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José Pedro Lopes: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

José Pedro LopesJosé Pedro Lopes, director of Survivalismo

José Pedro Lopes was born in Oporto (Portugal) in 1982. He is a journalist, writer, cartoonist and filmmaker. In 2007, he produced and wrote the slasher short film "A Noiva" (Ana Almeida, 6'57'') - a multicultural horror tale that was screened in over 35 film festivals all over the world and won 2 awards. In 2010, he founded Anexo 82 where he produced the romantic comedy "Temperar a Gosto" (Season to Taste) (Susana Neves, 10'00'').

In 2011, he debuted as a director with mad splatter comedy "O Risco" (The Line) that became an original entry at the Bicycle Film Festivals all over the world as a cycle-gore piece. The film was nominated for 4 Killer Awards at Killer Film Festival (USA), won 2nd Place at the International Cycling Film Festival of Herne (Germany) and was screened in 15 film festivals.

On a totally different note, he wrote and directed the experimental horror short "Survivalismo," which has its USA premiere at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. This mysterious film starts out with a man in an impossible situation, from which there is no hope of escape. He goes through the Five Stages of Grief as a realizes that he will not survive the trap he is into. "Survivalismo" is running for the Melies D'Or Nomination at the Abertoir Film Festival (UK) and is part of the 2011 edition of the Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival. José Pedro Lopes is writer and sub-coordinator of c7nema.net, one of Portugal's leading film websites, and journalist for the Take Film Magazine.

Survivalismo

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Gijs van Kooten: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

Gijs van KootenGijs van Kooten, director of Mac N Cheese

We're four students from the Utrecht School of Arts. We studied 3D computer animation and visual effects there. 'Mac 'n' Cheese' was our graduation film, but also our first film, the four of us worked on together. By knowing each others' strengths and weaknesses, we formed a pretty solid team. All tasks were distributed efficiently.

We co-directed the entire short. Roy took care of the rigging and created an animation toolset, he, also, animated together with Gijs and Guido. Gijs was our Head of Story and set builder. Guido did modeling and texturing of the props. Tom developed the characters, did texturing and shading, rendering and compositing.

Mac N Cheese

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Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

The TaintDrew Bolduc and Dan Nelson, directors of The Taint

Drew Bolduc wrote and directed The Godening! and wrote, scored, and co-directed The Taint.

Dan Nelson co-directed and was the cinematographer on The Taint.

We both currently live in Richmond, Virginia.

Drew and Dan

photo by: Jessica Emilia Martin

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David Schneider: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

Show meDavid Schneider, director of Show Me

Writer/Director David Schneider began his career in the film industry immediately following graduating from Emerson College in Boston, and moving to L.A. After stints in the art department on various films, learning the ins and outs of production, he began making a living as a writer, selling screenplays to Touchstone, Warner Brothers, Jerry Bruckheimer, the Arts & Entertainment Network, and others.

After a stint writing children’s animation for DiC (a division of Disney), David made the logical leap to directing music videos for the German market. That led to his first short film, Hate* (*a comedy), a dark comedy about a man being hunted by his next-door neighbor (who just happened to be a chicken). Hate was purchased by HBO/Cinemax, and led to David’s first feature film directing job, helming his own screenplay, Stark Raving Mad, starring Seann William Scott, Dave Foley, Adam Arkin, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

His next major project, started during the writer’s strike of several years ago, and leading him to where he is today, was Fewdio, a troupe of horror filmmakers. Fewdio specializes in short-form horror, with less of an emphasis on blood and gore, and more on psychologically-based scares. He is extremely proud of “Show Me”, his lastest short, an ambitious period piece, about the horrors of a once-famous Vaudeville family falling apart and haunted (literally?) by ghosts of their past.

David Schneider

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Dave Reda: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

Dave RedaDave Reda, director of My Undeadly

Dave Reda sometimes known as Zombie Dave, director of the feature horror film BIT PARTS, and the festival hit HORROR OF OUR LOVE: A SHORT FILM, is very excited to bring his latest zombie short film MY UNDEADLY, starring the lovely Scream Queen Michelle Tomlinson, to the HORRIBLE IMAGININGS FILM FEST!! Dave, grew up in northern California where he honed his craft doing film, commercials, theater, and renting every horror movie he could from the video store across the street... Also schooled in horror and film from his family, Dave strives to make modern horror films with a soul and classic feel..." We make you laugh but we'll make you scream too!!", Dave often says, when being fitted for his straight jacket...

Find more from Dave Reda at www.elftwinfilms.com

My Undeadly

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Daniel Romero: Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call

Horrible Imaginings Film Makers Roll Call!

Juan con miedoDaniel Romero, director of Juan con miedo (Fearful John)

DANIEL ROMERO (Madrid, Spain, 12/23/1983) has a degree in Film, Television and Media Studies from Carlos III University. He has been trained by such outstanding directors as Enrique Urbizu or Pablo Berger in several courses and workshops. He has directed numerous short films, among which it’s worth highlighting "The Adjoining Room", "A Closed Door" and "The Swindler", selected over seventy times by different national and international festivals. He has worked as Associate Producer for Daniel Lavin in his debut as director with Acrobats, an independent film shot in Tokio and selected in the last Gijón International Film Festival. Nowadays, he works in the film crew of television series To Love In Troubled Times, aired on TVE1. During this year, he is finishing his last short films, "The Fall" and "Fearful John".

Daniel Romero

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