Founder, CEO, Producer, Designer
Carly is a multimedia craftsperson with an impressive list of studies. From blacksmithing to mold-making, she’s got an unquenchable thirst to create. Carly studied fine woodworking at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME; blacksmithing, steel fabrication, and kinetics at Penland School of Craft in Mitchell County, NC; mold-making at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, CO; film production at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA; and anthropology at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.
She blends all of that knowledge and experience to focus her work in the film industry chiefly in two departments: production and art. During filming she has taken on the role of producer, line producer, location manager, production designer, art director, construction coordinator, set decorator, and leadman.
Studio Manager, Illustrator, Graphics Artist, set Designer
Betsi Santo’s critical role in the Art Department came from her passion for creating art and making a living doing just that. With a BFA from Eastern New Mexico University, Betsi seamless blends her graphic design and set-building expertise. Her contribution to the studio has brought a whole new level of quality and detail.
Founder, CHairman, Producer, Writer
From page to screen, Timothy Roland “Tim” Larson has three decades-plus of film experience and has written in many formats. Since 2014, he has composed over 80 educational short screenplays for grades K-12, 11 narrative short screenplays, and two narrative feature screenplays. More than 90 of his screenplays have been produced, and several are in development.
Tim has been on the producing team of three completed feature films and four short films, including two shorts that he directed. He is a founder and chair of Grant Larson Productions, LLC, a film production services company, as well as a founder and partner of Larson Texts, Inc., an educational publishing company. Through the years, his projects have won numerous awards and achieved market success. Tim is married to Mary Grant Larson, and together they have two children, three dogs, and a multi-generation family farm in Pennsylvania, where he still makes hay in the summer and cider in the fall.
Assistant Editor, Sound Mixer
Erik graduated from Penn State University, the Behrend Campus. He currently works at Grant Larson Productions as an editor/director/all-around production crew member. Erik’s goal in life is to work on a David Lynch production.
Founder, Vice President, Producer
Mary Grant Larson has over two decades of entrepreneurial and production experience. An early project, “Rookie Reporter,” won numerous awards including a national Newspapers in Education award. Her “Radar Rooster” safety series of books and CD-ROMs also won numerous awards including a National Disaster Awareness award.
After some time off to have children, Mary transitioned from multimedia to film, co-producing “Homecoming” by Sean Hackett and “Before the Border” by Tom Fox-Davies. Mary is comfortable with the creative as well as the management side, as her early career started in floral design -- a passion she continues to pursue.
She expanded on that design background to create two popular venues: Moonsense Cafe and Capers Catering and Banquet Venue. Both have received extensive local coverage for their unique designs and excellent food service, and Capers remains one of Erie’s top-rated venues. Mary and her husband Tim co-founded Grant Larson Productions in 2011 along with their daughter Carly Larson, to focus on female-led and diverse media projects.
Accountant, PA Office Coordinator
Jen earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Kent State University. She currently manages all of Grant Larson Productions Accounting and Human Resources. She is married and has five children.
Jesse Olszewski is an artist, actor, and filmmaker in Erie, PA. With a background in theater and as a performing magician, he moved to Hollywood to work as a film actor. Time spent out west coupled with clinical daydreaming allowed his passion for storytelling to mature, and he has since returned to Erie where he plans to complete a number of original productions over the coming years.
Currently, Jesse is active in helping his local film community grow, and over the past two years he's worked on crews for more than two dozen local productions. He co-manages the Greater Erie Film Office and serves on the board at the Film Society of North Western Pennsylvania. Having worked on both the east and west coasts, he now believes that location is not a deciding factor when creating impactful work, and now believes it is more important to find passionate people and form meaningful relationships. Jesse continues to act and study film and is an avid roller blader. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.
Producer & Creative Director
With over 15 years experience in film and video production, Marc has produced everything from studio films, TV shows, independent features, educational and branded content, documentaries, commercials, and marketing materials. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Film and a Minor in Psychology.
Marc has worked as a producer, production manager, A.D., production coordinator, and Art Department coordinator on network and independent projects (most notably, in the Art Department for two Will Ferrell features, “Semi Pro” & “Step Brothers”). Marc served as producer/assistant director on the globally distributed horror feature film “Dead Season,” and co-produced and directed the award-winning feature film, “After Roberto,” filmed in Northern Italy.
Marc has worked with clients such as Disney, Pixar, Netflix, Sony, Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, WB, and Amazon. He has also produced branded content for brands including Starbucks, Honda, Journeys, Levi’s, Fedex Office, Hot Topic, Marc Jacobs, Aeropostale, Steve Madden, and Buffalo Wild Wings, just to name a few.
He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in film, most notably an honorary induction into the Art, Literature & Culture Society of Genoa, Italy. Marc loves to read comics, build with Legos, build and perform as a puppeteer, and use his 5 ½ -year-old daughter's stuffed animals to act out Greek myths and Shakespeare stories.
Part Time Crew Member, Hair and Makeup Artist
Rachel was born and raised in California. She was brought up in the film industry as a "commercial kid" with parents working in television. At the age of 4, she was introduced to the world of Fangoria and became enamored with the world of special effects makeup.
At 12 years old, Greg Nicotero purchased her first make up DVD, which further inspired Rachel's passion and drive. Since then, she has been passionate about learning and furthering her skills in practical effects and all types of makeup applications.
Tim McCarthy is a graduate of Palomar College with a certification in Furniture Design. Tim started as our shop foreman in 2016 and has a diverse set of skills in woodworking and welding. He also has an innate sense for teaching and enjoys working with aspiring furniture makers. Moreover, Tim is a retired brewmaster of 10 years and a trained jazz musician.
Kyle Stuart was born in New Haven, CT. He moved to Los Angeles to become a professional editor in 2005, working on projects for CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and various other networks. In 2013, Kyle took a break from editing to write terrible screenplays, but more importantly, to raise his two sons Seamus and Abner. Now both boys are in school and Kyle has returned to the hermetic, caffeine-fueled life of post-production.
Mary Ellen Rose
Graphic Designer Prop Fabricator
Mary is a women without limitations. Enlighted at Illinois State University as a student of production design, she is a devoted scenic painter with highly developed skills in costume and prop fabrication. When a project calls for drawn, carved, torn, or distressed props or settings, you can bet you’ll find Mary close to the scene.
Born and raised in Erie, PA, Seth spent the better part of his early adult life teaching preschool and kindergarten at a Montessori school. When a feature film was set to begin production in Erie and in need of art department crew, Seth seized the opportunity for a change of scenery and pace. Five years later Seth can now be found in the production office of Grant Larson Productions helping to bring educational and narrative content to classrooms and television screens across the country.
Liz is a production designer with a degree in Fine Arts and Design from the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. She has a profound talent for monotype and wood block carving. Liz’s multifaceted skill set makes her a key asset in our Art Department.
Megan began working for GLP as Mary Larson’s personal assistant and then took on the role as facility coordinator at the Erie, PA office. Her position at the studio gave her a closer look into the world of film production, and she liked what she saw. After graduating from Mercyhurst University in 2014, she followed her new found passion for film. Soon after, the art department at GLP became her new home and haven.
Steven is a production designer and set decorator with a degree in Film from the University of Michigan. He loves dogs, tacos, and the color yellow. Catch Steven on set with his sunny-colored clothing and crock pot in hand.