Diana Townsend is a film producer at Inspired Toad Productions. After completing a course at the London Film School in 2011, Diana began writing and producing short films and worked with many local filmmakers on collaborative projects. Together with her husband, Robert, and David Hardie, she founded Inspired Toad Productions to make the move into feature films. Her first feature, Deadly Intent, a paranormal thriller, was released in 2016 and Scareycrows, a comedy horror based on local legends, will be released mid-2017.
Nigel is Branch Secretary of Equity Devon and Cornwall General Branch. He also runs Moonstone Theatre Company and served as a Director and Trustee of the Exeter Phoenix, as well as a judge on the Two Short Nights film festival. His previous work background includes handling European money for the Learning and Skills Council and subsequently the Regional Development Agency. He also plays melodeon and looks after Phoenix Barn Dance Band, a folk rock ceilidh band concentrating on English music.
Alex left university in London in 1999 with a 2:1, and wasted no time in finding his first job in a post production house making tea. From there, he moved into working in a variety of roles on feature films, television series for BBC and ITV, advertisements, documentaries and pop promos. He now works at South Devon College, teaching directing and producing at FE level. Alex remains active in the industry whenever other work commitments allow, and over the past couple of years has worked on roles involving crews from the USA on films for Facebook with director Geoff Moore, a documentary on the Calais Jungle with twice Emmy nominated Stephanie Meurer, and on music videos with a visiting LA based director and photographer Ra Dreyfus
Lucy graduated in June 2014 from East 15 Acting School with a BA (Hons) in Acting and Contemporary Theatre. In addition to acting, Lucy has directed a number of short films which have won awards and been shown at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Lucy is also an accomplished artist whose illustrations have been published in children’s books. In 2017 Lucy completed her directorial feature length film, the comedy horror Scareycrows for Inspired Toad Productions, which has recently secured an American distributor, premiering stateside this summer.
Mark Wilson (Wilz)
Mark has worked variously as a graphic designer and cartoonist, editing, creating, printing and distributing The Fish comic in the late 1980’s. He then went on to work for Honeycomb animation as storyboard artist for the fourth series of CITV’s National Film and Television Award winning ‘Wolves, Witches and Giants’ cartoon. In 2009 he devised and ran a Btec Level 3 Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design Interactive Media (Animation) at Exeter College. In 2016 he became the co-ordinator of Animated Exeter & has run a Creative & Digital Apprentice Scheme at Exeter College.
He is currently programme leader of AS/A2 Fine Art (Film & Video) teaching all aspects of creative film making. Some of his students have gone on achieve in this area including a regional young Bafta nominee; the winner of the young Stranger Film Festival held in Holland in 2009 as well as a scholarship to work at Fabrica in Italy.
Mark is an accomplished musician, having recorded an NME single of the week and is currently working on a personal You Tube animation series ‘Margaret & Betty’ and has directed videos for ‘The Godfathers’ & ‘Stratton & Oakmont’ (for which he also writes and produces music and VJ’s live).
Check out his work on http://wildmanwilz.wixsite.com/art
Kevin Valerian Ryland
Long an ardent filmgoer and a graduate in film and photography, Kevin has been a teacher of English for many years and delivered a variety of talks on music. He is currently the Chair of Torbay Film Club as well as a serving committee member of the Friends of Torbay who organise the annual Torbay Musical Weekend, now in its 48th year.
Stevei s an avid cinema and film fan, and member of several film clubs in Torbay. He is also involved in helping to restore the Paignton Picture House to its former glory.