THE FILMMAKERS | THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL
Patrick Shearer (Director) is a director, actor and sound designer for film and theatre based out of New York. He collaborated as Assistant Director on Jessi Gotta’s short film ANNIVERSARY DINNER and can be seen in the role of Carter Petch in the gotta/enk film THE BIG BAD, both of which have won a slew of awards on the festival circuit, both nationally and internationally. As writer, director and editor, his own short film EVERMORE was presented in the SINISTER SIX MUST DIE short film festival, and has become quietly notorious due to its graphic nature.
He's been an Artistic Associate for the last 11 years with Nosedive Productions, a Manhattan-based theatre company founded by James Comtois and Pete Boisvert. Also with Boisvert, he co-founded THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT..., a series of original, live horror plays presented every October in the tradition of the Grand Guignol, with special effects by Stephanie Cox-Williams. He is a New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominee for Outstanding Sound Design, and grew up in Los Angeles with his frequent collaborator (and year-round brother) Phil Shearer.
Jessi Gotta (EP/Producer/Writer) is a NYC based award-winning filmmaker. She formed her first production company, gotta/enk films, with co-conspirator Bryan Enk in 2009. Their first feature, THE BIG BAD, has screened at several national and international film festivals and won Jessi the Best Feature Writer award from the 2011 LA Femme International Film Festival. THE BIG BAD also won many additional awards while on the festival circuit and is currently distributed by Entertainment One. Jessi’s second film and directing debut, ANNIVERSARY DINNER, has screened at several film festivals and won Best Short Screenplay from the 2012 Maverick Movie Awards, among other awards. ANNIVERSARY DINNER was screened at several events as a part of the 2012-2013 Viscera Film Festival tour and Scream Queen Fest Tokyo. THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL, Jessi's third film, has won several awards including: Best Horror Sci-Fi Feature from the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival, Best Horror Feature from the 2013 ShockerFest International Film Festival, Best Horror Comedy from the 2013 Atlanta Horror Film Festival and Best Feature & Best Creature Feature from the 2013 New Mexico Fright Fest.
Phil Shearer (Director of Photography) is an award-winning thirty-year veteran of the entertainment industry, working both as a creative and technical professional in the fields of Cinematography, Production and Lighting Design. His talent and passion for creating innovative and stunning imagery has taken him around the globe to collaborate with some of the industry’s most talented visionaries. His body of work is as varied and eclectic as his background in show business itself. From theatrical productions, live events and exhibit design to a vast film and television career, Mr. Shearer enjoys working in a wide variety of creative mediums and high-tech environments. His combined use of state-of-the-art tools and equipment to achieve his artistic goals is what keeps him in the forefront of his industry.m a paragraph.
Mr. Shearer has been recognized for his accomplishments both as a Cinematographer and as a Lighting Director by winning numerous awards over his career: 1989 - Achievement in Lighting Design (Musical Theatre); 1994 - Award for Design Excellence (New York Independent Theatre Company); 2005 - L.A. Theatre Ovation Award (Large Venue Design); 2007 - Telly Award (Lighting Director, CBS Television Special); 2007 – Prime Time Emmy Nomination (Lighting Director, CBS Television Special); 2008 - Lester Horton Award (Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design); 2010 - Award Recipient for Achievement in Cinematography (Short Film). Rounding out Mr. Shearer’s eventful career, he is also a sought-after educator. Working with high school and college students across the country, he has taught film and television production courses for WARNER BROS. STUDIOS as well as Technical Stage classes to the next generation of up and coming theatrical designers and technicians.
Although Phil has collaborated with his brother (Director, Patrick Shearer) and Writer/Producer, Jessi Gotta, on numerous other productions, including INTO THE WOODS, GODSPELL, and more recently with the BLOOD BROTHERS theatre series in NYC – produced by NOSEDIVE PRODUCTIONS – this marks the trio’s first time teaming up behind the camera.
Rebecca Comtois (EP/Production Supervisor) has been a New York-based actress since 2005 and has been in over 30 productions during that time. Plays include the highly-acclaimed VIRAL, which won Outstanding Production of a Play in The New York Fringe Festival in 2009, and ADVANCE MAN, which won the New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play in 2012. In addition to helping her directors and producers win awards, she sells many things with her voice on the radio, on the Internet, and on the TV, from penile enhancement cream to political candidates. She was most recently seen in GEEK, a new play by Crystal Skillman and produced by the Obie Award-winning company Vampire Cowboys. In addition to her theatrical and commercial exploits, Becky founded the production company Broken Window Films, which has produced several short films and a web series, with upcoming productions in the pipeline for 2013 and beyond.
Marc Landers (EP/Editor/ Production Coordinator/Sound) has been working in the NYC film and television industry for ten years and acting in the downtown theatre scene for most of that time as well. Before New York, and after graduating from Yale in 2000, he worked on the features SESSION 9 and PASSIONADA, followed by an Associate Producer position on educational videos in Boston. Once in the big city, he worked on David Bowie’s short film REALITY and EVERYDAY PEOPLE (HBO), he was DP on the indie film WATER LILIES, and worked for HBO in a technical evaluation capacity. In 2009, he attended the Manhattan Edit Workshop to bone up his post-production skills, and edited the feature A DANCE FOR GRACE before settling into a position as Audio/Video Engineer for the market research company NeuroFocus. That job’s done, so now he is working with Broken Window Films.
