Vanessa is an award-winning writer/director who grew up on the coast of New Zealand, where the dramatic landscape inspired her with a love for photography and great story. After graduating with First Class Honours from Met Film School in the UK she worked with the BAFTA award winning Feature Doc Director, Jerry Rothwell. Vanessa has since gone on to set up her own production company and has over ten years of directing experience across a variety of formats and genres, including: fiction, documentary, short films, music videos and corporate films.
Vanessa is a member of Directors UK, Women in Film and TV and Cinesisters, the UK's collective for female directors. Her short films have played at International BAFTA and Oscar Qualifying festivals, been nominated in top categories and won awards from ‘Best Short Film’ to ‘Best Production Design’. In 2017, Vanessa was signed by LA producer Larry Frenzel, to write and direct her first Feature Film, "Epie and the Moon Man". The film is based on the novel "Dandelion Summer" by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate and is currently in development. Alongside this, Vanessa has a further slate of features and TV projects in development.
Working with actors, bringing scripts to life and crafting poignant cinematic moments are among her greatest passions and overarching all of her work is the desire to create powerful, story driven films.
Luke Walton is founder and director of The Pitch Film competition. Developed in 2008, The Pitch has focused on nurturing and developing emerging talent. The Pitch invites filmmakers to submit a two-minute video online, pitching their idea for a short film. This can be in any genre and emerge from any perspective but must demonstrate skills in adaptation as it draws on any story, passage, character or theme in the Bible.
Luke is also director of RIF (Reel Issues Films) who support the winner and produce the winning concepts as completed films. He has exec produced 2 short films (‘The Walk’ & ‘One’), produced 13 others (‘Unscripted’, 'Derelict', 'Rahab', 'The Black Scholes Conspiracy', 'The Light', 'Pulsar', 'Only Child', 'The Widow's Last', ‘Promise’, ‘Leash’, ‘Bingo’, ‘White Gold’ and ‘Hollow’.)
Luke has degrees in law and in theology, and was an actor with Riding Lights Theatre Company.
Jackie Sheppard co-jointly owns and runs UK based feature film production company, Footprint Films, with producing partner Mark Blaney. Since its inception in 1994, Footprint has worked exclusively with emerging filmmakers, giving feature directorial debuts to, amongst others, Simon Beaufoy (The Darkest Light), Bille Eltringham (This is Not a Love Song), Debs Paterson (Africa United), Francis Annan (Escape from Pretoria), and Kurdish writer/director Kae Bahar with his international, multi-award winning short I Am Sami, shot on location in Kurdistan, Iraq.
Underlining Footprint’s commitment to nurturing new talent, Jackie is a long standing consultant to the UK’s ‘Pitch Film Fund’ for which she has produced numerous short films. It was through the 2012 edition of The Pitch that Mark & Jackie forged a partnership with Pitch entrant and aspiring film maker, Francis Annan, which led to the 2020 Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter starrer, Escape from Pretoria.
Christopher has produced award-winning work seen at the cinema, on major television networks, at film festivals and online, including the BAFTA and VES nominated ‘Black Mirror’ (Netflix) and the forthcoming ‘Look Away’ (New Regency) starring Chloe Sevigny, Matthew Broderick and Aidan Turner.
After graduating from film school, Chris went on to work for Warner Bros Studios on the Harry Potter franchise, later going on to set up his own film production company Badland River, focused on developing a slate of feature film projects, including the epic mythological saga 'Age of Erin'.
His latest work includes commercials production for dozens of leading global brands including Sony, Fox, IMAX and Sky, alongside television work for Netflix and National Geographic. He continues to write and develop film and television projects alongside his commercials work.
Cinematographer Andy Catarisano derives his experience from a multidiscipline background in filmmaking. For the first ten years his initial focus was in developing a strong sense of narrative as an editor. This transitioned into occasional bouts in directing, primarily in documentary and music formats. Through this he remained an avid shooter, continuing to develop what he considered his first love, and in 2013 he transitioned entirely to cinematography.
His narrative core has lead to having a unique voice in his visual language and crafting emotionally charged images in support of story. Andy is based in New York City.
