TIM CLAGUE & DANNY STACK
Directing-duo for live-action feel good and family entertainment
This showreel covers our recent work as directors. We co-direct and love to create feel good and family content. Our directing focus has been on three key areas:
STORY - our writing experience ensures that story and character are at the forefront of everything we do.
ACTORS - helping actors achieve their best work, including young actors.
IMPACT - we are masters in maximising the budget to bring visual impact and excitement to an audience.
A COTTAGE CHRISTMAS
A rom-com directed for Reel One (Canada)
Emma flies into England from LA to help organise her sister's last minute Christmas wedding. High strung and energetic, she has no one to help her. No one except the brooding and painfully shy best man Dylan.
Starring Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat, Tuckers), Lewis Griffiths (Jersey Boys) and Poppy Gilbert (The Catch, Chloe)
TO ENGLAND WITH LOVE
A rom-com directed for Reel One (Canada)
As far as Ali's concerned, she has it all. Until a mysterious quest sends her to England on a treasure hunt through history and she finds herself opening up to old and new loves all over again.
Starring Georgia Hirst (Vikings) as Ali. Filmed in the Dorset and New Forest area for a classic English feel.
FUTURE TX (theatrical release)
An exciting sci-fi family feature starring Griff Rhys Jones.
DYLAN and MOLLY buy their first mobile phones, and they instantly both ring at the same time. When they answer, a Mystery Man (known as Future TX) says he's calling from the future and needs their help. Like, right now. To save the world!
Co-produced with Lyndon Baldock at Templeheart Films, Pinewood. Had a UK wide cinema release via Odeon.
DOG YEARS (Amazon prime)
Dog Years is a live-action pre-school series about Dash the dog who shares fun lessons he learned while he was growing up with his oddball human family.
10 x 7' episodes; we directed all episodes as well as designing the studio and set.
Dog Years is on Amazon Prime as well as several kids-focused streamers such as Kidoodle, Ameba and Jaramba (in Swedish)
WHO KILLED NELSON NUTMEG?
We co-directed and co-wrote this original family feature film, borrowing the style and ethos of the old 'Children's Film Foundation' movies but bringing it bang up to date.
Shot all on-location in Dorset it feature kids in the lead roles, solving the mystery of who is responsible for the demise of the local holiday park mascot. We also did an extensive open casting call to find the right children, seeing over 300 young actors. Visit the film's website here.
It premiered at the LFF and was released on DVD and VOD in the UK and the USA via Evolutionary Films and TriCoast.
SAINT NICKED (short film)
This is a short film we made to highlight the great quality of young actors and how strong they can be in live-action performances.
A four minute monologue, all in one take, by an 11 year old actress.
HOW WE WORK (interview)
We describe ourselves as "the Coen brothers for kids" because we co-write, co-direct and co-produce in any and all combinations.
People often ask; co-directing, how does that work?
In this short 'DVD extra' we answer that question on-location.
Tim Clague and Danny Stack have written, directed or produced some of the most well-respected Family and Children's features and series in recent memory. Their credits include the Family Action/Adventure film, WHO KILLED NELSON NUTMEG? starring Bonnie Wright of the HARRY POTTER franchise and Hattie Gotobed from GAME OF THRONES. They also have an awarding-winning children’s series DOG YEARS on Amazon. Their most recent movie; FUTURE TX is heading out to sales agents now. Their next venture is a spy / dog body-swap family comedy called THE SPY WHO LICKED ME which is in development with funding via Screen Ireland.
Tim and Danny are both BAFTA panel members for the Children's Awards and are regular guest speakers at conferences. They also have two books out on the business of writing, which have consistently been in the top 10 Amazon screenwriting books.
Danny has written for a host of children’s television series including PJ MASKS for 20th Century Fox, TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS ACADEMY for Netflix and Discovery Channel, and the BAFTA-winning series HEY DUGGEE for BBC and Netflix. His is currently head writer on the new series FLIX for RTE. Danny helped launch the Red Planet writing prize and continues to work as a mentor supporting new writers. His Young Adult short film ORIGIN, won an award at the London Independent Film Festival 2012.
Tim wrote the BAFTA-nominated short EIGHT which was directed by Oscar-nominee Stephen Daldry - the Director of BILLY ELLIOT and Executive Producer of the Emmy-winning series, THE CROWN. His subsequent films as writer / director won awards from the BBC and were screened at Edinburgh Film Festival. He has also shot special effects material for many international shows including HBO's "WATCHMEN" and Netflix's WHAT IF? and the trailer for the Matt Damon film DOWNSIZING. He has also written for the games industry.