Dan Sunley – Writer/Director
Dan first caught the filmmaking bug in 2005 when he produced (and acted in) the comedy-drama. You’re Fired!! Despite enjoying acting, the desire to write and create behind the camera was always stronger. In 2012 he gave up the office career to study screenwriting, most of his stories centre around supernatural and horror tales, the experience gained making a ‘no-budget’ movie helps him to write pragmatically whilst creating strong tension and imagery on the page, his works have since gone on to be placed in competitions in both the UK and US.
A fan of Eastern Asian Horror, directors Satoshi Kon and Ahn-Byeong-Ki and most things Blumhouse, his inspiration comes from film and video game soundtracks that include everything from Christopher Young and Harry Gregson-Williams to Masashi Hamauzu and Nobuo Uematsu.
Pieces is his directorial debut.
Dean Harris – Producer/Editor
Dean’s love of TV and movies began in the Saturday Morning’s of the 1980’s with Bat-fink, The Goonies, Indiana Jones, Batman, Jaws and many others. After leaving University, Dean took on the role of director for You’re Fired!!. Soon after he went to work at a digital design agency and continues to work freelance as a video and motion graphics editor.
His keen eye for details has helped him amass 10 years experience working for a multitude of clients; creating everything from corporate programs, e-learning tools, short form documentaries and promotional artwork.
Dean’s influences stem from Mark Coleran, Rob Sheridan and the works of Pablo Ferro, (his favourite title sequence is from the 1995 movie Seven) He is also currently promoting a documentary Now then here’s some Graf and Architecture; a graphical work focusing on graffiti and architecture in and around the city of Sheffield.
Kristy Guest – Isabella
Kristy, having been a performer from a young age, continued to get involved in shows during her years at school and throughout college. In 2007 she worked with a theatre-in-education company where she toured schools and community centres, performing in shows about teenage pregnancy and alcohol awareness.
In 2009 Kristy (along with 4 others) created the all-female Theatre Company The Gramophones. They have devised 6 shows in the last 6 years, performing in a range of venues from theatres to cafes, libraries to festival fields and village halls. In 2015 she started applying for film roles and was delighted to find herself involved in a few short film projects. She loved playing Isabella and being part of the Pieces team, which she said felt like a family during the shoot and is looking forward to working on more film projects in the future.
Kate Sandison – Theresa
Kate began her feature film career at age 14 in Heavenly Pursuits with Tom Conti and Dame Helen Mirren and has since worked on another ten. She has appeared in over twenty professional theatre productions including two in the West End. She recently appeared in the short Mostly Dead for the renowned horror director Ray Brady, played a distraught mother in The Mime Who Wouldn’t be Silent at Greenwich Theatre and portrayed the SOE spy trainer Vera Atkins in the museum film Snowdrop currently touring the UK. Kate is delighted to be portraying Theresa, the mysterious lady, in Pieces.
Louise Willoughby – Melissa
Originally from Hull, Louise started performing with the Northern Theatre Company and moved in 2008 to train at the London School of Musical Theatre graduating with Distinction. Her strong Mezzo-Soprano voice has lead to numerous theatrical and vocal works. She was the lead vocalist in Thoroughly Modern Musicals, Summer Spectacular at the Scarborough Spa Theatre; Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas & Legend of the Seas and Goldilocks & The Three Bears at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond. She has also appeared as Alice Fitzwarren in a UK Tour of Dick Whittington, and was the lead vocalist for the UK tour of Viva Variety.
Louise’s screen credits include Humber City and the short films The Broken Teeth of Lions, Scratcher, To Be A Child, and Flashback. She has also worked in commercials for H Samuel Jewellers and The Cornucopia Festival. A competent dancer, Louise is trained in Jazz, Ballet & Tap and also teaches dance.
Clinton Curtis Hudson – “The Ghoul”
Sheffield based, actor, model and athlete whose has an extensive modelling work history, Clinton has appeared in numerous campaigns and adverts for well known brands such as Halfords, Toys Are Us and Halifax Bank. His screen credits include appearances in Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and the Bollywood feature Welcome To Karachi. He is a self-employed boxing coach and fitness trainer with over 15 years experience in the sport. He is also a qualified basketball coach, studies Wing Chun, practices yoga and runs four miles daily to keep his athletic physique.
Mike Staniforth – Cinematographer
The Manchester based cinematographer was drawn to the role when he first saw Roger Deakins’ work in The Shawshank Redemption. Mike has always had a passion for documentary and tries to involve himself in as many creative works as possible. Alongside numerous commercial and corporate projects, his recent credits include the giallo inspired cinematography for the short film Ripper and The Music Factor; a documentary following an unsigned band, The Mantells and their 17 week challenge to get into the Christmas chart. He also directed the short film Shelter: A Look at Manchester’s Homeless; an award winning documentary looking at Manchester’s homeless population.
Waqar Shah – Sound Recordist/Sound Design
Waqar attended the University of Hertfordshire, where he studied Film and Television for three years. During his second year he began to take an interest in sound, when working on group projects he would always tackle sound in production and post. After graduating with a 1st Class Hons Degree and receiving the Best Sound Design award for his own final year film Breach at the Avid-sponsored Visions Festival in 2014 and has worked freelance for clients on various projects including corporate films, theatre productions, commercials, short films, a TV pilot, a documentary and the feature film: Fractured Minds. Waqar has always had an obsession with the supernatural and is looking forward to creating an intense and eerie soundscape for the film.
Natalie Roe – Production Designer
Natalie is a Theatre, Film and Television graduate from York St John University. Her work as Set and Costume Designer for Theatre Mill’s The Importance of Being Earnest was recognised in The Stage’s Top 15 Plays of 2014. She also designed Theatre Mill’s Witness for the Prosecution and costume supervised their Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band.
Recently a production designer on the feature film The Dark Below, her other feature work include the Bollywood film Shandaar, Get Santa and Whoops! She has worked for the BBC, The National Film School, Glass Cannon, One & Other TV and Pilot/Slung Low Theatre. She is currently combining her love of period design with medieval storytelling to create the comedy web series Tales of Bacon.
India Stone – Make Up Artist
India studied multimedia technology at Leeds metropolitan university, having grown up around her mother’s professional photo shoots from a young age – a change of heart from studying design lead her to the school of Make-up in Stockport. Her first professional job was for the music video ‘Charlie Watt’ by Drum machine and she has recently gained work experience on the recent remake of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ with Kelly McDonald and Andrew Scott. A huge fan of Japanese Mangas and anime, her favourite artists are Salvador Dali and Agnes Cecile.
David John Bartlett – Music Composer
After completing his latest album Ignite David John Bartlett come on board to write the score for Pieces. A fresh and upcoming composer whose music dramatically enhances the emotion behind the moving image. Combining classical style with new-age and fresh influences to fit a wide variety of genres, his scores help create that extra something that takes the viewer to new worlds. His influences come from Howard Shore, Ramin Djawadi, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, John Williams, M83 and Hans Zimmer, his all-time favourite composer is James Horner.