INTRO

Dean Alioto began his directing and writing career with the highly rated sci-fi/thriller

TV movie Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County for Paramount.

 

This led to episodic work on Fox's one-hour action/drama series Watch Over Me, as well as several true crime procedural shows including Arrest & Trial for Dick Wolf and two seasons of Unusual Suspects for ID Discovery. Other TV work  includes the action pilot for The Genesis Files.

Alioto's feature film work won him several awards in both comedies, L.A. Dicks, and dramas, Crashing Eden. He's also written and sold several original and adapted screenplays and pilots.  

His current work includes an upcoming Lifetime movie and the horror/paranormal dark comedy, Portal.

CLIPS

SHADOWHEART 

 

An action-drama feature film about a bounty hunter who returns to his hometown to rescue his childhood sweetheart from the villainous mayor (Anchor Bay Ent.)

 

CLIP: 1min

COAXING THE MUSE

 

Zach Braff stars in this sketch comedy about a writer trying to reconnect with his muse.  

 

CLIP: 1min

THE GENESIS FILES 

 

An action pilot about a freelance female assassin working for a group of independent mercenaries.  

 

CLIP: 1min

WATCH OVER ME 

 

A drama-action series about a bodyguard who falls in love with the future wife of his mob boss (FOX.)

 

CLIP: 1min

CLANDESTINE GRAVES

 

A follow-doc/recreation crime series about the L.A. Coroner's elite Clandestine Grave Diggers Unit (Oxygen Network.)

 

CLIP: 6min

UFO ABDUCTION

 

A news segment on the infamous UFO footage created by Dean Alioto that fooled the US military and UFO experts (FOX.)

 

CLIP: 5min

EFEXIO COMMERCIAL

A national TV and theatrical ad for Apple's new app that allows users to create their own special effects on their iPhone/iPad - developed with Phil Tippett Studios (Apple.)

 

CLIP: 30sec

 
 

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PORTAL

 

A horror/paranormal feature film about a team of honest ghost hunters who finally encounter a case of real possession (Vertical Ent).  

 

CLIP: 1min

SHADOWHEART 

 

An action-drama feature film about a bounty hunter who returns to his hometown to rescue his childhood sweetheart from the villainous mayor (Anchor Bay Ent.)

 

CLIP: 1min

MY EVIL STEPDAD

A thriller about a widower who marries the dream man, only to discover he's a nightmare (Lifetime Network.)

 

CLIP: 1min

COAXING THE MUSE

 

Zach Braff stars in this sketch comedy about a writer trying to reconnect with his muse.  

 

CLIP: 1min

THE GENESIS FILES 

 

An action pilot about a freelance female assassin working for a group of independent mercenaries.  

 

CLIP: 1min

WATCH OVER ME 

 

A drama-action series about a bodyguard who falls in love with the future wife of his mob boss (FOX.)

 

CLIP: 1min

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

 

A crime/reenactment series tracking unusual suspects involved in a murder (ID Discovery)

CLIP: Fulll Episode

CLANDESTINE GRAVES

 

A follow-doc/recreation crime series about the L.A. Coroner's elite Clandestine Grave Diggers Unit (Oxygen Network.)

 

CLIP: 6min

UFO ABDUCTION

 

A news segment on the infamous UFO footage created by Dean Alioto that fooled the US military and UFO experts (FOX.)

 

CLIP: 5min

EFEXIO COMMERCIAL

A national TV and theatrical ad for Apple's new app that allows users to create their own special effects on their iPhone/iPad - developed with Phil Tippett Studios (Apple.)

 

CLIP: 30sec

BIGELF MUSIC VIDEO

A music video for the international prog-rock band BigElf's hit song -- "Control Freak."

CLIP: 2min 45sec

RESUME

Lifetime

FEATURE FILM EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2019

Portal – Vertical Ent.

Directed and cowrote the supernatural horror film about a group of ghost hunters who unleash a soul-taking demon.  

PRODUCER                                                                                                                                                                                                      2017

Quarries – IndieSyndicate Productions

Developed and produced this female action-thriller feature.

 

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2010

Shadowheart – Anchor Bay Ent.

Directed and wrote the western action-drama that became Anchor Bay’s best selling western of all time.

 

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2007

L.A. Dicks – Universal

Wrote and directed the award-winning comedic feature film. 

 

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2000

Crashing Eden – Axiom Films

Directed and wrote the national and international award-winning dark-comedy. 

TV MOVIE EXPERIENCE

WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                                           2019 

The Husband aka My Evil Stepdad – Lifetime

Wrote the thriller about a widower who marries the dream man, only to discover he's a nightmare.

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                       

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County – Paramount

Directed and co-wrote the highly-rated sci-fi TV movie about a family's encounter with extraterrestrials.

EPISODIC EXPERIENCE

 

CO-CREATOR/EP/DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                         2017

Body of Lies aka Clandestine Graves – LeftField Pictures/WE Network.

Directed and co-created the pilot reel for a series about the elite Los Angeles Coroners Clandestine Grave Diggers unit. 

SHOWRUNNER/EP/DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                      2016

#Captured – A&E

Directed, produced, and oversaw all post on the pilot for a series about tracking down FBI and US Marshals most wanted.

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2015

One Minute to Midnight – (in development)

Co-created and developed a mini-series based on previously unreleased historical documents about the Cuban missile crisis. 

DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                                                  2012-13

Unusual Suspects – ID Discovery

Directed and redesigned the look of the third and fourth season of the long running true crime series.

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2010

The Genesis Files – Veoh

Created and directed the action-comedy series about an infamous international group of misfit assassins.

DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                                                       2008

Watch Over Me – FOX

Directed 22 episodes of the action/drama series.

DIRECTOR                                                                                                                                                                                                       2000

Arrest&Trial - Dick Wolf Prod. (Syndicated)

Directed 9 episodes of this true crime series.

SOCIAL MEDIA/ONLINE EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER                                                                                                                                                                  2016

Clevver Now – Verizon/Go90

Shot this online trend news and talk show.

 

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2015

Laney Wilcox: Master Drummer – FunnyOrDie

Created and directed the comedic mockumentary about the worst session drummer of all time.

 

DIRECTOR/WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                        2015

UFO Abduction - YouTube

Developed and directed a recreation video of a family being abducted by aliens that generated 2.5 million views.

 

DIRECTOR /WRITER                                                                                                                                                                                       2013

Efexio App – Apple Commercial

Directed the comedic national commercial for movie theaters and online.

 

 

DIRECTING AWARDS

 

* Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival – Audience Award (Crashing Eden)

* RiverRun Int. Film Festival – Best First Feature, Best Director (Crashing Eden)

* WorldFest – Gold Award Best First Feature (Crashing Eden)

* Toronto Rebel Fest – Independent Spirit Award (L.A. Dicks)

 

 
 

CONTACT

 

Dean Alioto

dean@deanalioto.com