Tennyson E. Stead an award-winning writer and director who has written more than 30 screenplays - with nine scripts produced, sold, or under option in addition to those Stead is self-producing. On top of more than 25 years of production experience on stage and screen, Tennyson carries a decade of experience as an independent film development and finance executive. Today, Tennyson's primary labors revolve around writing, directing, and developing cinema and online content as the founder of a repertory film company called 8 Sided Films. Additionally, Stead leads the creative team behind a very ambitious kid's space adventure gaming and transmedia project called Jump Rangers.
Most recently, Stead is the writer of Emagine Content's tentpole sci-fi action film Atlas Uprising and director Michael Wohl's vicious Hollywood satire Making the GAMP.
BELOW, IN THE "LINKS" SECTION OF THIS PROFILE, YOU WILL FIND ALL OF THE ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN FOR STAGE 32. For the sake of clarity, the titles of those articles are:
REALITY CHECKS FROM AN INSPIRATIONAL CRIPPLE: PART I
REALITY CHECKS FROM AN INSPIRATIONAL CRIPPLE: PART II
HOW WE SCREWED THE SHOWBIZ CULTURE UP
WHAT IS SPECTACLE IN FILMMAKING
WHY I PASSED ON THAT SCREENPLAY
CASHING IN YOUR MILLION DOLLAR IDEA
HOW I SURVIVED THE HOLLYWOOD CRASH
THE GHOSTS OF SHOWBUSINESS PAST
GET THAT BUILT-IN AUDIENCE
HOW TO GET LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES FROM ACTORS
HOW TO DISCUSS OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK
HOW TO FIND MONEY FOR MOVIES: FUNDRAISING
HOW TO FIND MONEY FOR MOVIES: FINANCING
HOW TO WRITE STRONG, DIVERSE CHARACTERS
LET'S TALK ABOUT AUTEUR THEORY
WHERE ICONIC FILM SCORES COME FROM
HOW TO HACK THE AUDITION PROCESS
DAVID LYNCH AND THE TWO HOLLYWOODS
HOW TO BUILD A UNIVERSE FROM SCRATCH
PAYING RENT WITH THE POWER OF SCREENWRITING
INSPIRATION AND THE WILL TO WORK
Unique traits: That depends on who you ask.
DIGIT Budget: $30M+ | Animation ⋄ Family A young, untried computer program named DIGIT will save Granny's Computer from the clutches of the virus TROJAN.
Quantum Theory Budget: $1M - $5M | Sci-fi Two women of science build a prototype with the power to alter reality itself... and a sinister defense contractor steals the prototype!
Sam Bailey Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama ⋄ Fantasy Sam Bailey is a 600 year old man racing to destroy the last evidence of his extraordinary life before he is discovered. When he receives help from a Boston cabbie, a friendship is kindled that will finally teach a man who has survived for centuries... how to live.
St. Augustine's Ice Budget: $1M - $5M | Sci-fi ⋄ Drama When a catastrophic accident cripples the space mining vessel St. Augustine in the far reaches of the asteroid belt, the crew struggles to survive with no air, no heat, no power, and no help.
XD Budget: $30M+ | Sci-fi ⋄ Adventure Cross-dimensional gene raider Jesse Rex leads her crew in mutiny to seize the jumpship "Fool's Gamble" from the evil Captain Grimgad.
Man and Machine
Film by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director Professor Garth Stephenson sacrifices his future and his freedom to create a true artificial intelligence.
Film by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director Quantum Theory is the story of Chelsea and Roe, two brilliant, snarky women of science, who develop a prototype with the power to alter reality... until it's snatched from under them by LDI, a ruthless and powerful defense contractor. With reality itself under the control of a corporate military superpower, can Chelsea and Roe take back their technology and their world? Written by 8 Sided Films
Television (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director
Smoking Hollywood with David Allen Rifkin
Television by 8 Sided Films (Comedy) Writer/Director Award-winning, independent film writer and director David Allen Rifkin explains how to find success in Hollywood!
Television (Drama) Producer Monologue Wars pits the 8 Sided Ensemble against each other in a friendly [mostly] contest. With the help of our audience, the first monologue was chosen. Each competitor was then given one week to learn it, rehearse it, and film it. And that was where the fun began: until October 18th 2014 our competitors will be vying for the highest number of Likes on their video. Written by Lee Hulme
Film by Picture Perfect (Mystery and Thriller) Writer When a woman with no memories finds herself at the scene of a murder, she takes it upon herself to unravel the truth.
Quantum Theory: SASSxACCELERATION
Television by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director Quantum Theory is the story of Chelsea and Roe, two brilliant, snarky women of science who develop a prototype with the power to alter reality... until it's snatched from under them by LDI, a ruthless and powerful defense contractor. With reality itself under the control of a corporate military superpower, can Chelsea and Roe take back their technology and their world? Before that happens, however... Chelsea and Roe will get to the bottom of science and technology's most pressing issues! Did NASA fake the moon landings? Can you make a police box fly through space and time? Can the right mathematical equation indeed predict the future, or does free will screw everything up? Only through the diligent research, the sharp debating skills, and the pouty footstomping of future Drs. Chelsea Barrington and Gertrude Monroe will answers be revealed! Featuring characters from the upcoming feature film Quantum Theory, "SASSxACCELERATION" is a mocumentary college podcast in which future mad ... Written by Tennyson E. Stead
The Starmind Record
Television by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director Two documentary filmmakers from Los Angeles discover and investigate the presence of an extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Film by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi and Short) Writer/Director Stranded in the Martian waste, a spaceman treks towards shelter as his air supply runs out.
Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew After he's fired from his job -- by his mother, no less -- Bob Funk agrees to quit drinking, see a therapist, and eventually report to a new boss, who might just be the woman of his dreams.
The Perfect Sleep
Film (Action, Drama, Romance and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have. Written by anonymous
Film (Animation, Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. Written by Exodus
Film (Horror and Thriller) Writer A man found guilty of a crime against a minor is released from prison and returns to get revenge on the jury who sent him there.
Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Ted
Nominee, Best Crowdfunding Campaign - The Geekie Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Directing - LA Web Fest
Outstanding Achievement in Editing - LA Web Fest
Official Selection - Hollyweb Festival
University of Massachusetts - Amherst