We are a new production company and work with a variety of Creatives for each project but here you will find information on the Resident Team as we add to it. These production crew are actively involved in this project…
AIDAN J CROWLEY / AODHÁN S O’CRUADHLAOÍ
Founder. Actor. Director. Producer. Writer.
Aidan J Crowley was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and raised in Co. Cork. He has been a professional actor and singer for over twenty years with numerous credits to his name. He is also a filmmaker, writing/directing many short films and has been working on his feature debut, a triptych called The Scowling Dusk, as actor/writer/director/producer. There are additional film projects in the works such as If You Only Wate A Whil Longer, NewtonCorrigan, 401 and Netherwood. Initially training as a professional actor at Mountview Theatre School in London (graduating 1998), winning both theStage newspaper three year acting and musical theatre scholarship - and the Mountview singing scholarship. After more than twenty years in the business he has played over eighty different roles in various guises to date. Essentially a character actor, Crowley never looks the same as the part requires and prefers to go as far as he can with ‘transformation’ in acting. He has been described as a Method actor although this is not necessarily accurate. He is currently preparing to shoot a feature film trilogy in which he will play a major character and produce/direct. Crowley also studied acting and theatre-craft at the Cork Arts and Theatre Club, the Phoenix Contemporary Theatre School, the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, two seasons at the Manchester Youth Theatre (NYT), Shakespeare at RADA and with the Actors Company at the London Centre for Theatre Studies. He began studying part-time for a Master's Degree in Shakespeare at Royal Holloway (University of London) but sadly had to leave due to being offered a theatre tour. Crowley is an Heroic Tenor and he has studied voice with many highly regarded vocal tutors over the years including: Susie Webster, Nathan Martin, Claire Groom, Phillip Tebb, Lynton Atkinson, Alexander Massey, Neil Howlett, Mary Hammond RAM, Roderick Earle RCM.
He is also a singer/songwriter and founder of 593records to produce his own Alternative/Vocals/Guitars/Orchestral music/experiment in music exploring a hybrid-classicial style, aria, songwriting, folk/rock and classical voice. Crowley is working on recording a number of albums including Those Strange Elusive Tears and Pilgrim Simpatico and likes to experiment in his own unique, simple Guitar style, each song written with different/unusual tunings, whilst working with various effects systems, percussion and orchestrations.
In 2013 Crowley decided to take more control and focus more on his own works and produce his own film and music projects and he has been working on this ever since: to pursue and produce his own works as a musician, writer, publisher, producer, director and filmmaker. Aidan has an interest in effective altruism and specific charitable projects. An interest in different Cultures and Diversity and an intense dislike of racism and bigotry of any kind, Crowley makes it a point to involve as multicultural a cast and crew for his projects as might be possible.
Crowley, an actor, writer, producer, director, filmmaker, tenor, songwriter, musician...obviously has many interests, is a little eccentric, with an eclectic variety of creative and business projects in operation at any one time. Known for his multifaceted interests and a great curiosity towards life, Crowley’s pursuits have taken him on adventures as varied as research into his great love of Shakespeare, Esoteric Philosophy and even in the medical world as a Corporal in the Irish Red Cross and in the operating room, training for a time in the NHS as an anaesthetic and surgical assistant. He is also a published writer and art collector. Aviation is also a very important escape from the world and he is a student Private Pilot.
A driven and passionate individual, mad for film, music and photography. Awarded a first class degree in English Literature at Leeds University and a diploma in Postproduction at the NTFS. Running at Lock Studios in Hackney for five months since graduation, hoping to satiate a love of film by partaking in many more production-based roles. Passionate about Gus Van Sant, Adam Curtis and Joshua Oppenheimer and has written opinionated articles about each writer on Tumblr blog 'Silver Tramp'.
Get to know a bit more about Stephanie on a short film she produced about her passion for Mental Health:
James Olley's interest in drawing started at a young age, he was constantly creating whatever captivated his imagination; usually it was film and video games and for fun, drawing caricatures of grumpy math teachers during a long lesson. He went on to study for his Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design in 2013 at Somerset College of Art & Technology, where he achieved a Distinction grade and won an award for the excellence of his work by Taunton Decorative & Fine Arts Society.
James was greatly inspired when he was younger by his father’s work in surreal art and his active role the world of Miniature figurine modelling. This same industry is where James began his professional work starting up JAO Design. He produced designs for war-game character concepts and in addition produced illustrations for various war-game rule books. He has worked as a freelance artist with companies such as Gorilla board games as the lead artist, with Antimatter Games, Forlorn Hope Games and many others. He has most recently been an Illustrator & Conceptual artist for Aidan Crowley and 5/93illuminati, predominately working on the film trilogy called the Scowling Dusk. James is currently developing his own personal exploration into surreal art. His professional work can be seen at the Olley’s Armies website concept page:
Founder of TAVA Services. Toks has over seven years of admin and customer service experience in a range of industries. Currently based in Musselburgh, Scotland, of Nigerian heritage but was born and bred in London, England.
