Sam Barker is an award winning photographer, including two AOP and two Kontinent Awards in 2014 for his portraiture. Sam’s signature cinematic lighting style has made him sought after in the world of Advertising where his distinctive style has led him to be commissioned for campaigns in Europe and the US for the likes of Hugo Boss, Glennfiddich and Landrover amongst others ,shooting subjects as diverse as Matt Damon to Lewis Hamilton, to tribal chiefs in Africa and the Americas.
It wasn’t always so glamorous though. The youngest son of 15 children by an irascible poet and a writer, Sam spent his childhood getting into various scrapes around rural Norfolk. The most serious of which, a motorbike accident, resulted in him narrowly escaping having his leg amputated at 19. Whilst healing his scars, and his usual mischief making derailed, Sam began his career in photography in 1997 whilst attending the prestigious London School of Printing. It was here he lost his hair, but gained a distinction and a job as an assistant for Matthew Donaldson.
Within a short period of time his work was spotted by The Telegraph, shooting amongst others, a then rather green Benedict Cumberbatch for Sue Steward on the Arts pages. Commissions started to follow from the likes of The Sunday Times, GQ Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. It was not long before his work was picked up by worldwide publishing houses and advertising agencies with commissions for sport, finance and portraiture. Sam is also a regular contributor to the National Portrait Gallery where he has 12 portraits in the permanent collection.
Sam Barker now shares his time between London and New York. His passion for great pictures and adventure has also seen him shoot travel stories and personal projects in Iraq, Ethiopia, and Columbia and Bhutan .. just don’t let him get on a motorbike. You can keep up with Sam at http://sambarkerphoto.blogspot.co.uk/
Josh Beck was born on December 18, 1985 in Irvine, California. Studying acting at the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy, Josh began his career as a film composer, studying under Hummie Mann (Ghost Rider, The Whole Ten Yards), before moving into acting on a variety of projects. Josh acted in The Suite Life on Deck, followed directing the feature film Ever (2014) and Particles (2017). Josh lives in Los Angeles, California.
Bruce Branit’s sci-fi, fantasy and horror films often question the technologies which society has adopted with a promise of better lives, and explores the human need to genuinely connect with one another, despite the technologies increasingly placed between us.
A writer, director and six-time Emmy nominee for visual effects, Branit is regarded as a ground-breaker in the genre of viral videos. His films 405 and World Builder have captured over a billion views around the world.
Branit has bolstered his track record of capturing eyeballs with recent micro-viral projects featuring spiders and drones as well as a mock commercial for Star Wars weekend getting 10x the views of the competing official commercial.
Jed Hart is an award-winning writer/director with a background in short film and music videos. His main interest is in smart, visually striking genre filmmaking and he has a proven track record in getting the most from low budgets.
His previous short, Daddy’s Girl, a tension filled thriller, was funded by Creative England/BFI. It debuted at Encounters and has received a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Jed’s latest short Candy Floss is currently in post production and will be on the festival circuit later this year, again funded by Creative England.
After graduating from the School of Cinematic Arts at U.S.C., John began his career in the industry as a cinematographer, working on a variety of projects for television and film. In 1993, he was introduced to computer animation by a friend, and soon found a new and exciting outlet for his skills in cinematography. With his ability to translate the real world of filmmaking into the computer, John was soon discovered by Amblin Entertainment in 1993, where he began work on the visual effects team for SeaQuest DSV (1993). John was soon promoted to Vice-President/General Manager of the newly founded Amblin Imaging, where he supervised effects on both seaQuest and Star Trek: Voyager. His work on the pilot of Voyager earned him an Emmy Award in 1995, for computer animation.
John has owned and/or managed a variety of visual effects companies over the years, including Amblin Imaging, Hollywood Digital West, Liberty Livewire Pictures, CafeFX and Pixomondo. With his knowledge of the production, post-production and visual effects processes, John has also worked as a development executive, creative producer and writer on a variety of projects. His true passion is telling stories, whether that is being at the helm of a project himself, or helping others realize their dreams.
Fishwife is Beth Park’s first film. Beth trained and worked as an actor for a decade in the UK, performing with the Royal Shakespeare company and in the West End. She then turned her attention to directing and has worked extensively in video games, directing the voice and motion capture performances on several major games including Baldur’s Gate III, a dungeons and dragons video game. She now has her second short in development which she aims to develop into a feature film.
Trey Stokes (born 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American filmmaker and puppeteer, best known for his Star Wars parody series Pink Five, and his puppeteering work on various movie, TV, and motion-ride projects. Stokes majored in Cinema Production at the University of Southern California. After working as a puppeteer for several years, he was hired as the head puppeteer on the 1988 remake of The Blob. This led to many other film puppeteering jobs, including Species, RoboCop 2, and eventually head puppeteer on The Abyss.
Most recently, Stokes was a consultant on Universal Studios’ The Simpsons Ride and directed the web series Ark, and the feature film 2010: Moby Dick, both starring Renee O’Connor. Stokes is also a regular panelist on the podcast What Are You Doing, Movie? (formerly Down In Front), which produces alternative audio commentaries for films.
Cameron Thurman is a Park City-raised, Los Angeles-based director. Growing up as a competitive freestyle skier, Cameron’s unique experiences have evoked powerful emotions and breathtaking visuals of the world. Cameron fell in love with film when he learned how to use it as a form of expression while creating ski films during competition season. Although skiing forged his film journey, his love for storytelling was met with his affection for timeless air-cooled Porsches when he became a close collaborator of the celebrated collector, Magnus Walker. Cameron’s first car project was published by Porsche and showcased in a Shanghai art gallery.
Today global brands and renowned individuals seek Cameron’s ability to blend heart with action. His directorial style is known for immersive cinematic worlds that contrast poetic styling with intense, high-octane action. From working with the rarest cars in the world to brilliant actors, he lives chasing after the perfect moments filled with striking imagery. Cameron’s Cannes Lion Young Director Nominee showcases his abilities as a profound director. He is represented by SixTwentySix.
John Wikstrom is a writer and filmmaker originally from Jacksonville, Florida — he graduated from the Film School at Florida State after winning a Student Emmy, and being twice named a Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker (while that was still a thing).