Director’s BIO: Jonathan Brooks

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Jonathan Brooks is a writer and director from South Wales. With a ten year background in entertainment, factual television and promos Jonathan moved towards a career in commercials in 2011 after winning a competition to create a television advert for the recruitment company Reed.

The advert was a big success and Jonathan has been directing and co-directing national TV adverts for Reed and other companies alongside his creative and business partner Mat Laroche. They started Chips Films in 2012 producing and directing brilliant online content for companies including Volvo, Mazda, M&S and Dyson.

Jonathan has written and directed a number of successful short comedy films. “First Press” (co-directed with Mat) was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Shorts in 2011. “The Devil’s Apricot” (written & directed by Jonathan) won Judges Commendation at the Reed Short Film Awards 2012 and both the Picturehouse Picks Award and Runner Up Best Short Film at the Cofilmic Film Festival 2012. His latest short film, Milk Man was recently completed and is a short version of feature film of the same name.

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Get to know the short film: MILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

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Synopsis

“Milk Man” is a short film written by Jonathan Brooks and Adam Davidson, its a black comedy horror movie somewhat inspired by the classic B-thriller/slasher genre films of the seventies and eighties.

The film follows the grizzly comeuppance of a cocky philanderer called Richard who we quickly learn has been having an affair behind the back of his pregnant wife. Richard

Cast & Credits (11)

  • Jonathan Brooks

    SUBMISSION CONTACT, DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS

  • Laura Ruddock

    PRODUCER

  • Adam Davison

    CO-WRITER

  • Ed Akzel

    THE MILK MAN (LEAD ACTOR)

  • Richard Glover

    RICHARD (LEAD ACTOR)

  • frances millar

    KAREN (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

  • Rachel Stubbings

    MEG (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

  • Jonathan Iles

    CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP

  • Stuart Mackay

    PRODUCTION DESIGNER

  • billy payne

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

  • giulia scrimieri

    COSTUME DESIGNER


Technical Details

PICTURE FORMAT
Color
ASPECT RATIO
2.35 (SCOPE)
SHOOTING FORMAT
2K
EXHIBITION FORMAT
DVD, .MOV (Quicktime), BLU-RAY, DCP
SCREENER FORMAT
Secure Online Screener, DVD, BLU-RAY

Get to know the short film: MY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Mybody finalA dead girl is lies on the floor of a man’s living room and a spider crawls through the shadows of his house. Grief and guilt grow in the eyes of the man while he gets more and more paranoid.

Project Links
  • Daniel Möhle
    Director
  • Daniel Möhle
    Writer
  • Daniel Möhle
    Producer
  • Heiko Büter
    Key Cast
  • Sabine Gießler
    Key Cast
  • Michael Donner
    Music Composer
  • Vincent Goode
    CG Artist
  • Mauro “Kenji” Serra
    Sound Designer and Audio

Director’s BIO: Rodrigo Atienzar Jimenez

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Director Biography

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Hi, I’m Rodrigo. I got seriously infected by the virus of cinema in 1986 , when my father took me to see the filming of ” Amanece que no es poco ” . Since that day , the cinema has been my obsession, as a spectator and creator . This is my fourth short film after “Garand ” , “Girl in Landscape” and ” Holy Gloria” Shall we shoot a film?.

Director’s BIO: Jean-Claude Leblanc

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

http://www.jeanclaudeleblanc.com/

JCL is a Vancouver based product design studio that is inspired by natural materials and old world techniques. Working with artisans and manufacturers using traditional methods such as slip casting and stonework results in dynamic and inimitable pieces rooted in the past with a nod to the future.
Born in Canada, Jean-Claude LeBlanc grew up in a rural bilingual town in Saskatchewan. His Mother made art for their home using local materials such as wood, flowers, and wool. Working at his Father’s lumber mill, he gained valuable knowledge about the manufacturing process and developed a hands on approach to creating.
In the late 80’s, LeBlanc moved to the city and discovered skateboarding. Customizing and personalizing his style and gear became his obsession, shaping his vision to this day. LeBlanc’s interest in design grew as he discovered the work of fashion designers and architects, most notably, RAIC Gold Medal receiver Peter Cardew, who later became his mentor and Architect on several projects including the Lieutenant Governor Award-winning ‘LeBlanc House’.
With no formal design education, LeBlanc has started several companies ranging from residential construction to fashion design. His clothing brand Blanc & Noir compelled LeBlanc to travel extensively, visiting manufacturers in Japan and Italy to resolve details and further his knowledge on how things are made. This exposure to technology and craft focuses his work towards projects which allow him to create objects which are both raw and enduring.

