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.”
Matt Fore is an award-winning cinematographer who started making movies at the age of eight with his family’s Sony Handycam video camera with the hopes of making his own feature films in the future.
After screening his later high school films at countless festivals across the nation, Matt found his niche more in the visual language of film rather than the actors’ performances or dialogue, and thus began his studies of cinematography at the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.
Matt believes story and mood are the top priorities when making visual decisions, not just aesthetics, and as such, he possesses an extremely keen grasp of both the artistic and technical side of digital and celluloid filmmaking and makes it a habit of weaving the two together into every frame he composes.
Matt lives in Los Angeles where he recently wrapped his sixth feature film.
As a composer of Contemporary Instrumental music John released two CD’s; ”Dream on the Outside’ and ‘A Little Sugar for the Devils’. He was a resident composer for the independent ‘NuValley Orchestra’, creating symphonic and chamber style pieces and ran Hangar 14 Studios working as an Arranger, Engineer, Programmer and Producer.
John composes and arranges music styled for film television, corporate video and advertising. He worked with Movie Tech Studios on Scoring for film trailers and composed music for national advertising campaigns, corporate video presentations and PSA’s, with a client list that includes the Farm Aid organization, Fujitsu Corporate and Fox.