Meet The Team
Editor – Jean Stanton
Jean Stanton is a film and media professional with a lifelong love of horror. One of the ‘haunted generation’, raised on the late-night horror double bills, Glow in the Dark monster kits, strange and spooky children’s programmes like The Changes, Raven and Shadows, (not to mention older fare such as Quatermass, Tales of the Unexpected, Hammer House of Horror, Arthur C. Clarke and In search of), terrifying public information films and Dracula ice-lollies, her favourite ever birthday present was Alan Frank’s book of ‘Horror Films’ when she was eight years old. She collected every copy of ‘Spellbound’ and ‘Misty’ comics, and pored over her weekly instalment of Orbis’s ‘The Unexplained’. The first videos she ever rented were Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Poltergeist and An American Werewolf in London.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Kent and, since 2000, has enjoyed a wide and extensive career in the UK film industry, from running a regional BFI cinema and setting up a digital cinema within a school, to managing press & publicity for film festivals and regional film agencies, and producing a short film ‘Three Way Split’ broadcast by Meridian TV (something which gave her an even greater appreciation of what filmmakers go through!) Jean was also the co-founder of the ‘2 Days Later’ horror shorts competition, which ran for 10 years, evolving into the biggest horror festival of it’s kind in the South-East, and curated and produced the Short! Sharp! Shocks! Programme for the East End Film Festival.
Jean created the popular film website, Close-Up Film, in 2002, which she continues to edit, and between 2012 and January 2018, she was the editor of Showfilmfirst, the hugely popular film & events ticketing site with branches in Australia and the US.
Jean returns to her love of horror with a specialisation in consultation and public relations for emerging horror film makers. She is completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Film Distribution & Marketing with Birmingham City University.
Favourite horror films: Night of the Demon (1957) and Halloween (1978)
Martyn holds a BA in Film and Television from the University of Westminster and an MA in History of Film and Visual Media from Birkbeck, University of London. He has worked in film and television subtitling and translation for over ten years, and has written on film for various websites including Close-Up Film and Senses of Cinema. He has also contributed to the book Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999.
An avid film-enthusiast, with a passion for journalism & content development – as well as fashion/arts/culture – by adding to the ongoing visual-written dialogue(s) in the online realm.
Rayvenn is currently completing a full-time Masters with Chelsea College of Arts. She has previously written for Showfilmfirst and was part of the writing team and social media manager for Close-Up Film.
Favourite horror film: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
“I’m Emilia, a graduate from the University of Kent. I’m a photographer, avid book reader and moderator at Our Shared Shelf, who is constantly in search of a new horror flick. I have previously written with ShowFilmFirst and Close-Up Film, and my favourite horror movie of all time has to be The Shining!”
“My name is Michelle and I love horror movies and all things paranormal. I’m not sure where it all began but I believe watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel kicking the butts of Vampires and demons, as well as watching TV’s Most Haunted as a teenager certainly may have had something to do with it. It feels like the horror genre has always been intriguing to me, so much so that Film was my favourite module when studying for my Journalism Degree. Whether it be monsters, unknown creatures or more the paranormal aspects, they send shivers down my spine when watching. From classics such as Childs Play, Halloween and Friday the 13th to Insidious, IT and As Above So Below. I have worked on several websites as a reviewer and reviewing horror/paranormal was always one of my favourites.
“It’s not just horror movies however that intrigues me. It’s the paranormal in general. Visiting places such as the Edinburgh Vaults and attending various Ghost Tours across the UK sends my mind in a frenzy of questions about the unknown…”
“I’ve been fascinated by stories and visual images from an early age. For me, language, stories and film are inseparable. I grew up bilingual (Hungarian, English), devouring movies both new and old.
“I studied drama, play writing and acting at The Method Studio (now The Actor’s Studio) in London between 2001 and 2005. That’s where I realised I should pursue writing rather than acting as that is my real calling. My play writing tutor, the late author Jan Hartman genuinely believed in me and encouraged me to do so for which I’m forever grateful.
“I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing & Film Studies at the London Metropolitan University in 2009, majoring in Film.
“I wrote film reviews and feature interviews for Close-Up Film between 2011 and 2016 and I’ve written reviews for MyM Magazine since 2014.
“In 2012, I trained in script reading and script analysis with Industrial Scriptsand I wrote my first full script – a first draft and adaptation of ‘This is For Real’ a 1965 spy novel by James Hadley Chase for a producer friend in 2014 (the movie is still on the shelf due to lack of financing). I also intend to become a member of Overdrive, an elite script development community within Industrial Scripts whose ‘insider interviews’ events I’ve regularly attended the last few years.
“I also gained a TEFL teaching certificate in 2017 and taught English last summer (something I’d done for a little while when I was younger). I also love photography and learning languages (I’m tackling French on an intermediate level).
“I seem to be a very eclectic individual, but for me, all these passions – film, literature, language, acting, script writing – connect and interact with each other. My dream is to write great scripts and also get deeper into film writing.”
Favourite horror films: The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), Alien (1979)
“With a Masters in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway University of London, I am a freelance copy & content writer and have created work for companies including work for WP Comics, Roxandra Shop and MCM Buzz. I have enjoyed a wide variety of experience in projects over the years, to which I have provided the roles of: Director, screenwriter, animator, editor, and many more. These projects include documentaries, music videos, sound dubs, short animations, health videos and single camera dramas.
“My passion is to bring creative stories to the screen. For me, Screenwriting is the most enjoyable and fascinating experience of filmmaking. I do feel that this is one of my biggest strengths as I know how to generate an idea, come up with a flowing storyline, structure and write a feature and television script. Without a script, a film or a television show would have nothing to work off. Creating a world and original characters from scratch is a truly amazing process. I am fascinated with cinema and I have a huge passion for telling stories.”
Favourite horror film: Scream (1996)