Justin Norman

Justin Norman

Founder at Shrieking Tree
Director, Actor, Editor, Music Composer, Voice Actor, Animator, Cinematographer and Screenwriter

Des Moines, Iowa

Member Since:
January 2020
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About Justin

Justin Norman is an award-winning writer, director, editor, animator, actor, and music composer. He has written, edited, and directed over 50 short films, many of which are part of the award-winning Evil Grin Gift Box web series. His political short, NaziMaker, received over 600,000 views within three days of its publication, and has been shared by prominent commentators, including Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, and Dave Rubin. His animated short film, The Eye, won Runner Up Best Film in its category at Salute Your Shorts Fest in Los Angeles. His other award-winning shorts include Whistle Boys (Best in Show – ISA Short Film Showcase, Best Editing – IMPA Awards), Note to Self (First Runner Up Best Film, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Acting, Audience Choice – 48HFP Des Moines), The Wash (First Runner Up Best Film, Audience Choice – 48HFP Chicago), The Breadwinner (Best Writing, Best Actor, Audience Choice), One Million XP (Best Editing, Best Cinematography), Twig (Best Editing), Cope (Best Editing, Best Actress, 2nd Runner Up Best Film) and Paved (Best Editing, Audience Choice). He has also written, directed, and edited several human rights mini-documentaries, bringing light to issues like sweatshop labor, torture, and child homelessness for organizations including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, and Beza Threads. He is also a winner of the Moving Picture Association’s 2019 Mindful Editor competition. He composes music as Make-Believe Machines and has released three full-length albums and three soundtracks under the name.

Unique traits: Birthmark on left cheek

Credits

  • Inside the Iowa Trump Rally

    Inside the Iowa Trump Rally (2020)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary, News and Short) Cinematographer, sound, editor, colorist, graphics A documentary short in which myself and Chris Robinson enter a Trump rally and interview the President's fans about why they're choosing to vote for him a second time. It was shot, edited, and published within 36 hours.

  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2020)
    TV Series (Comedy and News) Actor I acted in an episode of this spinoff of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • Enjoy Your Evening

    Enjoy Your Evening (2020)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, editor, actor, music composer, colorist Doug struggles to part ways with a company representative who promises him the greatest job of his life.

  • Inside the January 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate

    Inside the January 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate (2020)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary, News and Short) Cinematographer, sound, producer, editor, colorist, graphics A documentary short in which Chris Robinson and I visited the site of the first Democratic debate of 2020 and interviewed journalists and protesters about the candidates.

  • Inside the California Democratic Convention

    Inside the California Democratic Convention (2019)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary, News and Short) Editor, graphics A documentary short in which Chris Robinson visits the 2019 California Democratic Convention and interviews Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang about the race for President.

  • Inside the Climate Crisis Summit

    Inside the Climate Crisis Summit (2019)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary, News and Short) Cinematographer, sound, editor A documentary short in which Chris Robinson and I visit the 2019 Climate Crisis Summit to interview attendees about why they're voting for Bernie Sanders.

  • Welcome to a Better You

    Welcome to a Better You (2019)
    Film (short) by DEFT Productions (Comedy, Drama and Short) Director, writer, editor, music composer, animator, colorist Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Nadine Rudolph seeks to improve her life through the use of DNA replication technology.

  • Cope

    Cope (2019)
    Film (short) by MNLTH (Drama and Short) Writer, editor, actor, colorist, sound mixer A woman and her father struggle to process their shared grief. Shot entirely on mobile phones.

  • One Million XP

    One Million XP (2019)
    Film (short) by DEFT Productions (Adventure, Comedy, Drama and Short) Director, writer, actor, music composer, editor, colorist, sound mixer A man struggles to recover his memory after awakening in an unfamiliar world.

  • Paved

    Paved (2019)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, editor, sound, colorist, music composer, producer

  • Morning After

    Morning After (2019)
    Film by DEFT Productions (Drama, Sci-Fi and Short) Music composer After waking up with a mysterious mark on her hand, a woman seeks help from friends, but is unsure who to trust.

  • Shedding

    Shedding (2019)
    Film by Jake Thomas (Comedy and Drama) Visual effects "Shedding" is a seminal fantasy film about transformation, loss, and renewal, told through the eyes of a domestic animal and assembled by its filmmakers by combining archival and narrative footage. It centers on a house cat who gets to explore the outside world through the eyes of a human, and who helps a grieving family find peace. We made this film because we wanted to explore emotional longing. All creatures have appetites. We hunger for something. It may be as deep as wishing to see a missed loved one, or as simple as going outdoors, wishing to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The characters in “Shedding” all cope differently with their longing, but the shared experience bonds them together, despite such fantastic disparities. Additionally, the film explores the positive effects that pets have on humans. They bring no agendas or distractions to relationships. Just by bringing their presence and undivided attention, the human soul is lifted.