Kate studied for an International Diploma in Theatrical & Media Makeup qualifying in 1998 after which she was fortunate enough to start part-time tutoring in her subject for Adult Education and running short courses for Kent Children’s University across her home county. In 2004 she had built up a large school client base and became a full-time freelancer, starting her business which has developed in to what it is today.
Initially, just working with schools and colleges, Kate started to travel further afield, delivering workshops across SE England, London and further, travelling to film locations and photoshoots across the UK. Kate has gained vast experience and knowledge not only from working on varied projects but also from attending the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) for which she is a Gold Pro Card holder. The Gold Pro Card is given exclusively to make-up artists affiliated with a trade union or make-up effects shops, who are represented by an agency or who work in theatre.
Last year saw the first United Makeup Artist expo (UMAe) at the Business Design Centre in London which Kate was proud to support and promote through her many contacts. This year she will be a guest attendee as the show moves into it’s second year and is looking forward to meeting Oscar winning makeup artist Lois Burwell, Primetime Emmy Winner Charles Porlier, Greg Cannom and many other award winning professionals from the industry who will be attending the expo sharing their knowledge and experience with fellow makeup artists through educational seminars and demonstrations.
By attending classes, seminars and trade shows Kate is able to keep up to date with new techniques and materials used in an ever changing industry and is keen to pass on her knowledge through her work with young people in the early stages of their own careers.
Consultant/Advisor for Special Make Up FX
For prosthetic make-up effects and all things practical in Kent and around the UK, or even over seas, Dave Fox!! of Fox Zumbi Dark Art FXS is a freelance prosthetic make-up FXs artist, creature designer and fabricator. He is a member of the BECTU and holds a Gold pro-card membership recognised by IMATS and Make-up magazine and is as an established artist with in the industry. Dave is also a member of several other film crew sites like the Knowledge and IMDB.
Special Effects Makeup Artist UK. Dave has have worked on Film, TV, and theatre. He has also worked for Bizzar and Fortean times magazines, and he has also taught prosthetic makeup and basic mould making at RADA. Dave is very capable of character and creature design and has a good working knowledge of different mediums. Dave Fox is more than capable of any task thrown his way. Being skilled at fine art and design has contributed greatly to Dave providing good quality prosthetic effects and appliances to the highest standard.
Dave is also a credited backer for several films funded by kick-starter, like ADI's Harbinger Down and Fire City are to name a few, and he continues to support and help fund films that use practical fx and help people see that rubber monsters are still the best.
Sword Master/Fight Director
With over a decade of professional experience Joe is a highly accomplished fight coordinator and choreographer. Joe's CV boasts many critically acclaimed features films spanning several genres while his TV work has seen himself and his work appear on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 as well as cable channels Discovery, History and National Geographic where he specialises in recreations of violence from historical warfare & combat to modern day murders and civil unrest.
Other screen work includes commercials for high street brands and music videos for chart topping groups. Early to embrace digital media his work for online platforms and performers have a combined 100 million plus views.
Live work includes West End theatre, shows which have gone on to tour Europe and official events to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.
Using this extensive knowledge and experience Joe teaches stage combat to aspiring actors in training as well as introduce fighting on film to students at leading UK film schools. He has been interviewed in print and on television in both the UK and US as well as being nominated for several awards for his work over the years.
Joe was part of the first graduating year of East 15 Acting School B.A Honours in 'Acting & Stage Combat'. The only degree course of it's kind in the word comprising thousands of hours of training across many fields but notably stage and screen combat across multiple historical weapons systems spanning the bronze age to the modern day.
Joe holds other qualification in martial arts, fencing, horse riding and stable management, health and safety.
As well as his many fight performance credits Joe has also appeared as 'himself' on several occasions. These include a feature on US prime time show 'The Today Program', as guest stage combat instructor on E4's reality show 'Stage School' and teaching former politician Ed Balls to sword fight on BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
Keith originally trained as an actor at Exeter University, before continuing his studies at East 15 Acting School, and was one of the first to graduate with a unique degree in Stage Combat & Specialist Performance Skills in 2008. He then began an internship with various stage combat tutors and fight directors before deciding to turn freelance.
His teaching career began in 2007 when he ran a series of workshops for the National Youth Theatre, this was then followed by his first choreography credit as assistant fight director for the stage play Sons Of York at the Finborough Theatre in 2008, directed by Kate Wasserberg.
Since then he has worked as a production fight director and stage combat tutor for dozens of theatre companies across the UK, as well as providing fight choreography for several feature films and short films. He has also worked as a stunt performer for various projects, including fight performances for Channel 4's Back from the Dead series (2011), the Amazon Prime TV series Vikings (2013), and the feature films Ironclad (2011) and The Knife That Killed Me (2012).