Sean began making films at age 11, while growing up in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. At high school in Hong Kong, Sean made a 25-minute action film, "Hong Kong Hookie", which helped earn him a place in the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and TV in Melbourne, Australia. As a student, Sean made several 16mm shorts, while training in Screenwriting, Direction, Editing and Cinematography. At age 22, Sean graduated from the VCA with a Bachelor of Film and Television Degree.
Since then, Sean has worked on features in Australia and the US, as an Assistant Director and Production Assistant, while continuing to write and direct short films and music videos. In 1997, Sean's feature screenplay, "Illustrated Hero", was optioned by Australian Producer, Laura Sivis, of Courage Films. To date, Sean has written four features, and developed each with Courage Films.
In 2006, Sean interned as a reader with production companies in Los Angeles, writing coverage and learning the studio development process. Sean was also an Assistant for Larger Than Life Productions on the Universal Studios lot. During this time, Sean frequented screenwriting workshops, seminars and pitch festivals, gathering valuable insight and pitching his projects to studios and production companies.
Sean's third screenplay, "Claws", was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, in 2010. That year, Sean wrote, directed and produced a proof-of-concept short, based on the feature screenplay.
Since 2011, Sean has developed "The Legend of Yakatutch" with Producer Laura Sivis. In 2014, the project was awarded Best Project & Pitch by a panel of international judges, during the 3-D Stereo Media Summit in Liege, Belgium. Courage Films is packaging the film, which is set in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Visit for more information.
Sean completed the short screenplay, "Angel Dust", in 2015. The Crime-Thriller will be filmed in 2018, in Sydney, Australia.
The Legend of Yakatutch Budget: $10M - $30M | Action ⋄ Horror ⋄ Adventure In the Canadian wilderness, a young man must embrace his indigenous heritage to save his girlfriend from a legendary creature, which has kidnapped her in order to restore its humanity. www.seanfrancisellis.com
Film (Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and 4 More) Second Unit Director/Script Doctor Mark struggles with drug addiction following the war. An Alien that only Mark can see, manipulates his will, forcing him to commit acts that he cannot recall. As his mind spirals out of control, his closest friends seek to have him committed. But Mark will do anything to stop them, and so will the Alien... Written by Alien Inhabitant
Film (Action, Adventure, Horror and Short) Writer/Director/Producer When an Anthropologist disappears in the ice fields of the Canadian Yukon, his son Scott (20) suspects he was searching for a legendary creature. In his father's study, Scott finds a map showing his father's destination, and sets off for the remote location by helicopter, with four friends. After searching the area and finding nothing, their helicopter returns to collect them, but crashes, leaving Scott and his friends stranded. Using his father's map to look for shelter, Scott and his friends come across the carcass of a deer, brutally killed by another animal. A strange howl warns them of danger, and they soon find themselves being stalked by a ferocious predator. As one of their group is taken, a grisly old hunter appears and offers to lead them to safety. But can he be trusted? Written by Sean Ellis
I Wish I Were Stephanie V
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editorial department Soon to be 21 year old Helen Andritis is a consummate tennis player, being raised by her embarrassing traditional Greek grandmother. All Helen wants to do is win the tennis championships, but all her grandmother wants is for Helen to find a nice Greek boyfriend, like Jimmy Koutella, who is Helen's childhood crush. But Helen (who is still a virgin) can't even muster the nerve to talk coherently in his presence, despite his mother and her grandmother's match-making endeavors. Nor does she really think he's that interested. Not a day goes by when she doesn't wish she looked just like one of her classmates, Stephanie V, a beautiful Eurasian model who appears on the cover of every magazine, and who plays tennis like a pro. This tale takes us through the trials, traumas, and romances of 3 very different young women being raised by their immigrant families. It's fun, it's crazy, it's serious. It will make you cheer and cry - but not too much! In the tradition of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ... Written by Laura Sivis
Son of the Mask
Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Production Runner Ten years after the adventures of Stanley Ipkiss in Edge City, the legendary Mask of Loki finds its way into the hands of an aspiring cartoonist, Tim Avery whose new baby son named Alvey is born with the Mask's spectacular powers. But the really big trouble begins when Loki himself the god of mischief, comes looking for his mask, under command by his father Odin. And he's willing to do whatever it takes to get it back. Written by Anthony Pereyra <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (Drama and Short) Second Assistant Director Ron has his world turned upside down, when Mandy, a young, chaotic woman turns her attention to him. The relationship is not what Marcus, his well-intentioned son, expected when he suggested his father take part in drawing classes. A man of Ron's age should think twice before getting involved with a woman like that, but what has Ron to lose? Only his life... What life? Written by Anonymous
A Wreck, a Tangle
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Our Lips Are Sealed
Film by Courage Films / Laura Sivis (Comedy, Crime and Family) Producer's Assistant Follow Mary-Kate and Ashely halfway around the world in this Aussie adventure jam packed with non-stop action, laughs, super spies and surfer guys. The extraordinary escapade begins when the girls eyewitness a crime and are forced to go undercover in the FBI Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately, not even the FBI can save the girls from their own blabbermouths as they blow their cover in town after town, until there's only one hiding place left - Australia! Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama and Short) First Assistant Director When her village is destroyed, a young East Timorese girl, is taken into care by foster parents, while the authorities search for her parents. A journey of a child's process of dealing with loss ...
Film (Comedy, Crime and Romance) Camera Department (Video Assist) Brad and Gregor, two broke medical students in their final year and debut to a loan shark, must resort to contentious lengths to finance themselves. A fresh comedy with scruple less students.
Film (Comedy, Drama, Family and Music) Miscellaneous Crew Sibling rivalry is the focus of this film. A younger, less secure boy falls in the shadow of his older, more popular brother. At his brother's urging he tries out for a school musical and wins the lead. But then he hears his brother bragging about he had gotten the younger brother the role. This causes the boy to drop out of the play, but continuing as the piano accompanist. In that role, he develops a crush on the female lead and love blossoms until the girl comes over to the house. The older brother belittles his brother and the girl shifts her affections. This drive the younger brother into a gang and eventually culminates in an act of revenge. Written by John Sacksteder <email@example.com>
Short film "Claws" Excellence Award - Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition
BEST PROJECT & PITCH - INTERNATIONAL 3D STEREO MEDIA SUMMIT, BELGIUM http://www.seanfrancisellis.com
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