"The film industry is an extremely collaborative business. This company is about bringing together talented freelancers to produce high quality media within a given brief, at the same time delivering material that grabs audiences and resonates with them."
- Nicola Hosking, Company Director
The government is about to sanction the ‘Echo Screen’ program. A simulation experiment designed to test the psychological state of ex-convicts and their likelihood to reoffend in order to facilitate their probation.
‘Echo Screen’ comes from someone having come from a difficult past with a misunderstood sense of integrity, mistaken for arrogance. The journey comes from a lack of respect for authority figures that would rather look out for their own corporate interests than aspiring to help those they claim.
Retaining a corrupt political undertone, ‘Echo Screen’s’ protagonist was the product of two mature writers having come through their fair share of tough times. Ren represents the volatile underdog, searching for something she can hold onto if she’s ever going to find peace. Little do people like the doctor understand, that someone who’s lived through hell long enough, makes them far more unpredictable and far less easy to manipulate.
"It’s my belief, the toughest people out there are the ones that lost everything, most people take for granted then had to fight hard to get it all back on their own. They push through when others give in, and stand up for their beliefs when others bite their tongues in cowardice and despite a nightmare of pressure, refuse to crack."
- Dan Tonkin
Meet the Cast!
LIZ GARLAND - 'REN'
Liz is a graduate of The Birmingham School of Acting.
Her theatre credits include: National tours of The Ghost Train and Murder With Love for Talking Scarlet, The English Theatre of Hamburg, Arcola Theatre and The Leicester Square Theatre among others. She has also worked on theatre projects within Feltham Prison for Ten Ten Theatre Company and with youth at risk of offending for Intermission Theatre.
Tv and film credits include: BBC, Channel 5 and Inside Job Productions.
She is also a writer/producer for the comedy group The Barbara Invasions.
DAN TONKIN - WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Dan is a practical filmmaking graduate of Ealing Studios Met Film School, as well as scriptwriting graduate & postgraduate of cinematography at Bournemouth University.
Dan is highly knowledgeable across directing, producing, camera operation and video editing. He also mentors younger writers and filmmakers.
REBECCA GAINES - PRODUCTION MANAGER
Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Surrey where she studied Film Studies, in both theoretical and practical form. She had worked for The Picture Production Company for just over 2 years, involved in various different departments.
Rebecca is now a freelance Production Coordinator and Producer, working across various projects from music videos, television commercials, short films and online content.
Check out some of her recent work at www.rebeccagaines.co.uk.
PRYZEMEK PRYZYSTUP - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PAGE JONES - SOUND RECORDIST
SCOTT WHITSTON - 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Scott graduated from the University of Surrey, having studied Film Studies with Creative Writing. He has worked for Forward Films and The Picture Production Company, but is now a freelance Runner in order to work more closely with films and have time to write.
Scott's short film A Wolf At The Door was shortlisted in a number of film festivals, including The Short Cinema, Viewster Online and West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.
JUSTIN K HAYWARD - 'DR LUSCRI'
Justin has been performing professionally since the age of eight, initially as a choral and musical theatre actor and now, more recently, as a film and television actor.
He is also a trained motion capture artist and voiceover specialist, working on both games and narrating documentaries. He also writes and recently released his first novel, 'The Luck Particle' in 2014. He is also collaborating on a number of television projects currently filming and in development.
HANNAJ BANG BENDZ - 'JILL'
Having studied one year on the 'Scriptwriting for Film & Television' Course at Bournemouth University, Hannaj proceeded to graduate with a BA Hons in 'Animation Production' from the Arts University in Bournemouth. She has since enhanced her acting skills and experience directly via the professional media and arts industry. Over the course of a few short years she has appeared in several professional stage plays (some immersive), many written and co-produced by BAFTA winner John Foster ('The Picture of Dorian Gray', Jekyll & Hyde', Sniper).
She has executed further work in front of the camera, having appeared as a terrorist in docu-drama 'Black Ops 2: Operation Firemagic' (airing on the American Netflix Channel). She has also starred and featured in independent films ('Abjection', 'Sleep', 'My Saviour' and ‘Lioness’) embodying anything from the undead to the haunted insomniac.
MILLIE QUANTON - 'EVE'
Millie is 11 yrs old and has been studying drama, dance and music for many years She currently trains at Julie Adams Stage School and Swish of the Curtain, both in Bournemouth.
This is her 1st film appearance and she is thrilled to have been offered the role of ‘Eve’. She has appeared on BBC Children in Need and BBC Breakfast Television and takes part in many festivals and dance school performances locally. Alongside ‘Echo Screen’ she is also currently in rehearsal to play ‘Louella’ in a production of Bugsy Malone at the Paviliion Theatre during February 2016.
Meet the Crew!
OLLIE ADEWUSI - PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Ollie Adewusi is a Script-writing graduate from Bournemouth University. He has experience working in both the performance and the production sides of theatre and independent film. Currently working as a freelancer, Ollie is interested in getting involved with projects that have an intriguing narrative and express great creativity.
VICTORIA COOMBS - COSTUME STYLIST
Victoria is a 3rd year AUB student, very passionate about costume design for film. She has designed costumes for several films before, the latest of which being Gangsters vs Vampires for Blacktail Productions.
Her costume page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Coombs-Costume-Designer/998414603536157
OLIVIA JANE RUSSELL - MAKE UP ARTIST
Student make-up artist currently in second year studying make-up for media and performance at Arts University Bournemouth, and an aspiring professional special effects make-up artist for TV and Film.
NICOLA HOSKING - WRITER, PRODUCER, CASTING DIRECTOR
Nicola’s love of the arts goes back to childhood, when she spent eight years performing with a drama group.
After leaving school Nicola went on to study a BTEC ND in Performing Arts.
It wasn’t until much later, that she became drawn towards a writing career, graduating as a Scriptwriter from Bournemouth University.
During that time Nicola also gained experience in various films and theatrical plays as Writer, Director, Producer and Casting Director.
‘Echo Screen’ is the second professional short that Nicola has written and produced – this time as a joint collaboration with Dan Tonkin. She also directed a theatrical play recently as well as her directorial debut short film, ‘Stay With Me’, which is currently in the film festival circuit.
CHARLIE MILLEN - LIGHTING ASSISTANT
Charlie is a young aspiring cinematographer, He studied his undergraduate degree in Television Production at University of Bedfordshire. He now Studies full time at Bournemouth University in MA Cinematography for Film and Television.
ANDREW BROWNBILL - COMPOSER
Andrew is a passionate and professional music composer for film, television and video games, and an audio and music production BSc graduate. He has spent years working with fellow artists, directors, and musicians, creating music and designing sound to bring out the true emotion and artistic vision of their projects. He specializes in using a combination of homemade sound synthesis and often huge orchestral elements to really bring out the core emotions and feelings out of the scene.