Vaylian was founded by Damien Christian D'Amico, a director, editor, and visual effects artist with 10+ years experience in commercial & experiential advertising, series television, feature film, installation, and web-based content.
Early on, Damien played in art-punk bands, which lead to his interest in directing guerilla-style music videos and films. After attending Cal-Arts, Damien launched a career in the television and film industry, first working as an editor and vfx artist, and then moving into writing and directing. Damien has worked with a variety of networks, studios, and brands including MTV, VH1, Discovery, Ford, Sony, NatGeo, Xbox, Nintendo, and Paramount Pictures.
In 2015, Damien founded Vaylian Studios, with Melody Misiaszek, as a destination for clients looking to create innovative and original commercial campaigns. One of the first projects for Vaylian was to build a synchronized video installation displayed on 3 large LED monitors, which premiered at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. After the success of that show, Vaylian began working extensively in emerging platforms such as Augmented & Virtual Reality, App design + development, Web Interactive, and Experiential Installations.
In March of 2017, Vaylian created the first ever interactive 360º experience for the travel + food online media brand, Thrillist. In November of 2017, Vaylian launched an experiential marketing AR program on the Microsoft HoloLens––the first of it's kind––for fortune 500 company, Johnson Controls. In January of 2018, Vaylian’s virtual reality experience, “Born to Baja,” (produced for Ford Motor Company by GTB) won the Lumiere Award for Best VR Brand Experience.
Today, Damien continues to serve as executive creative director of Vaylian, creating advanced digital media experiences, as well as traditional 2D commercial pieces.