Jamie Lee Smith, a native of Colorado, holds degrees in both Political Science & International Relations. Jamie Lee began her career in the music industry. Grateful for those opportunities, she would next utilize her experiences to transition into the development of a production company "Global Rockstar Productions" and found that she had a talent for film making. She has grown Global Rockstar Productions into a reputable part of the film making community with contributions to films such as Jumper, Battle Los Angeles, 51, Death House, Montana Sky, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mirror Mirror, Blood Out, Things we do for Love. Global Rockstar Productions has also been involved with such TV series as The Philanthropist, CSI, Real Housewives, various reality shows and NCIS: New Orleans. Most recently, Jamie Lee has expanded into independent film making as An Executive Producer, Producer and Assistant director. When not working on films, Jamie Lee travels the world speaking at conferences for women, entrepreneurs and young filmmakers.
Director, Producer, Writer and Actress Dan Thomas
Dan has been a stand up comedian for 12 miserable years. In that time he has achieved what other people assure him is a great degree of success, touring with, among others Lee Evans and Russell Kane, and performing all over Europe.
He's the host of S4C welsh language stand up show "Gwerthu Allan" (Sold Out), wrote and co-starred in the BBC Radio Wales hit show "Jason Mohammad vs The Apocalypse". Dan also works as a TV warm up artiste for several shows, including Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal. Dan has also appeared on ITV's "Houseguest" and BBC Wales "Funny Business".
Gary Slaymaker has been a television & radio presenter since 1988, and has done work for BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 5/5 Live, BBC One Wales, S4C, and Channel 5; amongst others.
He has also been performing as a stand-up comedian since 1992, working in both Welsh and English.
Gary is also a noted film reviewer in Wales. He’s been doing this for so long he’s gone from being known as “the Welsh Barry Norman”, to “the Welsh Jonathon Ross”. And he’s looking forward to punching the first person who calls him “the Welsh Claudia Winkleman”.
As well as specialising in film and comedy, he has also been involved in sports productions involving football, rugby union, rugby league, and boxing.
A published author, Gary is also an in-demand after dinner speaker, who can tailor his stories of meetings with the rich and famous, to cater to any type of audience.
January - Was one of a crew of presenters on Sky Channel 200, doing tongue-in-cheek reviews of recent DVD/Blu-Ray releases, with fellow comedians Mitch Benn and Toby Hadoke. A second series is in the pipeline, for Loaded TV, which has regular online viewing figures of around 12 million.
March – as part of the comedy showcase, “The Dragon has 3 Tongues”, entertained the Welsh Society of Toronto. Following the evening, he has been approached to do further stand-up work in Canada and America.
May – Played four gigs at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival; all of which were sold out.
August – will be appearing at the first ever comedy gala at the National Eisteddfod; which is being held in the main pavilion. 1,500 tickets have already been sold.
October - will be recording his own 30 minute stand-up showcase to be broadcast on S4C before the end of the year.
Gary has, more recently, created and presented the comedy panel game for movie lovers, Son of a Pitch. The first series was aired in June & July 2015 on the Made in Cardiff TV network…and a second series has been commissioned.
A long time Cardiff City supporter, Gary is also an authority on American comic books and Welsh swear words. He enjoys a good pub quiz, although he admits he’s far too competitive. He also won S4C/BBC’s ‘celebrity’ Mastermind in 2006.
He has been lucky enough to meet his two greatest heroes in the world of sport and cinema – Pele and Clint Eastwood. Less impressive is when he said “Alright, luv?” to Charlize Theron at the 2000 Oscars, after failing to recognise the stunning actress. (She did forgive him, though)
Gary cites his main inspirations as Billy Conolly, Dave Allen, Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko), Jameson’s Irish Whisky, and his mam.
Eric, or Doc as he is known, started out in the field of railroad management, eventually making the move to service in both ministry and media. First serving as a news producer for a CBS affiliate, Doc later went on to manage a television station, act as an on-air talent and produce programming seen across the country. His previous films have received international distribution and earned Doc three Best Director awards and he is a multi-award winning writer for his screenplays and his work in the media. Doc travels the country speaking at film festivals and conferences about the business of redemptive filmmaking.
