2018
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, 2018
Transforming Cinema Film Festival, 2018
Massimadi Film Festival, 2019
Outfest Fusion, 2019
Film Shortage, 2019
Shorts Out! Brighton FilmPride LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival, 2019