Tuesday, September 4, 2018

HollyShorts - Sundown - Ryan Hendrick Interview

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Ryan Hendrick is a multi-award winning and BAFTA Nominated film director and actor. Credits include Choices, Minds of Glass, Besieged, Falling & Perfect Strangers. He is also a skilled editor and camera operator in the field of Video Journalism and Corporate Video Production.

From as little as seven years old Ryan became fascinated by the creativity of film, starting with small writing projects he continued to develop his ability in screen writing until the age of fifteen when he made his first amateur film with friends and family, that amateur film was later remade as a no budget feature film, although still very much an amateur film maker, Ryan aspired to build up his skill to where he is now currently an Independent Film Maker.

In 2005 Ryan turned to talents in front of the camera, training for two years in Acting & Performance primarily at Stow College, then furthering that training with an Acting for Camera course taught by industry professionals such as Kahleen Crawford and Robert Carlyle.

Ryan gained agent representation as a result of his short film Choices, in which he directed and starred in alongside renowned actress Fletcher Mathers.

Earning acclaim as both an actor and producer for the high end produced Doctor Who / Alien fan film crossover film Besieged, traveling the world of sci-fi conventions and comic cons as well as receiving great audience numbers online.

Most recently Ryan's festive short film Perfect Strangers screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 as well as a number of festivals around the world, including a BAFTA Nomination for Best Actress Clare Sheerin.


Magic Monkey Films was established in 2012 by Award Winning Filmmakers Ryan Hendrick & David Newman to develop and produce optimistic and commercial cinema. Their catalogue includes the music video for Dear Mama, Falling and the multi-award winning and BAFTA nominated short film Perfect Strangers. BAFTA Award winning Producer David Brown (The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki) joined the company in 2017 to produce the short film Sundown and upcoming feature film JOURNEY BOUND.

Their current feature film slate includes Scottish road movie comedy JOURNEY BOUND and a feature adaptation of the 2015 award winning short PERFECT STRANGERS.

Sundown will be the next stage of our company's development, we hope to propel Sundown beyond the level of success that Perfect Strangers was able to obtain.

Sundown is the story about how a person’s perception of life can change once they accept their own mortality. We go through life fearing death for the longest time. An inherent subconscious thought of a distant certainty. So when you reach a point in our lives when death looms, you can either deny the inevitable, or embrace your mortality and begin to live life unafraid of its conclusion.

David Newman is a BAFTA Award winning filmmaker for his satirical comedy short THE STATE OF GREENOCK, now developed into a 6 part web series centred around the controversial Scottish Referendum. David's credits also include PERFECT STRANGERS, FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING and BESIEGED.

Clare Sheppard is a respected writer, director and actor. Having returned the award winning stage production of Still Game to the stage to great acclaim, she has continued this success with her one woman show We Never Land at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Clare is Ryan’s writing partner and contributed to the writing of Perfect Strangers and Journey Bound.

Caitlin's acting debut was in the 2010 series of the BBC’s Doctor Who as the young Amelia Pond. Caitlin is currently attached to play a role in our upcoming Scottish feature film Journey Bound.

Frazer is best known for his roles as Joe Sugdon in Emmerdale, Jamie MacCrimmon in Doctor Who and Sir Fletcher Gordon in Outlander. To this day he remains a popular and busy actor on both stage and screen.

Ryan Hendrick on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Kristin Cercado.




Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung.

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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