Rhodri has produced, directed, shot and edited over 60 music videos for independent record labels and bands globally, with his work being shown on ITV, MTV2, Kerrang TV and Scuzz. He has also produced numerous award winning videos and documentaries with young people for the charity sector in Swansea Wales. Rhodri is currently working on a feature length documentary and independant films. He collects film posters and is a huge horror film fan.
Ceri Evans is a 16-year-old Independent Filmmaker native to Llanelli, South Wales - having been working with film since he was 8, by now he has strengthened connections to many different film companies in the area and further afield. He has written, produced and directed several short films and documentaries, and is currently working on a full length television documentary for Red Shoes Productions Ltd. ‘Shadow of the Missing’ will be Ceri’s first foray into feature film production, acting as 1st Assistant Director.
David has a passion for making independant films. Most recently, David co-directored the film Patrol Men and directed his own film Woodfalls which was well reviewed. He enjoys stepping out of the box and making films which really grasps the audience and stays true to the art.
T J Williams, Cardiff based stand-up comedian, writer and sketch actor, awaits the sweet release of death and entering the warm, embracing arms of oblivion. Just as soon as your mum lets him go.
Payton Quinn, award-winning Cardiff based stand-up comedian, writer and sketch actor, will either fight you, f*** you or eat you.
Since 2005 Kelvin has been researching the life of Wales' first Hollywoodstar, Gareth Hughes. Kelvin, has been to the states on three separateoccasions to interview people who knew Gareth. As a result of Kelvin's research a documentary was made about Gareth called"In Search of Gareth Hughes".The documentary has won numerous awards here in the UK and Internationally.And Kelvin has been interviewed many times in the UK and US on the subject. In April 2012 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and the John Hefin award wasfounded by Kelvin.The festival is very much the champion of the independent film maker andcinema in the UK! Carmarthen Bay Film Festival was one of the first festivals to sign up to UFFO code of conduct of which Kelvin is the Wales Committee Chair. Kelvin is also a Judge and member of BAFTA Cymru
Raised amongst wolves and killers in the dark woods of Wisconsin, Jacob's path to his current dwelling of Los Angeles is strewn with bodies of disruptive Art across multiple fields of entertainment. Beginning as a musician, Jacob progressed into live and studio engineering, contributing to several Grammy-winning projects while touring as a Producer and Audio Engineer with top-grossing acts in 47 states and 6 Canadian provinces. After a decade of cacophony, the allure of brain-melting ocular chaos insisted that Jacob foray into the film world as Director, Preditor, Sound Designer, Writer, and more. The prevailing madness has conspired to elevate Jacob towards many successful works of cinematography, with multiple feature films currently in pre-production with Jacob at the helm as Director, Editor, Producer, and Writer. Consistently producing works that push computers into meltdown and so volatile that they require legal disclaimers before viewing, Jacob feels that his contributions to the editing and audio post production for Shadow of the Missing will show the audience a degree of horror they've never known before.
Editor, Sound Designer, Composer, Sound Mixer Dean Morris
Dean Morris is a young Independent filmmaker from Llanelli, South Wales. As well as writing and directing pieces he is a self-proclaimed multitool of filmmaking. By this he means any job that anyone doesn’t want to do on set he will normally do, including climbing into hard to reach high places to get a shot. He started off in music theatre and acted in places such as Sadlers Wells and Buckingham Palace, but after noticing the joys of the technical aspect decided a career in filmmaking was the way forward for him.
Maria Antoinette recently got into the film industry. She has always had a creative talent for art and writing. As a 2nd assistant director on her first Independant film "Losing Breen," Maria Antoinette excelled and discovered she had a talent for film. She went on to use her talents to co-write "Shawdow of the Missing." Maria Antoinette is Venezuelan and enjoys flying, being creative and spending time in Miami.
Sam has been in the film industry for over 13 years, having started out as an actor. After 6 years as an actor and starring in films and shows such as ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Doctor Who’, he switched to the technical side behind the camera. He now works as a freelance filmmaker and is studying film and television production at UWTSD in Swansea. He also works freelance for many other productions such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’. ‘Shadow of the Missing’ will be his debut as a crew member to a feature film.
