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On Camera Acting
AMDA Faculty since: 2021
Sean is a screenwriter, professor, director, and artist best known for horror films and swords-and-sandals movies. Sean spent several years working in Hollywood as a set dresser, prop assistant, and art director working with filmmakers as diverse as James Cameron, David Fincher, and David Lynch.
He began writing and directing his own films in 1992 as a founding member of Filmmaker's Alliance (along with fellow AMDA instructor Cain Devore.)
His student film at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, The Shy and the Naked, won a grant from the Sloan Foundation. His short film Melancholy Baby won the Los Angeles Short Filmmaking Grant, presented to him by Eastman Kodak at the Directors Guild of America.
After finishing film school, Sean got his "break" when his first major spec script was purchased by MTV/Paramount in 2000, which led to a deal with Dimension Films. Since then, he has worked on genre features such as Conan The Barbarian and television such as MTV's The Dorm.
His current projects include MER, a horror movie about lascivious, man-eating mermaids, written for producer J. Todd Harris and director Mary Lambert (Pet Cemetery;) GRIM REAPER, a horror-superhero story in which a newly hired Grim Reaper hunts ghouls, "making sure the dead stay dead;" And FreakAngels, a nine-episode animated series for Crunchyroll.com.
M.F.A., Cinema-Television, University of Southern California
B.A., Mathematics and Art: Studio, Brown University