  • The Ben Shapiro Show

    The Ben Shapiro Show (2018)
    TV Series (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, producer, actor, editor, colorist - segment: "NaziMaker" I directed, wrote, produced, acted in, and edited the "NaziMaker" segment on Ben Shapiro's "End of Civility" episode.

  • NaziMaker

    NaziMaker (2018)
    Film by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, Cinematographer, Actor, Editor, Producer, Colorist, Sound When you can’t find a Nazi to punch, you make a Nazi to punch. This short was created specifically for Twitter. It quickly reached over 600,000 views within three days of uploading.

  • Tuggy's World

    Tuggy's World (2018)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, Cinematographer, Actor, Animator, Editor Tuggy explains sticks.

  • Note to Self

    Note to Self (2018)
    Film (short) by DEFT Productions (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director, writer, music composer, sound mixer, editor, visual effects, colorist, producer A man makes a desperate attempt to fix his life by sending a message to his former self.

  • Sucks to Suck

    Sucks to Suck (2018)
    Video by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director After receiving an unexpected bite, a young woman must quickly learn the basics of living as a vampire.

  • Undertow

    Undertow (2018)
    Film (short) by DEFT Productions (Drama) Sound recordist After the recent death of a friend, a financially hurting man must decide whether or not to take up his old job.

  • Whistle Boys

    Whistle Boys (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Director, writer, cinematographer, music composer, editor, colorist, sound A crime-stopping whistle boy unexpectedly finds a new patrol partner.

  • The Hero

    The Hero (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, music composer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, drone operator As tensions rise on American college campuses, a hero emerges to counter racism, sexism, and fascism.

  • Tender Tides

    Tender Tides (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, music composer, editor, sound mixer, puppeteer, colorist Leroy is having the best day of his life. Hampton less so.

  • Bone Appétit

    Bone Appétit (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, music composer, editor, sound mixer, colorist Kim and Greg attempt to mend their terrible relationship over dinner at a new restaurant.

  • The Eye

    The Eye (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Animation) Director, writer, animator, sound, editor A PSA for summer days.

  • Buddies Don't Kiss

    Buddies Don't Kiss (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, music composer, sound mixer, editor, colorist Local dingus Jeff must battle bro-tank-clad rageaholic Trey for the heart of his true love, wold-class pong-star Pauline.

  • Twig

    Twig (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, music composer, editor, colorist, producer A short film about a legendary bumpkin named Twig.

  • Go Fig Yourself

    Go Fig Yourself (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, producer, editor In a time of intense political division, your favorite fig treat manufacturer steps up to help you save your social life.

  • Alley Boy

    Alley Boy (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound, colorist The touching story of a boy deeply in love with Jessie Malure.

  • Brodown

    Brodown (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, editor, sound mixer, colorist, producer Dale and Evan bump into each other, and one of them must force the other to step off.

  • It's Ron

    It's Ron (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist Doris and Bud run into an old friend at the bar.

  • The Payment

    The Payment (2017)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, producer, editor, music composer, sound mixer, colorist After a long, hard week of freelance work for her client, Sarah gets shafted.

  • This Week in Fear: Trump

    This Week in Fear: Trump (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary and News) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Grab Strategy

    Grab Strategy (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, sound, producer, editor, colorist

  • Nipswap

    Nipswap (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, producer, visual effects, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The Afterparty

    The Afterparty (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, music composer, editor, producer, colorist

  • Jeff & Jeff

    Jeff & Jeff (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, producer, music composer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • How to Fix a Car

    How to Fix a Car (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Burgie's Burgers Reunion

    Burgie's Burgers Reunion (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Cinematographer, actor, editor

  • Game Night with Denny

    Game Night with Denny (2016)
    Film by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, colorist

  • A Birthday Christmas

    A Birthday Christmas (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Clementine

    Clementine (2016)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Maids: Takes a Little Magic

    Maids: Takes a Little Magic (2016)
    Video Cinematographer

  • Leroy's Big Day

    Leroy's Big Day (2015)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, puppeteer

  • Randy

    Randy (2015)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The First Smile

    The First Smile (2015)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • We're Gonna Be Rockstars

    We're Gonna Be Rockstars (2015)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • In His Own Words: Fahd Ghazy

    In His Own Words: Fahd Ghazy (2015)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary and Short) Director, cinematographer, editor, colorist

  • So You Think You Can Jingle?

