Stephen David Brooks on Flytrap
Jason Gaspard May 2015
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JASON: What was your filmmaking background before making Flytrap!?,
STEPHEN: I come from a visual effects background and I learned that craft from double Oscar winner John Dykstra and Oscar nominee Harrison Ellenshaw. They were my VFX mentors. I mean I was always writing but my day job was in visual effects. I supervised the effects for a Tobe Hooper movie called Spontaneous Combustion. Tobe also let me direct 2nd, unit on that project. That’s how I became a 2nd, unit director and my first experience directing professional actors. Then years later, Tobe hired me to adapt the Stephen King short story The Mangler. Stephen King had script approval so that was a tough first assignment. We shot the film in South Africa and that is when I started wearing three hats: I was the screenwriter, 2nd, unit director and VFX Supervisor. I did this for a couple of movies for Avi Lerner/Nu Image then decided it was time to just go and direct. So I made my feature debut with the dark crime comedy Heads N TailZ. More recently I had a short called Binky on the festival circuit. Binky won best screenplay and best actress for Lucy Jenner at the Monaco International Film Festival. And now … Flytrap.
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This year ÉCU -The European Independent Film Festival is proud to announce that we are hosting seven world premieres!
Not only is a world premier an exciting event for the audience, but also an intense and emotional experience for the filmmaker. “It’s the first time the film is seen by the public. The entire future course of the film’s life will be determined by that first public screening,” explains Stephen David Brooks director of FLYTRAP, a sci-fi feature film premiering on April 11th. The way the audience responds decides success completely, therefore a premier is a big deal because it’s the first chance most independent filmmakers get to see an audience reaction.
Sophia Silva April 2014
Stephen David Brooks is a screenwriter, producer, and director. His most recent accomplishment, Binky, was selected for the Cannes film festival this year, along with many others.
World Premieres at ECU 2015
The European Independent Film Festival November 2013
We are happy to announce that ÉCU 2008 Alumni Stephen David Brooks will begin production of his new feature film “FLYTRAP” early next month on December 5th. “FLYTRAP” combines science fiction with dark humor to tell the story of an English astronomer who becomes spellbound by those who are holding him hostage. The film will feature stars Jeremy Crutchley and Ina-Alice Kopp and will also co-star Brook’s collaborator, Billy ‘Sly’ Williams. Brooks has revealed that the film will be one of the first features to use the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera, a new cutting edge cinematic technology.
Stephen David Brooks' Feature Film Flytrap
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Stephen David Brooks on Flytrap
Sarah Parker April 2016
Chelsea Film Festival® Presents FLYTRAP: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE WINNER
FLYTRAP received numerous awards this past year, including the Special Jury Prize at CFF 2015. Currently hitting the festival circuit around the world (London, Cannes, LA, Paris, etc.)Kino & Vino Series® is a Red Carpet Screening and Networking event taking place every 2nd Monday. Get ready for some exciting schmoozing while sipping French wine, eating fine cheeses, and party the night away at a secret lounge (for VIP Tickets holders ONLY).