Tennyson Stead

Tennyson Stead

8 Sided Films
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Tennyson

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 is 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

Unique traits: That depends on who you ask.

Loglines

  • DIGIT

    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

    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!

  • Recluse

    Recluse Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror Experimental Two years after she was driven into hiding by an encounter with an infernal force, the devil returns to claim the soul of recluse Selma Price.

  • Sam Bailey

    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

    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. 

  • The Stormcrow

    The Stormcrow Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror Following the unspeakable visions of a haunted young woman, an occultist and adventurer known only as the Stormcrow hunts down a powerful and long-forgotten tome.

  • XD

    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. 

Credits

  • Man and Machine

    Man and Machine (2019)
    Film by 8 Sided Films (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director Professor Garth Stephenson sacrifices his future and his freedom to create a true artificial intelligence.

  • Quantum Theory

    Quantum Theory (2018)
    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

  • Declassified

    Declassified (2017)
    Television (Sci-Fi) Writer/Director

  • Smoking Hollywood with David Allen Rifkin

    Smoking Hollywood with David Allen Rifkin (2016)
    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!

  • #MonologueWars

    #MonologueWars (2015)
    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

  • Paris

    Paris (2014)
    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

    Quantum Theory: SASSxACCELERATION (2013)
    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

    The Starmind Record (2011)
    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.

  • Farther

    Farther (2009)
    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.

  • Bob Funk

    Bob Funk (2009)
    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

    The Perfect Sleep (2009)
    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

  • Igor

    Igor (2008)
    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

  • XII

    XII (2008)
    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.

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire (2006)
    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

Awards

  • Nominee, Best Crowdfunding Campaign - The Geekie Awards
    (2013)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Directing - LA Web Fest
    (2012)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Editing - LA Web Fest
    (2012)

  • Official Selection - Hollyweb Festival
    (2012)

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