Sean began his career as a SFX technician on big budget studio films, including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and James Bond movies GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies. Sean has a Master of Arts Degree in Screenwriting from the London College of Communications (LCC). After graduating LCC Sean moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, and graduated in 2004. Sean’s debut feature film as a writer/director/producer, Deadline, starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, showcased at Berlin, Cannes, and the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where it sold for distribution to 40 territories around the world including the U.S. In 2014 Sean produced The Quiet Hour, a micro-budget sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards which premiered at the Galway Film Fleah, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance, won Best Film at Kansas City Filmfest, sold to Sky Cinema in the UK and to multiple territories around the world including North-America. Sean is now preparing his next feature film The Last Moon, a contained supernatural horror. He’s a Berlinale Talent and Cannes Producers Network alumnus and was one of the 10 Winners of 4000 entries of Scriptapalooza Competition. He is also a lecturer at University of the Arts London.
Creative areas of interest
Creative areas of interest include writing, producing, and directing genre films, particularly with Gothic, Supernatural, Tragic, and Romantic elements. Sean’s inspired by the German Expressionism movement and the genre that movement influenced: Film Noir. Consequently, Noseferatu,The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, and M are among favourite films. As a filmmaker Sean’s influenced by Hitchcock, Polanski, and Kubrick, and by contemporary independent writer/directors who also produce their films, such as Christopher Nolan, Roberto Rodriguez, and Ben Wheatley.
Mentoring strengths would cover all aspects of the film industry, but with particular focus on writing, producing, directing. As a filmmaker who produces as well as writes/directs I can advice on story development, creating business plans, finance plans, budget & schedules, attending film markets and festivals, as well as how to create pre-visualization (pre-viz) elements (concept art, mood boards, proof of concept shorts, etc) that will inspire students to be proactive in their careers.
Tuition fees: £11,950
Length: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Based: London or Online