Steffan leads Framestore’s Grading Department as Head of Color, and has been an integral member of the team since joining as a junior TK op in 1997.
Steffan is a constant fixture on Televisual’s poll of the UK’s Top Colorists, and has picked up numerous nominations for Best Colorist at the British Arrows. His high-profile work has won several awards at the D&AD and Cannes Lions for brands such as Audi, Nike, Lynx, Sony and Stella Artois. His work on the ground-breaking commercial for Galaxy, featuring a CG Audrey Hepburn TM, won him multiple plaudits globally as well as an army of new fans.
Luke Atencio is a composer whose focus is creating an emotional understructure for audio / visual storytelling. Luke has provided original and licensed music for thousands of projects some of which include a Super Bowl spot, ads for Lexus, Reebok, Oakley, McLaren etc. and orchestral music for Susan Boyle etc.
In addition to commercial work Luke has a profound interest in creating music for art films and passion projects, which allow exploration in uncharted musical territory and discovering unique methods of storytelling.
Ros & John Hubbard
With almost forty years in the industry John & Ros Hubbard are highly respected casting directors, and have built strong relationships with actors, actresses, producers and directors worldwide over their glittering careers.
They are known for their work on 'The Hobbit', 'The Bourne Series', 'King Kong', 'Angela’s Ashes' and most recently 'Dracula Untold'. They were recent recipients of the coveted Oscar Wilde Award: Honoring the Irish in Film in Los Angeles.
Rich graduated with an MSc in Professional Sound and Video Technology from Salford University in 2010 and spent a year with Dolby as a student before starting at halo as a runner in October 2011.
He’s a talented and popular mixer/sound designer and also runs halo’s Audio Operations department. Rich is an RTS winner and BAFTA nominee.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
JACKIE SHEPPARD, LUKE WALTON & CHRISTOPHER GRAY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
HAIR & MAKE UP
ADDITIONAL VFX PHOTOGRAPHY
ROS HUBBARD CSA, JOHN HUBBARD CSA
ANDY TOOVEY & VANESSA PERDRIAU
ANDREW ‘TANK’ RIVARA
LAURIE HUTZLER, DAVID BABOULENE
ANDY TOOVEY & JOE O’HARE
VISUAL EFFECTS BY FRAMESTORE
VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCER
VISUAL EFFECTS COORDINATOR
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
SOUND EDITOR AND RE-RECORDING MIXER
FOLEY RECORD & EDIT
JACK FISHER, SHERRINE BYFIELD
MAHONEY AUDIO POST
SOUND POST PRODUCTION AT HALO POST
ART DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT & SPARK
ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCERS/CAST DRIVER
HORSE SUPPLIED BY
BETH LANE, LYNWEN MORGAN, IAN WHITWORTH
TRIS PERDRIAU & CHRIS JOHNSON
TERESA SMITH & DANIEL BENNETT
EOGHAN HAND & IAN KENNELLY
CAMERA & GRIPS SUPPLIED BY FAVA
LIGHTING SUPPLIED BY PIXIPIXEL
ADDITIONAL GRIPS SUPPLIED BY HALO
WITH THANKS TO
DONAL & MARGARET CORKERY AT GLENINCHAQUIN PARK
CLARE HEARDMAN AT GLENGARIFF WOODS NATURE RESERVE
JOHN O’CONNOR, PETER WOOLSTENHOLMES, RITA MAHONEY
MICHAEL & MARJORIE CAVANAGH
EDEL DAHM, SUZANNE GRAY, STEVE TILL, HEATHER COOMBS, JANET HAWKER
AT ALL ST PATRICK’S CHURCH OF IRELAND, KENMARE
PAUL WATSON AT ELLEL MINISTRIES PIERREPONT
PATRICK FOLEY, PAT HURLEY, MARTIN EVANS
BRIAN NOLAN AT KERRY ETB TRAINING CENTRE, GIOVANNI GALANTI
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
ANNE RUNECLES & PINEWOOD STUDIOS
DEBS PATERSON, LAURIE HUTZLER, NEV PIERCE, LUCY SCHER,
ALISON STERLING, ANNA COX, MARK BLANEY