JAKOB LEWIS BARNES
“I firmly believe there is nothing more crucial to the filmmaking process than effective collaboration. The independent film industry can be extremely difficult to navigate alone, but supporting your peers and working with like-minded creatives to learn and develop can make that journey a lot more enjoyable, and ultimately, successful”
Jakob is an ambitious filmmaker with a penchant for dark, disturbing tales, mysterious characters and strong visuals. Inspirations include Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve.
Having written and directed our first short film HARLEQUIN, Jakob then co-wrote and actually starred in our next effort, CONSCIENTIA. Jakob is developing his next directorial effort IT CALLS ME, whilst overseeing lots of our other projects as producer.
“Find an idea. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, just find it. Follow that idea through; shot by shot, moment by moment, scene by scene. If by the end you enjoyed the journey, turn it into something that others can experience and enjoy with you.”
Nick is a writer and filmmaker, with tastes and aspirations spanning many genres. His inspirations include Denis Villeneuve, Guillermo del Toro and David Fincher.
Having been involved in the creative process of bringing Jakob’s HARLEQUIN to the screen, Nick co-wrote and stepped behind the camera himself to direct his debut short, CONSCIENTIA.
Nick is once again teaming up with Jakob to be part of the creative team behind the scenes on the upcoming IT CALLS ME, and is working tirelessly to build his own screenwriting portfolio, with a view to directing again in 2021.
“Writing is your passport to go anywhere. It’s your license to do anything. It’s a gateway to be anyone. It’s a playground for creativity. Each story you jump into is an adventure. Embrace it. Experiment. Be bold. Be brave. Enjoy it. You never know where you’ll end up.”
Cory is a writer with a distinct taste for telling psychological tales that heavily embrace character. His inspirations include Lynne Ramsay, Vince Gilligan and Damien Chazelle.
Cory has written his first short film for us, I LOVE YOU GUYS, which is currently in development and is set to shoot in early 2020. Cory also plays a prominent role in our team as a script consultant, which allows all our work to fulfil its potential.
He has a number of other screenwriting projects in the pipeline, and hopes to eventually find the right story which will tempt him into the director's chair one day.
“It doesn't matter what role you play, in filmmaking and storytelling, every person is essential to the process. Anyone can be part of that special moment which sparks an idea, and that idea is where the magic truly begins. Telling stories, and particularly the medium of film, has always been the easiest way for me to express myself and connect with others."
Sam is a versatile and technical filmmaker, with a clear vision for his work and the ability to craft a story all the way from the writers' room through to the editing suite. Influences for Sam include Michael Mann, Jared Hess and Brian De Palma.
Having just written and directed his first short film for us, THE GRIM TRUTH, Sam is now moving on to hone his skills as a writer with intentions to step behind the camera again next year for his follow-up piece.
Sam is also an integral part of our creative work behind the scenes, including the launch of our YouTube channel, and ongoing feedback and development of the various scripts and projects we are working on.
Billie is a passionate and creative filmmaker with an incredible talent for crafting stories through her impeccable vision and her wonderful writing. Influences for Billie's work include Greta Gerwig and Mike Mills.
Our upcoming short film I LOVE YOU, GUYS is set to be Billie's directorial debut. Billie also has plenty of scripts and ideas and we can't wait to explore her vast array of stories in the future.
Having forged a great professional relationship with Billie in early 2019 and working together to develop I LOVE YOU, GUYS we have been very impressed by her dedication to filmmaking and her creative flair, and we were delighted to add her to our in-house team in July 2020.
"To me, film is the ultimate convergence of all different types of art and creativity, unrivalled in its ability to allow you to step outside of yourself and experience something completely new, or cathartic and familiar. Within my role as a producer, bringing together and supporting a team of talented creatives and voices as they bring something like this to life, is a truly special experience every time."
Daisy is a highly driven, diligent and talented producer who utilises fantastic organisation and interpersonal skills to manage projects and ensure every stage of the production process operates efficiently.
We initially began working with Daisy in the summer of 2019 as part of the I LOVE YOU, GUYS production, and her enthusiasm and desire to push herself and go above and beyond has been invaluable to the success of that project.
In July 2020 we introduced Daisy into our in-house team and we are very excited to get her involved in a whole host of other projects we have in the pipeline and help her fulfil the massive potential she has already shown.