I have been writing and developing screenplays for nearly ten years. It is a craft which I adore; what some may see as constrictions and limitations in writing for the screen, when compared, for example to prose, I wholeheartedly embrace, calling upon my own powers of imagination to overcome the challenges associated with this hard to master art form. I have sought to achieve this by honing a very vivid, visual style in my own particular approach to script writing.
As my own writer's journey has evolved, I have gone from writing short, sub-ten page narratives to full length feature length odyssey's. Much of the work I have scribed has been looked at with views to future development and production. I continue to write every day; to call oneself a true 'writer' there can be no other approach.
I have also completed a number of freelancing script reading assignments, both for individuals and production houses. I am always eager to collaborate with any directors, producers and cinematic movers and shakers who have scripts, treatments (or even just ideas) they are looking to nurture, develop and film. I will happily provide a qualified and professional feedback of any material they'd like read through, and provide a detailed and constructive critique in order to move the project forward.
Since 2009 my production company, Anti-Star Cinema, has turned out a number of micro-to-zero budget shorts. (Please see vimeo link above for a showcase of completed films.)
In order to add a greater understanding of the character building process, I also have been worked on and developed my acting skills, having in the past studied under the tutelage of Hollywood actor Nick Meaney's ACTA school of dramatic performance.
Unique traits: I specialise in visual storytelling. To this end, I have written a feature length screenplay with not a single line of dialogue. That was a challenge!
PARALYSIS Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror A haunted pathologist is coaxed into ending his self-imposed exile by the unexplained 'reanimation' of a 'corpse' mid-autopsy. Still beset by tragedies of his very recent and dark, distant past, the investigation leads him to encounter, explore and ultimately endure a fate worse than death.
WOLF IN THE NIGHT Budget: $0 - $100K | Sci-fi ⋄ Drama A brilliant astrophysicist is so shocked and surprised by her latest discovery that she decides to celebrate like it is the last night on earth...
I GIVE HER THE WART Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror A gross Casanova gleefully passes on his vile pox to the numerous girls he has ‘intimate relations’ with. However, such dark passions can be received, as well as given...
DIE, OR BE PUNISHED Horror Held prisoner by an especially demented dentist, the hideously tortured captive has a very grim and painful choice to make. At least, that is what he is led to beleive...
LYING EYES Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror Bound and gagged by a sick predator, the would be prey discovers that the human mind is capable of some quite exquiste flights of fancy. But putting such pretentions into practice is another matter entirely...
YELLOW JACKET Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller ⋄ Horror A disciplined yet wounded vigilante must decide if she is willing to offer up the ultimate sacrifice to slake her dreadful desire for vengeance: the essence of humanity itself.
TO LIVE AS THE DEAD Budget: $0 - $100K | Mystery ⋄ Horror Only alive when amongst the dead, a forensic pathologist tragically becomes one of them. Proving to be a restless spirit, she discovers the only way to escape her pain is by eviscerating a cadaver very close to home...
DAWKIN’S RAPTURE Budget: $0 - $100K | Sci-fi ⋄ Horror A wayward clergyman seemingly pays the ultimate price for his indiscretions when God summons his flock... and he isn’t invited. Yet is this apparent emptying of the world down to divine intervention, or something much, much worse?
FROM WITHIN Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror Forced below by an unseen apocalypse from above, a disparate and damaged band of survivors entombed in a claustrophobic refuge find their lair infiltrated by an implacable threat that they know only too well, and from which escape may prove impossible...
THE DYING OF DEATH Budget: $0 - $100K | Sci-fi ⋄ Drama When a cruel pestlience brings mankind to its knees, a gifted yet cynical virologist struggles to formulate a cure. However she must wrestle with interference from external malevolent agencies, as well as her own moral dilemna as the one side effect of her elixir presents itself: eternal life.
SIN FOR SKIN
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema (Short) Producer/Director SIN FOR SKIN explores BEN and his fateful decision relating to two very different relationships. Either live a comforting, yet debilitating lie or embrace an uncertain new dawn. Torn two ways, between two very different lovers, VICK (Flamboyance soaked with gin. A martyr to his loins) of CELINE (The other dalliance. An Ice Princess. The polar opposite of the carnal Vick.) It is a choice that not only is he unwilling to make, but one that he may not have the full degree of control over that he quite envisagesÃ¢ï¿½Â¦
THE MELANCHOLY CHAIR
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema Producer/Director A once regal throne, now no more than a seat of sadness, spirals toward the end.... Shot on the iconic Super 8mm film format, 'The Melancholy Chair' was entered into Straight 8's legendary one cartridge/no edit contest in 2016.
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema/Dan Cassell (Horror, Sci-Fi and Short) Producer/Director The last three survivors of a derelict subterranean facility face up to a fate worse than death...
PRISONER OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema/Dan Cassell (Horror, Mystery and Short) Producer/Director Pursued through an increasingly constricting landscape, by a mysterious, implacable foe, Eno is pitched against the nightmarish inner workings of his mind as it spirals down, simultaneously ending in physical oppression yet spiritual freedomâ�¦ This short film was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 plus, using the Filmic Pro App. The narrative is conveyed in a purely visual style, relying on the actors ability to tell the story without the benefit of dialogue.
IN MAGGOTS COMPLEXION
Film (short) by Will Whitting Writer
ELFIE HOPKINS: CANNIBAL HUNTER
Film by Size 9 Productions Script Consultant An aspiring teen detective stumbles into her first real case, when investigating the mysterious new family in her neighborhood. Starring Ray and Jamie Winstone
A SYMPHONY OF HANS
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema (Horror and Short) Writer/Director Hans leads a refined life. A cultured man of dignity, elegance and poise. That's the exterior persona he presents, anyway.... A SYMPHONY OF HANS is a tale of how within even the most upright can fester wicked and grotesque desires...
Film (short) by Arts University Bournemouth/Michael Peel (Crime and Short) Actor
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema/Dan Cassell Writer/Director
Film (short) by The Self Help Commune/D.M.L Baker Actor/Cinematographer
Film (short) by Anti-Star Cinema/Dan Cassell Producer/Director
THE CAVITY CLUB
Film (short) by Bournemouth University Skill Set/Phil Matthews Writer
Film (short) by Bournemouth University/Kim Knight Co-Writer
Blue Cat Feature Screenplay Contest Semi-Finalist (Top Two Percent)