About Mallorie

Mallorie B. Ortega is a director, production designer, and food lover. She recently graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts, earning her MFA in Film and Television Production. Mallorie was accepted into the Linehan Artists Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earned her dual B.A. in Visual Arts and in Theatre Design and Production. She enjoys designing highly imaginative worlds like scary basements, futuristic humanoid robots and lightbulb growing trees. 

Most recently, she production designed a short film called When Pigs Fly, starring Glenn Howerton from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Fargo. The film was inspired by a stop motion animation she created with the Imaging Research Center and The Walters Art Museum.  

Mallorie was selected to direct a school funded Advanced Production Project in the fall of 2015 - a rom com musical called Mango Sticky Rice featuring original music and an all Asian-American cast. Mango Sticky Rice has won awards from the Asians on Film Festival 2016 including Best Ensemble, Best Comedy, and Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Comedy, Best Production Design, and Best Director where Mallorie was the only female to be nominated, at the First Look Film Festival 2016. Mallorie won Best Production Design for Real Boy at First Look.

Visit to follow the musical short through its festival circuit!

She looks forward to spreading music and paying attention to character detail throughout the movies and shorts she works on. Mallorie has the honor of being the Television Directing Intern at the Television Academy Foundation this summer.



San Francisco, CA


June 21st, 2016


First time in the SF/Bay Area
Visiting old friends
Driving up the 1
Touring Pixar