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WORDS AND PICTURES


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WORDS AND PICTURES


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THE LIVING DEATH OF LEONARD FISK


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THE LIVING DEATH OF LEONARD FISK


SCREENPLAY / GRAPHIC NOVEL

THE LIVING DEATH OF LEONARD FISK

Haunted by his own ghost and hunted by the small-time drug dealer that led him to his near-death, a troubled young everyman embarks on a crime spree that quickly escalates to murder and amateur cannibalism, all the while confusing his increasingly carnivorous appetite with his carnal desires for his brother's girlfriend. Think DONNIE DARKO meets HANNIBAL by way of BREAKING BAD.

Wrote the story with the intention of making it my first feature film, and the screenplay itself has gained quite a number of fans, but I've just finished adapting the story into a comic and am currently seeking an artist to partner with.

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ALL I THINK OF IS YOU


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ALL I THINK OF IS YOU


Poster design by Enrique Wiedemann.

Written and directed by Shad Clark  

Produced by Kristin Schwarz 

Starring 
L. Jeffrey Moore, Simone Olsen-Varela, Rowan Brooks, Rolf Saxon, and Jeremy Kaller

A woman is approached by a stranger possessing the memories and emotions of her dead husband, a scientist whose mind has been uploaded into an artificial brain.

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LITTLE BOY PIG


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LITTLE BOY PIG


SHORT STORY

LITTLE BOY PIG

Cover art by Patrick M. Reid.

Cover art by Patrick M. Reid.

In this children's story for mature readers, a piglet born with human hands and feet is spared the fate of all the other cloned piglets in an industrialized supply line of universal organ donors. He's raised instead as a human child on a remote country estate. There his life seems idyllic until he discovers one day what he was meant to be, and then he sets out in search of his mother's heart. 

Kindle  |  Nook  |  iOS

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SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE


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SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE


SHORT FILM

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE

A.K.A. "That Film Where the Guy Brushes His Teeth With a Razor"

OFFICIAL SELECTION
San Francisco Independent Film Festival  /  Brooklyn International Film Festival  /  Nashville Film Festival  /  HollyShorts  /  Calgary Underground Film Festival  /  Phoenix Film Festival  /  Sydney Underground Film Festival  /  Dam Short Film Festival  /  Olympia Film Festival

What are they feeding you? In this socially explosive experimental short, the side effects are just the beginning.

Written and directed by Shad Clark  |  Produced by Kristin Schwarz

Starring Corbett Trubey, Simone Olsen-Varela, Ultraviolet Dwyer Schneider, and Allan Dorr

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UPGRADING GOD


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UPGRADING GOD


SHORT STORY

UPGRADING GOD

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"Every Friday is Good Friday!" at the Christian Family’s® Great American Holy Land®. Each week, the faithful flock for miles to witness the crucifixion of a life-like android Jesus. But when the star attraction becomes self-aware, the park's celebrity founders believe they've inadvertently commissioned the creation of the Anti-Christ.

Kindle  |  Nook  |  iOS

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ANONYMITY


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ANONYMITY


SHORT FILM

ANONYMITY

FEATURED ON IFC

OFFICIAL SELECTION 
Fangoria Weekend of Horrors  /  Dead Channels  /  Rhode Island Horror Film Festival  /  Dam Short Film Festival  /  I Misteri di Napoli  /  Calgary Underground Film Festival  /  Alameda International Film Festival

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Written and directed by Shad Clark

Produced by Kristin Schwarz

Starring
Mary Ann Connor, Corbett Trubey and Allan Dorr

Trapped in an abandoned animal research facility, a woman tries to free herself and her lover from a masked killer—only to discover all too late why the villain is inescapable.

A feature version of the 2005 short film was developed for Sony Screen Gems and Cider Mill Productions. In the full story, which predated the wave of "home invasion" thrillers like THE STRANGERS, THEM, and YOU'RE NEXT, as well as hit series THE FOLLOWING, we learn that there are multiple killers all donning the same mask, and that these killers are all like-minded thrill-seeking sociopaths that met online and formed their own killer collective. Sadly, the feature version of ANONYMITY was tortured and beheaded deep in one of the lowest circles of development hell.

In writing the story, I set out to study anonymity as an enabler. This of course is manifested in the masks worn by the killers–they could be anyone. But the idea was first inspired by the circulation of the hostage beheading videos in the wake of 911 and the launch of the war on terror. Seemingly normal people, friends and co-workers, were drawn to these gruesome videos in a way they wouldn't have been if they knew the victims.  

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OTHERNESS


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OTHERNESS


SCREENPLAY

OTHERNESS

WINNER: Best Scifi/Horror - Creative Screenwriting Magazine's Screenplay Expo Competition

After losing his hand in the mysterious elevator incident that claims the life of a beautiful stranger, a corporate sociologist is fitted with a bleeding edge prosthesis that connects him to his new home, a high-rise smart apartment. There, high above the world, he begins to feel phantom sensations in his new life-like hand–not of his old flesh and bone, but of the dead stranger's grasp.

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IN DEVELOPMENT


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IN DEVELOPMENT


UNTITLED

NOVEL, COMICS & FILM - Shad Clark

Ambitious new project with stories that will be told on the page and on the screen. More information soon.

 

CHANGELINGS, or THE METAMORPHOSES OF LORELEI X

ORIGINAL STORY - Shad Clark

The apocalypse is already well underway when a preternaturally adept teenage girl discovers her link to a new and devastating virus–and the role she's meant to play in the post-human world. 

 

THE LAST AGE

ORIGINAL STORY - Shad Clark

A decade after civil war and disease decimate North America's population and usher in a new era of feudalism, a mysterious drifter helps a young girl escape a life of servitude in the walled city-state of New Lubbock. (Think MAD MAX meets GAME OF THRONES.)

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ABOUT


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ABOUT


WRITER / FILMMAKER / PROVOCATEUR

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Stories drive ideas, taking us to discover new and compelling things about ourselves and the world we all share. In film and fiction, I explore the natural world, society and social ills, and imminent possibilities.  

My films ANONYMITY, SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE and ALL I THINK OF IS YOU have reached festival audiences across the U.S., Europe and Australia. And my short story LITTLE BOY PIG, I'm happy to say, has made people cry. Currently, I have several projects in development.

When I'm not behind the computer or the camera, I enjoy long walks in the cemetery with my dog, helping other animals through volunteer work and activism, making electro-industrial noise/music, compulsive photography, and of course enjoying other people's art. 

In order to keep the family fed and lights on, I rent out the more imaginative parts of my brain, as well as my eyes and ears. (Hint: Hire me!)

Let's talk. 
shad(at)shadclark(dot)com
408.480.4075