Craig McLearie

Craig McLearie

Director, Editor, Screenwriter and Makeup Artist

Reading, United Kingdom

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September 2021
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About Craig

I am a South African born filmmaker currently living in Berkshire, UK. I studied Art Direction in college at Cape Town's City Varsity, and since then I have written and directed numerous short films and one feature.

I wrote my first feature screenplay more than 20 years ago, and since then I have honed my craft, able to breath life into my characters, and can detail action and settings that is concise. With each one I write I only get better. I love to write dialogue which is fun, but also gives clues to the psyche of my characters.

As of late I have been commissioned by production companies to write for them, a few of which have been produced, a number which are still in pre-production at this point. They are low-budget, and they are usually shot over the course of a week, but it allows me to write quickly, exploring characters and making them substantial in a short period of time. It also helps me to think of the entire story and how each scene will fit into its entirety.

The genres I write range from drama, to thriller, to sci-fi, to horror. But most importantly, I write people.

Craig McLearie

Loglines

  • Kyna - Feature

    Kyna - Feature Budget: $5M - $10M | Sci-fi Action A young girl wakes up on a riverside in Glasgow with no recollection how she got there, and when she tries to figure out who she is, she falls down a rabbit-hole of sex, lies and synthetic flesh.

  • Kyna - Series "Pilot"

    Kyna - Series "Pilot" Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller Sci-fi A young girl wakes up on a riverside in Glasgow with no recollection how she got there, and when she tries to figure out who she is, she falls down a rabbit-hole of sex, lies and synthetic flesh.

  • The Madness of Bethany Rose

    The Madness of Bethany Rose Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror Drama A young theatre actress is given the lead role in a new Play in England, one that will make her famous and push her to give the performance of her life. But as the rehearsals begin, and opening night approaches, Bethany Rose begins to lose track of what's real and what's make-believe.

  • The Bridge

    The Bridge Budget: $30M+ | Sci-fi Film-noir Detective Jacob Anders used to be a soldier when teleportation was invented, and he was one of the first people to be sent into The Gap. But now, twenty years later, he's having bad dreams again... and the men he served with are turning up dead!

  • A Convenient Front

    A Convenient Front Budget: $100K - $1M | Crime Comedy Three career criminals have to put up a front in order to funnel dirty money obtained through nefarious ways, so they decide to buy a popular convenience store franchise. Then they hire young and slow-witted Alvin to see to the day-to-day running of the store, but Alvin gradually begins to notice inaccuracies in the takings/outgoings that don't correlate...

  • Live Girls

    Live Girls Other Drama A passionate wannabe filmmaker, struggling to get into film school, is given his big break when asked to direct a TV show. There's two problems... it's a live pay-to-view adults-only show, and he's only 16 years old!

  • Trynity

    Trynity Other Action Adrian is the new kid in school who gangs up with some miscreants who go by the name Trynity, and with students going missing the gang get thrown into an underworld fraught with danger!

  • Ivy

    Ivy Thriller Crime Detective Christopher Trent has been chasing the serial murderer known as Ivy for almost a year, and then on the anniversary of the first confirmed Ivy murder he stumbles onto a crime scene that leaves more questions than answers.

  • Loss

    Loss Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama When a man loses his memory, he has to trust those around him to give him insights into the life he once led. But his instinct tells him that what they're telling him isn't true...

  • Owls on the Nightbus

    Owls on the Nightbus Horror A group of people are stranded when their overnight bus gets a flat tyre. So they decide to wait out the night. But that's when the owls come out. Not any ordinary owls... These ones have teeth. And they bite!

  • Proximity

    Proximity Sci-fi Drama A separated couple are sent to study a lifeform which has been detected on an unmanned satellite orbiting Earth. Being the leading scientists in their fields they are brought together for this mission, but with their past, and the unexpected influences of the lifeform, they will have to depend on each other to survive.

  • Dead Celebrity Island

    Dead Celebrity Island Thriller Sci-fi There's an Island celebrities go to when they want to get away from the limelight, where it'll cost you the world to live there... but it'll cost you a lot more if you want to leave.

  • PerfORmaNce

    PerfORmaNce Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Chris has a larger than life persona in the adult industry, but when that gets taken away due to an illness, he is left as half the man he used to be.

Credits

Awards

  • Nominations for a Limelight award for 2 of my shorts, Dawn State, and Listen.

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