Shaun James Grant’s short film ‘Hope’ focuses on a couple who grieve for their missing child

Shaun James Grant’s live-action short film Hope focuses on a couple trying to find peace in an impossible situation. 

A couple on an ominous journey pull into a diner in the early hours of the morning. What ensues is a series of events that slowly reveal the couple’s heartbreaking motivation.

Writer/Director Shaun James Grant became a filmmaker after finding himself absorbing film after film in near self imposed solitude during a difficult time in his life. 10 years later, he has now fully cemented himself as a commercial and music video director. His accomplished music video and commercial career has seen him work with artists such as Jorja Smith, Maverick Sabre and Kojey Radical as well brands such as Nike, Women’s Aid and Superdry and River Island. Having directed a student film Lies at the end of his film school career, Hope is his professional debut short.

Producer Morgan Faverty is a London-based producer who co-founded the production company Pavilion Works in 2017, which specialises in high quality commercial content and has worked with top brands like Vogue, River Island and Nike. Morgan moved into producing, kicking off his narrative journey with two short films We Can Hula and Wonderkid which was successfully funded through kickstarter, with one being selected for Raindance Film Festival. He went on to produce a BBC three mini series Mission Selfie that merged the YouTube world with TV in 2016. Early in 2020, Morgan launched Pavilion Works Originals (PWO), an independent film and TV production company which aims to work with directors, writers and other producers to finance, produce and develop their short and long form projects that have the ability to go on to a feature or series.

Writer Luke Shenton-Sharp is also an actor. He collaborated with Shaun on the short film Lies as the narrator, starred as the lead in the short Reverie and also wrote Hope with Shaun.

Hope will be screening at the 2021 Crystal Palace International Film Festival.

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