Vaylian was founded by Damien Christian D'Amico, an award winning director, editor, and visual effects artist with 10+ years experience in commercial & experiential advertising, series television, feature film, installation experiences, and online content creation.
Early on, Damien played in art-punk bands, which lead to his interest in directing guerilla-style music videos and films. After attending CalArts, Damien launched a career in the television and film industry, first working as an editor and visual effects artist, before moving into writing and directing. Damien has worked with a variety of networks, studios, and brands––including Microsoft, Ford, Toyota, Sony, Paramount, Discovery, National Geographic, MTV, Xbox and Nintendo.
In 2015, Damien founded Vaylian Studios, with Melody Misiaszek, as a destination for brands looking to create innovative and original media experiences. One of the first projects Vaylian took on, was producing a synchronized video installation piece that was projected across three towering LED displays. The video experience premiered at the most popular automotive trade event in North America, SEMA. Next, Vaylian began working extensively with emerging platforms such as virtual and augmented reality and experiential media installations.
In 2017, Damien created the first ever interactive 360º experience for travel + food content publisher, Thrillist. That same year, Damien launched an interactive AR experience on the newly released Microsoft HoloLens––the first of it's kind for fortune 500 company Johnson Controls. This HoloLens program was nominated for the Auggie Award for best AR campaign, and in turn garnered the attention of Microsoft who inducted Vaylian into their exclusive Mixed Reality Partners Program.
In 2018, Vaylian’s virtual reality experience, “Born to Baja,” (produced for Ford Motor Company) won the Lumiere Award for Best VR Brand Experience. Damien then directed the mind bending, urban surreal music video for Maharaja. This was the lead single for renowned electro producer Claude VonStroke’s Live in Detroit LP.
Vaylian next created a groundbreaking augmented reality application for the dental industry startup, Janus Health. This sophisticated 3D technology allows Dentists to apply photorealistic teeth onto a patient in real-time––for pre-visualized dental restorations.
Today, Damien continues to serve as Executive Creative Director at Vaylian, creating advanced digital media experiences and highly creative traditional commercial content.