Megan Riakos is a Screenwriter and Director with a passion for telling stories that engage and provoke. Her tastes are eclectic but it’s the love of telling a good story no matter the genre that attracts Megan the most.
Megan earned her Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australia Film Television and Radio school (AFTRS) in 2010. She also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA in June 2013 where she was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award for her script Victory and Defeat. The same script is currently in the semi-final round of the Final Draft Big Break script competition.
Megan has worked in the industry for over ten years in Production and Art Departments in both Sydney and Los Angeles before deciding to focus specifically on storytelling. She has written and directed over a dozen short films, documentaries, music videos and commercials as well as written short stage plays and several features. Megan’s short films have screened all over the world, including The Chicago Short film festival, Festival Du Cinema Du Paris, Pumelo International Film Festival, Byron Bay Film Festival, WOW Film Festival (Sydney), St Kilda Film Festival and Shorts Film Festival (Adelaide).
Megan is a dual citizen of both Australia and the United States and currently splits her time between the two countries.
Sarah Bishop is an actress and producer. She is a co-creator of girls comedy group Skit Box. Skit Box have had massive online success with their sketches, including featuring twice on the front page of Will Ferrell’s FUNNY OR DIE site. Their short film, The Artist, played at the LA Comedy Shorts Fest and they have a Christmas sketch due for release on ABC2 in December 2013.
She appeared in the MTV drama, Deadbeat Dads, the Australian/New Zealand independent feature Million Dollar Mate with Keisha Castle-Hughes, and was the lead in the 2012 DigiSPAA finalist film The Astronaut. She was also the producer of the 2012 Open Road Film Festival finalist film, Bombay Beach. In 2014 she will appear in several projects including the lead in two features: Crushed by Megan Riakos and the US feature The Trial of Joan of Arc directed by Matthew Wilder, as well as the AFTRS comedy webseries Bedhead directed by Benjamin Mathews, and the short films Emu by Kacie Anning starring Christiaan Van Vuuren and The Polygamist directed by Craig Melville starring Martin Dingle-Wall.
In theatre she was selected to be part of a one year residency at ATYP as part of the 2009 Young Artist Program. She has performed at ATYP in Lachlan Philpott’s Bustown, and appeared at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Bill Henson and All His Children. In 2012 she appeared at the Sydney Comedy Festival in the play In the Air Tonight with the Umbillical Brother’s David Collins, Paul Michael Ayre & Nick Boshier.
She is based between Sydney and Los Angeles and is a student at the Anthony Meindl Actors Workshop in LA. Sarah will be playing the lead role of Ellia in Crushed.
Robbie Miles is an award-winning Australian producer currently based in Los Angeles. Having studied directing and screenwriting at AFTRS, followed by a Master of Film and Digital Image at The University of Sydney, Robbie discovered his passion was in producing; guiding and supporting the creative visions of writers and directors, while handling the various logistical and financial challenges of production.
Beginning in 2010, Robbie has produced several award-winning shorts including The Grand Design (Best Short Film, Canberra Film Festival), Action (Silver Ace, Las Vegas Film Festival) and Taking Stock (Golden Shorts Award). Most recently, Robbie has partnered with actress/director Rachael Taylor to produce her Bonds Love Story NYC project, receiving over 200,000 hits online, and they have several film and TV projects in development.
Robbie is also an accomplished development and production executive, currently working with Sam Worthington’s Full Clip Productions in Los Angeles on their film and TV slate, including the forthcoming Hunter’s Prayer starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush, to be directed by Jonathan Mostow, and The Gallipoli Story, a TV mini-series for Foxtel in partnership with Matchbox.
An interest in stills photography and painting led Michael to pursue work in the film industry in 1997, first as a clapper loader then as a focus puller. During this time he worked on over twenty feature films including The Matrix, Garage Days, The Worlds Fastest Indian, over 150 TV commercials, numerous short films, documentaries and music videos.
From 2006 he began work as a Camera Operator and DOP on various short films, TVC’s and music videos. In 2010 he graduated with a Diploma in Cinematography from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and have since been operating and shooting a variety of long form TV drama that includes shows such as Offspring, House Husbandsand Love Child.
Most recently he completed shooting his first feature film Crushed set in the winery estates of Mudgee, NSW.
For more of Michael’s work see here.
Anil Griffin is a Sydney based creative film editor who has over 5 years of experience in the film, broadcast and entertainment industry. With an extensive technical knowledge of the post-production workflow, Anil has worked across a diverse range of productions including short films, documentary, panel shows, news, TVCs and online content.
Since graduating with a Bachelor in Business and Arts in 2007 (UTAS), Anil has worked for various productions and production houses including ‘Chief Entreatment’, ‘Nick Torrens Film Productions’ and ‘NIDA’.
In 2010, Anil completed his post-graduate studies in Editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he was given the opportunity to push his creative expertise, working in many genres from documentary to musical.
Anil’s ongoing enthusiasm and dedication to the craft of editing has inspired him to explore new challenges in visual storytelling, encouraging him to bring an innovative, unique and fresh perspective to his work.
See more of Anil’s work at his site here.
Originally from Australia, Aaron is a multi-award winning film, concert and theatre composer. Aaron most recently was nominated for best score at the Zurich International Film Music Competition (receiving a live performance by Orchestra), won the 2013-2014 Alan Menken Award at NYU, and received a nomination for Best Original Score for his work on the short film “Moth” dir. Meryl Tankard (St. Kilda Film Festival 2012).
Currently based in New York, Aaron is undertaking his Masters in Music Composition under scholarship at the prestigious New York University, and was in the United States in 2012 after receiving a Scholarship to attend the ASCAP Film Music Summer Workshop also at New York University.
After graduating with Honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide and receiving the Alex Burhard Scholarship for Composition, Aaron was then accepted into his postgraduate studies in Screen Music at the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. Staying on in Sydney to score films, he had the opportunity to assist on HAPPY FEET 2 and BAIT 3D, as well as complete several original scores at 20th Century Fox Studios.
Aaron has had orchestras and ensembles premiere his Concert works in performances around Australia, the United States and Europe.
Aaron has scored almost 30 films, including two feature-length films, winning prizes and nominations for his original scores and screened internationally, including at the Cannes International Film Festival 2012.
Check out Aaron’s site here.
Damian Del Borrello has a background in screen sound narratives and technical production with interests in technology and creative process. He is a sound editor and mixer with extensive experience delivering soundtracks in multiple formats for a broad range of platforms. Damian has a staunch belief in sound as the most expressive and engaging storytelling tool available to the modern filmmaker, being recognised for his high standard of work with multiple ASSG award nominations.
Aside from post production work, Damian regularly lectures at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and the School of Audio Engineering, involved in delivering both technical and conceptual units as part of post-graduate and undergraduate programs.
For more of Damian’s work you can contact him and check out his site here.