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.
Keep an eye out for Jakob’s next film IT CALLS ME, which is set to shoot in Summer 2020, as well as his influence as producer on the rest of our upcoming shorts.
“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.