Jane Rose (FX) got her start in filmmaking as a member of Reel Sweet Betty, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based guerilla filmmaker collective, where she discovered a love of prop-making and practical fx. Having made a few short films, she decided to get serious about fx and took classes at Makeup Mania, the School of Visual Arts and Combat Inc., in addition to gaining valuable knowledge from established makeup artists around NYC. Jane’s work has since been seen on the History Channel, THE TODAY SHOW, CONAN O’BRIEN, and in many local film and theater productions. Her movies have been screened at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival and the Pretty-Scary Film Festival. Jane also worked on the feature film THE BIG BAD with Jessi Gotta, as lead makeup and fx artist, for which she won the Best Special Effects Make-up award from the 2011 Maverick Movie Film Awards, Best Special Effects from the Fall 2011 L.A. New Wave Film Festival and Best Special Effects from the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Jane was also lead makeup artist on Jessi Gotta's award-winning short film ANNIVERSARY DINNER.
Stephanie Cox-Williams (FX/Production Coordinator/AC) is an SFX/gore designer, fight choreographer, actor and director mainly for Independent Theater in New York. SFX/gore design credits include: Theatre – MAN WHO LAUGHS (Stolen Chair Theater Company), BLAST RADIUS (Gideon), BREW OF DEAD II-OCTOBERFLESH (Dysfunctional Theater), ZOMBIE WEDDING (RC Staab/The NY Fringe), MOTHERBOARD, DEATH VALLEY (Antimatter Collective), THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT…horror anthologies, LITTLE ONE (Nosedive Productions), NEIGHBORHOOD 3 (SPF); Film – HOUSE GUESTS, EVERMORE and MONDAY (Sinister Six Must Be Destroyed Festival), Assistant Effects/Make-up – ANNIVERSARY DINNER (gotta/enk) and ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY (History Channel). She was named "Queen of Gore" by the NY Press and the "Tom Savini of Off-Off Broadway" by the New York Times. Fight Choreography (Theater): SENILE AGITATION (The Draft Festival), HIS BEAUTY (Planet Connections), ROOM WITH NO VIEW (THE BLOOD BROTHER’S PRESENT…THE NEW GUIGNOL), THE STORY OF ICARUS PHOENIX (Fight Fest 2009). Director Credits (Theater): Various vignettes for THE BLOOD BROTHER’S PRESENT…horror anthologies, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK.
Actor Credits: Theater – Actress B in IN THE GREAT EXPANSE OF SPACE,… (Matt Freeman/the Brick), Dolly and Various Roles in THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT…FREAKS FROM THE MORGUE, Grandma Blood in THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT…PULP, Flora and Mother in THE LITTLE ONE (Nosedive Productions), Gorman in STARBOAT (Nosedive/Vampire Cowboys-Saloon), Louisa in THE FANTASTICKS (The Gingerbread Players); Film – Extra in THE BIG BAD (gotta/enk), Stephanie in HOUSE GUESTS (Broken Window Films).
She has she received a B.A. in Theatre, a Musical Theatre Conservatory degree and a Masters of Art in Educational Theatre. She is also a Master Mason of the award winning Brick Theatre. She was named A Person of the Year by nytheatre.com for 2011. This is her second time working with Jessi Gotta in a production role and looks forward to working with her again and again and again.
Pete Boisvert (Assistant Director/AC) founded the indie theatre company Nosedive Productions with James Comtois in 1999, and has served as its Co-Artistic Director since that time. He directed INFECTIOUS OPPORTUNITY, ADVENTURES OF NERVOUS-BOY (A PENNY DREADFUL), COLORFUL WORLD, THE LITTLE ONE, THE AWAITED VISIT, SUBURBAN PEEPSHOW and many other plays for Nosedive. In 2006 he developed THE BLOOD BROTHERS PRESENT… horror anthology with co-creator Patrick Shearer, and recently completed the sixth installment of that series. He is a Friend of Flux Theater Ensemble and has directed various short pieces for them, including a staged reading of EM Lewis’ IF I DID IT. He also has worked with the Vampire Cowboys, Gideon Productions, Flux Theater Ensemble, Adaptive Arts, Purple Rep and many other companies.
David Valentine (Bug Designer) Work includes: F#%KING UP EVERYTHING (Off-Broadway 2013 and NYMF 2009). As Resident Puppet Designer for Vampire Cowboys: GEEK (incubator arts 2013), THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G (Theatre Row), ALICE IN SLASHERLAND (2010 NYIT Award nomination), SOUL SAMURAI (HERE), FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD (2008 American Theatre Wing’s Henry Hewes Design Award nomination), SHE KILLS MONSTERS (The Flea). Other work: Hershey Theme Park, Puppet Heap, Drama of Works. David just completed refurbishing and building muppets for the new Disney film, THE MUPPETS...AGAIN, set to release early 2014.
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Justine Baker (Foley Editor), Daniel Brennan (Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer), Marie Deleon (Deluxe Project Manager), Bryan Enk (Co-story), Andrew Krug (Boom Operator), Craig Kyllonen (Dialogue Editor/Foley Artist), Anthony Raffaele (Colorist), Ric Schnupp (Foley Mixer), Christopher Yustin (Boom Operator)