Short Films and Screenplays

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CLAWS, 2011  (short film, 11 min.)

A proof-of-concept short, based on a feature-length screenplay of the same name. Set in the frozen wilderness of the Canadian Yukon, the short was filmed in Big Bear, California, in February 2010.  To view the trailer, click the Vimeo link:  https://vimeo.com/24511125 

SYNOPSIS:  When an Anthropologist is reported missing in the ice fields of the Canadian Yukon, his son Scott (20) suspects he was searching for a legendary creature. In his father's study, Scott finds a map and sets off for the remote location by helicopter, with four of his friends. Finding nothing, their helicopter returns to collect them, but crashes nearby, leaving Scott and his friends stranded. Using his father's map to look for shelter, Scott and his friends find the carcass of a deer, brutally killed by another animal. A strange howl warns them of danger, and they soon find themselves being stalked by a ferocious predator. As one of their group is taken, a grisly old hunter appears and offers to lead them to safety. But can he be trusted?

A teaser/trailer promoting the short film, “CLAWS”. 

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The legend of yakatutch  (screenplay)

Set in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon Territory, Canada, "The Legend of Yakatutch" is a feature screenplay, currently in development with Australian Producer, Laura Sivis (Courage Films).   

SYNOPSIS:  Scott, a young snowboarding champion, and his girlfriend, Arianne, narrowly escape a brutal attack by an apex predator on the slopes of a remote mountain in the Yukon.  Scott's best friend is killed, while Arianne is wounded and hospitalised. Authorities believe the group encountered a grizzly, but Scott has seen the creature and knows it is something far more dangerous.

Scott’s grandfather, a First Nations Elder, tells Scott the legend of Yakatutch, an indigenous warrior, who committed an unspeakable crime against his people, 250 years ago.  As punishment, Yakatutch was cursed to live as a beast and banished for eternity.  Scott suspects the legendary beast is responsible for his friend’s death, but authorities remain unconvinced.  With help from his zoologist father, Scott uncovers DNA evidence of what he believes is Yakatutch.  When Scott discovers his own bloodline is linked to Yakatutch, Scott learns he is the only one who can defeat the creature.  But first, Scott must overcome his fear, unearth his heritage and, with help from his First Nations half-brother, Matusa, learn the only way to end the curse.  Visit www.Yakatutch.com for more information.

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The china club  (screenplay)

A feature screenplay, currently in development with Laura Sivis (Courage Films).  

SYNOPSIS:  Sam, 25, converts a run-down theatre into an up-scale new nightclub, but unwittingly provides a venue for his wealthy business partner to entrap young women for the international sex-trade. 

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