Biographies

Kasimir Burgess – Writer/Director

Kasimir

Kasimir’s films have screened in over thirty countries and won twenty-five awards – including the Crystal Bear for best short film at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.

Kasimir is currently in pre on his first feature film FELL, to be produced by iconic Australian producer John Maynard (The Bank, The Boys, Romulus My Father) and Mary Minas.

James Armstrong – Writer/Director

James

James has worked professionally in the film and television industry on drama, comedy, animation and documentary projects.

In 2000, James formed Gozer Studio, a boutique design studio undertaking a diverse range of projects across multiple creative disciplines, including motion graphics, title sequences and design for Film and Television.

Mary Minas – Producer

Mary Minas

Since steering her pursuits to producing, Mary has strived to keep a focus on developing projects which are unique and challenging. She has produced music clips for some of the most celebrated songs over the previous years, which include artists such as Temper Trap, Kimbra and Sally Seltmann. In this time she has also produced many short films, with one particularly successful collaboration with Kasimir Burgess on his short ʻLilyʼ leading he and James Armstrong to engage Mary as co-producer on ‘The Man Who Could Not Dream’.

Mary has recently been supported by Screen Australia with a Talent Escalator Producer Internship grant that will see her working with John Maynard and collaborating on Kasimir’s upcoming feature FELL.

Stefan Duscio – Director of Photography

Stefan

Growing up in rural Victoria, Stefan always wanted to tell stories in a visual medium. He began as an illustrator making comic books, though after studying Media Arts at RMIT University in Melbourne, he started to become curious about photography and filmmaking.

After assisting some of Australia’s best cinematographers, Stefan fast decided that this was the path for him. It mixed all his love of story, with a new found love in light and photography. He has since shot countless films, music videos, documentaries and commercials, and enjoys travelling for work whenever possible.

Some of his recent major works include Working Dog’s latest feature film ‘Any Questions for Ben’, and an upcoming indie feature called ‘Triple Happiness’. His work can be seen at stefanduscio.com.

Vanessa Franz – Production Designer

Vanessa

Vanessa Franz is an up and coming Production Designer, for the past four years she has been working in the film industry on short films and television commercials.

Her love for spacial design and hands-on creative work has materialised from her previous work in designing for theater stage shows and street performances.

With a degree in Architecture she is prolific in all areas of design and passionate about creating visually interesting spaces.

Tristan Dewey – Sound Designer

Tristan

Tristan Dewey is a sound engineer and composer who has been working in the film & television industry for the past twenty years. He currently works at Bang Bang Studios as a composer and sound designer for TV commercials, documentaries & film.

Tristan is constantly driven by his love of music and soundscapes. Bringing stories to life with sound is what drives him to be so passionate about working on short films, documentaries and feature films.

Stacey O’Connor – Costume Designer

Stacey

Stacey O’Connor is an emerging Costume Designer, with a keen eye for design and a thirst for creative projects.

After three years working in the Production department, Stacey had the gradual realisation that costume was her passion. This move began with assisting wardrobe on commercials and her motivation grew when Stacey started testing her creative mind on various stills shoots, music videos and of course many mood boards.

Stacey has continued to gain momentum, having worked on projects such as short film ‘My Favorite Café’, music videos for band Alpine’s single ‘Hands’ (dir. Luci Schroder) and now having completed ‘The Man Who Could Not Dream’ with Kasimir and James, which Stacey describes as a collaboration that fell into place because of the unique and shared creative vision.

Nicholas Finch – Composer

Nicholas

Nicholas Finch is a composer from Melbourne Australia. He has composed scores for several critically acclaimed short Australian films. His work on the film Booth Story won Best Short Film Score at St Kilda Film Festival 2006.

Alongside his film work, Nicholas is the principal singer-songwriter in Melbourne based band Graveyard Train – a band who’s success has taken him to music festivals and club gigs around the world.

In his spare time Nicholas enjoys not grooming and growing ridiculous beards.

Samantha Coles – Hair/ Makeup Artist

Samantha

Samantha is a makeup artist and hair stylist in TV, film, theatre, fashion, and special effects.

While completing a degree in Contemporary Arts she decided to study makeup on the side. By the time she graduated from university she knew she wanted nothing more than to work as a makeup artist. She has worked freelance in the industry for over 8 years and her background in the visual arts has fuelled her talent to use a face as her canvas.

Her dedication and passion for her craft has seen her work with clients as varied as Emily Browning, Deborah Hutton and Chopper Reid. Samantha’s work has also spanned across the commercial realm, working for brands such as L’Oreal, Cadbury and American Crew as well as the music video world, collaborating with artists such as Kimbra, Augie March and Cut Copy.