Born and raised in Chicago, Brandon’s passion for writing, film and art started at a very young age. He won the Young Author’s Writing Contest at the age of 12, won several art competitions, and was accepted to a prestigious private art school at age 16.
After studying commercial art and graphic design in Chicago, Brandon relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance video editor for short corporate productions for clients such as Bon Secours Health System, Edison Int’l and Hard Rock Hotel.
Since attending the Art Institute of Hollywood—where he studied film and TV production—Brandon edited several music videos including “Crime of Love” for Wavelength Music. In 2013 he served as editor for the independent feature film “Man in a Box,” produced by DynaCore Films.
The independent short thriller “Capsized,” marks his directorial film debut. Scripting for the film began several years before the real tragic events of the MV Sewol and was originally inspired by the capsizing of the MS Costa Concordia in 2012. “Capsized” pays homage to films by Alfred Hitchcock and is reminiscent of the recent thriller “Buried” by Rodrigo Cortez.
The idea for “Capsized” began back in 2012 while watching news coverage of the capsized Costa Concordia. I remember thinking how terrible and tragic the event was and began formulating a unique approach to the story.
I presented the script to close colleagues and all of them fell in love with the characters, approach and story. This encouraged me to move forward with the project. Many were eager to participate and production plans began rapidly taking shape.
Shortly after starting pre-production, a cast member called me and frantically told me to turn on the news. As I watched the news coverage of the MV Sewol in Korea capsizing, I was shocked to discover eerie similarities to my script. The accounts of conversations with victims and their family via cell phones were poignant and captivating. This was confirmation that the approach and the direction the film “Capsized” was taking would fascinate any film audience.
While casting the role of “Stephanie,” I asked our lead actress, Hayley McLaughlin, what attracted her most to the role. She explained, “The tragic story of these characters could happen to anyone —‘Capsized’ will resonate with people around the world.”