David Lilley has been making short films and music videos for nearly 15 years. He graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Film Studies in 1997. He relocated to Nottingham where he started making self funded short films and integrating himself into the local filmmaking community.
During this time he had films shown on Channel 4, had multiple international festival screenings as well as hosting several screening nights for national and local filmmakers. He was also shortlisted twice for the Nokia Shorts contest.
In 2006 David set up Loonatik and Drinks with long time collaborator Stephen Gray. Together Stephen and David set about producing high end shorts on a low budget. It was their desire to mix their macabre tastes in films with their experience of filmmaking and digital effects to produce films which would push the boundaries of what was possible on a low budget.
David and Stephen have taken pride in co-producing 3 M.R.James adaptations. These adaptations, as well as proving popular at festivals, have secured a solid fanbase on the internet where fans have called for Loonatik and Drinks to take over the yearly Christmas adaptations of M.R.James stories broadcast on terrestrial TV in the UK.
To date, the pair have produced nearly 10 short films which have been screened at festivals all across the globe, had screenings on ITV3 and earned them a British Independent Film Award nomination.
Recently David has branched out and has started working with a number of comedians on comedy shorts and sketches. He has worked closely with up and coming comedy writers Julie Bower and Mark O’Connell and award winning sketch duo McNeil and Pamphilon. In 2011 David picked up the audience award at the Cofilmic awards for his comedy short film ‘The Office Orphan’.
David is currently reading more comedy scripts and hopes to put another short into production during summer 2012. Alongside this, he is still working closely with Stephen as they look for their next joint project.