Best Boy Electric Alun Daniel
Born and raised in the South of Wales, Alun Daniel was raised on Disney and Pixar films, fueling a life long obsession with animation and vfx. After graduating from Swansea Met University with a degree in 3D Computer Animation, he began working on projects such as 'Far Away man,' making sparkly lights and replacing backgrounds. He couldn't be happier.
Data Wrangler Robert Lloyd
Robert runs his own press, public relations and marketing consultancy, Robert Lloyd PR.
Once upon a time, he worked as a newspaper editor, taking charge of the Llanelli Star and Carmarthen Journal newspapers, and also the deputy editor of the South Wales Evening Post, the biggest selling daily newspaper in Wales.
Robert is chairman and a trustee and a news editor for the Llanelli Talking Newspaper for the Blind, a trustee of Age Cymru Sir Gar, a director of Welsh Premier League football side Carmarthen Town AFC, vice-president of Cor Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir, a past president and a member of Llanelli Rotary Club, and part of the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival team.
Kaska was an amateur photographer for over ten years before making the switch to professional photographer. She has won several awards in the UK for her work, and is in demand for her keen eye and attention to composition.
Still Photographer Courtney Holbrook
Courtney grew up with a house full of music and a love of photography. She took pictures of live bands, nature and events, and later decided to pursue photography professionally. She and her husband Andy decided to take their home recording studio and open it up to the public. When not working, she sings, raises her family, and geocaches.
2nd Unit (WV) Gaffer Phil Hoyles
Born in Morriston, Phil started his radio career at the age of 17 hosting the 'Welsh National Chart' on the former Radio 5 on Friday nights (What is it with him and charts!!), he then got his first tv break by appearing in a string of tv ads. Phil Joined 'The Wave' in 1998 presenting on the weekends, and now he is heard many times throughout the week on air and seen on his entertainment web series.
Andy was born and raised in West Virginia. He has been around and involved in music and audio his entire life. When he was 3 years old his parents worked in a recording studio writing jingles and recording original songs. During the late night sessions, Andy and his sister could be found sleeping under the mixing console or making "spider webs" with the magnetic tape. He also met his future wife Courtney at this recording studio when they were very young.
Together, Courtney and Andy have formed Skylight Media producing video, photos and audio recordings for bands, fitness instructors, non-profit charitable organizations, families and filming weddings. Recently they have expanded into film making. His love of gear and attention to detail, as well as his laid back attitude and "being one of the nicest people you'll ever meet," has helped propel Skylight Media into a formidable competitor in professional Audio/Video in West Virginia.
2nd Unit (WV) Location Sound Mark Totten 2nd Unit (WV) Camera Op Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas is a young filmmaker from South Wales, having spent the last few years developing his skills in film with his production company Grumpy Hobo Films by making short films and developing web-series. Shadow of the Missing will mark his debut in feature film production.
Born in Nottingham, England and raised in South Wales, Tom Gripper's love of writing stories grew into filmmaking when he was 12 years old. Since then he's made 15 short fiction and documentary films and has written and directed 2 feature length films. He founded the production company Broadside Films which is now in it's 7th year.
2nd AD Liam Matthews
Liam A. Matthews is a 19-year old filmmaker who is a founding member of Grumpy Hobo Films. From Swansea, in South Wales, throughout his life he has been interested in the creative side of media and has written articles, has had poetry published and is now primarily writing and directing short films. In the past he has worked with local film companies, such as North Bank Entertainment on their film Kill Kane.
James was an extra in the History Boys in 2006 and was on a TV quiz show called 15 to 1. He has also been a news reporter for six years with the Cambrian News and the Llanelli Star.
Matthew started acting from an early age, starring in small plays put on by youth theatre groups. Recently, he moved into appearances in productions with the BBC, Fox and Sky One.
Other Team Members
Speaking during Q&A film festival:
Ciara O'Sullivan. Alan Waldron. Rhys McLellan
Matthew Davey, Jonathan Harvey, Celyn Rees, Ellen Nelson, Rhianna Morgan, Leah Shannon Colquhoun, Kaska Teofilak, Jayshre Singh, Hannah Lintin
2nd Set Photographer