PAUL LAIGHT – Writer / Producer / Comedian
PAUL has been committed to a writing career from a very early age. In 1997, he graduated from Staffordshire University with a first class degree in Film, TV and Radio Studies. His 2nd year short film project THE ARTS FILE won a Stoke-on-Trent Young Filmmaker’s award. Subsequently, he worked as a Production Assistant on a number of promos and successfully completed a work placement at Sky Movies. In 2002, he gained an MA in Feature Film Screenwriting from Royal Holloway College of London and since graduation has written several feature and many short film scripts. In 2005, he formed FIX FILMS and has written and produced SIX shorts to date. He has also had several short screenplays commissioned by the Mountview Film Academy and film director Jonathan Wolff.
PAUL is a versatile and prolific writer with ideas in abundance and a very strong feel for structure, characterisation and dialogue. He favours thought-provoking and entertaining narratives with memorable characters, images and scenes. While he values all styles of film he tends toward genre movies as opposed to overtly “arty” cinema. Moreover, being involved in the producing, casting and crewing of low budget shorts has given him great experience and insight into the filmmaking process; improving his writing no end.
Since 2008, Paul has been on the exciting merry-go-round that is the stand-up comedy circuit. He has done over 600+ gigs to date. Venues include: Downstairs at the King’s Head, The Comedy Cafe, Bathhouse Comedy, Soho Comedy, London Comedy Store, Electric Mouse Comedy, Duke’s Headliners, Lion’s Den Comedy etc. He also ran two comedy nights: West End Comedy @ The Comedy Pub and West End Comedy @ The Brazen Head. He is currently the resident MC at Electric Mouse’s show at The Fox, Palmers Green and is now getting regular paid bookings as a comic and MC in and out of town.
Paul is a father, alcoholic and by day can be found working at Chase Metal Wandsworth – www.chasemetal.co.uk.
GARY O’BRIEN – Director / Producer / DJ
GARY has been directing since his early teens making movies and skits guerilla style, exploiting the time and good nature of his family and friends. During this same period he has worked on feature films and TV shows, as well as a milieu of corporate events.
His roles have ranged from VFX technician in “James Bond: Die Another Day” and Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”, to vision mixing and directing live music concerts as well as shows for BT, CNN and Cisco Systems. His work has taken him as far a field as New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Morocco and sunny Staines! Gary has also worked as a graphics operator for various live television programmes, as well as for corporate clients.
Back in 2003 he had the pleasure of working closely with the late Bob Monkhouse and televisions’ Tony Hawks on long time associate and friend, Jeremy Englers’ own 50min pilot sitcom. This project enabled Gary to work with seniority as 2nd unit director, VFX artist, and camera operator amongst other things. His own work has been shown on primetime TV, when he netted himself a 1000 pounds of prize money when he won a short film competition on Channel 4. A partner in Fix Films Ltd, an up and coming production company, already with 5 powerful short films to it’s name, it represents to him a great new company that offers fabulous opportunities to hone his directing, producing as well as editing skills, whilst at the same time puts great films out there for wider audiences to enjoy, be they on television or in the cinema. Gary has no sense of smell.