Tennyson E. Stead an award-winning writer and director who has written more than 30 screenplays - with eight 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, Stead carries a decade of experience as an independent film development and finance executive. Today, Stead'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. Along the way, he's working on projects on stage, in tabletop role-playing gaming, and in transmedia.
Here is a list of the articles Stead has written for the Stage 32 community:
REALITY CHECKS FROM AN INSPIRATIONAL CRIPPLE:
Part I: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Reality-Checks-from-an-Inspirational-Cripple
Part II: https://www.stage32.com/blog/cripple-Part-2
HOW WE SCREWED THE SHOWBIZ CULTURE UP - AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT:
WHAT IS SPECTACLE IN FILMMAKING - AND HOW CAN INDIE FILMMAKERS USE IT?
WHY I PASSED ON THAT SCREENPLAY:
CASHING IN YOUR MILLION DOLLAR IDEA:
HOW I SURVIVED THE HOLLYWOOD CRASH:
Making the GAMP Budget: $0 - $100K | Independent ⋄ Comedy When jaded, entitled director Conrad Ewing is fired from his big-budget movie and thrown out of his agency, he sets out to turn the tables and show Hollywood who's really boss.
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!
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