Baz Black is a Writer/Director from Ireland. He began his career making Music Videos and he also directed Viral video 'Office Workers Shocking Transformation' which reached over 1 million views on social media.
His debut Short Film 'Reflection' was met with strong critical reviews and was received very well on the Film Festival circuit picking up Best European Short, Best Director, The Albert Pyun Inspiration Award and the Canadian Cinematography Award.
Baz's new film 'Merrow' has just been completed, he wrote it based on an old Irish folklore tale about a Mermaid, he is really excited to get it out into the world.
Baz is also an award-winning Actor, An Author and a Musician, this combination allows him to see his projects from unique perspectives. As he says himself 'Aesthetics are nothing without rhythm, and Art is nothing without heart'
2021 is looking busy for Baz as he has signed on to Direct an award-winning script by Marc Cahill, also a script about the Holocaust written by Philip Michael and is set to shoot his debut feature film 'Dublin Crust' about a punk band in the early 90's that he has written himself. "I have been a true movie lover for as long as I can remember so getting to make these films with my vision really is the best feeling in the world and I treat my position very seriously. I study the 'greats' and the 'not so greats' in equal measure as inspiration can be drawn from the least likely of places sometimes. It's my job to evoke emotions in the viewer and get them to invest and come on a journey. I approach all my work with 'Would I watch this? and I think that is the best question a Director should constantly ask themselves." -Baz Black
Samantha has been directing since late 2018, specialising mainly in new writing. Starting off with the season of Rehearsed Readings at the London College of Music where she directed 'Shadows of Men' by Andrew D'Alton. This sparked her love for the creativity and freedom of directing.
Samanthas' ethos when directing is to create a free space where actors can play and create the most truthful performance. Creating a relaxed, fun atmosphere to work, producing the best performances out of actors.
To continue Samanthas theatre experience, she worked with Wrong Shoe Theatre Company in December 2019 where she directed Darren Ross' monologue 'The Man Who Wasn't There'. From this, Samanthas gained contacts and worked at the Chiswick Playhouse at Get Over It Productions The Scene 2020 where she directed two short plays.
Most recently Samanthas has worked on 'Night Mother as Assistant Director at the Landor Theatre raising money for Papyrus, a charity for suicide prevention. As well as working on 'Fat' by Lloyd Evans at Saw It Here First's production at the Theatro Technis in Camden, raising money for the Moira Fund.
Samantha is currently working with E-merge productions on a short play for their new festival in West London. This is still in the works as it has been postponed due to the current climate, as well as currently in pre-production with Swings and Roundabouts for their new writing night which has also been postponed.
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