I'm a Canadian who is currently producing films in Taiwan where I also run a very successful, multi award-winning drama program for Junior High School students. My desire to find creativity in the world around me allows me to find peace and satisfaction in my work, as well as the ability to inspire and be inspired by the students and people with whom I work. Filmmaking is a team effort, and I've been very blessed to have had the chance to work with so many wonderful cast and crews!
I've written several short theatrical plays that have won top prizes at competitions all around Taiwan (including 4 National Championships), and written/produced/directed several short films that have shown or are currently showing at festivals around the world. Several of my films have even garnered some awards! For more info, please visit: www.zombies.com.tw
I'm very happy to have been invited to Stage 32 and have the chance to forge new working relationships with other people who share my passion for films and filmmaking!
Name: Paul R Despins
Lives in: Tainan, Taiwan
Company: Working Class Zombies
Occupation: Assistant Director, Director, Editor, Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Best Scare (Daddy's Girls) - Independent Movie Awards
Judge's Pick Award (Daddy's Girls) - Freeky Creek Short Film Festival
Audience Choice Award (The Wonder Grrlz!) - CTS online Short Film Competition
Best Editing (Bearing Sanctuary) - Tainan 39hrs Short Film Contestival
Best Sound (Bearing Sanctuary) - Tainan 39hrs Short Film Contestival
Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Horror) Writer A man with a past he longs to leave behind takes a temp job as a night watchman at an abandoned hospital. He finds out that not only does it look haunted, it is haunted, and he may never escape.
Film (Short, Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Writer Two sisters decide to watch a ghost movie that's been forbidden by their father. As they watch the movie, strange things begin to happen in the house, making the girls think twice about having disobeyed their father's wishes...
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Film (Short, Drama and Fantasy) Writer On the precipice of death, a Triad boss seriously re-evaluates the decisions he's made that have led to this moment. How would it be different if he could go back and change just one decision?
Film (Drama and Thriller) Producer STAND is a high concept, micro budget thriller along the lines of OPEN WATER, following two American brothers traveling through Vietnam who get stuck on top of land mines when they unwittingly walk into one of the many undiscovered mine fields left after the war.
The Wonder Grrlz!
Film (Short, Drama and Family) Writer Angel, a young teen aged girl, must make a difficult decision between sticking with her best friend -- a girl who dresses as a superhero and fights the schoolyard bullies -- or fitting in with the 'in' crowd at school. At the same time, she must also deal with her abusive older sister and her sister's alcoholic boyfriend. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Drama and Horror) Writer When May (a young, modern Taiwanese woman) realizes that she will need to spend 30 days in a room with her newborn baby - no TV, no books, no baths, no delicious food, and no escape - nightmares of boredom and being trapped begin to overwhelm her, so she begins to question her sanity. Making the problem worse is the fact that there is a little girl who stays in the room with her, making sure May fulfills her duty. But May is not sure if the girl is real or just a part of her imagination. This will be a test of strength for May as she struggles to find a balance between her modern ideals and her connection to her cultural, traditional roots. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A young man deeply in love battles to commit to his girlfriend fearful of losing his freedom, then comes face to face with his own fate in order for him to realize the true nature of freedom.
The Ghost Wife
Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Horror) Writer When Phil picks up a red envelope filled with money, he finds himself unwittingly married to a ghost. Unable to fully understand the implications of this ancient Chinese tradition, he continues living his life as if nothing had happened. His new 'ghost bride', however, decides that she will wreak havoc on his life in ways he never imagined unless he accepts the duties that Chinese traditions demand of him... Written by Paul R. Despins
Johnson County War
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The Comic Book Christmas Caper
Film (Family, Adventure and Crime) Actor Set in Canada in December 1945. A boy sets out to investigate an attack on his friend's father.