Get to know the short film: STUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

CauchemarcapitonneposterWhen J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

Jean-Claude Leblanc
Director
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Director BIO: Mia’kate Russell

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Director Biography

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Mia’kate Russell has written, co-produced, and directed three multi award-winning shorts: ‘Auditioning Fanny’ (2012); ‘Swallow’ (2013), and ‘Death By Muff’ (2014).

Her forth short film ‘Liz Drives’ is a horror/drama short about two estranged sisters Liz and Ellie.

It is proudly female written, produced, directed and stars.

Mia’kate also works as a head of make-up and special effects artist. Credits include: ‘’What If It Works?” (2017); ‘Pawno” (2015); ‘Crawlspace’ (2012); ‘Red Hill’ (2010); ‘The Wheel’ (2017) and ‘Scare Campaign’ (2015).

She has recently completed two feature screenplays ‘Penny-Lane is Dead’ and ‘TOMMY’.

Get to know the short film: LIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror

 

Liz drives poster 686x1016mm final hrFor estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

Project Links
  • Mia’kate Russell
    Director
  • Mia’kate Russell
    Writer
  • Tim Egan
    Producer
  • Cassandra Magrath
    Producer
  • Sophia Davey
    Producer
  • Mia’kate Russell
    Producer
  • Sophia Davey
    Key Cast
  • Cassandra Magrath
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Kirby
    Key Cast
  • Amy Bradney-George
    Key Cast

Director BIO: David Jeffrey

Playing at the HORROR Short Film Festival in October 2017

Director Biography

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David Jeffery is known to his colleagues as one of the hardest working Producer/Directors in Hollywood. When he’s not working on “Bones,” the quirky forensic series on Fox (225 episodes, including the pilot) or co-producing the upcoming -event mini series, “Prison Break,” (also on Fox), Jeffery thrives in the indie movie world, as an award winning filmmaker.

He produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary “Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave” which garnered Jeffery two awards, Best Director and Best Feature Documentary at the 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase. After playing in dozens of film festivals around the world, “Lesson Plan” is now available on I-tunes distributed by Journeyman Films.

In his first professional effort, Jeffery wrote, produced and directed the horror/thriller “The Last Stop Café” which debuted at the Nashville Film Festival before becoming a popular short on the festival circuit. The film earned numerous awards including three Tellys, a CINE Golden Eagle and the Best Horror Short film prize at Shockerfest. Lead actress Christie Lynn Short received a best actress nomination at the Eerie Horror Film Festival.

David is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He began his career in New York City after receiving his BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An avid scuba diver, Jeffery resides in Los Angeles.

Director Statement

“Girl #2” was a chance to simultaneously poke fun and pay homage to the scary, fun and cheesy sorority horror movies of the 1980s. These films tend to get maligned by critics but a few of them contain some really great plot twists, charismatic performances and sharp dialogue.

It goes without saying, every film poses its own unique set of directorial challenges, but for me, the first was to dupe the audience into believing they were watching a credible B horror movie for the first few minutes. Hopefully, the horror film aficionado will see these first moments as laced with imagery that indicates the tone is bordering on satirical. To the average viewer however, these images are seen as merely building the tension of the story. The second challenge was to edit the film in such a way that no one saw the comic twist coming, a task that took months of experimentation and testing to nail down!

In terms of visual style, cinematographer Brad Lipson and I perused and studied countless horror films. The look of the 2013 hit “The Conjuring” proved inspirational. Like any horror film, we made sure we had plenty of slow moving steadicam shots in the first few minutes of the picture. When the tone of the film shifted, we opted for a more locked down or hand held style of shooting.

Our music style proved itself unique as well. Masterfully composed by Sean Callery, Julia Newmann and Jeff Lingle, the score shifted from a classic horror film menacing tone to something quirkier and yet unnerving in just nine minutes.