Originating from New England and growing up surrounded by so much natural beauty as inspiration it makes sense that Matt Gordon ended up in a profession where he is tasked to imitate one of natures most intangible qualities: light.
With a deep appreciation of the outdoors and an interest in photography, Matt grew up learning how to use both natural and artificial light to his advantage in capturing the world around him, eventually transitioning this skill into a theatrical application. After graduating with a BFA in lighting design from the Theater Design/Technology conservatory program at SUNY Purchase Matt worked extensively in the NY theatre, dance, and music world, ultimately transferring the aesthetic he had crafted for the stage onto the TV screen. He has had a guiding hand in the look of some of the most watched television shows and events in the country including The Today Show, Iron Chef America, ESPN Sportscenter, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The NFL Network Studios, and The Heisman Award Presentation.
Now the owner and principal designer of Eastern Lighting Design; Matt lives in the picturesque Hudson Valley of New York. He continues to pursue his outdoor passions by hiking, climbing, skiing, and photographing his way through the area in order to build new inspiration for his projects. Don’t be fooled though, even though Matt spends most of his free time outdoors he stays on the cutting edge of technology so that he can bring the absolute freshest ideas and aesthetic to his clients.
Vice President of Design
Mick lit his very first theatre production of Annie the Musical at Aloha High School in Beaverton Oregon at the age of 16, and has been hooked ever since. One of those rare people who knew what they wanted to be from a very young age, Mick pursued his passion in high school and college, obtaining a degree in theatre arts from the University of Arizona, and moved to New York directly after.
Once on the theatre scene, he worked on several Broadway productions including Saturday Night Fever and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was a part of the Tony Award-winning team that brought the Producers to life and took the national touring companies to London and Toronto. After several years in theatre, Mick discovered the joy of lighting for television and began to pursue more work in that field. He loves walking into a raw space and designing a project from scratch. Some of his favorite productions have been Iron Chef America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Myers and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He has created studios for several news stations across the country as well as ESPN, the MLB Network and NFL, and is proud to have earned an Emmy for his work on the MLB studios. Mick has also enjoyed the travel that his work has allowed him, bringing his expertise to such exotic locales as Dubai, Nairobi, Macau, Beirut, and exotic New Jersey.
After living in New York for 18 years, Mick and his family have moved to Los Angeles and he is happy to be the ELD representative on the West Coast. This move has allowed Mick more time with his family and to enjoy some of his favorite pastimes including photography, cooking ridiculously delicious and overly complicated meals for family and friends, and exploring the outdoors with his 6-year-old. Mick is affiliated with the International Cinematographers Guild as a Director of Photography.
If you’ve ever wondered what music looks like, then look no further than Sandy Paul. Music is his driving force, his inspiration, and his life. Well… music and light, that is. From the moment Sandy could walk he was creating. With roots forming in theatre over 25 years ago, a career has grown to include almost every facet of performance and production. Along the way he discovered his true passion: music and live event production.
After falling in love with theatrical lighting in high school Sandy decided to attend the Conservatory of Theater arts and Film at the State University of New York Purchase College where he received a BFA. Spending over a decade in NYC he worked in every corner of the industry including more than 20 seasons at New York Fashion Week, summer festivals at Lincoln Center, a multitude of television shows such as Iron Chef America, MTV’s Ridiculousness, Celebrity Apprentice, as well as multiple feature films, and countless live performances and charity events. He now concentrates on concert and live performance lighting and has begun to work and tour with artists such as Tori Kelly, Chris Brown, Phatogram, Gov’t Mule, and Kelly Clarkson.
Though he continually is moving around the country, Sandy very proudly calls the state of Colorado home these days. Being based in a central part of the country allows him ease of travel for both work and pleasure. Whether a day on the mountain to ski or catching a concert he finds extreme passion in everything he does while constantly trying to re-imagine and create the magic that we call lighting. Sandy keeps us at ELD on our toes and always wants to create bigger, better, and brighter.