BRANDON STEPHENS

I was born and raised in Texas, and I had an interest in films at an early age. I spent a lot of time begging my parents to rent all the Halloweens and Friday the 13ths at the local Movie Shack, and watching Big Trouble in Little China over and over with my brothers, when I could get a break from Star Wars. I constantly wanted to watch my Pop Pop's old 8mm reels and when my Dad brought home the first camcorder I'd ever seen, I was hooked.

My first foray into narrative film-making was the short film, "The Channelview Stalker," a film my junior-high friends and I cooked up about a serial killer on the loose in a lonesome small town. After captivating an audience of 3, namely the cast of the movie, two more sequels were green-lit and produced by this band of film brothers. Another early film-making adventure came in the form of transforming his high school drama class into a high school movie-making class. Utilizing the explicit use of ketchup packets, another killer was brought to the silver screen.

Fast forward to the present, I shoot my first low budget short, unTruth, with the new breed of HDSLRs, that played the very first Short Indies Film Fest. Later I shot The Break, a short film written by Manny Rey that went on to appear at the San Antonio Film Festival and the Boomtown Film and Music Fest. Another short, 18 Days, was written and shot in less than 48 hours.

After success with shorts, co-writer Manny Rey and I penned the crime thriller Enemy of the Mind. With a talented cast of actors from Austin, Texas and on a limited budget, I co-wrote, co-produced, directed, photographed, edited and sound designed the feature film in less than a year.

Lately, I've been working as a freelance videographer shooting weddings and corporate videos, and I'm the district videographer at Pflugerville ISD. I also wrote and directed two more shorts, What I've done and The Black.
My latest adventure is an Airstream Photobooth, called the Bambi Booth. Check it out at www.bambibooth.com