Duration: 08:09 minutes
Shooting dates: 5th – 8th September 2016
Completion: February 2017
Indiegogo Campaign: 14th August - 23rd September 2016
Inside a derelict barn, a 17-year-old hacker meets the government official who has the power to grant him a second chance – or ruin his life forever.
Shabana is a British Asian actress and voiceover artist based in London. After starring in Jay's directorial debut "Acceptance", she now returns to portray the female lead in "The Hacker".
After living in Munich, Germany for five years she headed back to London in September 2015. Since then, Shabana has been booking a variety of roles ranging from Feature Films to Music Videos. Her most recent work was a voiceover for Transport for London. In her spare time she can be found performing on the open mic stand up comedy circuit.
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Born and raised in Bedford, Bedfordshire, Ethan Taylor trained at the Guildford School of Acting. After graduating with a First Class BA (Honours), he moved to London where he is currently working as an actor in film and television.
Ethan is also the Artistic Director of and In-House Writer for Who Said Theatre.
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The writer, filmmaker, and fan returns to her hometown in Bavaria to translate her latest script into a visually compelling, character-driven short. Jay has been writing for over a decade and found her way to filmmaking via theatre: she was Creative Director of her secondary school’s Drama Workshop and gained valuable directing experience at three German theatre groups. Jay also wrote for the local chapter of the Mittelbayerische Newspaper before moving to Berlin to study film and anthropology.
Rachel is a professional video editor from the north of England with almost eight years experience in editing and post production. From her beginnings in fan-video making, she has soon evolved to working in both long form and short form drama, documentary, horror, and comedy as well as being lead editor on many music videos and sporting events. Having been a dedicated member of several fandoms in her time, Rachel is able to look at this project from both a fan's perspective as well as a technical one.
Contrary to others, Alex knew from an early age on that he wanted to become a filmmaker. Triggered by a shortfilm workshop in the youth center LUX in his hometown Ratingen, filmmaking has become more than a passion - it is philosophy of life.
His determination motivated him to quit school and spend a one year volunteer service devoting himself entirely to filmmaking at the youth centre. There, he also guided projects for others.
Studying film at the WAM in Dortmund was a quick decision to make. In the last 3 years Alex was involved in a lot of student film projects and has worked his way up from lighting technician to a gaffer and
cinematographer in strong demand. He also works as an assistant lighting technician and EB-Cameraman.
For “The Hacker”, Alex is director of photography and very glad to get to implement Julia’s vision visually.
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Tina, who edited Jay's directorial debut "Acceptance/Akzeptanz", returns to the team and the cutting table. For "The Hacker", Tina will edit the pitch video for the crowdfunding campaign as well as the short film teaser.
Nils has started making films while still a child. When an internship at a production company introduced him to the professional world of filmmaking, there was no going back. A degree from the WAM Dortmund followed and since then, Nils has been working on a myriad of different projects, both in the camera and the lighting department.
Tobias is currently studying film at the WAM Dortmund. Initially making underwater image films and documentaries for Scuba Diving Centers, he quickly discovered his interest in "above water" content. Tobias has been involved in numerous student film projects, mainly in the lighting and camera departments. Furthermore, he films music videos and produces event films and image videos for a variety of clients.
As the son of a musician, Hartwig was born into a world of music. His first instruments were keyboard, clarinet, saxophone, and electric bass. In 2014, he came in third at the FilmTonArt competition of the BR by composing for the animated short, TEATIME. He followed this with a masterclass with Marcel Barsotti. "The Hacker" marks his second cooperation with Jay after "Acceptance".
Cornelia generously provides the location for our project, namely a barn next to her house. She also returns to the crafts table to ensure cast and crew have enough energy and caffeine for the four-day shoot.
As a fellow alumnus of the Drama Workshop, Melanie is versed in working with Jay and will prove a valuable addition to the crew during the shoot.
Sam, aka Theobellz on Tumblr, is currently working on filling our platforms with amazing graphics. She holds a degree in graphic design, works for a newspaper in México, and met Jay through fandom, namely the Sherlock Meta Library. Being an avid Bondlock fan, she generously volunteered her amazing skills.