    So You Think You Can Jingle? (2015)
    Film (short) (Comedy, Musical and Short) Actor

  • West End Salvage

    West End Salvage (2015)
    TV Series (Documentary and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew

  • The Wash

    The Wash (2014)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, music composer, colorist

  • Ferguson, Missouri

    Ferguson, Missouri (2014)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Documentary and Short) Director, cinematographer, editor, colorist

  • Amsterdamn

    Amsterdamn (2014)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The Breadwinner

    The Breadwinner (2014)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, music composer, colorist

  • Maids: Seashell

    Maids: Seashell (2013)
    Music by Shrieking Tree (Drama and Music) Director, cinematographer, editor, colorist

  • Rise of the Wuffins

    Rise of the Wuffins (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, puppeteer, sound mixer, colorist

  • Nice to Meat You

    Nice to Meat You (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Cancellation Notice

    Cancellation Notice (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, animator

  • The Incident

    The Incident (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, music composer

  • Children of the Carved

    Children of the Carved (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, music composer

  • Michaelson's Mouthsome Masterpiece

    Michaelson's Mouthsome Masterpiece (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, animator, music composer

  • Emissions Check

    Emissions Check (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Tender Tides II

    Tender Tides II (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, puppeteer

  • Spanish 101

    Spanish 101 (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The Sleepover

    The Sleepover (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, music composer

  • Murdertusk

    Murdertusk (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist, animator, music composer

  • Murdertusk: The Prologue

    Murdertusk: The Prologue (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The Winner

    The Winner (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • New Roommate

    New Roommate (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • A Gentlemen's Agreement

    A Gentlemen's Agreement (2013)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • About a Film

    About a Film (2012)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • The Blue Shield

    The Blue Shield (2011)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, cinematographer, actor, producer, editor, sound mixer, colorist

  • Behind the Scenes: Dragonfist

    Behind the Scenes: Dragonfist (2010)
    Film (short) by Shrieking Tree (Comedy and Short) Director, writer, actor, producer, editor, colorist

  • The Happiness Machine

    The Happiness Machine
    Sound department

Awards

  • Nominated: Best Sci-Fi Film, "Note to Self" - Portland Short Film Festival
    (2020)

  • Best Editing, "One Million XP" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2019)

  • Best Cinematography, "One Million XP" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2019)

  • 2nd Runner Up Best film, "Cope" - 48 Hour Film Project, Kansas City
    (2019)

  • Best Editing, "Cope" - 48 Hour Film Project, Kansas City
    (2019)

  • Best Acting, "Cope" - 48 Hour Film Project, Kansas City
    (2019)

  • Runner Up Audience Choice Award Winner, "One Million XP" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2019)

  • Nominated: Best Comedy, "Paved" - Portland Comedy Film Festival
    (2019)

  • Nominated: Best Iowa Made Film, "Note to Self" - Snake Alley Festival of Film
    (2019)

  • Nominated: Best Iowa Made Film, "Whistle Boys" - Snake Alley Festival of Film
    (2019)

  • Best Editing, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Best Acting, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Best Use of Line, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Runner Up Best Film, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Best Director, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Best Film, "Whistle Boys" - ISA Short Film Showcase
    (2018)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner, "Note to Self" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2018)

  • Best Editing, "Twig" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2017)

  • Best Acting "Twig" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2017)

  • Runner Up Best Micro Short, "The Eye" - Salute Your Shorts Festival
    (2017)

  • Nominated: Best Editing, "Whistle Boys" - Portland Comedy Film Festival
    (2017)

  • Best Editing, "Paved" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2016)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner, "Paved" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2016)

  • 2nd Runner Up Best Film, "So You Think You Can Jingle?" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2015)

  • Best Ensemble Cast, "So You Think You Can Jingle?" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2015)

  • Best Writing, "The Breadwinner" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2014)

  • Best Actor, "The Breadwinner" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2014)

  • Runner Up Best Film, "The Wash" - 48 Hour Film Project, Chicago
    (2014)

  • Best Sound Mix, "The Wash" - 48 Hour Film Project, Chicago
    (2014)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner, "The Breadwinner" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2014)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner, "The Wash" - 48 Hour Film Project, Chicago
    (2014)

  • Best Use of Prop, "Rise of the Wuffins" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2013)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner, "Rise of the Wuffins" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2013)

  • Best Use of Resources, "About a Film" - 48 Hour Film Project, Des Moines
    (2012)

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