Mohammad Solei

Mohammad Solei is an Iranian born filmmaker and architect based in Los Angles. Solei started architectural studies and later he expanded to visual storytelling.
Solei's s work has been deeply under the influence of his mentors at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Among those, we can mention well-known names in the architecture, speculative design, and entertainment industry like Hernan Diaz Alonzo, Marcelyn Gow, Tom Wiscombe, Liam young, David Ruy, Ben Ben West, Geoff Manaugh, Christian Scheurer, Paddy Podesta.
Currently, Solei is involved in various designs and film projects.
Los Angeles, CA, 90013


Master of Arts: Fiction and Entertainment
Southern California Institute of Architecture - Los Angeles, California, US - 2018
Master of Science: Architecture Southern
Southern California Institute of Architecture - Los Angeles, California, US - 2017
Bachelor of Science: Architectural Engineering
Danesh Pajoohan University - Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran -2014


Internship  /  Xefirotarch - Los Angeles, CA        2017
Junior Designer / KRDS studio - Tehran, Iran   2014-2015
Junior Designer / Faratarh - Isfahan, Iran          2013


2019- Deep Dive,selected for Los Angeles Film Awards, Aphrodite Film Awards,  Festigious Los Angeles - Monthly Film Competition,  The Film Collective( Philadelphia),  The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction and Supernatural Festival,  Taos Shortz Film Fest, The Lost Sanity 2019 Film Festival,  ME Film Festival,  Oxford International Short Film Festival.  
2018- FRAYED & REFIND , Suckerpunchdaily
2018- Deep Dive, the premiere screening with a panel discussion at sci-arc, Panelists included Ane Crabtree, costume designer for Hulu’s groundbreaking series Handmaid’s Tale, Alex Macdowell, worldbuilder and production designer for films such as Fight Club and Minority Report, Claire Evans artist and lead singer of the band Yacht, Jamin Warren, cofounder of videogame arts and culture company Kill Screen, Brain Merchant, author and editor at Motherboard, VICE's science and technology outlet, Patti Podesta, Production designer for film and the recent series American Gods, Keely Colcleugh director of creative visual agency Kilograpgh, Andrew Thomas Huang, artist and director know for his Bjork music videos and Timothy Williams, designer and animator for games and film.
2017-FRAYED & REFIND, published at Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture (Architectural Design) 1st Edition

2017- FRAYED & REFIND, presented at the Graduate Thesis Weekend - SCI-Arc (11 critics inc. Thom Mayne, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Marcelyn Gow, Ferda Kolatan, Marcelo Spina & David Ruy)
2017- FRAYED & REFIND, exhibited at SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis: 'Miniatures 2' at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
2017- DEADS ARE ALIVE, published at Onramp No. 5  A collection of student work for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
2017- Gaming Camp, exhibited at SCI-Arc spring show 2017
2016- DEADS ARE ALIVE, triptych animations presented at SCI-Arc Finals
(14 critics lead by Thom Mayne & Hernan Diaz Alonso)
2016- DEADS ARE ALIVE,presented at SCI-Arc
(critics: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Wolf D. Prix, Casey Rehm, Marcelyn Gow & Marcelo Spina )


2019 - Best Sci-Fi Short movie for Deep Dive, Los Angeles Film Awards
2018 - Graduation with Distinction, SCI-Arc
2017-2018 – Admissions & Continuing Merit Scholarships, SCI-Arc
2016-2017 – Continuing Merit Scholarships, SCI-Arc


-Advanced in modeling, lighting, texturing and camera animation in Auto desk Maya -and 3ds Max with V-ray
-Advanced in digital compositing in Nuke
-Advanced in camera tracking in PFtrack
-Familiar with particle simulation in Auto desk Maya and Real Flow
-Advanced in Adobe Suite –Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere
-Advanced in modeling and texturing in Zbrush
-Advanced in modeling in rhino and procedural modeling in Grasshopper for Rhino