Sean is a Screenwriter, Director, Editor and Producer, based in Queensland, Australia. Since 1994, he has worked as an Assistant Director and Production Assistant, in Australia and the US, while writing and directing short films and music videos. Sean has written four feature screenplays, each developed by Australian Producer, Laura Sivis, of Courage Films. He is the owner-operator of CineBrand, producing custom-made videos for social media and websites, which tell stories about individuals, their business and the services they offer.
Growing up in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong, Sean began making films at age 11, experimenting with Super 8 cameras and editing equipment. While attending high school in Hong Kong, he made a 25-minute action film, Hong Kong Hookie, which helped earn him a place in the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television (1991 - 1993). During the course, Sean wrote and directed several 16mm shorts, including Edward's Quest (1992, 15 minutes) and Believers (1993, 17 minutes). At age 22, Sean graduated from the VCA in Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor of Film and Television Degree.
Since then, Sean has worked on features in Australia and the US, as a Production Runner, Assistant Director and Production Assistant (see Resume), while continuing to write and direct short films and music videos. In 1997, he began writing feature screenplays, later developing Illustrated Hero with Australian Producer, Laura Sivis. To date, Sean has written four features, and developed each script with Laura Sivis, of Courage Films.
In 2006, Sean moved to Los Angeles, where he interned with several production companies, writing screenplay coverage while learning the studio development process, and worked as an Assistant to Producer Allison Thomas, at Larger Than Life Productions (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit). During his time in LA, Sean attended film festivals and markets (Sundance, AFI, AFM), advanced screenwriting and directing workshops, and professional seminars, gathering valuable insight into the business of film production. Sean also attended screenplay pitch festivals (InkTip, Pitchfest), pitching his screenplays to studios and production companies. One of Sean's screenplays, Claws, was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, in 2010. Also that year, Sean wrote, directed and produced a short film based on the feature screenplay. The short film, Claws, premiered at "Renovation 2011" - the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, in Reno, Nevada.
Since 2011, Sean has developed his screenplay The Legend of Yakatutch with Producer Laura Sivis in Sydney, Australia. In December 2014, the project was selected for the 3-D Content Financing Market in Liege, Belgium, and awarded Best Project & Pitch by a panel of international judges, during the 3-D Stereo Media Summit. In 2015, the project was selected as a Producer Spotlight Project for the International Financing Forum (Toronto) and Trans-Atlantic Partners, and is currently being packaged as a Canadian/Australian co-production, to be filmed in Canada.
Sean completed the short screenplay, Angel Dust, in 2015. The Crime-Thriller is slated for production in 2016.