Who are we?
We are filmmakers and the creators and authors of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook series, a series of filmmaking guide books that have sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. It has always been the spirit of all of us here at Guerilla Film Maker to share with others the experiences that we have gone through as filmmakers ourselves and to ask industry professionals and other filmmakers to continue that sharing experience. Up to now that has been with our books and workshops in London, but now based in Los Angeles, we hope to provide the same level of accessibility.
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Genevieve attended the UK’s prestigious Bournemouth Film School but left the school to set up the UK film company, Living Spirit Pictures with fellow classmate and current Living Spirit/Crazee Pictures partner Chris Jones. Supported by The Prince’s Trust (an organization headed by Prince Charles for young entrepreneurs), Living Spirit Pictures produced their first feature film, THE RUNNER, an action thriller starring Harrison Ford’s younger brother Terence, which received the support of many top Hollywood stuntmen, notably Terry Forrestal who became their Stunt Co-ordinator.
This was Genevieve’s first film and one that placed her in The Guinness Book of Records as Britain’s youngest producer at age 19. Genevieve went on to produce WHITE ANGEL (aka INTERVIEW WITH A SERIAL KILLER). The film premiered as the Centerpiece Film of The London Film Festival and opened widely in UK theaters. A TV interview with Genevieve and Chris on ‘This Morning With Richard and Judy’ promoting the release of the film, resulted in an unbelievable but true story that caused the photo you see beside this bio. This fascinating story spawned the best selling film guide, THE GUERILLA FILMMAKERS HANDBOOK and it’s subsequent series of filmmaking guides.
Genevieve went on to write and direct URBAN GHOST STORY, which was nominated for 2 British Independent Film Awards including collecting festival awards around the world. With invitations from the Studios, Genevieve moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream and found herself deep in a quagmire of movie development hell and a controversial outrageous agent who punched it out over a $15,000 Diamond tiara. However it was in this craziness that she met her writing soul mate and Crazee Pictures partner Andrew Zinnes. Together they wrote a horror film that was optioned by Warner Bros., with Genevieve signed on to direct. Amber Tamblyn (The Ring, The Grudge 2) was attached as the lead and everybody was ready to go into production. But, the film soon caught the studio bug of ‘Turnaround’ and spent its sentence bouncing around the studios with many close calls of going into production.
Genevieve and Andrew continue to work on several Hollywood projects and currently one of their projects is in development with Mosaic Media (THE DARK KNIGHT). However, longing to return to their indie roots, Crazee Pictures was born and their first production HACK is in pre production.
Genevieve Jolliffe - Director
Andrew received his Masters in Film at American University in Washington DC. His first film job was immersed in the political arena, working in the media department at The White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. A crazy but true story is that Andrew has stood in for The President and sat in the President's chair in the Oval office many, many, many times...he had to for lighting checks! With a taste for movies and the fight to go for it, Andrew moved to Los Angeles where he worked in development for top Hollywood producers, Norman Lear (who produced films such as STAND BY ME and PRINCESS BRIDE) and producer Donald De Line at Paramount Pictures on films such as DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE and THE ITALIAN JOB. Seeking a faster pace he moved to the Original Movies Division at USA Networks where he worked on many popular and critically acclaimed series including HELEN OF TROY, THE DEAD ZONE and MONK.
Having read over 6,000 screenplays, Andrew left to become a script analyst where he worked for Morgan Creek Productions, Artisan and script analyst companies - Scriptshark, So You Wanna Sell a Script, The Script Department and his own company, Script Tonic. With his abundant knowledge of behind the scenes of the Hollywood system, Andrew became the US Editor of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook US Edition (Aka The Guerilla Film Makers Hollywood Handbook). With his documentary filmmaking experience (a producer of several Docs including the soon to be released Paper Promises) and with his particular skills that were required to help shoot CAKE’s short skirt/long jacket video (nominated for MTV’s Break Thru Video) along with being a show runner for TruTv's highly successful reality show, Operation Repo, Andrew was the perfect co-author for The Guerilla Film Makers Documentary Handbook. Andrew enjoys sharing the knowledge teaching at the NY Film Academy as well as giving many lectures at schools and colleges including his own masterclasses. His number one rule which he pounds into his students, is that STORY ALWAYS COMES FIRST.
Andrew writes with Genevieve on their many Hollywood projects and is a founding partner of the film company, Crazee Pictures.
Andrew Zinnes - Writer / Producer